Biography of William H. Wahmuth
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WILLIAM H. WAHMUTH
William H. Wahmuth, as chief of the police department of Alameda, has won distinctive recognition throughout the coast region because of his efficiency as a detector of crime, and his record has stamped him as an exceptionally capable and successful department chief, the force under his supervision functioning in a manner that has won general commendation. Mr. Wahmuth was born in San Francisco, California, March 8, 1869, and secured his education in the public schools of that city. He learned the trade of painting and paper hanging, which he followed until April 29, 1901, when he became a member of the police force of Alameda. He served as a patrolman until May 31, 1907, when he was made a detective, in which capacity he did such commendable work that on October 8, 1920, he was made chief of the police department, in which position he has served to the present. The police force was small when he joined, but it has kept pace with the growth of the city and now consists of a chief, a captain, four sergeants, thirty patrolmen, two detectives and a policewoman. As a result of his experiences and observations, Mr. Wahmuth organized a crime bureau, which is complete in every detail, including the finger print system, and in its practical efficiency it has reflected great credit on his painstaking thoroughness and his genius for organization.

Mr. Wahmuth was united in marriage to Miss Lina C. Thompson, who was born in Lake county, California, and they are the parents of three children, William H., Jr., Roy and Lois. Mr. Wahmuth is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite, and is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine at Oakland. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the Improved Order of Red Men, the Pacific Coast Association of Police Chiefs, the International Association of Police Chiefs and the International Association of Finger Prints. Though closely devoted to his official duties, Mr. Wahmuth is a cordial and friendly man and enjoys well merited popularity.

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


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