Biography of Charles E. Kendall
Kings County, CA Biographies





CHARLES E. KENDALL.
The real history of any community is comprised of the aggregate lives of its citizens, and its reputation is therefore dependent upon the character of its citizenry. Among the worthy residents of Hanford who have through the years so lived as to honor their community is Charles E. Kendall, the efficient chief of the city fire department and city building inspector. He was born July 23, 1861, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Zenas L. and Martha (Clawson) Kendall, the former of whom is deceased.

Charles E. Kendall received a good elemental education in the public schools of his native city and then learned the trade of a papermaker as an employe of the American Paper & Tablet Works. He remained with that company for fourteen years and then, in 1890, came to Kings county, California. Coming to Hanford, in partnership with a brother in law, he engaged in the commission business. He was so occupied for five years and then for a number of years sold sewing machines. In 1908 Mr. Kendall became identified with the city administration and has been a servant of the public ever since, rendering always faithful and conscientious fealty to the public welfare and winning for himself the universal approbation of the community. For a number of years he had been chief of the old volunteer fire department and had shown such ability in handling fires that when the department was reorganized and the old one horse fire wagon replaced by motorized apparatus, he was the logical man to be placed at the head of the fire fighting force. That this confidence in him was not misplaced has been abundantly verified from time to time. In addition to his duties as fire chief Mr. Kendall is also city building inspector, a position of considerable responsibility in a growing community.

Mr. Kendall was married to Miss Caroline Leisz of Dayton, Ohio, and to them have been born three children, namely: R. C., who is manager of the Tilton Lumber Company; Mrs Martin Snyder of San Francisco; and Mrs. H. A. Kuney of Tulare. There are also six grandchildren. Mr. Kendall's life has been exemplary in all respects and he and his family have ever supported those interests which are calculated to benefit the community. Thus he has earned and retains to a marked degree the confidence and respect of all who know him. Mr. Kendall is a republican in his political views and takes an active part in the public affairs of his county and city. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World and the U. P. E. C. E.

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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