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Edward Ernest Kiefer, who is living retired in an attractive home at 436 Rosemont street in Calexico, came to the Imperial Valley in 1918, was for a number of years in the service of the Imperial Irrigation District and has also figured prominently in public affairs here. He was born in London, England, within the sound of the Bow bells, on the 12th of November, 1886, his parents being Edward Charles and Caroline Elizabeth (Hardy) Kiefer, who were natives of Germany and England, respectively, and are now deceased. The father was a master mechanic. Three of the five children of the family survive.

Edward E. Kiefer was educated in the St. Andrews school and Battersea Polytechnic, of London, England, and when he had attained his majority crossed the Atlantic to Canada, located in Saulte Ste. Marie, Ontario. In the year 1908 he crossed the border into the United States. He was a resident of Denver and Trinidad, Colorado, as chief clerk in railway service and also spent a short time in Tucson, Arizona, as accountant in railway service, prior to taking up his permanent abode in the Imperial Valley in 1918. Following his arrival in California he was identified with the Imperial Irrigation District for a period of eight years in the capacity of chief clerk and cost accountant.

In 1913, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Kiefer was united in marriage to Miss Maybelle Zerr, of that city, and they are the parents of a daughter, Willow Irene, now a sophomore in the University of California at Los Angeles.

An influential figure in the public life of his community, Mr. Kiefer served as city judge of Calexico for a number of years and also rendered valuable service to the cause of education as president of the school board. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal Church, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and with the Masons, belonging to Calexico Lodge, No. 412, F. & A.M., of which he was master for two years; and to El Centro Chapter, R.A.M. He has made many friends in the varied relations of life and is widely known as an exemplary, public-spirited and popular citizen.



Transcribed 7-25-12 Marilyn R. Pankey.

Source: California of the South Vol. V, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 211-212, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 Marilyn R. Pankey.






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