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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
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011