Biography of Edwin R. Budd
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Edwin Ruthven Budd (deceased). Was born in Elizabethtown, Ohio; on the 18th of December, 1818, but from early childhood until 1850 he resided in the State of Indiana, where he followed his occupation of printer until 1850, when he came to California and settled in Nevada. There he became associated with the Hon. A. A. Sargent, in the Nevada Journal, which, under the proprietorship and editorial conduct of Budd & Sargent, became one of the most influential journals of California. On the 15th day of September, 1854, Mr. Budd disposed of his interest in the Nevada Journal, and afterward removed to Santa Rosa, where, in company with Mr. A. W. Russell, he established the Sonoma Democrat, of which he remained chief editor until 1860, when he became afflicted with rheumatic gout, and under the advice of his physician he came to Ukiah, hoping by a change of climate and locality to regain his failing health. On the 9th of November. 1860, the first number of the Mendocino Herald, the first newspaper ever published in this county, was issued in Ukiah under the proprietorship and editorial charge of Mr. Budd, and continued under his charge until February, 1870, when, having lost his health and strength, the paper was discontinued. There are few men who have performed more mental and physical labor than Judge Budd has. The most of his life was passed in the printing office and in positions that required brain labor as well as mechanical skill to discharge the duties that devolved upon him. These arduous labors, accomplished through a long series of years, often when he was afflicted with disease and racked with pain, manifested an indefatigable will power and the very heroism of endurance. As a public man Judge Budd has filled many honorable positions. In 1863 he was elected County Judge of Mendocino county, which position he honorably filled until the expiration of his Judicial term on the last day of December, 1867. He has also filled the position of Superintendent of Public Schools of Mendocino county, and being a zealous friend of education, has several times acted as School Trustee. In 1870 he held the office of Census Marshal for this county. In all the positions of honor, trust and profit, which public confidence has assigned him, he has conducted himself honestly and come out with a record unsullied. Politically, Judge Budd was a Democrat until the commencement of hostilities in 1861, when he joined the Republican party, and has since heen closely connected with its history in California. For his frankness and sincerity he has always enjoyed the utmost confidence of those with whom he has been politically connected: Senator Sargent, his former partner and co editor of the Nevada Journal, has been for the long years since their first acquaintance his unswerving friend. The immediate family of the deceased, upon whom his death falls with keenest sorrow, are his widow, Mrs. A. S. Budd, well known in literary circles, and his five children. The funeral services were conducted by Abell Lodge, No. 146, F. and A. M., of which Judge Budd was at the time of his death Secretary, and of which he was one of the charter members. The Teachers Institute, which was in session in Ukiah, adjourned as a mark of respect to the deceased, and in a body joined in the long funeral procession which honored him. The following resolution of respect was adopted by the Teachers Institute of Mendocino county:

" WHEREAS, it has pleased the All wise Ruler of human events to take from among us a pioneer in the cause of Education, and the second Superintendent of Public Schools of Mendocino county, E. R. Budd.

"Be it Resolved, We, the present Teachers of the Public Schools of said county, do hereby extend to the bereaved widow of the said E. R. Budd, our heartfelt sympathy and condolence for the loss we have all sustained in the decease of a mutual friend and cooperator in the cause of Education; and further, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Mrs. E. R. Budd.

" Very respectfully and sympathizingly,

Ukiah, June 2, 1875. "JOHN C. RUDDOCK, Secretary."

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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