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Edmund Roy Gill, mayor of Oxnard since 1927, has been successfully engaged in farming pursuits in Ventura County during the past twenty-two years. He was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, in 1882, his parents being Alexander and Melinda (Smith) Gill, who settled in Ventura County, California, in 1886 and passed away in the years 1906 and 1922, respectively. The great-grandfather of E. R. Gill in the maternal line was a resident of Vermont who fought in the Revolutionary War. Subsequently he left Vermont for the province of Quebec but returned to the United States at the time of the War of 1812, refusing to become a British subject. He lived to the remarkable age of one hundred four years. It was in 1886, as above stated, that Alexander Gill, the father of our subject, brought his family to California and came directly from Los Angeles to Ventura County, where he engaged in farming. He reared a family of twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, all of whom survive.

Edmund Roy Gill, who was four years of age when brought by his parents to Ventura County, California, acquired his education in the public schools and a business college. On attaining his majority he leased the Wolfskill Ranch in Los Angeles with his brother Ernest D. Gill and together they farmed the place from 1903 to 1911. This property is now the university site. Returning to Ventura County in 1911, Mr. Gill purchased a farm at Oxnard which he has since devoted largely to the growing of beans and sugar beets.

In early manhood Mr. Gill was united in marriage to Miss Mae Anna Schmidtz of Oxnard, California, and they are the parents of two sons, Edmund Roy, Jr., and Alfred Carl, graduates of Occidental College of Los Angeles. Masonic degrees have been conferred upon both sons by their father.

Mr. Gill became a member of the city council of Oxnard in 1926 and the following year was appointed to the office of mayor, which he has held to the present time. He has been uniformly successful in handling the various problems of city government and has made a splendid record in office. Actively identified with the Chamber of Commerce, he has served as vice president and is now a director of this civic body. A worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masonic fraternity, he is past master of the blue lodge, past high priest of the chapter and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. He is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Gill is a man of quiet, modest disposition and a successful agriculturist, who has demonstrated unusual ability in the affairs of civic government as mayor of Oxnard.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 111-112, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.