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Among those who ha\e taken up their residence in Sacramento in recent years is H. W. S. Shannon, who since 1907 has been actively engaged in the real estate business in this city. His success may be attributed not alone to his ability to rightly judge of land values and to a foresight as to future development, but rather to his innate integrity and unvarying straightforwardness in all of his relations with patrons. It has always been a I'ule with him to make no assertion in favor of a property which he cannot vouch for and he never advises a purchase in which he himself does not see an honest value. These underlying principles of upright dealing have brought Mr. Shannon the splendid reputation which he bears throughout the Sacramento valley.

Mr. Shannon was born in Sydney, Australia, November 17, 1876, and is the son of Thomas and Martha (Prentice) Shannon, both natives of Australia, their parents being natives of England. The maternal grandfather, who was a captain in the English army and participated in the Crimean war, traced his family line back to the English Stuarts. Thomas Shannon was a prominent and influential citizen in the colony in which he made his home, and for many years was Alderman of Ulmarra, his native town. He was also judge of the agricultural shows, a position which in that country carries with it large honors. He is still a resident of that country and is now shire councillor for Sherwood.

H. W. S. Shannon received good educational advantages in the schools of Sydney, and after completing his schooling he was associated in business with his father. Later he engaged in business independently, dealing in livestock and land, continuing this until determining to come to California. This he did in 1907, landing at San Francisco, and from there he came the same year to Sacramento, which ever since has been the scene of his real estate operations. Among the many properties which he has handled may be mentioned the following: the Los Molinas lands, the Patterson lands, the Oakley homestead and the Oakley tract, and he is now engaged in subdividing the Kildonan Oaks tract, on the line of the California Traction Company's Railroad, about fourteen miles east of Sacramento.

In Sacramento Mr. Shannon was united in marriage, August 23. 1910, with Miss Floretta Woodward, a native of California, and they have one daughter, Lucile. As might be expected of a man of Mr. Shannon's enterprise and public spirit he is a member of the chamber of commerce, and is actively interested in any project that has at heart the welfare of community, city or state. Fraternally he is identified with the Odd Fellows, Mrs. Shannon being a member of the Eastern Star, and both are members of the Episcopal Church. 

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