William Werner, the present county clerk and auditor of Plumas County, is one of Quincy’s most popular citizens, for he possesses not only marked business and executive ability, but is also a genial and friendly man in social life. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 11th of July, 1869, and is a son of John and Anna (Vogel) Werner, both of whom were natives of Germany. His father was the owner of an extensive flour and feed business in Pittsburgh. A veteran of the Civil War, he was in the cavalry branch of the service, participating in many battles and campaigns of that great struggle until captured, being confined for three months in the notorious Libby prison. His death occurred in 1891, at the age of forty-nine years. The mother passed away at Duquesne, Pennsylvania, in 1918, at the age of seventy-five years. Of their five children, William is the second in order of birth and the eldest son.
William Werner attended the public schools of Pittsburgh, graduating from high school when sixteen years old, after which he took a commercial course in Duff’s Business College. He obtained his first business experience in his father’s office, in which he was employed for fifteen years as a bookkeeper. The business enjoyed a steady growth, amounting in volume to one hundred and ten thousand dollars a year. After the death of his father Mr. Werner took charge of the business, which he conducted until 1895, when the plants was destroyed by fire, and, but little insurance being carried, the loss was almost complete, thus putting an end to the business. After that Mr. Werner engaged in various kinds of business in Duquesne, where he lived until 1906, when he sold out to a brother-in-law and on July 6th of that year came to Quincy, California. Here he went to work in the brewery owned and conducted by his cousin, John C. Werner, known as the Quincy Brewery. In 1909 he went to Alturas, Modoc County, where he engaged in the ice cream business, which he carried on until 1924, when he went to Stockton, this state, where he was in business for 2 years. While there he was taken seriously ill, necessitating a hospital operation, and on the recovery of his health, in 1927, he returned to Quincy. In 1929 he was appointed to the offices of county clerk and county auditor, which he has since filled in a very capable and satisfactory manner. He is efficient and courteous in the discharge of his duties, accommodating in his relations with people having business in his office, and is very highly regarded throughout Plumas County.
On July 24, 1912, in Quincy, Mr. Werner was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Jacks, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jacks, of Meadow Valley. She is a school teacher by profession and is a member of the board of education of Plumas County, being prominent in educational circles. Mr. and Mrs. Werner are the parents of three children, namely: Hazel, the wife of John Andrewson, a civil engineer now with the California Land Company in San Francisco; Scott, a graduate of the Stockton high school, who is employed in San Francisco; and William, who is in the high school in Quincy.
Mr. Werner, a member of the Masonic order, is a past master of Stephen Bayard Lodge, No. 526, at Elizabeth, Pennsylvania; and a past officer of the Royal Arch Chapter at McKeesport, Pennsylvania; and belongs to Ascalon Commandery, No. 59, K. T., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Pittsburgh Consistory, A. A. S. R. Mrs. Werner is a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Alturas, Modoc county. Mr. Werner has always supported the Republican Party and has shown a deep interest in public affairs. Among the varied experiences which he has had was gold mining in Plumas county, but this did not prove a successful venture. He is recognized as a man of sterling character, true to the highest ideals of citizenship, and the high place which he holds in public regard is due entirely to his merit..
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.