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At Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Herbert C. Switzer was born in 1869. He attended public schools near his boyhood home until he was fifteen years of age, then familiarized himself with the work of the telegraph operator and went to Toronto, where he was employed some years and advanced himself in railroad work until he became an efficient transportation man. In 1889 he made his way to Washington and located at Winona, where he was a railroad agent, telegraph operator, general merchant and postmaster. It was through his efforts that the postoffice was established there and he was in charge of it six years. He was for fourteen years connected with the freight and passenger departments of the O. R. & N. R. R. and was with the Great Northern railroad two years, with headquarters first at Spokane and then at Seattle. From Seattle he came to Sacramento in 1908.

It was to assume the ownership and management of the freight and passenger steamer Sentinel, which plies between Sacramento and Colusa, that Mr. Switzer cast his lot with the people of Sacramento. The boat is new and up-to-date, and is owned by Herbert C. Switzer & Company. The boat, which has one hundred tons capacity, is engaged in a general transportation business from all places between Sacramento and Colusa, making tri-weekly trips.

In September, 1908, Mr. Switzer married Mary Conroy, a native of San Jose and the daughter of John Conroy, who was a pioneer gold-seeker in California of 1850 and is now a member of the household of his son-in-law. Mr. Switzer is a man of enterprise and public spirit, who believes that his prosperity will depend very much on that of the city, and there is no local interest conducive to the welfare of the people that he does not helpfully promote to the extent of his ability. 

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