Biography of Albert Port
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ALBERT PORT
Albert Port, of Oakland, whose industry, careful management and sound judgement resulted in gaining a competence that has enabled him to lay aside the burdens and cares of active business pursuits, is numbered among the respected and honored citizens of his community, of which he has been a resident for forty three years. Mr. Port was born on a farm in New York, April 14, 1855, and is a son of Albert and Rosie (Carroll) Port, of whom the former was a mason and contractor, and both are now deceased.

Albert Port acquired his early education in public schools of his native state, completing his studies in the schools of Vermont, to which state the family had moved when he was eight years of age. On leaving school he became a clerk in a mercantile establishment and followed that line until thirty years of age, when, in 1885 he decided to seek a better field for individual advancement. Coming to California, he located where the Fremont high school building now stands in Elmhurst, Alameda county, and found employment as foreman on the Talcott dairy farm. He was ambitious and, prudently husbanding his finances, in the course of time was able to buy a portion of the Talcott property, on which he has since lived. The land, rich and fertile, was always in demand for nursery purposes until the increasing demand for business and residence sites made it too valuable for other purposes. Now, instead of a clear tract of farm land when Mr. Port came here, with not a residence on it, there are now thousands of substantial and attractive homes and the land has greatly enhanced in value through the years. Mr. Port retains the corner block on which he lives and is also the owner of much valuable property in other sections of Alameda county, so that he is now in a very comfortable position. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of the Melrose district and has been a very important factor in its development and progress.

Mr. Port was united in marriage to Miss Laura A. Eldred, also a native of New York. He gives his political support to the republican party and in former years was active in the public affairs of his community, having served as sewer and fire commissioner of the Melrose district prior to its annexation to the city of Oakland. A man of earnest purpose, sterling integrity and fine public spirit, he is a worthy citizen of his locality and none more highly merits the confidence and respect of all.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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