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William H. Eadon

William H. Eadon, the Coroner of San Diego County, was born at Sheffield England, February 11,1840. His father was a hardware merchant in Quebec, Canada, for many years, and by trade a saw-manufacturer; be was the oldest son of Muses Eadon. a large manufacturer of saws and files, Sheffield, England, the business being still carried on by a younger sot), Robert. William H., with his parents, emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in the year 1842. He was educated mostly in private schools, and finished with a year's course at the Quebec High School. At the age of fifteen years he was apprenticed to a pharmacist (G. (T. Ardouin), and during his apprenticeship attended one course of lectures on botany, two on materia medica, and two on chemistry, at the Laval University, Quebec. In May, 1859, he graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Upper and Lower Canada at Montreal, as a graduate of pharmacy, and immediately started for California. On his arrival in San Francisco. he registered with the Board of Pharmacy. For twenty-five years afterward he was connected with three of the leading wholesale drug establishments of that city. He first began with Charles Morrill, remaining about two years, and with Crane & Brigham, seventeen years (Charles Morrill, and Crane & Brigham, both retired from business), and with Redington & Co. about six years, the latter being the largest drug house on the Pacific coast. In 1887 Mr. Eadon was attracted to San Diego by the boom, but taking it at its height was unfortunate in his investments. Soon after his arrival in San Diego he was appointed health inspector by Dr. D. B. Northrup. Dr. Northrup soon after resigned, and Dr. D. Gochenauer was appointed and retained Mr. Eadon.

Mr. Eadon resigned in October, 1888, after receiving the nomination for Coroner by the Republican convention, to which office he was chosen in the November election, assuming his duties in January, 1889, and this position he has held with honor and credit.

Mr. Eadon was married at Quebec (now the Dominion of Canada), to Miss Honer Sharpe, a native of Quebec, Canada. They have had five children, only three of whom survive. One son, William H., Jr., is foreman of the upholstering department of F. S. Chadbourne & Co., the largest furniture establishment on this coast. Edward H. is salesman for Chadbourne & Co., San Diego, and Lilly B. helps her mother housekeeping. Ed. and Lilly reside at home.

Mr. Eadon is a member of Oakland Lodge, No. 188, F. & A. M., of Oakland, and he takes particular pride in stating that he is a straight Republican.

Source: An Illustrated History of Southern California; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1890.

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