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identification with Sacramento county binds Mr. Perkins intimately with
this portion of the state. The earliest memories of life are with him
associated with a small village named in honor of his father, for years
its leading business man and one of the largest property owners. The
family name still is linked with this suburban town, for since the death
of the honored pioneer his son, Charles C., has succeeded him in the
management of the business enterprises and in the development of
properties at this point. Close as have been the ties to bind him to the
village, yet he has found leisure for other activities and has entered
into commercial associations with the city of Sacramento, where he is
known as the president of a large and growing general store on J street.
Inheriting from his father the qualities of energy, business acumen and
foresight, he is prepared to meet the manifold emergencies that arise in
commercial circles and to surmount the obstacles that throw their gloomy
shadows over the path to success.
ago, when the world became excited over the discovery of gold in
California, there was a young man named Thomas C. Perkins, a native of
Massachusetts, who joined the hosts of Argonauts seeking fortune beside
the sunset sea. Early in the year 1850 he left Galena, III, with an
expedition bound for the coast and at the end of a tedious although
uneventful journey he found himself at the famous mines of the west. For
a time he devoted his attention to mining, but he soon came to realize
that there was greater promise in the land than in the mines;
accordingly he entered a large tract of land from the government. For
years he engaged in placing the tract under cultivation and making it
productive. As people came into the neighborhood he saw the necessity of
a general store and therefore became interested in such a business. The
settlement, which is five miles from Sacramento, is named Perkins in his
honor and here he died in January of 1901, four years before the demise
of his wife; the latter was a native of New York state, but came to
California in childhood and here formed the acquaintance of Mr. Perkins.
Their union resulted in the birth of seven children, but Charles C. is
the sole survivor of the entire family. Since the death of his father he
has been owner and manager of the Perkins store, started in 1882. In
addition he is president of a large mercantile company known as Perkins
& Co., incorporated in March of 1907 with himself as manager and
president, and J. A. Haitz as secretary and treasurer.
Although a leading and prosperous business man and the son of a citizen actively associated with public affairs, Mr. Perkins has never interested himself in politics and prefers to hold himself aloof from all partisan matters. However, his interest in educational matters is so great that he consented to serve as a director of the Sacramento schools and during his four years of service in the office he was characterized by devotion to the work, knowledge of its needs and a desire to increase the usefulness of the city schools. Fraternally he has been a leading local worker in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and also has been very prominent in Masonry, being a member of the blue lodge and Knights Templar commandery in Sacramento, the Scottish Rite and Consistory, also Islam Temple at San Francisco, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011