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.
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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