California Genealogy and History Archives
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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011