W. H. CORTRIGHT.
W. H. Cortright is too well known in Hanford and throughout Kings county to need any introduction to the people
of either city or county, for he has long been recognized as a man of more than ordinary business acumen and ability.
He was born and reared in Hillsdale, Michigan, a son of Frank and Margaret (Dow) Cortright. After completing his
elemental education in the public schools, he entered Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, from which he was
graduated. He then became a student in the Michigan State Agricultural College, where he took the course in civil
engineering. Coming then to the west, he first located in Colorado, where for a time he was occupied in various
land and irrigation projects, followed by nine months of similar work in Arizona. Going then to Los Angeles, Mr.
Cortright engaged in the concrete pipe business, in which he was successful, and was, after four years there, induced
to go to San Diego, where he operated in a similar line for eight years. In 1915 Mr. Cortright came to Hanford
and, in partnership with a Mr. Adell, engaged in general cement contracting. Subsequently Mr. Adell's interest
was acquired by Mr. McDougal and today the firm of AdellCortright Company is one of the best known contracting
firms in the San Joaquin valley. They engage in the installation of irrigation systems, all kinds of reservoirs,
syphons, and have done much other work of a general character, including the making of many concrete bridges. They
have gained a reputation for reliability and trustworthiness that has given them favorable consideration whenever
they go after a job and they have handled the major portion of work in their line in this vicinity.
Mr. Cortright was married to Miss Pearl Trembly, who was born and reared in the state of Illinois. Mr. Cortright
is a republican in his political views and takes a deep interest in public affairs. Fraternally he is a member
of the Bevenolent Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. Tireless energy, keen perception and honesty
of purpose, combined with every day common sense, are among his chief characteristics and, while advancing individual
success, he has also contributed in every way possible to the moral and material welfare of the community.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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