To Frank Kilburn Millington belongs the distinction of being the second white child born in Encinal, now Alameda, California, and he is now the oldest "native son" living in Alameda.
Mr. Millington was born Juny 28, 1855, son of James and Lydia E. (Kilburn) Millington, both natives of New York state. James Millington came to California in 1849. After mining for a few years, he settled in Alameda, where he engaged in work at the carpenter's trade and later in contracting, which he followed for many years. For twelve years he was city clerk of Alameda. Both he and his good wife are still living, he at the age of seventy-eight years, she at seventy-seven, and they are among the few pioneers of the city that are left. Their family consists of one son and four daughters. Of the latter, Alice E. is the wife of George F. Hildreth; Minnie G. is the wife of D. W. Martin, May E. married William Hardy, of Seattle, Washington, and Eva is now Mrs. Marcus McLane.
The son, Frank K., attended the public schools of his native town until he was sixteen years of age, the next two years he was variously employed, and at nineteen he learned telegraphy. In 1880 he entered the employ of the Southern pacific Railway Company, first as brakeman of a freight train. He was rapidly promoted, and in 1895 was appointed assistant station baggage agent at San Francisco, which position he now fills.
In October, 1876, upon the organization of the volunteer fire department of Alameda. Mr. Millington's name was among the charter members, together with that of the present chief, F. K. Krauth, and he has been identified with the department from that time to the rpesent. He was secretary of the hook and ladder company at one time and subsequently its foreman. In October, 1895, he was made assistant engineer of the First District, which position he holds at the present writing.
Mr. Millington has a wife and one daughter, Ruby. His marriage was in 1881 to Miss Frances E. Haile, a native of Wisconsin and a daughter of Charles H. and Polly S. Haile, early pioneers of Alameda. Mr. Millington is a Republican, and a member of the A. O. U. W., W. O. W. and I. O. R. M.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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