E. M. MURRAY.
E. M. Murray enjoys distinctive prestige among the citizens of the town of St. Helena, Napa county, California,
where he has long been active in business circles and is now ably and efficiently filling the position of postmaster.
He has earned the right to classification as one of the progressive men of his community, having fought his own
way up the steps that lead to success, and as a neighbor and a citizen he is highly esteemed by all who know him.
Mr. Murray is a native of Iowa, and he was born in the city of Ottumwa on the 19th of December, 1867. He attended
the public and high schools of his native city and then entered Parsons College, at Fairfield, Iowa, after which
he studied law in the office of his brother in Topeka, Kansas, and in due time was admitted to the bar. Mr. Murray
then went to Tuxtepec, state of Paxaca, old Mexico, where he had acquired a tract of land, and was engaged in coffee
and rubber planting for thirteen years. In 1909 he came to St. Helena and engaged in the real estate and insurance
business, in which he met with success from the beginning, and he is still the leader in his line in this vicinity.
On January 9, 1924 President Coolidge appointed Mr. Murray postmaster at St. Helena and he is the present incumbent
of that position. His administration of the office has been marked by promptness in the handling of the mails and
courtesy in the relations between the office and the public. For eight years he was a director of the St. Helena
Chamber of Commerce, and he has also served that body as president and as secretary.
Mr. Murray was married to Miss Jessie Carman, who was born in Petersburg, Illinois, and they became the parents
of two children: Mrs. C. D. Elliott, and E. Maxwell, a pharmacist of St. Helena. Mr. Murray's success has been
the legitimate result of his persistent and well directed efforts. He has been distinctively a man of affairs,
wielding a wide influence among those with whom he has been associated, and he has ever had the welfare of his
town in mind, doing what he could to aid in its progress and development.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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