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Glenn E. Murdock

Deservedly popular in his community, Glenn E. Murdock sustains the good opinion which he has won through the evidence of many worthy attributes in the past and in the present fulfilling the high expectations which his friends have cherished in regard to his future. He is now occupying the position of county treasurer of Sonoma county, an office which, through re-election, he has held since 1902. The manner in which he discharges his duties has won the commendation of the citizens of the county, especially that of the members of the Republican party, of which he is a stanch and loyal adherent, and through whose influence he was chosen to the position.

Not only is Mr. Murdock a native son of the Golden state, but he is also a native of the city and county in which he now resides, having been born in Santa Rosa, August 1, 1874. He is a son of Lewis A. and Mary (Mize) Murdock, the father a native of Ohio, born near Cincinnati, and the mother a native of Wisconsin. In his native state the father was reared to manhood, but when the gold discovery in California caused such widespread interest throughout the length and breadth of the land he was filled with a new and strange interest in this Pacific commonwealth, and determined to take his chances with the thousands of others who were coming to the west. The voyage was made by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and from the metropolis, where the vessel landed, he made his way to the Sacramento valley, settling at Knight’s Landing in the early ‘50s. Prospecting and mining he followed with fairly good success, combining this with farming until removing to Sonoma county about the year 1870. Here, just north of Santa Rosa, he purchased a ranch of one hundred and sixty acres, near where the county farm now is. Here he carried on ranching successfully throughout the remainder of his life, or for about thirty-six years, his death occurring February 22, 1906. He was a Mason in high standing in the various branches of the order, including the blue lodge, chapter, commandery and Eastern Star, and he also belonged to the Amaranths. Five children were born of the marriage of Lewis A. and Mary (Mize) Murdock, three now living as follows: Ella, who became the wife of W. C. Rodgers, of Santa Rosa; Glenn E.; and Edna, a public school teacher in Santa Rosa.

Primarily educated in the public schools of Santa Rosa, Glenn E. Murdock followed this training by a course in the State University at Berkeley, from which institution he graduated in 1897. Thereafter he put his recently acquired knowledge to account in accepting a position as instructor of English and history in the Healdsburg schools, following this some time later by becoming principal of the high school of Sonoma. He had occupied this position but one year when his fellow-citizens showed their appreciation of his ability for public office by electing him to the office of county treasurer in 1902, a position which he has continued to hold through re-election, which is undeniable evidence of his ability and of satisfaction on the part of his constituents that they made no mistake in their choice of a candidate for this important office. In addition to his public duties he also maintains the old homestead ranch near Santa Rosa, besides which he is one of the directors of the Santa Rosa bank.

Mr. Murdock’s marriage, which occurred June 1, 1904, united him with Miss Abby P. Elliot, one of his class-mates in the Santa Rosa high school and also in the State University, and who prior to her marriage was a member of the high school faculty of Ukiah, Mendocino county. She was a daughter of William R. Elliot, formerly a resident of Santa Rosa, but latterly of Ukiah, where his death occurred. He and his wife, the latter now a resident of Santa Rosa, were pioneer settlers in the Guerneville district, and throughout his life in the west Mr. Elliot was a well-known lumberman. As was his father before him, Mr. Murdock is prominent in Masonic clrcles, being a member of Sotoyome Lodge of Healdsburg, and the Eastern Star, is secretary of the Royal Arch Chapter of Santa Rosa, and also holds membership in the commandery and Scottish Rite and the Court of Amaranth. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Santa Rosa Masonic Hall Association. Among his associates Mr. Murdock enjoys the confidence born of well-applied industry, personal integrity, and devotion to the welfare of his home town and county.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011