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Sacramento County



Those who have known and observed with interest the career of the native sons of California are impressed with their intelligence, their marked ability and increased prominence in both business and public affairs. The opportunities afforded by the Great West brought them a degree of individual prestige, and the localities identified with their labors have benefited thereby.

W. Walter Bassett was born in the city of Sacramento; its schools gave him exceptional educational advantages. His first business position was that of assistant to the city surveyor. Later he found employment with the old established firm of Adams-McNeill Company, and he continued in their service for several years, finally resigning the position as traveling salesman for that company. He then became associated with Sparrow Smith, and the Capital Banking & Trust Company was organized, of which he became cashier, and one of its directors. In 1911 the commercial department of the bank was nationalized under the name of The Capital National Bank ; he is now cashier of this bank also. He is also one of the reorganizers and a director of the Citizens Bank of Oak Park.

While devoting his time to banking business Mr. Bassett has shown his interest in municipal affairs, serving as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and he was at the same time, from 1906 to 1911, its treasurer. For some time he has been interested in the Consumers Ice & Cold Storage Company, and is its vice-president. Fraternal associations enlist his interest and assistance. He is treasurer of the local Aerie of Eagles, and has been honored by election as their state treasurer. Mr. Bassett is a member of the Masonic order, to whose principles he zealously adheres, and by his contribution aids philanthropic movements. He is a Republican and gives loyal allegiance to that party. Though not personally identified with any religious denomination, he is ready to contribute to movements that insure the religious advancement of the city. 

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