Biography of Austin A. Gamble
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AUSTIN A. GAMBLE
An excellent type of our energetic, aggressive American manhood, Mr. Gamble has met with unqualified success in the many well directed business ventures which mark his life. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, April 17, 1853, and at the age of fourteen years accompanied his parents to Lawrence, Kan., where he resided until his immigration in 1875 to California. As locomotive engineer for the California Pacific Railroad Company he served several years in San Francisco, going hence to San Bernardino in 1880 and a year later journeyed to San Diego with a view to assisting in the construction of a new road by the California Southern Railroad. Company from National City to Colton, Cal., a distance of one hundred and thirty one miles. Upon completion of this line he served thereon as engineer until July, 1883, having enjoyed the honor of setting up the first fiver engines ever used on that system. Number four, the first to arrive, came overland as did also numbers seven and eight, while numbers one, two, three, five, six, nine, ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen (the last two, now numbered thirty six and thirty seven) being at present in use on the Salt Lake Route.

In September, 1883, after resigning his position with the California Southern line, Mr. Gamble went to Los Angeles, where he became the pioneer engineer of the Los Angeles Electric Company, which has just completed the first electrical plant established in that city. In 1887 he accepted a position with the Santa Fe Railroad Company, and in 1894 took charge of the McFadden Railroad from Santa Ana to Newport. Later he served fourteen months on the Southern Pacific line running from Bakersfield to Los Angeles and in 1900 abandoned railroad work to engage in the manufacturing business in partnership with J. K. Woodward who had patented a practical wire tree prop which has become almost universally employed by orchardists. Under the name of J. K. Woodward & Company the partners, upon the erection of their factory at No. 171 Vine street, Riverside, established a trade which under their management grew rapidly. Two years later, retaining his interest in this concern, Mr. Gamble established with Fred Stabler, the California Iron Works, which business he conducted seven years, when he sold his interest to his associate and joining C. A. Dundas in October, 1909, bought the garage business of the Glenwood Hotel Company. In this field, as in all others he had entered, he was most successful, his sales from October, 1910, to October, 1911, aggregating one hundred cars, due attention in the interim having been given the general repair and supply business operated in connection with the agency which handles three standard cars, the Buick, the Studebaker and the Kissel Car, about twenty five men being employed by them.

Mr. Gamble was united in marriage at Santa Rosa, Cal., in 1878 with Miss Mary V. Royce, who passed away in 1884 in Santa Rosa, leaving a son and daughter, Roy and Dora, both living in Riverside. Four years later, September 26, 1888, Mr. Gamble married Miss Alice E. Woodward, daughter of J. K. Woodward. Of the second union four children were born, namely: William Wood, Ralph Edward, Leon and Catherine C.

At a cost of $18,000 Mr. Gamble constructed at No. 1515 Sixth, street a handsome new home which ranks with the finest in Riverside and is one of the showplaces of the city. A Mason, he is a member of the Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of Riverside, the Council of Santa Ana and the Shrine of Los Angeles. He also holds membership in Riverside Lodge No. 643, B. P. O. E., Los Angeles Division No. 5, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and the Business Men's Association and the Chamber of Commerce of Riverside, in both organizations taking an active part.

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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