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New England has contributed much to the good citizenship of the Pacific coast. This contribution has been both direct and indirect, and, taken all in all, it has been almost incalculable, both in its extent and its influence. One of its direct contributions in a purely personal and individual way is Stephen S. Day, of Sacramento, who was born at North Hampton, Mass., August 2, 1868. He was educated in the public and high schools of his native city, graduating from the latter in 1886. Then he acted on a well-formed determination to go west, and made his way to Omaha, Neb., where he entered the establishment of Crane Company, who handle steam and plumbing supplies, acting as stock clerk. His aptitude for business was recognized by his promotion to the sales department. In 1893 he was transferred to their main office at Chicago, where he had a successful career as a salesman till 1903. From then until 1910 he was in charge of the company's agency at Sacramento. In September, that year, the house established a branch to supersede its agency, and Mr. Day was made its manager. Under his supervision they built the present building, 86x150 feet, on the corner of Front and M streets, consisting of two stories, and the company occupy the entire building. The leading products of the concern, recognized throughout the United States as the best of their kind, are valves and fittings of their own manufacture, and they are extensive jobbers of a general line of steam and plumbing supplies.

In Sacramento, September 1, 1908, Mr. Day married Miss Minnie Schaw, who was born in Australia, but came to Sacramento, Cal., when a child. He is a member of the Sutter and Sacramento clubs, and has been a director of the Sacramento Chamber of Chamber since its reorganization. In his religious alliance he is a Congregationalist, and ill his political allegiance he is a Republican. While he is not an active politician in the now nearly obsolete sense of the phrase, he is an active politician of the new school - that, not of the office-seeker, but of the thinker and voter who considers his duty to his fellow men illy discharged if he does not plan for their welfare and vote to promote their best interests. It is such a public spirit as has been suggested that makes the modern business man a success and a good citizen, and Mr. Day is that to the greatest extent. 

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