Joseph B. Kahn, b. 1861, Calif. bio
JOSEPH B. KAHN Joseph B. Kahn has in a very definite way earned the respect of the people of Alameda for the capable and efficient service which he has rendered to the municipality as superintendent of its electric service, including the fire and police alarm systems. For twenty-three years he has been at the head of the electric department and has taken a justifiable pride in the effective functioning of every branch of the service under his charge. Mr. Kahn was born in San Francisco, California, on the 29th of July, 1861, and in the public schools of that city he received his educational training. He learned the trade of a machinist and engineer and in 1885 went to work for the California Electric Light Company, which was then in its infancy. With a vision of the future possibilities of the use of electricity, Mr. Kahn made an intensive study of it and soon gained recognition as an efficient electrician. He became first assistant engineer of the Mills building prior to the great fire in that. city, and later went to the Utica mine, in Calaveras county, where he served as electrical foreman in the power plant. From there he went to the Crocker Sugar Factory, at Crocketts, Contra Costa county, where he was employed as first assistant engineer. In 1904 Mr. Kahn was appointed superintendent of the electric light plant in Alameda and has filled that position to the present time. He has had charge of the street lighting system, as well as of the police and fire alarm systems, and under his able direction the department has functioned in a manner that has gained for him much favorable comment. Alameda has a splendid electric plant and system, consisting of a main plant and three sub-stations, and the public service is equal to that of any city in the state. Mr. Kahn has shown himself highly qualified for the responsible place which he so capably fills and is regarded as one of the city's most efficient employes. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to the Scottish Rite branch of the order ; Aahmes Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., at Oakland ; the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks ; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Alameda. A man of quiet and unostentatious manner, he is, nevertheless, forceful and energetic and his accomplishments since coming to Alameda have gained for him an enviable place in the confidence and respect of his fellowmen.