El Dorado County
One of the most competent and skilled surveyors and engineers of the Mother Lode country and of the Sacramento Valley is Henry Lahiff, who follows his profession at El Dorado and is now serving as engineer and surveyor of El Dorado County. He has had broad experience in his profession, and has successfully filled numerous difficult and important assignments. He is popular in the county of his residence, and has won the admiration and respect of all with whom he has come in contact during his active career.
Henry Lahiff was born in County Galway, Ireland, April 24, 1868, a son of Daniel C. and Mary (St. George) Lahiff, both of whom are now deceased. He was educated in public and private schools in Ireland, and attended college for a time, leaving his studies, however, to join the British Army, in which he spent three years. He was engaged in foreign service as a soldier in the Connaught Rangers, after which he returned to Ireland, where he has studied for the survey and engineering profession under his uncle, William St. George.
In 1888 Mr. Lahiff went to Bisbee, Arizona, where he was employed in his profession by the Copper Queen Mining Company. Later he went to San Francisco, then to various cities from Vancouver, British Columbia, to San Diego, California, and to Idaho. In 1892 he was with the Thompson Bridge Company of San Francisco. For four years he was employed on the construction of the large wharf for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Santa Monica, California, and he was the engineer in charge of the reconstruction of the Sutro Baths at San Francisco. He was also with the Southern Pacific Railroad in the reconstruction of the train ferries at Port Costa. Next he came to the Mother Lode district of California, and here was employed by some of the largest and most important mining companies. He is considered an authority on engineering work, and his services have always been in constant demand. For the last twelve years, Mr. Lahiff has held the office of surveyor and engineers of El Dorado County, California, and has discharged the duties of this position to the utmost satisfaction of the voters. He also engages in private work along the line of his profession and owing to his knowledge and experience has constructed many roads and bridges in the mountains under the most difficult conditions, and with limited resources. Mr. Lahiff is a Democrat in his political affiliation, and his religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Lahiff married Miss Marie C. Renaud, a native daughter, whose father came to California as a pioneer in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Lahiff have three children, namely: Marie C., now the wife of Leo J. McKenna; Harry C., also an engineer; and Margaret A., who is a pupil in the Placerville high school.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.