PETER A. PESHON
One of the most popular and respected members of the San Francisco police department was the late Peter A. Peshon,
who was a wearer of the badge for a period of forty years, and who gained prominence during the later years of
his career as official theater and motion picture censor in San Francisco.
Peter A. Peshon was born in Dubuque, Iowa, October 31, 1859, and he was a son of John and Margaret (Cerrine) Peshon.
He attended the public schools, and when nineteen years of age he came to Humboldt, California, where his first
occupation was in the forests of that section, in the logging and timber industry. Hard, strenuous work this was,
but he persisted in it for a few years, and afterward lived in Santa Rosa, California, for a short time. He next
came to San Francisco, where, in 1891, he joined the city police department and so served until the time of his
death, which occurred forty years later. He was a faithful, vigorous, and honest member of the force, and in every
task assigned to him he gave of his utmost effort. He was a corporal in the ranks, and in 1909 he was appointed
censor of motion pictures, vaudeville and stage productions in San Francisco, fulfilling the duties of this position
with credit to himself during the remainder of his life. Probably no position in the city administration holds
as many delicate situations, or hard decisions to make, as this one, and no living man could please one hundred
per cent of the population. However, Mr. Peshon displayed a marvelous combination of tact, good judgment, clear
understanding, and desire to be fair to all concerned, and the fact that he held the position for so long is proof
of the satisfaction given by him. He kept the entertainments of the city clean, but he was not narrow or biased
in his views, and the disposition and the desires of the citizens themselves were no small factors of influence
over his decisions.
In October, 1886, Mr. Peshon was married to Miss Theresa McCue, a native daughter of California, and to their union
were born two children, namely: Harry Alfred and Dorris, whose birth dates were respectively July 2, 1889, and
September 14, 1902.
During the World war period, Mr. Peshon was a member of the local morals squad and intelligence department, and
also worked in conjunction with federal officers from Washington, D. C. He was a thirty second degree Mason, belonging
to Doric Lodge, No. 216, all the Scottish Rite bodies, and Islam Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He belonged to the
Widows' and Orphans' Association of the San Francisco police department.
In the death of Peter A. Peshon on May 9, 1931, the city of San Francisco lost a citizen whose career made a deep
imprint upon the history of the community. His life was a clean one in every respect, and he was worthy of the
excellent reputation he bore. He is survived by his widow and children, who make their home at 1082 Pine street
in San Francisco.
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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