EMORY GRIGSBY SINGLETARY




SURNAMES:  McGeoghegan,

Among the most promising young business men of San Jose, who was making a success of the career his ambition had marked out for him, was the late Emory Grigsby Singletary. a cultured, scholarly young man; a native son, born in San Jose on September 3, 1882, he was the son of the late Emory C. Singletary and his wife, Florence Grisby Singletary, also represented in this work. One of twin brothers, our subject was reared in San Jose, attending the public schools, Belmont academy and Stanford University, taking a course in mining engineering, after which for some years he was employed by Palmer, McBride & Quayle as construction engineer. While at Stanford University he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

In San Jose, May 24, 1909, Mr. Singletary was united in marriage with Miss Margaret E. McGeoghegan. Mr. Singletary continued with Palmer, McBride & Quayle until the death of his father in 1911, when with his brother he returned to San Jose to take charge of the large estate, rapidly becoming prominent in financial circles and with a promising career before him. On December 1, 1918, he was stricken with the influenza and in spite of his rugged constitution and great strength he could not withstand the severe attack of this disease, but was taken away December 10.  Mrs. Singletary was also a victim of the in-
fluenza and for a time her life was despaired of, but to care for the two bright boys that blessed their union, Emory Curtis and John Grigsby. He was a Knight Templar and a Shriner and was buried with Masonic honors.

Mr. Singletary was an acknowledged leader among the younger generation of business men of Santa Clara County, as well as in civic and social life, and his death was a severe blow to the to the community which held him in high regard, and an irreplaceable loss to his immediate family. The memory of his life, which was one of integrity and honesty of purpose, winning for him the respect of all who came in contact with him, is a great comfort and consolation to Mrs. Singletary, who was very proud of his ability and rise in the business world.

Since her husband's death, Mrs. Singletary has continued to reside at her comfortable home at 50 Fremont Street, which Mr. Singletary built a short time before his death, her life interest being centered in her young sons, who were so early deprived of a rare amiability, she is greatly interested, as was her husband, in the general progress and welfare of the community. A native daughter, she was born in San Francisco, coming to San Jose when she was a child; here she received her education in Notre Dame College and the San Jose public schools, soon after which occurred her marriage, which proved a very happy one.

Her father, John T. McGeoghegan, a pioneer resident of San Francisco, was very prominent in financial circles, both in that city and San Jose. For a number of years he served on the school board in San Francisco, as well as holding other offices of trust and honor, and was a man whose integrity was unquestioned and who could always be depended upon to do his full duty with capableness and ability. His marriage occurred in San Francisco in 1873, and united him with Miss Margaret Smith, whose family were also prominent pioneers of California. She was a very beautiful and accomplished woman and decidedly popular in the social life of San Jose.

Maggie E. Smith (Mrs. J.T. McGeoghegan) - San Francisco.--graduate of the State Normal School-May 1869
Present address, San José.  Taught before marriage.


Both Mr. and Mrs. McGeoghegan have passed away, leaving a family of seven children.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 438

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