Roy Bishop, who resides in Alameda, is president of the firm of Bishop & Bahler, a corporation engaged in
traffic management, or the settlement of complaints or disputes between railroads and their patrons, and in this
line of activity achieved a noteworthy success. Mr. Bishop was born in Chicago, Illinois, on the 3d of September,
1881, and was educated in the public schools of that city to the age of twelve years, when he went to work as an
office boy for the Grand Trunk Railroad in its Chicago office. Through faithfulness and capability he was advanced
to the position of ticket clerk, and was later transferred to Detroit, Michigan, where he held the same position.
Eventually, after several promotions, he was employed at the Dearborn street station in Chicago, where he served
for several years, after which he was for a time with the Wabash Railroad. He then came to California and for about
a year was with the Pacific Electric Railways in Los Angeles, after which he came to San Francisco, where he was
employed by the Santa Fe Railroad, and afterwards by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, For three years he served
as agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, and in 1914, after many years of practical railroad
experience, during which period he had gained an inside knowledge of transportation methods, he resigned his position
and incorporated the firm of Bishop & Bailer, which established offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Oakland.
As traffic managers they have been very successful as mediators and adjusters between freight shippers and the
carriers. They handle the traffic department for many large firms, the work being done on a fee basis, and now
have over two thousand clients. The legal phase of the business is handled by their attorney through the state
railroad and interstate commerce commission. The members of the firm have gained a well merited reputation not
only for their remarkable success in securing quick and satisfactory adjustments, but for the tactful and judicious
manner in which they conduct their business and their honorable methods, through which they have firmly established
themselves in public confidence.
Mr. Bishop was united in marriage to Miss Anna Carroll, who was born and reared in Chicago, and they are the parents
of two children, Ralph Roy, who is now nine years of age, and Ann Rose, who is twenty three years old. Mr. Bishop
is a member of all branches of Masonry and of the Mystic Shrine, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal
Order of Eagles, the Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Alameda, as well as the Rotary
Club, the Union League Club, the Transportation Club, the Shriners Club and the Commuters Club of San Francisco.
He is a stanch supporter of the republican party and is now the representative from Alameda county in the state
legislature, where he is serving on several important committees. He has led an active and busy life, marked by
loyalty and efficiency in every position in which he has served, and in his present line of work is performing
a distinct service to the people of California. He possesses a strong individuality, is agreeable and friendly
in manner and has won many warm and appreciative friends throughout the Bay district.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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