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An organization well known in the commercial circles of Sacramento, the American Fish Company has developed and now manages a business extending into every part of the United States and even across the Atlantic ocean into Germany. The success of the enterprise is due to the energy and capability of the manager, Mr. Meredith, who assisted in the promotion of the concern, was largely instrumental in effecting its organization, acquired a one-half interest with Mr. Morgan as his partner, and eventually acquired the holdings of the other member of the firm, thereafter forming a stock company and incorporating under the laws of the state of California. The original officers of the company are as follows: Walter Mack, of San Francisco, president; Craddoc Meredith, of Sacramento, vice-president ; D. Cushman, of San Francisco, secretary ; and B. L. Sisson, of Sacramento, treasurer. One hundred and twenty-five fishermen are employed by the company on the rivers of the west and the entire outfit of fishing boats is owned by the concern itself, so that large sums have been invested in the equipment, but the results have fully justified the magnitude of the original expense.

The manager of this prosperous business enterprise has been connected with fish interests for twenty years and therefore possesses the broad experience indispensable to the successful supervision of such a concern. He is a native of Iowa and was born in Des Moines January 20, 1871, being a son of Zoro B. Meredith, one of the first as well as one of the leading coal operators of that state during early days. It was he who shipped the first carload of coal that ever left Des Moines, the destination of the shipment being Council Bluffs, Iowa. Under the auspices of the Union Pacific Railroad Company he opened coal mines at Rock Springs, Wyom., and there he continued to manage large interests until 1893, when he was accidentally killed in the mines. All of his ten children are still living and thej' are widely scattered, some being as far south as Mexico, while others have been interested in the mines of Alaska. The wife and mother, now a resident of Port Angeles, Wash., was among the first women in the United States privileged to cast a presidential ballot, for she made her home in Wyoming at the time that equal suffrage laws were given to that state and it is now nearly forty years since she first enjoyed the franchise privilege.

For twenty-one years the family had their home in Rock Springs, Wyom., and there Craddoc Meredith received such educational advantages as fell to his lot. He was only three years old when the family became residents of Wyoming and at the age of twelve it was his choice to start working in the mines. He continued this until he was fifteen years old, and from then until he was nineteen he rode the range, gaining valuable experience thereby. He then went as far east as Chicago, where he entered the employ of Booth & Co., fish merchants. After he had learned the details of the business as carried on there, he resigned at the end of a year and removed to the Puget Sound country. For a time he worked in Seattle, where he acquired a knowledge of the fish business as there conducted. The year 1894 found Mm in San Francisco, where for four years he was employed by the American Union Fish Company. Coming to Sacramento in December of 1899, he has since been identified with the business interests of the capital city. Besides his business in this city he is interested in many different fish companies all over the Pacific Coast, many of which he assisted in organizing. In 1911 he conceived the idea of and organized the Pacific National Fire Insurance Company with a capital of $1,000,000, he being a director and treasurer. Being founded and run on broad business principles the business of the company has had a rapid progress and is already on a firm financial basis. In addition to the interests enumerated he is serving as president of the Home Products League and is a member of the executive board of the Merchants' Association. He has been active in the Sacramento Athletic Association, while fraternally he holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. During 189.3 he was united in marriage with Miss Mabel Allen, of Rock Springs, Wyom., a woman of culture and a leading member of the Rebekahs lodge in Sacramento, as well as a contributor to the movements for the general advancement of the city. The Meredith family consists of two children, of whom Lolo was born in 1894 and Venus B. in 1897, and both are being given the best advantages which the schools of Sacramento afford. 

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