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president of the Sacramento Valley winery is one of the native sons of
the capital city whose rising success furnishes evidence as to local
possibilities and as to his own inherent qualities of mind. The
twentieth century has marked an advance in the installation of new
industries and the expansion of old-established plants. Out from a past
of commercial lethargy has arisen a present of activity. Growth is the
keynote of present upbuilding and the creed for future development. The
winery takes rank among the recent accessions to the business life of
the city, having been organized in May of 1910 by Mr. Sheehan, who has
been the only manager as well as the first president of the concern.
With an excellent location, a conservative management and a necessary
amount of capital, future development is certain. There is therefore
every reason to believe that the winery will develop into one of the
most successful plants of the kind in this portion of the state.
the name indicates, the Sheehan family comes of Celtic ancestry. The
first representative in California, T. W. Sheehan, was born in County
Cork, Ireland, in 1844, and at a very early age crossed the ocean to
Maine, where he found employment at Augusta. From that city he left in
1862 for service as a soldier in the Union army. With his regiment he
participated in a number of fierce battles and remained at the front
until after peace had been declared. After he had received an honorable
discharge from the army he came to California in 1866 and settled in
Sacramento, where he secured employment as a carriage-painter. Later he
served as a deputy sheriff until 1871, when he engaged as a bookkeeper
with the Sacramento Union, a popular daily of the capital city. Worth
and fidelity won recognition in the newspaper office and he was promoted
to be manager, which responsible position he filled until his retirement
from all business activities in 1905. The following year occurred his
death. During early manhood he had married Mollie F. Lynch, a native of
New York. Among their family of five children Edgar M., born in January
of 1871, was first in order of birth. As a- boy he attended the public
schools and completed his studies in the high school in 1888, when he
entered into business affairs.
valuable experience while connected with the Sacramento Union came to Mr. Sheehan through his service as a reporter on the
daily and a contributor to the editorial department. After a time he was
delegated to travel for the paper and still later he was given a.
position in the business department. Through these various positions he
gained much valuable information not only concerning the operation of a
great daily but also in regard to general business matters. In 1904 he
accepted a place with the California winery as head of the publicity
department, but resigned the ensuing year from that department in order
to enter upon the more important duties of general manager and
vice-president. In an official capacity his service was most helpful to
the business and in addition the experience enabled him to successfully
organize the Sacramento Valley winery, which he manages with notable
skill and comprehensive alertness.
The environment of boyhood, the influences of the home and the relations to the church, were such as to cause Mr. Sheehan to identify himself with the Roman Catholic faith in his very early life and from that time to the present he has been devoted to the cause, generous to its philanthropies and loyal to its doctrines. His wife was formerly Miss Virginia Milne, whom he married in Sacramento April 25, 1908. In political views he holds to Republican principles and gives his ballot to the nominees of that party. The Sons of Veterans have numbered him among the active members of their post in Sacramento, while his social and fraternal relations have been further enlarged through an influential connection with the Sutter Club.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011