Pomeroy Chambers (2) 1980 May 28 AZRep
Mayor Continued from Extra 1 "I don't have any (political) plans," he said. "If there's something for me out there and it looks good and it's waved at me, I'll sure go at it. feut I haven't found that yet. ; "I do have a business to operate (Pomeroy's Mens Stores). It's been costly (to his business) being mayor, but I have no regrets on that point," he said. "My wife has been outstanding that way. She's a perfect wife of a mayor so kind and considerate and gracious. She understands my job." The outgoing mayor's great-great great-great great-great grandfather, Francis Martin Pome-roy, Pome-roy, Pome-roy, sailed the Atlantic trade routes until he joined the Mormon church and made the long, hard trek to Idaho and, later, to Arizona. "They came to where Centennial Hall is now and made their camp there on Feb. 14, 1878," the mayor said. "We opened Centennial Hall exactly 100 years from that day." Pomeroy graduated from Mesa High School in 1941 and since has earned degrees from Brigham Young University and New York University. He was wounded on a bombing mission over Czechoslovakia on June 16th, 1944. In 1945, still hospitalized, he married his high-school high-school high-school sweetheart, sweetheart, Ceil. They now have four daughters. In 1950, he borrowed $4,000, using his mother's home as collateral, and opened Pomeroy's Mens Store in downtown Mesa. "I have other stores, but that store's been there for 30 years," the mayor said. In 1966 he was elected to the City Council, where he served eight years. He was elected mayor in 1976. During his term he tried, he said, to "give people a purpose, make them feel they're part of the city and should have a sense of community value. "I tried to keep that, even though during the four years we grew nearly a third in total city population (between 40,000 and 50,000 people). Mesa's population now is more than 160,000, making it the third-largest third-largest third-largest city in Arizona. "Everybody smiles," the mayor said. "I can go down the street and pass an old city pickup. They see my car, they wave and I wave. I couldn't be treated better than I've been treated as mayor. "I can go out of office and feel very satisfied."