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ROYAL HENRY KENDALL, whose death occurred at Redlands, San Bernardino County, December 19, 1916, came to California within a few years after completing his gallant service as a soldier of the Union in the Civil war, and he gained much of pioneer experience in connection with the development and progress of Southern California.

Mr. Kendall was born in Rockingham County, Vermont, April 25, 1848, and was a son of Isaac F. and Idelia (Pulsifer) Kendall, both representatives of families founded in New England in the Colonial era. Mr. Kendall was one of a large family of children, and in 1922 one of his sisters and two of his brothers were living in New England. Mr. Kendall was but thirteen years old at the inception of the Civil war, but his youthful patriotism was not long to be curbed, as shown by his having enlisted in Company C, First New Hampshire Cavalry. He had previously made ineffectual attempts to .enlist, but was rejected on account of his youth. He was seventeen years old when he was finally accepted for enlistment, and he continued in service until the close of the war—a period of about two years. He took part in twenty-six important engagements, and a wound which he received in his right foot at the battle of Shepherdstown continued to afflict him until the close of his life. He participated in the Shenandoah campaign, and was also with Sherman's forces in the Atlanta campaign.

A few years after the close of the war Mr. Kendall came to California, and here his first service was in the employ of Judge Willis at Old Mission, San Bernardino County. After his marriage, in 1876, he settled on a ranch in the San Jacinto District, and later he became one of the first settlers at Redlands, where his house was one of the first buildings there erected. For some time he was there engaged in the hay, grain and feed business, and finally he organized the Criterion Mining Company, which made exploitation in mining in the Old Baldy District. In this venture he met with financial losses, from which he never fully recouped. He was ever a staunch democrat, and he served four years as city marshal of Redlands. His health finally became much impaired, but he continued to give his attention to such service as he could render, he having been unable for many years to do manual work. He was one of the sterling and honored pioneer citizens of Redlands at the time of his death, was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and in the days of his prosperity did much to advance the civic and material growth and development of Redlands, where his widow still maintains her home, she being an earnest member of the Baptist Church.

In 1876 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Kendall and Miss Emily Benson, who was born at Alameda, this state, January 20, 1858, a daughter of Jerome and Jane (Pine) Benson, who were born and reared in the State of New York and who came from Illinois to California with wagon and ox team in the early pioneer days when the gold rush to California was still at its height, their children having been four in number, Dudley, Eliza, Ina and Emily, the last two being the surviving children in 1922. Mr. and Mrs. Kendall became the parents of five children: Stella, born July 2, 1877, became the wife of Victor Sublett, and her death occurred June 2, 1919, she having left no children. Etta, born November 1, 1879, is the wife of George Nowlin. Roy H., the elder son, is made the subject of the following sketch. Dudley Bert, who was born April 1, 1883, married Marie Boening, and they reside at Long Beach. Laura, born May 13, 1886, became the wife of Roy Kendall (no family kinship), and she died June 7, 1913, leaving no children.

Roy H. Kendall, who now has active management of extensive citrus orchards in San Bernardino County, with residence at 750 Citrus Avenue, Colton, was born at Redlands, this county, on the 20th of June, 1880, adequate record concerning the family history being given in the preceding sketch to follow in the memoir dedicated to his father, the late Royal H. Kendall.

Mr. Kendall attended the public schools at Redlands until he was fourteen years of age, and then entered upon an apprenticeship to the trade of machinist, in which he became a skilled artisan. He successfully conducted one of the first automobile garages at Redlands, the Park Garage, and in this connection he attracted the attention of Alonzo Hornby, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Redlands, who retained him as chauffeur and mechanic for seven years, within which they traveled extensively through European countries, they having toured through England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland, besides having visited Algiers. After returning to the United States Mr. Kendall passed two years with his employer in New York and the New England States, and he is now associated with Mr. Hornby in the extensive growing of citrus fruits on the Colton Terrace of San Bernardino County, where he has active supervision of a large acreage of orange groves.

The year 1912 recorded the marriage of Mr. Kendall and Miss Florence Pentland, who was born in the State of Arizona and whose parents were born in England. Mr. and Mrs. Kendall have one son, Harold Henry, who was born at Redlands, August 15. 1914. Mr. and Mrs. Kendall are members of the Presbyterian Church, and they are popular figures in the social life of their home community.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011