EDWIN E. MANN.
From an agricultural standpoint Edwin E. Mann ranks among the substantial and reliable residents of Blucher valley,
Sonoma county. He is a son of Henry W. and Mary J. (Small) Mann, the former of whom was born March 24, 1817, in
Columbiana county, Ohio. Although reared in a farming community, his tastes did not lie in the direction of agriculture,
and after finishing his education in the public schools near his boyhood home he took up the study of medicine
with Dr. David Silvers in his native county. In order to earn the means with which to complete his professional
training he taught school, and in so doing was enabled to take a finishing course in Rush Medical College, in Chicago,
from which well known institution he received his diploma. Returning to Ohio, he practiced his profession first
in Uniontown and later in Greensburg, and subsequently, while a resident and practitioner in Fulton county, Ind.,
he also filled the office of county treasurer for two terms. Throughout his mature years he had been a member and
active worker in the Presbyterian Church, and for many years served in the capacity of elder. He passed away in
Rochester, Ind., January 20, 1864.
Henry W. Mann had been three times married, his first marriage occurring in 1842 and uniting him with Miss Susan
Alt, who survived her marriage but a short time. His second marriage, December 28, 1844, was with Miss Mary J.
Small, who at her death four years later, February 24, 1849, left one son, Edwin E., the subject of this review.
Dr. Mann's third marriage was celebrated May 29, 1850, uniting him with Miss Sarah M. Chinn.
The only child of his father's second marriage, Edwin E. Mann was born in Rochester, Fulton county, Ind., February
9, 1847. His education was acquired in the schools of that city, and there he was still a pupil when he decided
to lay down his books and do his part in the defense of the north, in the Civil war. He was only seventeen years
old when he joined the Twenty fifth Indiana Battery, Light Artillery, in which he served under Captain Storm for
one year, during this time participating in the battle at Nashville, Tenn. After the expiration of the term of
his enlistment he reenlisted in the Regular Army as a member of the Twenty first United States Infantry at Louisville,
Ky. Under General Crook he was assigned to duty in Arizona in subduing the Indian uprisings, and there as in his
former service won commendation from his superiors for gallant and Meritorious service. He was mustered out at
Camp Grant, Ariz. in 1866, and instead of returning to Indiana he came to California and this has been his home
ever since. Going to the San Joaquin valley, his first experience in the state was as a hop grower, in which business
he was associated with John Neal for five years. Subsequently he Was in the employ of the Oakland and Sacramento
Street Railroad Company, with headquarters at Oakland, and still later lived for a time at San Jose, Santa Clara
county, and Ferndale, Humboldt county. It was with an experience of some length in all of these various localities
that he came to Sonoma county in 1885 and became interested in a hop ranch north of Sebastopol. His next move brought
him to Blucher valley, where he now resides on sixty acres of fine land which he rents. The raising of blackberries
and fruit forms his specialty, and that he is making a success of the undertaking is best told in the statement
that during the season of 1909 he gathered thirty eight tons of berries and twenty tons of dried apples.
Mr. Mann's marriage in 1890 united him with Mrs. Elzina M. Sharp, who shares with him the esteem and high regard
of many friends and neighbors. Mr. Mann's fitness for the position led to his election to the office of president
of the. Farmers' alliance of Bloomfield, a body of up to date ranchers whose object is mutual helpfulness, both
in a business and social sense. After two terms of service he resigned the office.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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