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One of the most prominent men in the commercial world along the Pacific coast and one who has devoted careful study of freight rates throughout the United States to the extent that he has procured many improvements in conditions in that department, is Harry W. Adams, who fills the important position of traffic manager of the Pioneer Fruit Co., at Sacramento, Cal. The life of Mr. Adams has been a reverse of the usual order of procedure of the active California citizen, for he was born on the Pacific coast and went East as a child, instead of being born in the East and coming to the West. His father, who was a major in the United States army, devoted practically his whole life to military service and passed away some years ago.

Harry Adams first saw the light of day in San Francisco, on July 10, 1861, but after a few years in the East, he finally returned to the coast and his native city. He attended the ]5ublic schools and upon leaving his studies became variously employed for a few years, then going to Salt Lake City, to become clerk in the Union Pacific Railroad office there, and he soon advanced to the position of assistant general freight agent, which he held for a number of years. After that he was connected with the freight departments of the Union Pacific, Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. and Texas Pacific Railway Co., and came to be known as one of the best informed freight and traffic agents in the entire West. Eventually he was induced liy Mr. Bills to come to Sacramento, and accept the position of traffic manager of the Pioneer Fruit Co., which he is holding at the present time with that efficiency and trustworthiness for which he is known among the business people in that line of work. By careful observation and studying the freight rates throughout the country he was instrumental in reducing the rate to the Atlantic seaboard from $1.45 to $1.15. and a corresponding reduction to points west, and this accomplishment has been the means of saving for the farmer many hard-earned dollars. Mr. Adams' company ships fruit all over the United States, and from time to time sends large consignments to foreign ports, which necessitates clever manipulation of the shipments and a thorough knowledge of the best arrangement and order of shipping.

Mr. Adams is a member of the San Francisco Transportation Club and the Sutter Club of Sacramento. He affiliates fraternally with the Masons, having attained to the thirty-second degree, Scottish Rite, and is also identified with the Order of the Eastern Star. In 1890 he married Miss Lnla Holladay, a native of Illinois, who is a lady of culture, interested in charitable work and a member of the Tuesday Club of Sacramento. She is identified with the Order of Eastern Star and is one of the Past Grand officers of the Grand Chapter of California. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011