Biography of William R. Crain
Kings County, CA Biographies





WILLIAM R. CRAIN.
One of the widely and favorably known citizens of Kings county is William R. Crain, who occupies the responsible position of foreman of the county machine shop in Hanford. He was born on a farm in southern Illinois, December 19, 1877, a son of William R. and Mary (Spence) Crain, both of whom are now deceased.

William R. Crain of this review was reared in the routine life of the average farm boy and secured his elemental education in the public schools of that locality, supplementing this by a course of study in the Northern Indiana Normal School. He continued to follow farming for a number of years and then turned his attention to the handling of farm machinery, for which he had a natural aptitude. In the operation of threshers, baling machines and other heavy machines he acquired a firsthand knowledge of mechanics that made him an expert in that line. He operated the first steam tractor in southern Illinois and in later years, after the advent of more tractors, he was generally engaged in their repair. In 1911 he relinquished farming operations and confined his labor entirely to the repair of machinery. In 1916 Mr. Crain came to California, spending a year in Sierra Madre, and then went to Selma, where he bought a garage, which he operated for one year. During the ensuing nine months he was employed in a garage in Visalia, and then came to Hanford and engaged in the selling of lighting plants for farms. His next employment was in the county machine shop, where he showed himself so thorough a master of machinery that a year later he was made foreman of the shop, which position he still holds. Here all the county machinery is repaired and maintained in good shape and Mr. Crain has so performed his duties as to win the hearty commendation of the county officials. Painstaking and exact in everything he does, he has saved the county much time and money by his deftness and ingenuity in the handling of the machinery turned over to him. He possesses to a marked degree those qualities which beget friendship and he has won the respect and confidence of all who have come into contact with him.

Mr. Crain was married to Miss Effie Houston, who was born and reared in Illinois, and they are the parents of four children: Lee, Ray, Lois and Unis. Mr. Crain is a republican in his political views and is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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