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Noteworthy among the industrial plants of Sacramento may be mentioned the one founded by Mr. McElwaine and promoted through his intelligent, capable efforts as secretary and treasurer. This organization, incorporated under the title of the Sacramento Pump Manufacturing and Supply Company, is a somewhat recent acquisition to the commercial institutions of the capital city, but already it has proved its value to the locality and has given promise of important future development. The plant is located at No. 1800 E street, where machine work of all kinds and also foundry work may be done expeditiously and with thoroughness. With H. I. Seymour as president and with other capable business men and engineers connected with the foundry and machine shop, all contracts receive prompt attention and the business is promoted by sagacious supervision. A specialty is made of centrifugal pumps for all purposes, also of refrigerating plant supplies and in these lines the firm has established a wide and excellent reputation.

A son of W. J. McElwaine, for many years a citizen of Northern California, R. McElwaine was born March 19, 1874, in the mining town of Oroville, in Butte county, so that he is eligible to membership with the Native Sons of the Golden West. At an early age he accompanied the family from Butte county to Solano county, where he attended the grammar school at Dixon and later became a student in the Dixon high school. Upon the completion of the studies in local schools he began to earn his own livelihood, but there remained with him a desire for further educational advantages, and to gratify this ambition he entered the Leland Stanford University in 1896, continuing a student in that institution for two years. From 1898 until 1900 he was connected with the United States navy in the transport service. Upon his return to Dixon he acquired laud near that village and became interested in farming, which occupation engaged his attention until December, 1910, the time of his removal to Sacramento. In this city he helped to organize the company of which he since has been secretary and treasurer and whose success he has promoted by personal efforts. Ever since attaining his majority he has voted with the Democratic party and has maintained a warm interest in public affairs, although he has not solicited official honors for himself, nor has he exhibited partisan spirit in local issues. In fraternal relations lie holds membership with the Masons and the Knights of Pythias. 

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