ORMAN J. EMERY
Orman J. Emery, of Alvarado, who has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as a building contractor, has specialized
in the construction of dairy barns, in which he is an acknowledged expert. He has been successful in his business
affairs and is regarded as one of the leading men of his community. Mr. Emery was born in Maine, on the 30th of
September, 1861, and is a son of Weston F. and Dianthe (Gilmond) Emery, also natives of Maine, where they were
reared and married, the father there engaging in contracting and building. In 1870 they came to Cali fornia, locating
in San Francisco, where Mr. Emery followed the carpenter track for two years. In 1872 he came to Alvarado and bought
property, after which hi continued in the contracting business here to the time of his death. His wife died at
the home of her son, Orman J. Mr. Emery was a republican in his political alignment, belonged to the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows and he and his wife were earnest members of the Presbyterian church.
Orman J. Emery was about two years old when the family came to California and secured his education in the public
school at Alvarado. He learned the carpenter trade under his father and, with the exception of one year when he
worked at his trade in Oregon, has lived here continuously. As a contractor and builder he has attained a worthy
success, for he is thorough and painstaking in everything he does and takes a justifiable pride in the high quality
of his work. He has erected many of the best buildings in this locality, but in recent years has confined his activities
mainly to building dairy barns. In this field he has earned a wide reputation and his operations have extended
as far as Los Angeles.
In 1895 Mr. Emery was united in marriage to Miss Margaret W. Buchanan, who was born in Alvarado, a daughter of
John and Rachael (Ross) Buchanan, mentioned at length in the sketch of S. A. D. Buchanan, on another page of this
Mr. and Mrs. Emery have two children, Weston B. and Orma J. Mr. Emery gives his political support to the republican
party and has always been interested in public affairs. A member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for forty
four years, in his daily life he exemplifies the noble precepts of that great fraternity. Successful in business
a consistent supporter of the best things in the life of the community and cordial and friendly in his social relations,
he well deserves the uniform respect in which he is held by his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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