The Valley of Heart's Delight


Surnames: Pfister
contributed by jchavnar

From: Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated. Edited by H.S. Foote, Published, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company 1888. Pages 99 – 100

FRANK M. PFISTER – This gentleman, the son of Adolph Pfister, was born in San Jose in 1851. In early youth he attended the public schools, and the Gates Institute, then the Santa Clara College, for two years, after which he was three years at the University at Ann Arbor, Michigan, from which institute he graduated as an attorney at law, in 1874. After his graduation Mr. Pfister returned to San Jose and continued his studies of the statutes of California for a season, after which he went to Inyo County and commenced the practice of law, remaining there during a part of the years 1875 – 76. He then returned to San Jose and formed a co-partnership with J.J. Burt, in the practice of law, later drifting into the manufacture of lime, of which work Mr. Burt took especial charge, while Mr. Pfister became drawn into political life, being elected county treasurer in 1882. He remained in this office for the term of two years. Then, not wishing re-nomination to a position of such undue responsibility for the amount of recompense, he became a candidate for the office of city justice of San Jose, being elected in 1884. That office he held for two years, then became justice for San Jose township, which position he now holds.

Judge Pfister is yet interested with Mr. Burt in lime works in Santa Clara County, near the Guadaloupe mines. These works are of a capacity of one hundred and forty barrels per day. There are also works in San Benito County, near Tres Pinos, of a smaller capacity.

Judge Pfister has always been identified with the Democratic party. He is a member of the San Jose Parlor, N.S.G.W.


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