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the successful business men of Sacramento, Frank B. McKevitt holds an
honored place, having won his present commercial status by his executive
ability and fitness for his work. He was born March 3, 1859, in Truxton,
Cortland county, N. Y., where he spent the first eight years of his
life, in 1867 moving with his parents, Alexander and Sarah A. (Field)
McKevitt, to Clinton, Iowa, where he received his education. In
November, 1877, shortly after his graduation from the Clinton high
school, the family re- moved to Vacaville, Cal., where they engaged in
fruit growing. Frank B. McKevitt became deeply interested in the
industry and with others formed The Vacaville Branch Fruit Union (fruit
pack- ers) of which he was chosen secretary. Later he organized The
Vacaville & Winters Fruit Company and was elected secretary of this
concern also, serving until 1892; in 1894, in partnership with E. F.
Pinkham, he succeeded to the business of the said company, incorporating
a new organization under the name of Pinkham & McKevitt. He was at
once chosen vice-president, which office he holds at the present time.
In January, 1909, he was selected to fill the position of secretary and
manager of the California Fruit Distributors at Sacramento, an
organization composed of fourteen fruit ship])ers whose annual output is
over nine thousand cars. His predecessor in this position had been
Lieut.-Gov. Alden Anderson. Mr. McKevitt is a director and
vice-president of the San Monte Fruit Company, apple shippers, of
Watsonville, Cal., also of the Kreiger Vinegar Company of Watsonville
and a director of the Pajaro Packing Company, and is largely interested
in fruit growing and shipping in Tulare county, being the president of
the Giant Oak Fruit Company near Exeter. This company is the owner of
five hundred and sixty acres of land, of which the greater part is in
fruits, both deciduous and citrus. For several years Mr. McKevitt was a
director in the Bank of Vacaville. He is vice-president of the
California Eex Spray Co. of Benicia, manufacturers of lime and sulphur
spray compounds, and is president of the Florin Basket Co. of Florin.
McKevitt is a member of the Sutter Club of Sacramento and the Union
League Club of San Francisco. In fraternal circles he is known as a
Woodman of the World and a Mason; he is past master of Vacaville Lodge
No. 134, F. & A. M., is a member of Vacaville Chapter No. 81, E. A.
M., past commander of Vacaville Commandery No. 38, K. T., and a member
of Islam Temple, N. M. S., of San Francisco.
18, 1883, Mr. McKevitt 's marriage took place in San Francisco uniting
him with Miss Laura A. Walker, who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They
have four children: Thama A., now Mrs. W. G. Wood of Sacramento; Frank
B., Jr., who is manager of the Pinkham & McKevitt corporation at
Vacaville; Hazel, now Mrs. J. V. McClatchy, of Sacramento; and Harold.
Mr. and Mrs. McKevitt and their charming family have ever enjoyed the
highest regard of their many friends.
The connection of the McKevitt family with the horticultural interests of California is well and favorably known. Both Alexander and F. B. McKevitt have always taken an active interest in the building up of the industry, securing the highest quality of fruit, as well as taking deep interest in securing a high market price to reward the industry of the grower. The name is familiar to all fruit growers in California through the fact that the "McKevitt Cling," recognized as one of the best white cling stone peaches, was named for Alexander McKevitt, and is one of the two standard varieties of the white cling peach in California. It is interesting to note that the elder McKevitt discovered this peach growing on the ranch which he purchased, and after he introduced it it received his name. As Mr. McKevitt is widely interested in fruit in Southern, Central and Northern California there are few men who have a more thorough knowledge of fruit growing or are better posted concerning the shipping and marketing of California fruits throughout the United States and Canada, and it is little wonder that he was selected by the California Fruit Distributors for the responsible position of manager.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011