Biography of Edward H. Clawiter
Alameda County, CA Biographies





EDWARD H. CLAWITER
No record of the annals of central California would be complete without specific reference to the Clawiter family, whose members have borne an important part in development and progress here. The family is worthily represented in Alameda by Edward H. Clawiter, one of the oldest native sons of this state, who through the years has been active in affairs of importance to the community. Mr. Clawiter was born at Alvarado, on the 27th of November, 1852. the place of his birth being at that date the seat of the county government. His father, Edward Clawiter, was a native of Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, whence in 1847, he started for the United States, making the long voyage in a sailing vessel around Cape Horn. In 1849 he went to the mines and was successful in his search for the yellow metal. During his operations he secured a gold nugget of extraordinary size, which he took to Berlin, Germany, and it is still on display in the Berlin Museum. In 1850 he located at Alvarado, where he established a store, and also raised cattle, which he butchered, selling the meat in San Francisco, it being taken across the bay in small boats by Spanish sailors. Later he acquired five hundred acres of land at Mount Eden Station, Alameda county, a part of which he planted to wheat. He was a man of attainments, speaking three languages, took a keen interest in matters relating to the development of his locality, and was very influential in local affairs. He became a member of the Society of California and his portrait now hangs in the Museum in Golden Gate park, San Francisco.

Edward H. Clawiter secured his early education in the San Lorenzo district school, also taking a course in the Pacific Business College, in San Francisco. As a boy, he rode the range for a number of years, and then, going to Mount Eden Station, built a hay and grain warehouse, sixty by one hundred and fifty feet. He was there engaged in the warehouse business for twenty seven years, meeting with very satisfactory success. He also subdivided one hundred and seventy five acres of the old home farm into five acres tracts, all of which have been sold and are now occupied. He retains ten acres in his home place, on which he has an attractive and comfortable residence, and now, in the golden sunset years of his life, is spending his days in well earned leisure.

Mr. Clawiter was united in marriage to Miss Anna Schafer, of Placerville, Eldorado county, California, and they are the parents of two children, Edward J., who is a prominent civil engineer of San Francisco, and Grace, who is the wife of Clyde Laizure, a mining engineer of San Francisco, California. In 1908 Mr. Clawiter built their present home in Alameda where he is now living retired. Mr. and Mrs. Clawiter celebrated their golden wedding October 18, 1927, on which occasion thirty relatives were present, some coming from as far as New York. Mr. Clawiter in connected with all branches of masonry, including Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Oakland, of which he is a charter member, being No. 118 on the original list of members. He is active in local public affairs and is a director of the Eden Township water district. He maintains a keen interest in everything pertaining to his locality, in the splendid growth and development of which he takes great pride, recalling interesting incidents of the early days here, in many of which he had a part. His sterling rectitude of character and his kindly and friendly manner have gained for him a high place in the regard of all and he is widely known as one of the grand old men of his section of the state.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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