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The secretary and manager of the Pacific Grocery and Produce Company belongs to that noteworthy circle of Californians who achieve a fair degree of success along any line of endeavor. By birth he is eligible to membership with the Native Sons of the Golden West, for he claims Siskiyou county as his earliest home and the center of his youthful activities. Born May 11, 1873, he was a member of a pioneer family and himself grew to manhood in the midst of a frontier environment, for Siskiyou responded to the uplifting influences of increasing population with less rapidity than other portions of the state. Naturally, therefore, the occupations of the frontier were the first to interest him and we find him buying and selling cattle, raising stock on the broad ranges of the north country and following the uncertain life of a miner. From the cattle industry he gradually drifted into the butcher business and at an early age he was familiar with every detail incident to that occupation.

For a considerable period the headquarters of Mr. Lindsay were at Fort Jones, which stands at the confluence of two small streams that merge eventually into the Klamath river. A sense of isolation is inspired by the long distance from the railroad and by the over-hanging peaks of the Salmon mountains. Realizing that a more central location would afford him better commercial advantages, Mr. Lindsay closed out his interests in Siskiyou county and removed farther south, arriving at Sacramento July 30, 1907. Here he purchased an interest in and assisted in the incorporation of an old-established business, formerly known as D. Deirson & Co., and made popular through a long experience covering twenty-five busy years. The business was incorporated with C. F. Dosch as president and A. H. Lindsay as secretary and manager and the latter has since been the managing head of the important and growing business. Recently large quarters were secured in the new general market on J street, where the firm occupies the entire west side of the market as well as commodious floor space in the center. For thirty years J. P. Murphy, better known as "Panama" Murphy, of baseball fame, has been with this firm and its predecessors and meanwhile he has gained the reputation of being the best game and produce man in the entire state.

Upon coming to Sacramento and entering into business for himself Mr. Lindsay was unmarried, but on Christmas day of the following year he established domestic ties, being then united with Miss Ethel Tilton, a cultured young lady of Sacramento, born and reared here, also educated in the local schools. The Tilton family holds a place among the influential pioneers of Sacramento and her father for twenty-five years has been connected actively with Baker & Hamilton, wholesale dealers in hardware and agriculture implements. While Mr. Lindsay possesses to an unusual degree the qualities that win and retain friends in social circles, he has been devoted so closely to business affairs that social functions and political conventions have lacked his genial presence and helpful encouragement. Nor has he identified himself with any of the fraternities with the exception of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, whose camp at Sacramento has the benefit of his generous contributions and cordial co-operation in all progressive work. 

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