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On our Independence Day, in 1865, Peter A. Fitzgerald, who was to become an American citizen, a leader in American enterprise and a director of American thought, was born in Ireland. He was educated in Ireland, Scotland, England and France. He came to the United States in 1888 and, locating in San Francisco, took up educational work, teaching special branches to private pupils. Later he taught in the Christian Brothers college at Oakland one year and in the Christian Brothers college at Sacramento one year. In the period 1891- 1901 he was a clerk in the freight department of the Southern Pacific railroad at Sacramento. Then he was called to the management of the California winery, with which he was employed one year. Later he was for five years with the John Breuner Company and then for one year with the Ruhstaller brewery as traveling agent. Resigning that position, he was for several months in 1908 in business in Tonopah, Nev. Later he became the owner and is the editor and publisher of the Yolo Independent, a weekly newspaper, in Sacramento. The Yolo Independent was started in 1895, and has been published as a weekly paper ever since, devoted to the interests of Yolo county. Mr. Fitzgerald edits the paper on strictly independent lines, taking up measures of reform, progress and all methods for the advancement of the moral, educational and commercial importance of the community.

The lady who became Mr. Fitzgerald's wife June 26, 1893, was Miss Mollie F. Walsh, a native of Ireland, who came to Sacramento in 1887. She has borne her husband two children, Gerald and Geraldine. Politically Mr. Fitzgerald is an independent; he affiliates with the Royal Arch chapter, and he and his family are communicants of the Catholic church. Devoting his time exclusively to newspaper work, Mr. Fitzgerald is in a position to give his public spirit full sway, and there is no good work for the uplift and benefit of his community that he does not aid with his time, means and influence. 

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