Biography of Albert E. Castro
Napa County, CA Biographies





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.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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