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The prominent dealer in hardware and house furnishing goods of Oak Park, Sacramento, whose name is above, was born at Williamstown, Clay county, Ind., November 25, 1869, a son of Douglas and Mary Kessler. His parents lived originally near Columbus, Ohio. His father taught school until after the death of his wife in 1887, then he farmed for some years and eventually passed away in 1906. After completing his school education A. B. Kessler did farm work until the spring of 1891, when he went to Livingston, Mont. There he worked as a carpenter until he contracted a fever which necessitated his leaving the town. During the ensuing five years he followed carpentering and did railroad and mining work from place to place until he located in Anaconda, Mont., where at length he found employment with the Montana Meat Company, which retained his services three years. During the next two years he was in the employ of the Montana Laundry Company at Butte. After that he bought ten acres of land at Orangevale, Cal., and operated a fruit farm and vineyard until 1909, when he sold the place. Early in the following year he entered the service of the Oak Park Lumber Company, but after a few months became a salesman in the E. A. Pierce hardware store. It was not long before he bought the stock of that concern, to which he has since added to complete the line and put in house furnishing goods, crockery and silverware. By fair treatment of his customers, as well as by the application of good business ability, he has built up a good trade which is constantly increasing.

January 14, 1904, Mr. Kessler married Miss Jessie R. Pierce of Sacramento, daughter of a pioneer at Fair Oaks and Orangevale, who has retired from active life and is living with his son, E. A. Pierce, a contractor. Mrs. Kessler has borne her husband four children : Ruth, Joseph Pierce, Dorothy, and Viola M. She is a member of the Mothers' Club of Highland Park, the family are communicants of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Kessler affiliates with the Knights of Pythias. As a citizen he is conspicuously public-spirited and progressive.

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