A worthy representative of a pioneer family, Ernest P. Lion, vice-president of the L. Lion & Sons Company, was born and reared in Santa Clara County. He first saw the light of day April 11, 1865 at the family home in San Jose, adjacent to St. James Park, the son of Lazard Lion, who had come to California as early as 1852. His sketch appears on another page.
Ernest P. Lion began his education in the Gates private school, later completing his studies by taking a business course in the Garden City Business College. He left school at the early age of fourteen and entered his father's store and at nineteen took an active part in the business, first as secretary and now as vice-president of the company. He was assistant manager of the Los Angeles branch of the business. from 1886 to 1890, when he was associated with his brother. Gustave F., and also was employed by him in his San Jose store.
Mr. Lion was united in marriage in Los Angeles in November, 1888, to Miss Clara Jobson of San Francisco, and their son Paul L., who was born there, is actively associated in the extensive business in San Jose. Politically Mr. Lion casts his vote for the Republican candidates, and fraternally he belongs to the B. P. 0. Elks and the Native Sons of the Golden West, while locally he is active in the affairs of the Rotary Club, Commercial Club, and the Chamber of Commerce, also the San Jose Golf and Country Club.
Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1065
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