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Frederick G. Nagle

Residential identification with the city of Santa Rosa on the part of Mr. Nagle covers a period of more than forty years, for it was on September 20, 1870, that he arrived in this place, which was but a hamlet then, and began his association with its material development. Since then he has watched the steady growth with the alert interest of an enthusiastic citizen, and has contributed personally to all movements for the local upbuilding, so that his name is well known and his influence favorably recognized throughout the entire community. Recognition of his popularity as a citizen and as a man came to him when he was appointed to the office of deputy of the county clerk of Sonoma county, in which responsible position he remained for eight years, and for the past nine years he has held the office of county recorder. In both positions he has exhibited an unerring exactness, a decisiveness and courteousness absolutely essential to the highest success in the public service.

The solid qualities of the English race and the genial, appreciative traits of the Irish nation meet in Mr. Nagle, whose father, Jeremiah, was a native of Cork, Ireland, while his mother, Catherine, was born and reared in Liverpool, England. The changing influences of Destiny took the parents to New Zealand, and there Frederick G. was born August 16, 1848, but at the age of two years he was brought to the United States by his parents, the discovery of gold in California being the lodestar that drew the family from their far distant island home. On an April day in 1850, the ship on which they sailed entered the Golden Gate and dropped its anchor in the harbor of San Francisco. Shipping and the commission business kept the father in California for some time, and meanwhile the son entered the primary department of the San Francisco schools. In September, 1858, removal was made to Victoria, B. C., where he completed the studies of the grammar school, returning in 1867 from that city to Alameda county, whence he came to Santa Rosa, as before stated, on September 20,1 870. On his arrival he opened offices and engaged in the abstract business, being thus engaged until he was appointed deputy county clerk of Sonoma county, which position he held until 1902, when he was elected recorder, taking office in January, 1903. He was elected his own successor to the latter position in 1906, and again in 1910. During the period of his residence in this city he has been a prominent worker in the Republican party, and a contributor to all enterprises for the general welfare. His interest in educational matters led him to accept the offices of trustee and secretary of the court house school district, which positions he filled for eight years. showing the utmost efficiently in the discharge of the many responsibilities connected therewith.

From early youth Mr. Nagle has been an adherent of the Episcopal faith and a communicant of that church, which he supports by his contribution of time, influence and money. Two lodges represent the limit of his fraternal activities, viz.: Santa Rosa Lodge No. 57, F. & A. M., and Santa Rosa Lodge No. 646, B. P. O. E. In these orders he is an interested participant, as well as a generous contributor to their charities.

In this city, April 29, 1875, Mr. Nagle was united in marriage with Miss Helen M. Williams, who was born in Sierra county, Cal., February 12, 1856, a daughter of James M. and Rachel C. Williams, honored residents of this state for many years. Three sons, Arthur F., Ralph G. and Walter H., and one daughter, Helen C., comprise the Nagel Family, and to all were given the best educational advantages the county affords. The second son married Miss Inez Poage, an attractive young lady, whose untimely death in 1907 was deeply mourned. The youngest son chose as his wife Miss Leota M. Pedigo and they have established their home in Santa Rosa.

History of Sonoma 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: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011