California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
HENRY C. MCALLISTER. — There is no doubt but that unusual opportunities for advancement are offered in the West, but it is equally true that only exceptional men are able to take advantage of them and through them reach positions of weight in their communities. The fact that they do see and embrace these openings proves that they have abilities above the ordinary, or they, like their associates, would not recognize that the chance was at hand for their taking. There is no such thing as blind luck. Every promotion, each advance, is the natural result of carefully directed effort, conscientious work and intelligent forethought. Especially is this true with reference to the positions connected with the great corporations of any city. Merit alone wins; there are no favorites. The stockholders have to be shown a certain amount of profit as a just return on their investment, and the directors place in charge of the affairs of the company men of proved ability. When the directors of the Southern California Gas Company selected Henry C. McAllister for the position of division manager they chose the very best man for it, and one who had been connected with this concern, through its various changes, for over twelve years, and steadily risen through successive promotions until he was the logical candidate and one who had the entire details at his disposal.
Henry C. McAllister was born at Sutton, New Hampshire, February 18, 1873, and comes of Scotch ancestry. He is a son of C. W. and Adalaide (Kendrick) McAllister, who was born at Toronto, Canada, on February 22, 1876. After he had completed the grammar and high school courses of Warner, New Hampshire, Henry C. McAllister entered the employ of the Northern Railroad Company at Concord, New Hampshire, and remained in railroad work until 1909, when he came West, locating at San Bernardino, which has since continued to be his place of residence. For a short time after his arrival in this city he was a clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad Company, and then entered the old San Bernardino Gas and Electric Company, remaining with it when it was sold to the Pacific Light & Power Company, and with the present corporation, the Southern California Gas Company, when it purchased the gas interests.
Mr. McAllister married Beatrice Winstanley Bell, September 27, 1898. Mr. McAllister and his wife have a daughter, Mildred, who was born September 11, 1899, at Worcester, Massachusetts. She was married to Virgil S. Rucker June 20, 1921, at San Bernardino.
Naturally a public spirited man, Mr. McAllister has long been a member of the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce, and is now a member of its Board of Directors. For several years he has served as a member of the National Orange Show Association, and is a director of the San Bernardino Valley Bank. Fraternally he has long maintained membership with the Masons, Odd Fellows and Elks, and is very popular in these orders. Mr. McAllister is proud of his record as a republican, for ever since he cast his first vote he has given his support to the candidates of his party, and is in thorough accord with its principles. While not a member of any religious organization, he attends the services of the Congregational Church. A level headed man of affairs, Mr. McAllister deserves the position he occupies with his company and in his community, and is one of the best examples of the substantial business man San Bernardino County affords.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011