Rod McKenzie, who has long been one of the important factors in the agricultural life of Napa county, is now holding
the important position of foreman farmer at the State Hospital at Napa. A son of pioneer residents of this locality
and a man who has held a splendid record as a successful farmer and public spirited citizen, he is entitled to
specific mention in a permanent record of the annals of his county. He has lived to see and take part in the wonderful
changes that have marked the passing of the years here, and he takes an honest pride in the county and in the humble
part that he has been able to play in its development and welfare. Rod McKenzie was born at Monticello, Napa county,
on the 26th of May, 1873, and is a son of Alexander and Nancy King (Frasier) McKenzie. both of whom were natives
of Nova Scotia. The father came to Napa county in young manhood, in 1866, and his future wife came here two years
later, their marriage occurring in this county. He was a blacksmith by trade and followed that vocation for forty
six years at Monticello, being widely known throughout that locality and highly respected by all who knew him.
He is now deceased and is survived by his widow.
Rod McKenzie was educated in the public schools of Monticello and in early boyhood went to work on the farms and
in the orchards of his neighborhood, a line of work which he has followed continuously to the present time. He
has given serious and thoughtful study to every phase of agriculture and is recognized as one of the best informed
farmers hereabout. He spent two years on a farm in Colusa county, but with that exception his life has been spent
on the farms of Napa county. On January 1, 1900, Mr. McKenzie was called to take charge of the farming operations
on the lands of the State Hospital at Napa, comprising about two thousand acres, and that he has achieved remarkable
success in the direction of affairs there is a widely recognized fact. He has devoted himself indefatigably to
the cultivation of the soil and the caring of the orchards, and the splendid results have been fully commensurate
with the efforts he has exerted. The State Hospital farm is one of the best managed and most productive farms in
Napa county, and to Mr. McKenzie is freely given the credit for the results attained.
Mr. McKenzie was married to Miss Maude Reber, who was born and reared in the state of Illinois, and they are the
parents of one child, Donald. The republican party has always received Mr. McKenzie's support, while he sustains
fraternal relations with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Native Sons of the Golden West. He has
won and retains the confidence and esteem of all who know him, because of his splendid success, his strength of
character and his genial disposition.
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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