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HERBERT EMILE SCHILLING

FIREARMS AND SPORTING GOODS BUSINESS
MAYOR OF SAN JOSE



SURNAMES: FOSTER

A distinguished public official of Santa Clara County who has for some years past enjoyed the comforts of a retired private life, is Herbert Emile Schilling, the eldest son of Margaret and the late Frank Schilling, a native of San Francisco, where he was born on August 4, 1861. When one year of age, he was brought to San Jose; and he has been a continuous resident of this city ever since. Frank Schilling died here in 1916, aged eighty-two years, while his widow is still living at the old home, aged ninety-two years. Herbert Emile was oldest of their five children. He attended the local public schools, and in 1875 was graduated from what is now known as the Horace Mann School, then one of the best-known high schools in the state. He then joined his father in the firearms and sporting goods business, and in time became his partner; and together they established the well-known firm of F. Schilling & Son at 27 Post Street, and for forty years he retained his connection there until his retirement in 1913. He succeeded so well as a business man that he now owns real estate in various places in the Santa Clara Valley, and he also has a ranch in Calaveras County. As early as 1890 he had become a public man, as he was always a public-spirited citizen, and when thirty-one years of age he was elected mayor of San Jose by popular vote. He was a member of the common council of San Jose for the years 1890-92, and from 1892 to 1894 he was head of the city government.

A notable event of the period of his incumbency as mayor which may be worthy of special mention was the passage by the legislature of the State of California of a joint resolution removing the capital of the state from its present site at Sacramento to its former and original location at San Jose, upon condition that the citizens of the latter city and vicinity should donate ten acres of land for the new capitol site and $2,000,000 to cover the expenses of the removal. The proposition was immediately acted upon and had progressed to the point where a tract of land now included in the Naglee Park addition was tentatively offered by the Naglee estate, when proceedings were halted by a writ of mandate secured by Sacramento County and submitted to the State Supreme Court. That body ruled against the legality of the Legislature's act, and so ended the last effort to have the capital of the state returned to the location where it rightfully belongs, and from which it was improperly removed. In this great contest, Mayor Schilling did his full duty; and as a lifelong member of the Democratic party, he has always contended that if a political organization works for the best interests of the people, it assures both the ultimate acceptance of its principles and its own continued existence.

In Monterey County, on June 18, 1894, Mr. Schilling was married to M. Alice Foster, the daughter of James P. and Arvilla Foster, of Independence, Mo. Mr. Foster joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, and died in the performance of his duty in September, 1863. The mother brought her children to California in 1874, and Mrs. Schilling finished her schooling in Watsonville. Mr. Schilling is a lover of outdoor life, especially as one may enjoy it in California; and he spends a part of each year in the High sierras, hunting and fishing.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 553

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