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The childhood memories of Mr. Kitt are associated with the southeastern part of Nebraska, where he was born December 29, 1876, in the village of Arago near the western banks of the Missouri river. His parents, Joseph and Selina Kitt, were representatives of the splendid pioneer element that entered into the material upbuilding of that state, and the family throughout the entire period of their identification with the United States has been characterized by the courageous, industrious qualities that have transformed the dense forests and the vast prairies into fertile farms and prosperous communities. The schools of his locality were equal to those of the period in any part of the country and afforded him fair advantages, which later were increased by an attendance of one year in a business college located at Lincoln, Neb. When the time came for Mm to enter the ranks of business men he secured employment as a traveling salesman and in his chosen work he met with considerable success as a representative of a number of specialty houses out of Chicago and Council Bluffs. Meanwhile he had become interested in the study of electricity and had mastered the principles of the science. During 1901 he removed west as far as Denver, Colo., where he found employment as an electrical engineer.

Upon his arrival in Sacramento during the year 1904 Mr. Kitt was given a position with the Sacramento Electric, Gas and Railway Company, in their electrical engineering department, continuing in different capacities until his resignation, which occurred March 1, 1909. His object in resigning had been to specialize on electric vehicles. He was first to introduce that type of car into Sacramento, by taking the agency for the Columbus electric automobile; later he became Sacramento representative of the Detroit Electric vehicles. During the three years he has been in business he has placed approximately one hundred electric vehicles in the capital city, which indicates his success as a salesman as well as the recognized values of his ears. In February of 1910 he erected a one-story modern brick garage and salesroom, equipped with all facilities for the management of a growing business. In order to provide facilities for the cars and storage of electric vehicles he erected, during the summer and autumn of 1910, a substantial four-story reinforced concrete addition affording abundant space for the needs of the next few years. The office, garage and laboratory are located at Nos. 1910-14 Capitol avenue, or M street, an excellent location for such purposes. In addition to the maintenance of a line of electric vehicles, storage batteries for all purposes are kept to supply the needs of the trade, and the garage is a popular headquarters for all users of electric cars.

Political questions receive their due consideration from Mr. Kitt, who, however, displays no partisan preferences and maintains an independent attitude in his personal views. As a citizen he contributes to movements for the upbuilding of the community and the development of its business interests. His marriage took place in Los Angeles September 1, 1904, and united him with Miss Agnes Donovan, of Denver, Colo. They are the parents of two sons, Frederick T., Jr., who was born April 18, 1910, and Phillip John, who was born February J.7, 1912. The family are earnest members of the Roman Catholic Church and Mr. Kitt is also affiliated with its leading fraternity, the Knights of Columbus. 

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