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An identification with the city of Sacramento beginning at the age of sixteen years and continuing up to the present time gives to Mr. Pfund a comprehensive knowledge of community resources, of natural advantages and of future possibilities ; resultant from such knowledge we find him to be a firm believer in the riches of the valley that boasts the capital city for its center. Destiny disguised as enhance directed his energies toward pursuits for which he was well qualified by nature. His painstaking accuracy and systematic management of detail work enabled him to make good as an assistant in the office of the county clerk William B. Hamilton, where he became an employe the first Monday in January, 1893, and where he has continued to the present writing. After he had proved his mastery of every detail connected with the records he was appointed chief deputy and continued in that capacity until the death of the county clerk, March 14, 1911, when he was appointed to the office.

As Mr. Pfund 's name indicates he descends from German ancestry. He claims, however, our own country as his native land, having been born December 11, 1859, at Vandalia, Ill., where his father, John P. Pfund, engaged for some years in the manufacture of confectionery and later carried on a lumber business. Prior to his immigration to the United States in 1832 the father had lived in Germany, where as the youngest in a family of four sons he was exempt from service in the German army through the fact that the three eldest brothers had given their time to military duties as required by the government of their country. When he crossed the ocean he was young, active and capable, and his subsequent life was one of industry and persevering, intelligent management. During young manhood he married Juliana Vennewitz, who was born and reared in Germany, her father, a prosperous business man of that country, having furnished horses and supplies to the army without compensation. The mother of Edward F. Pfund had a sister, Mrs. Lippe, whose husband, a man of large wealth, owned a number of merchant ships and engaged extensively in the buying and selling of grain in Germany.

When sixteen years of age Edward F. Pfund came to California in company with his parents and settled at Sacramento, where for two years he attended the grammar school. The family had comprised seven children, but two of the sons are deceased and the two daughters also died in early life, so that three sons are the only living representatives of the family. The three reside in Sacramento, where William H. is connected with a grocery business, and Barthold G., who formerly engaged in business in Chicago, Ill., with I. P. Farnham, now has business relations with a prominent Sacramento dry-goods house. Edward Franklin, who was fifth in order of birth among the seven children, is the second of the three survivors, and was married April 30, 1884, to Miss Mattie E. Knisley, born in Eldorado, Cal. The only child of the imion, Edwina V., born July 5, 1894, is a graduate of the Sacramento high-school, class of 1912.

After having clerked for twelve years in a clothing store owned by Charles Robin and having risen meantime to an important position in the establishment, Edward F. Pfund was obliged to discontinue all work on account of ill health. For several years he was unable to attend to business duties, but as soon as he had regained his health he began Ms identification with the county clerk's office and since then has been able to work steadily and constantly without detriment to his physical condition. In political views he votes with the Republican party. Fraternally he belongs to Washington Lodge No. 20, F. & A. M., also Eureka Lodge No. 4, I. O. O. F., and Sacramento Court No. 12, Foresters of America. As a citizen he is public-spirited, as an official trustworthy, as a friend sincere, furnishing indeed the type of character needed in the citizenship of the community and in the official business of the county.

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