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The intimate identification of an honored pioneer family with the interests of Northern California finds expression in the manifold activities engaging the attention of Edward H. Gerber, a life-long resident of the state and a native son of Sacramento. Belonging to the younger generation whose task it is to develop the weighty interests secured by their fathers, he has been wholly exempt from the privations of the pioneer era and from the vicissitudes incident to a frontier environment. His has been an enjoyment of twentieth- century advantages, an appreciation of present-day opportunities and a familiarity with the culture and refinement typical of every portion of the state in the present period of development; at the same time, with these advantages, he has faced great responsibilities, all of which he has met and discharged with tact, energy and forcefulness of purpose.

A son of W. E. and Hattie (Lyon) Gerber, the former from Buffalo, N. Y., and the latter from Boston, Mass., Edward H. Gerber was born March 25, 1883, and received his early education in Sacramento, after which he attended St. Matthews College at San Mateo until the completion of the regular curriculum of that institution. With his entrance into the business world there began an association of some duration with a firm of wholesale hop dealers in San Francisco. In the interests of their business he traveled in Europe for two years and on his return to the United States remained in New York City for some time as superintendent of their branch office there. Returning to California he became interested in general ranching and had the supervision of extensive tracts of land and herds of stock. An organization of which he acts as president and which has its offices at the California National Bank, Sacramento, is incorporated under the title of the Tehama Investment Company. This company has laid out and built up the town of Gerber, Tehama county, a point planned by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company as a division center with passenger and freight connections from Red Bluff. Mr. Gerber is a director in the California National Bank and is vice-president of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Savings Bank. In addition he is the owner of the Buckley-Gerber Abstract and Title Company, one of the oldest concerns of the kind in the entire state. Varied as are his business interests and comprehensive as are his activities, he nevertheless finds leisure for participation in social functions and with his wife enjoys a popularity as broad as the circle of his acquaintances. The Bohemian Club of San Francisco and the Sutter Club have his name enrolled among their members. The Masonic order also has the benefit of his identification with its measures, particularly those relating to the work of Washington Lodge No. 20, F. & A. M., in which he has been a member for some years. His marriage, September 8, 1908, united him with Miss Gertrude Whitaker, of Gait, daughter of the late Andrew Whitaker, a citizen whose wealth and fine personal qualities brought him into prominence throughout his section of the state. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011