Biography of Capt. John L. Merriam
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CAPT. JOHN L MERRIAM
Numbered among the old settlers of California is Capt. John L. Merriam, who came to the state in 1853. As one of the public men of Corona he has served as city clerk and also as treasurer for some years. He was born January 18, 1835, in Essex county, N. Y., and lived there until he was seventeen years of age, in the meantime receiving the advantages of the common school.

As a young man Captain Merriam came west and first located at Sonora, where he was engaged in the manufacture of soda for some years. In 1861, with patriotic zeal and love for his country, he joined the Second California Cavalry, Company E, and went out with that regiment. He was later transferred to the First California Cavalry, and because of loyal service and bravery he was promoted to first lieutenant and later, in 1864, was promoted to the rank of captain, and served in that capacity until the close of the war. His service was all in the west. He was mustered out and honorably discharged in October, 1865. After the war was over he returned to his old home in New York, remaining there for a time.

Captain Merriam was married June 23, 1868, in Pittsford, Vt., to Miss Anna B. Lewis, also a native of Essex county, N. Y., born in 1844. To this union two sons were born. Otto E. died in Minnesota when two years old; George H., a well known resident and business man of San Bernardino, is married and has two children, a daughter and son.

Shortly after their marriage Captain and Mrs. Merriam went to Minnesota, where he entered the service of the St. Paul and Sioux City Railroad. He continued with the company as agent at different places for fourteen years, being for nine years agent at Sioux City, Iowa. He then retired from railroad life and after his resignation came to California, locating at Corona. For a time he was employed as a clerk and was then appointed postmaster, serving in this public office for a term of four years. He later was elected city clerk and so well did he fulfill his duty to the people that he was reelected a number of times and then was elected city treasurer, in which capacity he has now served since 1905. Since 1890 he has been a notary. Purchasing a block in the residence portion of the city Captain and Mrs. Merriam built a comfortable home. They are highly esteemed by their fellow citizens and have been privileged to see much of growth and development since their residence in the state.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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