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esteem of all who know them.

STETSON R. JUMPER.— .\n exceedingly able, first-class official, and a public-
spirited citizen in every respect is Stetson R. Jumper, the accommodating postmaster
at Balboa, who was born in Maine on July 23, 1859, and lived in that fine old Yankee
State until he was twenty-five. In 1884, he came to California and settled at Riverside,
and there he kept a cigar and news stand, and was agent for the Los Angeles Times,
serving that journal for eight years. He was really a carpenter by trade, and came
to East Newport in 1906 to build for the East Newport Town Company, which made
him their construction boss. He assumed much responsibility, overseeing, among other
works, the erection of the East Newport Pavilion, now used for the Newport Harbor
Yacht Club.

After a while, Mr. Jumper established himself in business as an independent con-
tractor and builder, and succeeding beyond his expectations, he became the head of the
firm of Jumper and Goodcell, building contractors at Balboa and East Newport, and
remained in that relation until Mr. Goodcell, dropped out, and Mr. Jumper continued
alone as a contractor. He built the dwelling in which he now resides, and also another
residence that he still owns.

This mechanical ability was doubtless inherited, for his father. Royal D. Jumper,
who died when our subject was only two years old, and was a native of Maine, was
a machinist of the genuine American type. He married Miss Mary Myrick. also a
native of the Lumber State, and together they represented descent from English, Irish
and Scotch blood. The Jumpers had been residents of Maine for three generations,
and on the mother's side they went back to the Bradford family made famous by their
trip to New England in the Mayflower. Mrs. Jumper died when Stetson was eighteen
years old, so that he has helped himself through the world from early years. He
attended the common schools of his home district, and also studied for two years at
Kent's Hill Academy, in Maine.

In April, 1914, Mr. Jumper was elected to the council of the town of Ballioa, and
two years later, he was made chairman or mayor. In 1917, however, he resigned in
order to accept the appointment of postmaster of Balboa, receiving his commission on
March 16. He was chairman of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce,
and it is not surprising that he has almost doubled the volume of business of the
Balboa postoffice since he took hold — a fact that speaks well for both Balboa and its

In 1881, Mr. Jumper was married to Miss Ellen Fabb. a native of England, who
is sfill living, and they have become the parents of five children. Fred T. is an oil
man at Ojai. Eva A. is the wife of H. J. Henry, and resides at Balboa. Royal F. is a


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rancher at Shafter, Kern County. Cal. Harry is assistant city engineer and resides at
Balboa. And Albert P. is an automobile mechanic employed by Rodger Bros., and
was in France during the war in the One Hundred Forty-fourth Artillery. Harry was
also in the naval aviation service, while H. J. Henry was in the machine gun service in
the Ninety-first Division, and received the French decoration of the Croix de Guerre.

Reared a Baptist, Mr. Jumper has been a member of the Odd Fellows since he
was twenty-one. and has filled all the offices, so that he is past grand of Riverside Lodge
No. 282; and he belongs to the Star Encampment of Riverside, No. Ti, where he is
past chief patriarch. Wherever he is, or whatever he does, but especially when he is
busy at beautiful Balboa, he is an optimist of the most practical and helpful kind; and
his faith in the fortunately-situated harbor, town is rock-ribbed. "This is a good old
world," he says, "and I am going to stay in it as long as I can."

WILLIAM TRAPP.— For several years a sailor on the high seas, William Trapp
visited many of the principal ports of the world, braving the perils of the deep and
encountering many thrilling experiences, and now, in the quiet of his Anaheim home, he
can relate many interesting happenings in recalling his seafaring days. One of
Anaheim's early settlers, he has seen this locality change from a barren, cactus-covered
plain to one of Southern California's beauty spots, with groves of lemon, orange and
walnut stretching as far as the eye can reach.

A native of Germany, W'illiam Trapp was born on February 13, 1868. at Dortmund
m Westphalia, his father. Joseph Trapp, being employed in the mines of the locality
at that time. Of the five children of the Trapp family, William was the third oldest
and the only one to immigrate to the United States. He received a good education in
the public schools of Germany, but when he grew to young manhood he determined
to leave his native land, where the military regulations were becoming more and more
oppressive. He landed in New York in 1888. and made his way to Memphis. Tenn.,
where he was employed for the next three years. Attracted to the sea by its life of
adventure, he shipped from New York as a sailor on the Timandria, sailing around the
Cape of Good Hope to the East Indies, visiting Calcutta, Madras, Ceylon and St. Helena,
returning to New York after a voyage of thirteen months. His next berth was on the
Sterling, bound for Hong Kong, China, and it was indeed filled with perils and dangers.
Mr. Trapp had become steersman of the vessel, and while off the coast of China they
were caught in one of the typhoons which have dealt such deadly destruction to
hundreds of ships. In the midst of the gale they lost their rudder and were compelled
to put back to Hong Kong, where the damage was repaired, returning to San Francisco
after a year at sea. For a time Mr. Trapp worked as a longshoreman at San Pedro,
returning to the sea again in the coasting service between San Francisco and British
Columbia; he was on the first vessel landing at the Long W'harf at Santa Monica.

In 1894 Mr. Trapp met with an accident that resulted in quite a severe injury, and
he then determined to quit the sea. Coming to Anaheim, he purchased a small place
on North Street, where he raised apricots and vegetables, remaining here until 1900,
when he sold the ranch, intending to go to Oregon, but was induced to remain here.
He then purchased twenty acres on Sunkist Avenue for the low price of thirty-five
dollars an acre, the land then being covered with cactus and sage brush and giving but
little promise of its future prosperity. Mr. Trapp at once began to clear and level the
land, setting it out to Valencia oranges. He sunk wells, installed a pumping plant for
irrigation, improved it with a substantial residence and other buildings, and soon made
it one of the most attractive places of the locality. He continued to reside here until
January, 1919, when he sold the orchard for $3500 an acre, at that time the highest
price that an orange grove had brought in this vicinity. After disposing of his property
Mr. Trapp traveled north, with the expectation of investing in land in some other
locality, but he found nothing that compared with the attractive and productive lands
of Orange County, so he returned to Anaheim and purchased the twenty acres where
he now resides. It is set out to Navels and Valencias, and he intends making it one
of the show places of the county. He has already erected a handsome residence and
made many improvements, and with his long experience as a horticulturist it is only
a question of time when it will be one of the most valuable citrus ranches in this district.
Mr. Trapp's first marriage occurred in Anaheim, uniting him with Augusta
Schreiber, » native of Bohemia. She died, leaving him four children, two of whom
are living: William A. is a cement pipe contractor, and resides at East Anaheim;
Henry died at the age of fifteen; W'alter assists his father on the home place; Frank
died in his first year. Mr. Trapp was married a second time, the ceremony occurring
in San Bernardino, Cal.. February 13. 1914, when he was united with Frieda Schneider,
who was born in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany. After completing her education in


Karlsruhe she came to Chicago on a visit to her brother, after which she came to
Orange County, where she met Mr. Trapp, and the acquaintance resulted in their
marriage, a union that is proving very happy to them both. Fulfilling a long-cherished
desire to visit the old world, and particularly his old home in Westphalia, Mr. Trapp
left for France in July, 1920. After visiting Paris as well as other important cities, and
the battlefields, they made their way through Lorraine to Germany, where he visited
the old home and traveled all over the country, visiting the different points of interest,
returning through Holland and sailing from Rotterdam to New York City, being en
route on the ship Ryndam fourteen days to New York, and thence came immediately to
his home, delighted to get back — Orange County looked better than ever after seeing
war-torn Europe, and was glad that destiny had led him when a young man to the land
of the Stars and Stripes and the state of sunshine and flowers. In fraternal relations
Mr. Trapp has been identified with the Elks for a number of years, being a charter
member of Anaheim Lodge No. 1345. Politically he is an adherent of the principles of
the Republican party. A man of the highest principles and unquestioned integrity,
he and his family are held in the highest regard in the community that has been their
home for so many years.

FRANK CLAUDINA. — Decidedly a "live wire," and no wonder, for he is widely
acknowledged to be one of the best livestock buyers in Orange County, F. Claudina,
the capitalist at Newport Beach was long and favorably known at Fullerton, where
for many years he had a well-appointed livery stable and a fully stocked feed yard.
He is, in fact, a most capable judge of mules and horses, and as far back as his seven-
teenth year bought cattle on the O'Neill ranch for his uncle, Frank Claudina. and then
drove them all the way to Los Angeles where they were shipped to San Luis Obispo.

He was born in East Somerville, near Boston, Mass., on May 15, 1874, the son of
.Joseph Claudina. a native of France, who came to Massachusetts and served in the Civil
War and was a farmer in the Bay State. Our subject, therefore, grew up in the city of
baked beans and culture, and came to California with an uncle, Frank Claudina, when
he was eight years old, in 1882, and settled in and grew up in Tuolumne County. Then
he removed to Fullerton, Orange County, in 1899. He had married in San Francisco,
in 1894, Miss Mary Martin, a native of Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, whose
parents were pioneers of Walnut Creek, Since coming to California, he has made nine
different trips back to Boston, where his mother, who was Catherine Alameda before
her marriage, resided until her death, in 1918, in her seventy-third year. He has also
traveled through the United States and in Canada from Montreal to Vancouver. He
was very successful as a stock buyer, drover and dealer at Fullerton. During the
panicky times of Grover Cleveland, Mr. Claudina lost heavily; but it is eminently to
his credit that he paid all of his debts, one hundred cents on the dollar. He owns a
quarter of a block on Spadra Street. Fullerton. where he has erected a garage which
he rents, and, besides, he owns three residences in the same block.

Aiter such an active life, full of hard work, of benefit to others as well as himself,
it is gratifying to Mr. and Mrs. Claudina's many friends that they are to take a well-
earned rest in beautiful Newport Beach where they have an attractive home surrounded
by flowers and is said to be the finest in town. Mr. Claudina's extended and successful
connection with Orange County interests of various sort^ leads one to wish that now
that he has become a resident of Newport Beacli, he may further identify himself with
the development of the beach towns.

FRANK P. BORCHARD.— How unremitting, intelligent industry inevitably
brings its own reward is well illustrated in the careers of the Borchard family, founded
by Casper Borchard, of which Frank P.. the subject of this review, is one of the most
successful members. His father came from Germany, and applied the lesson of hard
labor acquired there to the problems confronting him in the almost primeval country
to which he came; and. although a large landowner in several counties, he is today best
known in Ventura County, where he is still living at Conejo. The good mother,
Theresa Moring, was not permitted to survive and witness the success of the eight
children, each of whom reflected credit upon the family name. Rosa is now the wife
of Silas Kelley, the rancher, of Conejo; Mary, single, keeps house for her father at the
old Ventura home ranch; Leo's story is given elsewhere in this work; Casper is a
rancher in Ventura County and lives near Conejo; Anton is a rancher at Greenville.
Orange County; Frank P. is now a resident of Santa Ana; Charles is a.rancher at
Fairview, in Orange County; and Theresa is the wife of Ed. Borchard, the rancher,
and resides at Conejo.

Born at Conejo on August 28, 1886. Frank was twelve years old when his mother
died. When only eight or nine years old. he began to ride the range; and he drove
horses at farm work when he was only thirteen. He saw the beet sugar factory

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erected at Oxnard, and is proud of the fact that his father early raised beets for the
factory, and as a large stockman and cattle raiser for years, was one of the first in
California to feed beet tops to cattle in order to fatten them.

When nineteen years of age, Mr. Borchard started grain farming in partnership
with his brother Anton, renting 3,000 acres of land on which they raised wheat, barley
and oats. He worked seventy-five head of horses, and eight eight-horse teams at
plowing, and thirty-two head of horses on a Holt harvester, and he soon took rank
among the large grain growers of Ventura County. In 1909 Casper Borchard turned
his property into the corporation organized by him and known as the Borchard Land
Company, and the Borchard holdings were farmed by that corporation for about ten
years; then the company was dissolved, and a division of the land was made among
the sons and daughters. At one time his father had as many as 900 head of cattle
on the range, and when he came down to Orange County, he displayed equally good
foresight and executive ability in buying heavily of "Gospel Swamp" lands. He believed
that the district could be drained and made very valuable, and the great task he accom-
plished, assisted by his sons. Inasmuch as the Borchards understood sugar beet grow-
ing, they raised large quantities; and more recently the land has been found very
valuable for the production of lima beans, so that it is now worth from $500 to $750
per acre.

In 1912, Mr. Borchard was married to Miss Myrtle Heaston, the wedding taking
place in the summer month of August. She was a native of San Diego, but grew up in
Los Angeles and Orange counties, and her parents still reside at Huntington Beach.
Three children blessed their union — .Mice and Alfred, twins, and Barbara. The ranch
house at Huntington Beach, where the Borchards formerly lived, having burned down
in April, 1919, the family came to Santa Ana, and there Mr. Borchard bought a residence
at 415 East Fifth Street, where they now live. They attend the Catholic Church, and
Mr. Borchard belongs to the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. Mr. Borchard has
worked very hard in his lifetime, but he and his estimable wife are at last able to enjoy
the fruits of both labor and sacrifice.

JOHN M. WINE. — In point of continuous service, John M. Wine, of the firm of
Wine and Fewell. irrigation contractors and cement pipe manufacturers, is the veteran
in his line in Orange County, having been engaged in this work since 1906. A native
of Tennessee, Mr. Wine was born near Bristol, in that state, September 25, 1874, his-
parents being John and Ann Wine. The years of his boyhood were spent at the home
place in Tennessee, where he had the advantages of the public schools of the locality.
When he reached young manhood he decided to start out for himself, and migrated
to northwest Illinois, locating in the neighborhood of Milledgeville, Carroll County,
where he worked around on farms from 1894 to 1899.

The Pacific Coast had a strong attraction for Mr. Wine, however, so he made
up his mind to try his fortune in California. He arrived here in December. 1899,
settling first at El Toro. where he continued to do farm work, later working at Buena
Park, Orange and El Modena. In 1906 he came to Santa Ana and became actively
engaged in the cement pipe business, to which he has ever since given his time. In
1915 he formed a partnership with Archie Vernon Fewell, under the firm name of
Wine and Fewell. and they maintain a cement pipe manufacturing establishment at
1029 East First Street, Sant^ Ana. Here they do an extensive business, having laid
about 200 miles of cement pipe for irrigation in Orange County. They have done
much work for such discriminating patrons as Judge Williams, James Irvine and
scores of leading agriculturists and horticulturists of the county. The firm is known
far and wide as thoroughly efficient and square in all their dealings. They manu-
facture and carry a large stock" of cement pipes of all sizes, from four to thirty-six
inches, and valves, gates and other irrigation necessities, so that they are able to
handle any contract satisfactorily and expeditiously. They have handled large con-
tracts at Tustin, San Juan Capistrano. Delhi, Harper, Newport, Greenville. Laguna
Beach and Santa Ana, and have also done a great deal of road and county work for
Orange County.

In 1909 Mr. Wine was married to Miss Lanna M. Jordan, also a native of Ten-
nessee, and the daughter of Thomas and Christene Jordan. They are the parents of
one child, Vivian. Mr. Wine is the owner of an excellent ten-acre walnut ranch on
Ritchie Street, near Santa Ana, which he planted and improved, and here the family
make their home. He purchased this property in 1917 and set out the whole acreage
to budded walnuts, so that every year increases the value of the place. The family
are members of the Brethren Church at Santa Ana and hold a high place in the re.gard
of their many friends. A self-made man. Mr. Wine has a tremendous capacity for
mental and physical work, and he never tires in contributing to the progress of the
place of his choice.


THOMAS E. BROADWAY. — An American genius who has both natural apti-
tude and long, invaluable experience for his difficult and important art, that of up-to-
date shipbuilding, is Thomas E. Broadway, the naval architect of Newport Beach, who
has recently organized the Broadway Boat and Equipment Corporation, a corporation
capitalized at $15,000. No better location could possibly be found in all California than
picturesque, popular Newport Beach, with its well-protected bay; and he is undoubtedly
the right man in the right place at a decisive hour in the history of this expanding
portion of Orange County.

Mr. Broadway was born in New York City on the thirteenth of November, 1876,
just when the ambitious American nation was reviewing the wonders of its exposition
at Philadelphia and taking stock of what it had accomplished, in science and invention,
in the course of the first century. His father was Joseph Broadway, a native of New
Jersey, who married Miss Mary Creer, also a native of the metropolis, now living at
the age of seventy, in excellent health, in West Hoboken; and he worked at his ship-
building trade in the yards around New York Bay. They had seven children, six of
whom — two boys and four girls — have grown up.

Thomas, the oldest of these, attended the public schools of Hoboken, to which
city he was taken when he was three years of age, and was graduated from the high
school of Hoboken, after wliich he also went to work in the shipj'ards. He began with
ordinary boat and ship work, and in the evenings he studied naval architecture in
the night schools in New York. He was employed by Messrs Teigen and Lang, at
their Hoboken shipyards, and by William Wall, a ship-joiner and yacht-builder at
Hoboken and in New York; and he also worked at the William Rowland shipyards, in
New York, the John English Shipbuilding Company, the Tobo Yacht Construction Com-
pany in New York, and for the Robinson's Dry Dock Company, and while thus engaged,
put in eight months as one of the workmen building the library and stateroom of J.
Pierpont Morgan's palatial yacht. "Corsair." costing over a million dollars to construct.

-\fter that. Mr. Broadway traveled as a journeyman yacht and shipbuilder all over
the L'nited States, studying various methods and models of construction as practiced
or preferred in different sections of the country, and he worked so hard that his health
broke down. As a consequence, he came to California and Newport Beach, in 1916, to
recuperate; and being a professional yachtsman, familiar with the building and handling
of boats and yachts, he soon became an enthusiastic member of the Newport Harbor
Yacht Club, and has helped to organize and is a member of the Southland Sailing
Club of Balboa. He knows all about the manning of yachts, and has helped the boys
to win the coveted cups and other prizes.

Mr. Broadway has incorporated his new and very promising enterprise under the
name of the Broadway Boat and Equipment Corporation, with himself as president and
treasurer; George Palmer, the mechanical engineer and machinist, as vice-president,
and Joshua Mader, secretary; and the company's scope will be to build, repair and
equip sea-going craft up to 300 feet in length, turning out yachts, sail boats, power
boats, and row-boats to be used in Newport Bay and on the near-by ocean. He has
just rebuilt a forty-foot yacht for L. N. Merritt of Pasadena, at a cost of $8,000. and
is completing a fifty-foot yacht for W. Starbuck Fenton, of Ontario, at a cost of $15,000;
and he was compelled to turn away $40,000 worth of work in 1920.

At West Hoboken, N. J., Mr. Broadway was married to Miss Louisa Oltar, a
native of that state, by whom he has had two children, Robert E. and Mary. The
family attend the Episcopal Church, and Mr. Broadway joins the Republican party in
its campaigning for better citizenship and better government.

ROBERT WARDLOW.— .\n able business man, good neighbor and friend, who
is rapidly coming to the fore as one of the most successful farmers and influential
citizens in the Talbert precinct, is Robert Wardlow, a native son born at Downey, Cal.,
on July 7, 1879. His father was R. B. Wardlow, a native of Iowa, who came to Cali-
fornia in 1875 as a young man. At Los Angeles he married Miss Martha E. Draper.
Both parents, esteemed by all who know them, are still living at Santa Ana.

R. B. Wardlow was always a farmer, and for a while lived in the vicinity of Long
Beach, on the Jotham Bixby ranch. In 1896, he removed to Fountain Valley, in the
Gospel Swamp, as Talbert was then called. Now he owns 220 acres of choice land
there, and 1.000 acres at Corona, which is operated by his youngest son as a stock and
grain farm.

Robert Wardlow grew up in Los .\ngeles County, and there attended the public
schools. He graduated from the ninth grade of the grammar school at Clearwater,
and after that, wishing to perfect himself for success in the business world, took a
commercial course in the Orange County Business College at Santa .\na. in 1898,

He was married, at Bolsa. in 1900. to Miss Lida Swift, a daughter of A. F. Swift,
a rancher in the Talbert precinct. He has spent a life of unwearying labor, and is now


well-to-do and widely respected. Five children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs.
VVardlow: Clare, the eldest, now seventeen years old, is in the high school at Santa
Ana; and the others in order of their birth are \ance and Gladys, also in the high
school, and Muriel and Donald.

Mr. Wardlow farms some 140 acres, of which 110 are planted to sugar beets, and
thirty to alfalfa; and he is one of the most successful sugar beet growers and dairymen
in the Talbert precinct. He is a member of the California Dairymen's Association and
the Orange County Farm Bureau. He has thus been able to contribute a valuable and
highly intelligent influence toward the rapid development of California's agricultural
interests, and in particular to favor the expansion of the county in which, like so many

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