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
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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