YUBA COUNTY Biographies
Owing nothing to the adventitious aids that ordinarily push men forward in business, David Kennedy has placed his dependence upon the substantial qualities of industry, perseverance and integrity; and in consequence each year has brought him nearer the goal set by his ambition. His entire life has been devoted to railroading, and his ability has won for him the important position of roadmaster for the Sacramento Northern Railroad, with headquarters at Marysville.
Mr. Kennedy is a native of Ireland, born on a farm in County Tipperary, on October 5, 1874; and when a youth of sixteen he sought the opportunities of the New World. Making his way toward the West, he secured employment with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, and after leaving the Mile-high City came to California. He became connected with the Southern Pacific Railroad, acting for a time as general foreman at San Luis Obispo, and then reentered the service of the Denver & Rio Grande in Utah. After severing his connection with that road, he returned to the Southern Pacific Railroad, acting as construction foreman at Colfax, Cal., until 1914, when his services were sought by the Sacramento Northern Railroad Company. He is roadmaster for their entire system, his years of experience enabling him to meet every contingency that may arise, while he also has the executive force necessary for the successful conduct of the duties of his position. The work of his department is systematically and efficiently performed, and his services are increasingly valuable to the corporation which he represents.
In Denver, Colo., Mr. Kennedy married Miss Kate Tobin, a native of St. Louis, Mo.; and together they enjoy the esteem of many friends. Each step in Mr. Kennedy’s career has been a forward one, and his record is proof of the fact that merit and ability will always come to the front.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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