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Edward Russell Amerige, deceased brother of George Henry Amerige, was born in Malden, Massachusetts, August 1, 1857, and grew to manhood in his native town. Following the completion of his educational training he entered into a business partnership with his brother, George H., with whom he was associated continuously throughout the remainder of his life. The two came to California in May, 1886, locating in Orange County, and the story of their business activities here is given in detail in the above sketch. A prominent figure in public affairs, Edward R. Amerige was a member of the first board of trustees of Fullerton, served as mayor of the city and was also school trustee. Moreover, he served for two terms, from 1903 until 1905, in the assembly of the state legislature. He took a leading part in matters pertaining to irrigation and was for a time president of the Anaheim Union Water Company. He was liberal and progressive in his views and enjoyed high standing in civic, business and social circles of his community.

A Knight Templar Mason, Mr. Amerige was one of the founders of Fullerton Lodge, F. & A. M., and it was largely through his efforts that the first Masonic temple was built in Fullerton. He passed away May 3, 1915, when in his fifty-eighth year, and the funeral services in Fullerton were conducted by the Knights Templar, while according to his request his body was taken back to Massachusetts and buried in the old family lot in Forest Dale Cemetery at Malden.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Page 317, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.