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Born 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.

At 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. 

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