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WILLIAM HARRISON PROUTY

The well-known citizen of Sacramento whose name heads this notice is a native Californian and a son of a pioneer. He was born January 18, 1859, at Dry Creek, Amador county, the son of Simon and Jane (Newton) Prouty, the former from Ohio, the latter from Iowa. Simon Prouty crossed the plains in 1852, by such primitive means as were then available, and settled in Amador county, where he achieved success as a farmer. He died in 1909, his wife in 1891. The son attended public school and thus gained a practical education that well fitted him for business life. When he left school it was to take up employment in the merchandising establishment of Brewster & Company, of Gait, Sacramento county. There he was busy and studious, gaining a practical knowledge of the work in hand, and when his employers sold out their store he was able to take a better position as bookkeeper in the office of an important interest at Truckee, Nevada county. So successful was he there that after he had held that position two years he was made manager, in which responsible capacity he served with efficiency and credit three years. Resigning his duties at Truckee, he came to Sacramento to identify himself with the state printing office, then in charge of his brother-in-law, A. J. Johnston. For seven years he was a bookkeeper, then became manager of the stationery department of a stationer}' store and printing house on J street. After six years' successful experience there he connected him- self with the establishment of George Z. Wait & Co., with whom he has been employed continuously since August, 1907.

On June 27, 1883, Mr. Prouty married Miss Belle Johnston, sister of A. J. Johnston above mentioned. Their home is one of quiet elegance, known for its unostentatious hospitality. Mr. Prouty has not been active in political work, but has done his best as a citizen to conserve the best interests of the greatest number of his fellow townsmen, and besides has taken a deep and an intelligent interest in the public affairs of the state and nation. In 1912 he was prevailed upon to accept the nomination of his party as city trustee to represent the Fourth ward of Sacramento. He is helpfully identified with several social and beneficial organizations, being a Mason, identified with the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Commandery and Shrine, and takes an interest in other societies of various aims and purposes. Mrs. Prouty is a communicant of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento. In all things she is a most worthy helpmeet to her enterprising husband and they are both popular in the circles in which they move.


Source:
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