HISTORY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY 520

CORNELIUS Y. PITMAN

ASSESSOR OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY



SURNAMES: LEWIS, MARTIN, ENTRIKEN,

All who have had to do with the assessor of Santa Clara County and and have come to be familiar with the almost perfect organization of that office at San Jose, will realize to what an extent Cornelius Y. Pitman, the present incumbent, has contributed toward the enviable reputation enjoyed by California as a model state for the transaction of public business. This gentleman was born in Santa Clara County on June 16, 1859, the son of Andrew Jackson Pitman, an American possibly of English extraction. He first came to California by way of the Horn in 1848, and settled at Marysville in the '50s, having previously been married in the East to Miss Armenia Lewis, whose forebears came to America with the French Huguenots. Mr. Pitman was a farmer, and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. They had seven children, six boys and girl, and our subject is the third of the six still living. He attended the local public schools in Santa Clara County, and then pursued an excellent course at a business college in San Francisco, after which he embarked with his father in the milk business; and having spent his early years on the home farm, he did not find it difficult to make a success of the enterprise. Next he took a position as purser on a steamboat plying between San Francisco and Alviso, and so enjoyed a change from his land experience.

In 1914 Mr. Pitman was elected, on the Democratic ticket, assessor of Santa Clara County, and from the first it was evident that he could not fail to make good. The truth is that, by his conscientious application to duty and his interest in and desire to help all having occasion to communicate with his bureau, Mr. Pitman gave such satisfaction that he was reelected to the responsible post and is now serving his second term. He has made numerous improvements in the matter of up-to-date, economic methods; and being a good student on conditions pertaining to his field, he is in the best position to render the public the most efficient yet saving service.

At Alviso Mr. Pitman was married to Miss Nellie Martin, the daughter of Captain John Martin of Alviso, one of the early pioneers; and having come of such excellent American stock, Mrs. Pitman has proven of great aid to her husband. Two children blessed this union--Daphne E. is now Mrs. D. Entriken of San Jose, and she is a graduate of San Jose high and the State Normal; Hayden, who graduated from the San Jose high school, and a student at Santa Clara University, enlisted as an officer when he was only eighteen years of age and served for three months in the World War. The family have always been Presbyterians. Mr. Pitman is an Elk, and proud of his birth in the Golden State he also belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922.page 520

[Ed. Note- Guy and Roy Entriken are noted in the San Jose Bell, 1916, as 1910 graduates , and are now serving as deputy assessors in the office of assessor Pitman]

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