Kendall Drive

Albert G. Kendall, left fatherless at four, enjoyed two careers: one in Nebraska, and another in San Bernardino County.

In Nebraska, he took up a homestead in Howard County, and acquired a thousand acres of land there. He became County Clerk, and in 1875 was elected the youngest member of the Constitutional Convention from that area, with only three votes being cast against him.1 In 1880 Kendall was elected commissioner of public lands and buildings for the State of Nebraska, and held this post for four years. In 1887 he resigned as cashier of the St. Paul National Bank in St. Paul, Nebraska, and came west to relax.

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Albert G. Kendall

Kendall bought a ten acre orange grove in Ontario. However, in 1891 he was elected tax collector, and later county assessor. He helped organize the San Bernardino County Savings Bank, and was cashier and manager for many years. He became secretary and manager of the California Citrus Protective League, and was sent to Washington, D. C. to represent the citrus industry in the tariff fight.

Kendall served for eight years as president of the Farmer's Exchange Bank and Savings Bank of San Bernardino, and later as chairman of the Board. In 1918 he again entered public service as a member of the County Board of Supervisors, and he succeeded to Chairman of the Board, in which post he served from 1920 until 1926.

1 Brown and Boyd, op. cit., p. 784.

[See also: Nick Cataldo's article on Kendall Drive]

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