Biography of Albert P. Campbell
Riverside County, CA Biographies





ALBERT P. CAMPBELL
The city engineer of Riverside, who has been the incumbent of the office ever since he became successor to Mr. Johnson in the year 1901, is a member of an old established eastern family and was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., November 25, 1861, being a son of James M. and Sarah Campbell, lifelong residents of that portion of the country. It was within the financial power of his parents to gratify his ambitious desire to obtain a classical education. The best of opportunities were given him and of these he availed himself to the utmost. Upon the completion of the studies of the grammar schools he was sent to the high school at New Haven, Conn., and there he carried on the regular course of study until he had finally passed with honors the required examination, graduating in 1882. From the high school he passed into the Sheffield scientific department of Yale University and there he took the entire course of difficult study, graduating in 1884 with an excellent standing for efficiency and intelligence.

With this preparation for commercial and technical activities Mr. Campbell began to make his own way in the world. The first position secured was that of draftsman with the Silsby Steam Fire Engine Company at Seneca Falls, N. Y., where he remained until 1886, meanwhile gaining valuable practical experience of the utmost benefit to his later work. His next position, also invaluable in its beneficial experiences, took him into Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado as an assistant engineer in the construction work for the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad. It was during 1887 that he came to California and settled at Riverside, where he secured employment as assistant engineer with the Riverside Water Company. Resigning that position in 1890 he engaged with the Bear Valley Irrigating Company as assistant engineer, which position he filled for two years. From 1892 until the autumn of 1895 he was employed in company with F. E. Brown in the laying out and platting of Lakeview, this state. On his return to Riverside he became assistant to City Engineer Johnson. Four months later he became connected with G. O. Newman in the plant of the San Gabriel Light & Power Company.

An important responsibility took Mr. Campbell to Bakersfield, this state, in 1898 and there he had charge of the construction of the Bakersfield & Kern City Electric Railroad under the supervision of the officers of the company. At the same time he had charge of the Operators Oil Company in the Sunset oil field. The duties requiring his presence in that locality were completed successfully in 1901 and he then returned to Riverside, where he was appointed city engineer and ever since that time he has devoted his energies and ability to the faithful discharge of his responsibilities. In this city, in January of 1889, he married Miss Lizzie McBurney, who passed away in 1896 leaving one daughter, Neva, who has received her education in the Riverside schools and is now overseeing her father's home and who shares with him in the esteem of a large circle of friends and is a welcome guest in the homes of their friends. With no inclination towards partisanship, Mt. Campbell is yet positive in his political convictions and gives support to Republican principles. He is prominent in fraternal circles and is a life member of Evergreen Lodge No. 259, F. & A. M., is the present High Priest of Riverside Chapter No. 67, R. A. M., and past eminent commander of Riverside Commandery No. 28, K. T. In addition he is a member of Sunnyside Lodge No. 112, K. of P. and of Riverside Lodge No. 282, I. O. O. F.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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