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An official position whose duties were assumed as the result of a vacancy caused by death has given Mr. Haynes an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the most modern methods connected with municipal bookkeeping, as he had previously become familiar with every detail connected with commercial bookkeeping while assisting his father in an eastern mercantile establishment. That he has justified the wisdom of his selection and vindicated the choice of the mayor is amply proved by the excellence of his official record and the care with which he has discharged every duty devolving upon the city auditor and assessor since he was appointed deputy January 8, 1906. Among those familiar with such work his books are said to be models of accuracy and system and the results of his labors will compare favorably with those of his most capable predecessors.

Michigan is the native commonwealth of Edward Haynes, who was born in Onondaga, Ingham county, . May 21, 1862, and is a son of Ephraim P. and Alsey A. (Earll) Haynes, both natives of New York state. At about six years of age he entered the primary department of the public schools and each year found him one grade higher until 1877, when having completed the regular course of study he turned his attention to commercial pursuits. As a bookkeeper in a general mercantile store conducted by his father he gained a thorough knowledge of every detail connected with accounts and was well qualified for further responsibilities of the same nature. During October of 1882 he came to California and settled first in Dunnigan, Yolo county, where he worked in various capacities, taking any employment that offered an honorable livelihood. At the expiration of four years he came to Sacramento and secured a position as brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railroad. On account of his efficiency he was promoted in 1891 to the position of conductor on the road with headquarters at Sacramento and he continued with the railway until January, 1906, when the city auditor, Fred W. Carey, appointed him his deputy. On the death of Mr. Carey he was appointed his successor by Mayor Beard on September 1, 1910, and in November, 1911, he was elected to the office, being the nominee of both parties. Since his original appointment he has given his time and thought wholly to the duties connected with the office.

The marriage of Mr. Haynes and Miss Olive Masters was solemnized in San Francisco October 2, 1901, and they at once established a home in Sacramento, where they have continued to reside, meanwhile winning the friendship of all with whom they have had social or business relations. For many years Mr. Haynes was connected actively with Sierra Division No. 195, Order of Railway Conductors, and after he had ceased to have any relation with the road he still retained an honorary membership with the division. While he has not been a partisan nor a politician, he maintains staunch convictions in regard to governmental issues and gives his support to the Republican party. Besides holding membership with the Inde- pendent Order of Odd Fellows in their Eldorado Lodge No. 8, he has been very prominent in Masonry as a member of Tehama Lodge No. 3, F. & A. M., Sacramento Chapter No. 3, R. A. M., Sacramento Council, No. 1, Sacramento Commandery, No. 2, K. T., and Islam Temple, N. M. S. 

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