San Joaquin County
S. D. WATERMAN
S. D. WATERMAN.--No other educator has been so long or so intimately identified with the schools of Stockton since the commencement of her history as has he with whose name this sketch commences. Mr. Waterman is a native of Kennebec County, Maine, born September 14, 1842. His early boyhood days were spent in his native county, and then he commenced his education, which was finished at Bowdoin College, where he was graduated in the class of 1861. He had meantime commenced the profession of an educator, having taught two terms in the intervals between terms of attendance at school. After his graduation he went to Massachusetts, and taught at Mattapoisett one term. In 1862 he entered the service of the Union in defense of the old flag, enlisting in Company I, Third Massachusetts. He at once went to the front, joining Burnside in North Carolina, and thereafter took part in the movements and battles in that department until discharged. In 1864 he went to Louisville, Kentucky, where he taught in the public schools two years in the grammar department of the Tenth Ward Grammar School and two years as principal of the Seventeenth Street School. In 1868 he went to Greencastle, Indiana, and there served as city superintendent of schools for two years. From there he came to California, locating in Stockton, where he was appointed assistant in the high school, in which capacity he served one term. The Jefferson School was then opened, and he served as its principal during its first term. He then returned to the high school as vice-principal, which position he held until elected to the principalship, in 1883. Mr. Waterman was the Republican nominee for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1882, and shared in the general defeat of the party in that year, caused by internal dissensions. As an educator Mr. Waterman stands in the front rank, and it is generally conceded that his work in behalf of the public schools of Stockton and more especially the High School, has done more than anything else to give them their present high standing among the schools of California.
Mr. Waterman was married in Indiana to Miss Lizzie Williamson, a native of that State.
He has passed the chairs of Charity Lodge, I. O. O. F.; is a member of the Rawlins Post, G. A. R.; of San Joaquin Lodge, F. & A. M., and of the A. O. U. W.
Transcribed by: Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.
An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California, Pages 414-415. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago, Illinois 1890.
© 2009 Jeanne Sturgis Taylor.