California Genealogy and History Archives
in New Orleans August 22, 1855, Henry J. Kilgariff was only three years
old when he began to be a citizen of the capital city of California. His
father, Martin Kilgariff, was a native of County Galway, Ireland, a
sturdy yeoman of the old Irish school, and along the levees of the lower
Mississippi he found profitable employment as a contracting stevedore.
The business of loading and unloading the commerce of the great Crescent
City was a paying one, but life in that hot, fevered locality was not
healthful, and Martin and Honor a Kilgariff removed their household to
California. In Sacramento the father engaged iu the same employment
until his death in 1862.
seventeen Henry J. Kilgariff closed his school term and began the
struggle for self-support. Any job that paid was accepted by the young
laborer. A little flyer into politics made him a page in the legislature
for three sessions. He then entered the service of the Southern Pacific
Railroad Company in the humble capacity of messenger. Sticking to his
job through the years he is now assistant freight agent in the employ of
that great corporation.
Mr. Kilgariff was married in Sacramento in November, 1895, to Miss Regina Hassett, and they have three children, namely, Helen, aged fifteen; Margaret, eleven years; Martin, age nine; all attending school. Mr. Kilgariff 's fraternal relations speak clearly of his social standing and popularity. In the lodges of the Elks, Knights of Columbus and Young Men's Institute he is well and favorably known. He is also a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and a Democrat in his political belief.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011