|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1872|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1939|
Riverdale (Fresno County)
1919 biography for A D McKean, free of copyright
A. D. McKEAN A strictly self-made man is A. D. McKean, cashier of the First National Bank of Riverdale, and easily the first citizen of that enterprising town. He began his struggle with the world under the great disadvantage of poverty, and his schooling was very meager. His book-education was acquired for the most part after he came to California and after he was twenty years of age ; and then, for several terms, he attended the public school and also took a course in a business college. When he thus turned aside to acquire his schooling, his time was worth five dollars per day, but although he fully realized the cost of the effort, he was resolved to get the rudiments of an education, at least, and a good foundation for business. Mr. McKean is a good machinist, blacksmith, mason, carpenter, farmer and lumberman, and besides having worked at many different occupations, he has become an experienced and representative banker as well. Mr. McKean's history is the history of real progress of Riverdale. He helped build the lumber yard and the cooperative creamery; the bank, the school, the public library, and he is active in circles of the Christian Science Church. As Riverdale's foremost citizen, he has been prominent in every good work, evidencing a public-spirited interest
in every progressive movement. He has been called upon to lead in getting up "big things" for Riverdale, and so was one of the original promoters of the barbecue to celebrate the completion of the railway to the town. He was a leader also in arranging for the celebration at Riverdale, on November 11, 1918, when the armistice was signed and the town lined up with all the rest of the world in its declaration of unceasing opposition to autocracy. Mr. McKean was born in Ontario, Canada, at Collingwood, on the Georgian Bay, Lake Superior, the son of Archibald McKean, a Scotchman, who was a saw-mill man operating in the maples and hard-wood lumber.
He had married Ellen Stoutenburg, a native of Ontario, who came of a good old family which once owned 120 acres in the heart of New Amsterdam, later New York. Her maternal grandmother, however, was born in England. The parents were married in Canada, and while there reared five boys and five girls, among whom our subject, born on June 21, 1872, is the fourth son and fifth child. Grandfather McKean was a weaver who came to Canada when past middle life and for a living cut hardwood at twenty-five cents a cord. He died of sunstroke, being unused to the work and heat, the first year there.
A. D. McKean's early life was passed in the lumberwoods of Canada, and he remembers once having sold a number one matched seasoned maple flooring and hauled it twelve miles over mountain roads for twelve dollars. He had almost no schooling in Canada, for he had to work very hard in the woods ; and one winter in Michigan, when he was about seventeen, a heavy, hardwood log, two feet in diameter, rolled over him and almost killed him. Fortunately, the ground where his head struck was a mudpuddle, and that circumstance saved his life. He worked about at different places in Michigan and at Windsor, Canada, for a few months, and then went back to Ontario for a year, next removing to North Dakota, where he worked for a year carpentering at Edgeley.
In 1893, Mr. McKean came to Tulare, Cal., but after a
couple of weeks, he removed to Visalia, where he worked in a machine shop. Then he went to Hanford and ran a portable thrasher. It was at Hanford that he turned aside for additional schooling. He attended the high school for two terms, and for six months went to Chestnutwood's Business College at Santa Cruz. From time to time he ran a thrasher, and for ten or twelve years farmed in Kings and Fresno Counties. In the fall of 1904, Mr. McKean came onto the Laguna de Tache Grant, settling on the grant fourteen miles northwest of Hanford, then in Fresno County, but since the division of the County â€" for which he canvassed in 1905-06 â€" in Kings County. He bought 140 acres on the grant, improved it, and lived there with his family. He went in for dairying, and in one year sold products to the value of $7,300. When the time was ripe for action, Mr. McKean helped get the right of way for the Hanford & Summit Lake Railway. He organized a company to put in
lumber yards at Hardwick, Riverdale and Tranquillity, after the road had been built, and
one of these yards was the yard at Riverdale. This was owned at first by the Hardwick
Lumber Company, now known as the Summit Lake Lumber Company, and which was, in between,
called the Deacon Lumber Company. He also dealt in real estate in Riverdale for a year.
Now he owns a ranch of eighty acres adjoining Riverdale, and a ranch of 640 acres twelve
miles to the west. He also owns an apartment house of ten rooms at Point Richmond, which
he built. He lived on his Riverdale ranch
until February, 1917, when he was burned out. He still maintains his active support of
agricultural interests, and has stock in the Cooperative Creamery. Mr. McKean joined the
Odd Fellows at Laton, but was transferred to Riverdale. In June, 1913, he became cashier
of the First National Bank and has been connected with the institution as .a director and
stockholder, from the start. The bank opened its doors as a state bank on December 1,
1911, with a capital of $25,000. and with the following officers: John B. Lewis,
President; Louis E. Gobby, Vice-President; Homer J. Hoyt, Cashier; together with these
directors : John B. Lewis, Riverdale ; Louis E. Gobby, Riverdale ; George C. Aydelott,
Hanford; A. D. McKean, Riverdale, and Homer J. Hoyt, Riverdale.
On May 8, 1912, the bank was nationalized and it is also a member of the United States Bank Federal Reserve. Its present officers are: John B. Lewis, President; Louis E. Gobby, Vice-President; A. D. McKean, Cashier;and William Becker, Assistant Cashier. Its board of directors are : John B. Lewis, President; Louis E. Gobby, Vice-President; and A. D. McKean, Riverdale ; George C. Aydelott, Hanford ; and C. A. Smith, Laton. The institution has a beautiful bank building of brick, two stories in height, which was erected in 1916, on the principal corner of the town, and in which the appointments are designed for both the convenience and the pleasure of the bank's patrons.
It pays four per cent, interest on term deposits, and has a fire and burglarproof vault and a manganese steel safe. Its first great aim is to cooperate with and help its depositors and customers, and this fact is fully appreciated by the community.
Julia Almira Daggett McKean (1894 - 1976)*
Washington Colony Cemetery
Created by: Larry Moore
Record added: Aug 02, 2011
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