ELBERT WEST PERKINS
Elbert W. Perkins, a leading business man of Ione, Amador County, who owns and conducts the oldest drug store in this vicinity, was born at Copper Hill, a mining camp in Amador County, on the 1st of October, 1866, and is a son of John Dabney and Julia Fontaine (Brown) Perkins. His father came to San Francisco, California, in the early ‘50s and engaged in the draying business. He spent some time at Davis, Yolo County, and at Michigan Bar, Sacramento County, where he served as superintendent of the Held mines. For a time Mr. Perkins also drove stage for “Bull” Hamilton between Ione and Michigan Bar, having his headquarters at the Eldred House, Tenth and K Streets, Sacramento. In 1876 he established the family home at Ione, where he was employed in the mercantile store of George Woolsey until 1880, when he was appointed postmaster, which office he filled for four years. The post office at that time was located in a portion of the storeroom now owned by his son. John B. Perkins died in 1917 and his wife survived him a number of years, passing away in 1928. They were the parents of two children, Elbert W. and Martha, the latter becoming the wife of A. E. Smith.
Elbert W. Perkins attended the local grammar schools, after which he went to work in a drug store. He mastered the business and in the course of time received a druggist’s certificate. In 1887 he and his father bought the store which he now owns and of which he became the sole proprietor in 1913 by buying his father’s interest. He has prospered in this business, which has been enlarged by the addition of several departments, until today it would do credit to a much larger place than Ione. He carries an extensive stock of goods in addition to the regular line of drugs, proprietary remedies and druggists’ sundries, and his store is attractively arranged. Mr. Perkins’ uniform courtesy and accommodations is appreciated and he enjoys a large and steadily increasing patronage.
Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss Jessie E. Muir, whose father, Thomas R. Muir, is one of the pioneers of this section of the state. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins had three children, Erwin F., Waldo M., and Marjorie, who died at the age of thirty-one years. There are also four grandchildren. The Democratic Party receives Mr. Perkins’ support and he has been actively interested in local public affairs, having served as a trustee of the high school. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has attained the chapter degrees, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Foresters of America, the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Lions Club. He is fond of baseball and other outdoor sports and is extremely popular throughout the community where he has resided for the past fifty-four years. He has always stood for those things which are calculated to promote the general welfare of the community and is one of Ione’s substantial and public-spirited citizens.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.