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For twenty years and more connected with the ice business in Sacramento and vicinity Isaac J. Trainor, senior partner of the firm of Kane & Trainor, has experienced a career of personal endeavor and well merited success which has marked him an exemplary and valued citizen of his community. His is the story of a self-made man. Born in Broderick, Yolo County, Cal., September 18, 1861, he is the son of H. C. and Rose (Toland) Trainor, natives of New York state and Boston, respectively, who were pioneers of California. The son was reared in Sacramento, where he received his education in the public schools. His first employment was on a survey corps, with whom he worked for two years, and then for twelve years he traveled extensively, selling goods all over the Pacific coast. On March 23, 1893, he embarked in the wholesale and commission business in connection with the Union Ice Company and the National Ice Company, and then for ten years was junior partner in the firm of Kane & Trainor, which business he was largely instrumental in organizing. Mr. Kane passed away in December, 1909, and soon afterward W. H. Quaas became a member of the concern. In connection with the two above mentioned companies they also handle the Buffalo Brewing Company's ice. To the details of this business Mr. Trainor has always given close attention, having brought to the task the experience gained in a valuable business career which had taught him the peculiarities of men of all classes.

 February 6, 1895, Mr. Trainor married at Sacramento Anna Stephenson, a daughter of C. H. Stephenson, D.D.S., of this city, a young lady of many accomplishments who has developed into a matron of many attractions and much usefulness in the community in which their lot is cast. Dr. Stephenson died December 25, 1905, regretted by a wide circle of acquaintances. While Mr. Trainor is not in the ordinary sense of the word a politician, he is deeply interested in public affairs and well informed concerning them, and he consistently supports such men and measures as he believes promise most for the public good. 

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