Who was E.L. Musick?

Ephriam L. Musick

Born: April 2, 1878

Died: March 2, 1951

School Dedicated: June 14, 1958


The 50 year life career of Ephraim Musick was devoted to newspaper publication and education. He was one of the first presidents of the Newark Chamber of Commerce, served as the secretary, and worked for the realization of the Dumbarton Bridge with full faith in Newark as a future industrial city.

Musick was a constant supporter of improved rural education in California and promoted the legislation for greater rural supervision. He was a master of all subjects in the school curriculum and to him, no standard was sufficient. The best trained citizen was a paramount goal in his mind.

The welfare of Newark School and every child was an important part of his daily living pattern. His sincerity and courage won him a place of high esteem in the minds of students, parents, teachers, trustees, and other associates.

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His Career

Mr. Musick began teaching in Del Norte County in 1899 (in CA by the Oregon border). He later taught at Healds College in Fresno, then joined the faculty of the grammar school at Newark, where he served as principal for 19 years.

The veteran teacher retired in 1938 to become supervisor of education in Del Norte County. At one time, he published the Del Norte Argus at Crescent City and a paper at Boulder Creek.

During World War II, Mr. Musick was principal of the Decoto Elementary School, substituting for his son, L. W. Musick, who was serving as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.