Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Dr. Earl D. Eddy, of Salinas, prominent among the successful exponents of dental surgery according to twentieth century attainments and standards, was born in Chautauqua county, New York, April 9, 1853, a son of James and Dorcas Warner (King) Eddy, pioneers of the Empire state, who later removed to Pennsylvania. They were descendants of good old Colonial settlers of Rutland, Vermont, and were highly esteemed in their day.

James Eddy died when the Doctor was only nine years of age and thus when a mere lad he had to go to work early to earn his living. He remained at the home of his mother until he was eighteen years of age and then he went to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he was apprenticed to learn the moulder's trade in an iron foundry. Later he took up railroad work and at the age of 21 became a conductor on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad. Going to New York City, however, he began the study of medicine and pharmacy but never engaged in actual practice. Instead, he entered the employ of the government, joining the engineering corps at Castle Island, where he assisted in the modeling the forts and putting in modern guns.

In January, 1876, Dr. Eddy entered the artillery service at Charleston, South Carolina, and was soon promoted to be corporal of Battery E, Fifth Artillery. He passed the examinations necessary for admittance to the Artillery School at Old Point Comfort and was a student there for two years, graduating with honor in a class of one hundred and eighteen. Still later, he was steward in the Hospital Corps there. Coming west to California in 1880, he served as a steward on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, there also adding to his credits through efficient service. During the Apache campaign in 1881, in Arizona, he returned to Alcatraz Island with eighty Indian prisoners. He served for three years at the Hooper Indian reservation in Humboldt county, and on his retirement from the Army in 1884, took up the practice of dental surgery in San Francisco. Later he was in San Jose and Auburn, Placer County, and on October 31, 1904 came to Salinas, where he has since enjoyed a lucrative practice. While at San Jose, he gave some time to the building trade and was a foreman of carpenters on the First Christian church building and also the City Hall.

Dr. Eddy has been twice married. In 1879, he wedded Miss Eliza Thomas, of Virginia, who died in 1893, and by whom he had one son, Earl Dorr Eddy, who is now with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, at Akron, Ohio. On January 3, 1909, occurred his second marriage, when he was joined in wedlock to Miss Lena Belle Luzier, of West Virginia.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.