Biography of Edgar F. Runyon
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EDGAR F. RUNYON.
The life of Edgar F. Runyon has been such as to elicit just praise from those who know him best, for he has ever been true to the trusts reposed in him and has been upright in all his relations with his fellowmen, and in the position he now occupies at Napa he is performing a distinctive public service in a manner that has won for him the unbounded commendation of the community.

Mr. Runyon is a native of East Orange, New Jersey, born on the 27th of May, 1869, and he is a son of S. M. and Eliza (West) Runyon. The family came to California in 1878, locating in San Francisco. The father was the head of the Goodyear Rubber Company in that city and continued to reside there and fill that position until his death, when he was succeeded as the head of the Goodyear interests by his brother, C. F. Runyon. Our subject's mother also is deceased.

Edgar F. Runyon attended the public schools of Oakland and then entered the California Military Academy at that place, from which he was subsequently graduated. He then became foreman of the Goodyear Rubber Company's factory in San Francisco but left that position to become civil engineer for the Los Angeles street railway and the city of Los Angeles, which positions he filled for six years. He next joined the office force of the Eastern Consolidated Oil Company, at Bakersfield, California, as bookkeeper, remaining there until 1919, when he came to Napa as superintendent of the municipal park, in which position he has since continued. During this period he has initiated a number of fine improvements in the park, and his earnest and persistent efforts in that behalf have been duly recognized and appreciated by the people of this community, who take a justifiable pride in their city park.

Mr. Runyon was married to Miss Lilly Carstmight, who was born in Napa but was reared in Oregon. They are the parents of the following children: Edward C., Morrison, Albert and Alfred, twins, Edith, and Esther. Politically Mr. Runyon has always given his support to the democratic party, and in addition to his work as park superintendent he has also served as deputy sheriff and special police officer. Fraternally tie is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. He is deeply interested in outdoor recreational sports and is particularly fond of baseball. Mr. Runyon has been an earnest and persistent worker all his life, and he has been wisely economical of his resources, being now the owner of a fine ranch of one hundred and sixty three acres in Napa county. His faithful service and fine public spirited interest in the welfare of his community have not gone without their reward, for he has risen in the favor of the people and is held in high regard by all who know him throughout this locality.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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