ELMER L. CAVE.
During the incumbency of Elmer L. Cave as superintendent of the schools of the city of Vallejo notable improvements
have been made both in the physical plant of the schools of that city and in the local educational system and it
is but proper that in this definite history of the county in which Superintendent Cave's experienced services have
been rendered with such gratifying results there should be set out some brief review of the life and services of
this successful and widely known educator.
Superintendent Cave is a native son of California, a member of one of the pioneer families in this state, and all
his life has been spent here save for a period in which he was engaged in educational service at Bellingham in
the state of Washington. He was born in Santa Clara county on March 5, 1870, and is a son of Marcus Lafayette Cave,
who had come to California from Missouri in 1849 and in time established himself in Santa Clara county, one of
the helpful pioneers of that section of the state.
Reared in Santa Clara county, Elmer L. Cave had his initial schooling in the public schools of his home place and
early devoted himself to teaching service. He was graduated from the San Jose Teachers College and took supplemental
post graduate work in the University of California. After a period of service as principal of the schools of San
Ramon and later of the schools of Antioch in Contra Costa county, Mr. Cave was made assistant to the principal
of the schools of the city of Berkeley and from there transferred his services to the schools of St. Helena in
Napa county. After nine years of service as principal of the St. Helena schools he was called to the principalship
of the Haight School of Alameda and after four years of effective service in this latter school accepted a call
to take the superintendency of the schools of the city of Bellingham in the state of Washington.
It was while he was thus serving as superintendent of the Bellingham schools that this country entered the World
war in the spring of 1917. Mr. Cave offered his services in behalf of the welfare of the soldiers and was accepted
for overseas service, being attached to the Paris area of th American Expeditionary Forces, where for ten months
he rendered effective service as a director of education. Upon the completion of his military service Mr. Cave
returned to Bellingham, resumed his place as the head of the schools there and was thus engaged for another year,
or until in 1920 when he accepted the call to take the superintendency of the Vallejo schools, which position he
since has occupied. It is not too much to say that Superintendent Cave's progressive policies carried out in the
administration of the local schools have been of great benefit to these schools. Not only have five new school
buildings been erected during the period of his incumbency as superintendent but the whole school plant has been
worked over, remodeled along modern lines and generally made more attractive and serviceable. The curriculum of
the schools also has been revised in accordance with the modern system and improvement in the schools has been
noted along all lines.
In January, 1895, at Antioch, California, Elmer L. Cave was united in marriage to Miss Stella Tyler, who was born
at that place, daughter of Nathaniel A. Tyler, and they have two sons, Dr. Hobart T. Cave, a well established young
dentist now practicing his profession at Seattle, and Donald L. Cave, a student in the Vallejo high schools. Superintendent
and Mrs. Cave have a pleasant home at Vallejo and since taking up their residence here have given their interested
and helpful attention to the general social and cultural activities of the community of which they have become
so useful a part. Superintendent Cave is a member of the California State Teachers Association and of the National
Education Association and is widely known in educational circles. He is a past president of the Vallejo Rotary
Club, is an active member of Vallejo Post No. 104 of the American Legion, is a Royal Arch Mason and is also affiliated
with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, his membership in the latter order dating from the time of his residence
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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