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A busy and useful career has characterized the life of H. S. Bonte, who has followed the vocation of surveyor and civil engineer with signal success. He is a native of Sacramento, the son of Charles C. and Anna H. Bonte, the father having been born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1857. It was in his native city that Charles C. Bonte received his education, attending the public schools, and in 1873 he accompanied his parents to Sacramento, where they made their home. He was a student at Augustin College at Benicia until 1877, returning then to Sacramento to become a clerk in the motive power department of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, with whom he worked for many years and eventually became superintendent of that department. This position he held until 1903, when he was transferred to San Francisco to become assistant general superintendent or motive power of the Pacific system of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and he is at present serving in that capacity.

H. S. Bonte received his early education in the public schools of Sacramento and was graduated from the high school in 1901. He then became a student at Stanford University, until 1906, giving close attention to his special branch and becoming thoroughly grounded in the theories of his chosen work. Naturally gifted in the solving of the many problems which confront the civil engineer lie early proved his fitness for that special work, and in 1906, 1907 and 1908 was in charge of a preliminary survey for the hydraulic system of the Guggenheims, with headquarters at Dawson City, Alaska. In 1908 he went to Aberdeen, Wash., in the capacity of locating-engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad, and in the following year returned to Sacramento to become chief engineer for the Vallejo Northern Rail- way Company, in which position he has ever since served with marked success. Mr. Bonte was married at Oakland, February 3, 1908, to Miss Warfield, and they have a son, John Warfield. A Republican in politics, Mr. Bonte takes a patriotic view of all questions of national policy, and his interest in local matters is ever for the welfare of the citizens of his native 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