Biography of Wilford E. Peacock
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WILFORD E. PEACOCK. - For the last four years the Pacific Coast Steamship Company has been represented at Eureka by Wilford E. Peacock, who has been in the employ of that concern during the great part of his residence in California. He came to the state in 1902, and after a stay of seven months at Los Angeles moved up to San Francisco, not long afterward securing a position with his present employers. When he had served a year in the San Francisco office he was stationed at Eureka as cashier under C. W. Hayden, his predecessor as agent, whom he succeeded in July, 1910. By his uniform courtesy and efficiency in the discharge of his duties, his attention to business and willingness to oblige the patrons of the company, he has become a respected and popularly known resident of Eureka, where he has proved a most desirable citizen. In turn, he has become an enthusiastic admirer of the beautiful little city where he has had his home for several years, and is ready to aid in movements for her welfare whenever possible.

Mr. Peacock was born March 1, 1875, at Melrose, Monroe county, Iowa, son of Samuel D. Peacock, a farmer and stockman, now conducting a large stock ranch at Salina, Kans. The father married Mary Jane Eads, a distant relative of the great civil engineer of that name, who built the Eads bridge at St. Louis and other great works. The immediate ancestors of W. E. Peacock are from Bullitt county, Ky., but the family was settled in Virginia in the early days of this country's history, and came originally from England. To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Peacock were born six children, of whom W. E. is the second eldest child and second son. He is the only member of the family in this state. The father was a member of Company C, Eighteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil war.

W. E. Peacock grew up at Melrose, being about thirteen years old when the family moved from Iowa to Salina, Kans., where after completing the grammar schools he attended Roache's Business College. Following this he attended a school of telegraphy in the same city, and when eighteen years old went to work as assistant at Oakley, Kans., on the Union Pacific road. He remained there for about six months in that rank, and was then assigned to a station and became station agent at Grinnell, Kans., whence he was sent back to Oakley, doing relief work and night work. In 1900 he went to Salt Lake City to take a position with the Bell Telephone Company, which then contemplated putting in telegraph instruments, using the same wires installed for the telephone service. Mr. Peacock was engaged to install the system on the lines of the Bell Telephone Company at that point, and remained at Salt Lake for fourteen months. Then, as already related, he came to California. His experience at Eureka has been pleasant, his work congenial, and his excellent personal characteristics and capability have won him many friends, in both business and social circles. He is a typical employe of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, which has a reputation for unimpeachable service to its patrons and demands the highest qualities in those in its employ. Its steamer City of Topeka is the fastest and finest boat plying between San Francisco and Eureka. The company's office is at No. 213 E street, the warehouse and docks at the foot of C street.

In May, 1912, Mr. Peacock was married, at Eureka, to Miss Mabel Klepper, of that place, and they have one child, Virginia. Socially Mr. Peacock belongs to Eureka Lodge No. 652, B. P. O. E.; the Humboldt Club, and the Eureka Development Association.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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