In financial circles of Santa Clara County Ralston Alison is
well and favorably known as manager of the Campbell bank of the Garden City
Bank and Trust Company, in which capacity he is controlling one of the sound
moneyed institutions of this part of the state. He was born in Marshall,
Mo., June 11, 1878, and is a son of W. H. and Susan (Brown) Alison, who since 1904
have made their home in San Jose, Santa Clara County, the father now living
retired from business activities.
Reared on a ranch, Ralston Alison pursued his education in the grammar and high schools, while later he completed a course in the Mason City, Iowa, business college. Coming to California in 1901 he spent some time in San Francisco and in 1904 he arrived in Santa Clara County, were he devoted his attention to orcharding. In 1910 he accepted the position of bookkeeper in the bank of Campbell, which was later consolidated with the Garden City Bank and Trust Company,-his trust-worthiness and capabilities winning him promotions from one position to another of greater importance and responsibility until he was made manager in February, 1920. He is now the incumbent in this office and the policy he follows is such as carefully safeguards the interests of depositors and at the same time promotes the success of the institution.
Mr. Alison married Miss Etta Conway, also a native of Marshall, Mo.; and they now have two daughters, Lucille and Helen. The family are members of the Methodist Church and in his political views Mr. Alison is a Republican, but has never allowed himself to be bound by the narrow ties of partisanship. Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic order and is a Knight Templar and Shriner. He is also a member of the Orchard City Grange and the Campbell Improvement Club, and for recreation he turns to tennis and fishing. He is deeply interested in everything that pertains to the welfare and progress of his community, county and state and is recognized as an able financier whose present success is directly attributable to his enterprising spirit and keen business sagacity.
Sawyer, Eugene T,History of Santa Clara County, California : with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present