Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Smith McKenzie, car foreman for the Southern Pacific Railroad at Watsonville Junction, enjoys the confidence and goodwill of his fellowmen largely because of the goodwill he displays toward others, and the confidence he imposes in those under his control. A sturdy Hoosier, he was born in Indiana, November 16, 1873, the son of William and Rachael (Bates) McKenzie, and he is descended from old American stock such as one may always be proud of, his father coming from Kentucky, and his mother from Ohio.

When eight years of age, Smith McKenzie went to live with his grandmother, by whom he was reared because of the size of the family circle, their being eight children. He acquired his education in the public schools. At eighteen he went south, where he engaged in railroad work for eight years, continuing in that line in Missouri for a time. Later he spent one year on a farm in Indiana, after which he was again connected with railroad work in the south. Next he spent a year with a government outfit and was with the Kansas City Railroad for five years, with headquarters at Memphis, Tennessee.

In the spring of 1900 Mr. McKenzie entered the employ of the Santa Fe Railroad Company as a bridge carpenter at Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the next three years were spent in the Mogollon mountains in that state, building a stamp mill for a mining company. He then worked in Arizona, in Los Angeles, in Portland and Ashland, Oregon, and in Hornbrook, California, and in 1912 he was transferred to Watsonville Junction as a car foreman, which position he still holds, to the satisfaction of all concerned.

When Mr. McKenzie married, he chose Miss Mabel F. Plummer of Minnesota for his helpmate, and to them have been born two daughters, Gertrude and Florence Marie. Mr. McKenzie is a Mason, an Odd Fellow and a Woodman, and in politics is a democrat. His hobby is gardening.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.