El Dorado County









††††† William Shermer Kirk, of Placerville, who is president of the Placerville Automobile Company, has been successfully engaged in the automobile business since the year 1913.Prior to that time he was one of the most active and best known newspaper men of California, and although he has abandoned journalism for the automobile trade, he still retains an affection for newspaper work.He is known as a progressive citizen in every sense of the term and enjoys a most enviable reputation in his community.

††††† William S. Kirk was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 16, 1868, a son of James S. and Eliza (Rook) Kirk, who went to San Francisco and are now deceased and buried in Placerville.He attended the public schools to the age of fourteen years, when he became an apprentice to the printing trade, later working as a journeyman printer.It was in 1893, when a young man of twenty-five years, that he came to the west, and during the succeeding decade he was employed on the San Francisco Chronicle, after which he managed the Marysville Appeal for a period of several years.It is an interesting fact that Mr. Kirk brought the first linotype machine to Marysville and operated the first linotype machine brought to Sacramento, in the State Printing Office.He was the fastest operator of his time, and he taught a number of operators who were experts.Following his arrival in Placerville he purchased the Placerville Nugget and the Republican, which he consolidated under the name of the Placerville Republican and published for fifteen years.In 1913 he took over the local agency for the Ford Motor Company and conducted this successfully for a decade and a half, together with the Republican.While thus engaged, he organized the Placerville Automobile Company, on June 2, 1921, and since relinquishing his Ford agency has given his entire time to the new concern.

††††† In early manhood Mr. Kirk was united in marriage to Miss Annie S. Hallows, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Their daughter, Gertie, who is Mrs. R. P. Cornelison, spent one year in France in the service of the Young Menís Christian Association.She joined the Eastern Star at Marysville, California, when eighteen years of age and is past matron of the Eastern Star at Lakeland, Florida.She now lives in Placerville, California.

††††† Mr. Kirk gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party, believing its principles most conductive to good government.He joined Triluminar Lodge of Masons at Newark, New Jersey, when a young man of twenty-five years and has ever been a worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the fraternity.He now belongs to the Placerville Lodge, No. 26, F. & A. M., Placerville, of which he is past master; St. James Chapter, R. A. M., of which he is past high priest; El Dorado Commandery, K. T., of Placerville; Sacramento Consistory, A. A. S. R.; and Ben Ali Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of Sacramento.He is also affiliated with the Sciots and with the Fraternal Order of Eagles.Mrs. Kirk is a member of Fallen Leaf Chapter of the Eastern Star and also belongs to the Shakespeare Club, which occupies its own building.The Kirk residence is within the city limits of Placerville, where the owner also maintains a fruit ranch.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 230-231. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010Gerald Iaquinta.



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