ALBERT EDWARD CASTRO.
As a worthy representative of one of the oldest and most highly respected families of California, Albert Edward
Castro enjoys distinctive prestige, and because of his splendid career he has won an enviable place in the esteem
of all who know him His record has been marked by persistent energy, sound judgment and clean living, and in' his
present responsible position he has won the generous commendation of his associates and brother officials.
Mr. Castro was born at Pinole, Contra Costa county, California, on the 2d of April, 1883, a son of Patricia and
Henrietta (O'Neill) Castro. The Castro family is an ancient one in California, having lived under the Spanish,
Mexican and American flags, and various members of the family have been prominent under each regime. Our subject's
grandfather, Don Victor Castro, was the original owner of what is now called Mare island, which he named, and where
the great government shipbuilding plant is now located. He sold it to General Freshie for eight hundred dollars.
Patricia Castro devoted his life to; farming and stock raising in Contra Costa county, where he became a man of
prominence and influence. His wife also was a native of that county.
Albert E. Castro received his education in the public schools, and as a boy of seventeen years he became engaged
in railroad work, starting in as a brakeman and advancing through the line of promotion to engineer. He later worked
as an engineer for the old DuPont Powder Works, remaining there for about four years, and he then went to Stockton
and for twelve years was employed as motorman and conductor on street cars between that city and Sacramento, his
last position with the company being as relief dispatcher. In 1917 Mr. Castro came to the San Francisco, Napa Si
Calistoga railroad as a dispatcher and subsequently went to Seattle, Washington, where for three months he was
employed as a traveling salesman. Then for about a month he was again with the San Francisco, Napa & Calistoga
line, following which he went to Oakland and was employed as yard foreman for the Sacramento Shortline His next
position was with the Southern Pacific railroad, with which he remained for six months, following which he entered
the office of the Santa Fe road, where he remained for two and a half years. Then, after a short time spent with
the Western Pacific road, he was recalled to the San Francisco, Napa & Calistoga road and assigned to his present
post as train master, which position he is still filling. He is a man of thorough training in railroading and is
eminently well qualified for the responsibilities which now devolve upon him, discharging his duties in a manner
that has won for him the approval and commendation of his superior officers.
Mr. Castro was married to Miss Frances Mahoney, who is a native of Oakland, California, but was reared in Stockton,
and they are the parents of two children, Helen and Edward. Politically Mr. Castro is aligned with the republican
party, of which he has been a lifelong supporter, while he sustains fraternal affiliations with the Woodmen of
the World. Absolute faithfulness in the line of duty and an intelligent discharge of the duties incumbent upon
him have gained for him in every position which he has filled the respect and esteem of those with whom he was
associated. He is a friendly and companionable man, openhearted and generous, and has long enjoyed marked popularity
among those with whom he has mingled. He takes a deep interest in the welfare of his community and is rightfully
numbered among the progressive and public spirited citizens of Napa.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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