RUPERT C. KENDALL.
A man who boldly faces the responsibilities of life and by determined and untiring energy carves out for himself
an honorable success, deserves recognition in a specific way from his fellowmen, for such men constitute the foundation
of our republican institutions and are the pride of our civilization. Rupert C. Kendall, the efficient and popular
manager of the Tilden Lumber Company in Hanford, belongs to this class, for his success has been attained solely
through his own efforts. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on the 14th day of June, 1882, and was but eight years of
age when brought by his parents to Kings county, then Tulare county.
Rupert C. Kendall was educated in the public schools of Arrnona and Hanford, and at the age of sixteen years he
left home to make his own way in the world. Going to Los Angeles, he secured employment as a shipping clerk in
a planing mill, and was so occupied for six years. At the end of that period he returned to Hanford and became
assistant foreman in the Gurnee planing mill. About ten years ago he entered the employ of the Lucerne Lumber Company
of Hanford, now owned by the Tilden Lumber Company. Originally the plant was known as the Hague Mill & Lumber
Company, established about seventeen years ago, and then owned and operated by local people. It was bought by the
Charles Nelson Company of San Francisco, and called the Lucerne Lumber Company up to the time it was bought by
the Tilden Lumber Company of Oakland, California. This well known corporation operates twenty six lumberyards in
this state. Mr. Kendall entered this plant as yardmaster, later becoming bookkeeper, and since 1918 has been manager,
in which responsible position he has proven an able and competent agent of the company.
Mr. Kendall was married to Miss Edna Douglass, a native of Arkansas, and to them have been born two sons: Brewster
and Burke. Mrs. Kendall is a member of the Pythian Sisters. Mr. Kendall is regarded as a good business man, possessing
sound judgment and keen foresight, and because of his interest in public affairs and his honorable career he enjoys
the confidence and esteem of the entire community.
Mr. Kendall has always taken a deep interest in fraternalism, and is a member of the following orders: Hanford
Aerie No. 652, Fraternal Order of Eagles, of which he is worthy president; the Knights of Pythias, of which he
is a past chancellor commander; the Woodmen of the World, of which he is master of work; Lodge No. 546, Loyal Order
of Moose, at Visalia; Al Sakhrat Lodge, Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, of Fresno; the Hoo-Hoo, a lumbermen's
organization; the Kings County Chamber of Commerce and the Hanford Chamber of Commerce, of both of which he is
a member of the board of directors.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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