Solano County

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Among the professional men of Solano county who have attained distinction in their respective callings, E. W. Stoddard, the popular and efficient principal of the Vacaville union high school, stands high. No one is more entitled to the thoughtful consideration of a free and enlightened people than is he who shapes and directs the minds of the young, adds to their store of intellectual treasures and molds their characters. This is preeminently the mission of the faithful and conscientious teacher and to such noble work is the life of the subject of this sketch devoted.

Mr. Stoddard is a Yankee by nativity, having been born in Milford, Massachusetts, on the 18th day of September, 1860. He received his elementary education in the public and high schools of Milford and then entered Amherst College, where he was graduated in 1882. In 1883 he was principal of the high school at Granby, Massachusetts. He then entered Andover Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1886. In October, 1886, he was ordained a minister of the Congregational church at Haverhill, New Hampshire, and served for four and a half years as pastor of the church in that city. In 1891 he became pastor of the Congregational church at Valley City, North Dakota, but one year later he was called to the Congregational church at Martinez, Contra Costa county, California, where he served with great ability and success for eleven years. Professor Stoddard has always had a strong predilection for the teaching profession, so that when, in 1903, he was offered the principal-ship of the Martinez high school he accepted the place and filled it to the entire satisfaction of the board until 1911, when he was appointed principal of the Vacaville union high school, where he still directs the educational program. He is a well educated, symmetrically developed man, a gentleman of scholarly tastes and studious habits, keeps abreast of the times in advanced educational methods and his knowledge is broad and comprehensive.

Professor Stoddard is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to lodge, chapter and commandery of the York Rite, and is now secretary of the lodge and chapter and recorder of the commandery of Knights Templar. He married Miss Lillia A. Mitchell, a native of Massachusetts, and they are the parents of two children, a son, Walter E. Stoddard, who married Miss Mabel Tryon, of Berkeley, California, and has two children; and a daughter, Ethel M., wife of Bruce H. Painter, superintendent of schools of Petaluma, California. Professor and Mrs. Painter also Have two children. Personally, Mr. Stoddard is a man of broad vision and keen foresight, understands the springs of human motive and action and is kindly and tolerant in his judgment. He is universally recognized as a splendid citizen, of lofty character, sturdy integrity and fine public spirit, elements which have gained for him an enviable standing among the representative people of his community.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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