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David Roderick

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:06 pm    Post subject: David Roderick Reply with quote

DAVID RODERICK, a prominent business man of Monterey, and President of its Board of City Trustees, was born in North Fairfield, Maine, February 22, 1845 one of the eleven children of Francis and Catherine Roderick. His parents were both of English descent, and his father was a farmer. In his youth David was apprenticed to the trade of sash, door and blind making, and later learned, and for a time worked at, the trade of barber. He came to California in 1876, and here turned his attention to mining and merchandising, at which he was engaged for three years. He spent eight years in San Francisco, identified with a wholesale coal and iron business, and from there came to Monterey.

During the years of his residence in this city, Mr. Roderick has done much to advance its best interests. On locating here, he engaged in the real-estate business, and in partnership with Dr. J. P. E. Heintz purchased, subdivided and put on sale the Oak Grove tract. The enterprise proved successful, and as a result a charming addition to Monterey is fast being developed. He also successfully handled other properties. He was one of the promoters of the Bank of Monterey, which is one of the most solid financial institutions of the State. In 1892, he engaged in the hardware business, also handling doors, windows, etc., and in this line does the leading business of the town. He has been active and foremost in the recent marked developments of Monterey, identifying himself with the various local enterprises. He is now serving his third year on the Board of City Trustees, and as official head of the city government is discharging his duties with credit to himself and his constituency.

Mr. Roderick was married, February 13, 1866, to Hattie S. Tozier, by whom he has two daughters, Mrs. F. A. Botsch, of Oak Grove, and Mrs. E. C. Mainwaring, of Oakland, California.

He has for twenty-five years been a member of the F. & A. M., St. John's Lodge, No. 1, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the second oldest lodge in the United States.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.
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