GEORGE H. MASTICK
The late George H. Mastick was a worthy representative of one of the most prominent families of Alameda and in
his own life exemplified the noblest qualities of citizenship, having shown a devotion to the highest interests
of his community that marked him as a man of more than ordinary public spirit. His death, in 1920, was regarded
as a great public loss. Mr. Mastick was born in San Francisco, California, May 23, 1856, and was a son of Edwin
B. and Lueretia (Wood) Mastick. His father was a pioneer of this section of the state, having crossed the plains,
with ox team and covered wagon. He became a prominent and successful lawyer, standing in the front rank of the
bar of San Francisco. He was also a large land owner and was regarded as the father of Alameda, having aided greatly
in the upbuilding of this city, of which he was one of the first mayors. He donated land to the Southern Pacific
Railroad and every measure for the advancement of the community received his hearty support.
George H. Mastick attended the public schools of San Francisco and graduated from the University of California.
He was admitted to the bar and for a number of years was associated with his father in the practice of law, later
being alone in practice. Well founded in the basic principles of jurisprudence, a logical and forceful speaker
and a man of unswerving integrity, he had a large clientele and was identified as counsel with many of the most
important cases tried in the courts of San Francisco and Alameda county.
Mr. Mastick was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth S. Spencer, a native of Illinois, and they became the parents
of three children, Winifred, Spencer and George H., Jr. With an absorbing interest in education matters, Mr. Mastick,
even in boyhood, showed the practical side of his nature in his successful efforts to establish a public library,
which he effected in 1902, and at the age of satenteen years was president of the local library association. Its
promotion and growth was a matter of the deepest interest to him and he remained officially identified with the
Alameda public library to the time of his death, giving liberally of his time and efforts that it might become
an institution worthy of the community which it served. He was a great lover of books, owned a splendid library,
and was a man of wide and accurate information. The Mastick family has through the years been influential in promoting
the progress of Alameda, and the Mastick school, on Santa Clara avenue, was named in recognition of the eminent
public services of E. B. Mastick. George H. Mastick was a man of fine attainment, an agreeable companion, a loyal
friend and neighbor and a man of earnest purposes and highest motives, so that he commanded to an unusual degree
the admiration and sincere respect of 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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