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Va., in 1828, her father being a Methodist minister. In 1829. Miss Sarah Speak mar-
ried James Bartley of Lee County. Va. This was indeed a happy marriage; for over
sixty years they walked side by side, and during this time they were trustin,g God.
Their home, until they moved to Kansas in 1884, was the home of the itinerant preacher,
who always found a welcome and a share in the best of home comforts. This family
was wonderfully blessed with good health — only one death \n sixty years. One daughter


passed on, but nine children survive her, all having homes of their own and enjoying
prosperity. The last year of her life was passed in Kansas, that she and her husband
might be with their children. She was a great sufferer during that year, and death,
when it came, was welcome, for she passed away in the triumph of faith. Her husband,
eighty-three years of age, yet survives." Such is part of an obituary notice, honoring
this widely-honored lady. Another obituary notice bearing upon the story of Mrs.
Thomas' life reads as follows:

"William H. Kerr, Esq., of Milo, Vernon County, whose remains were interred
in Deepwood Cemetery, Wednesday, was born in Augusta County, \"a., in 1819. He
moved to this state (Missouri) in 1840, and has lived here ever since. He united
with the Presbyterian Church when he was nineteen years old, and has been an honored
and faithful member for nearly half a century. He married Serilda Bates in Januarj',
1846, and leaves nine children. It is a remarkable fact that in so large a family, there
has not been a death these forty-one years. A good man has gone, and few have left
behind them a more worthy life record for the comfort and imitation of their children."

EARL A. GARDNER. — One of the younger generation of ranchers of Orange
County, Earl A. Gardner, is rapidly forging to the front and developing into a
"bonanza" farmer. Practically all of Mr. Gardner's life has been spent in Califorjiia,
as he came here when but a lad of eight years. Born in Cherry County, Nebr.. August 9,
1886, his parents were David D. and Sarah (Hetzler) Gardner, who were successful
farmers in Nebraska for a number of years, and there their si.x children wxre born:-
Adam is in business in San Francisco; Allen is a resident of Talbert; Ralph is a rancher
at Oakdale; David D. lives near Huntington Beach; Earl A., of this review; and Lyda,
wife of Frank Benton, of Orange County. In 1891 the Gardner family moved to Utah,
remaining there three years, and coming overland by wagons from Ogden to California
in 1894. They stopped some three months at Clearwater, coming to Wintersburg in the
fall of that year, and since that time members of the family have been continuously
connected with the ranching interests of Orange County.

Since his father farmed on rented land in different localities. Earl A. Gardner
attended the public schools in several places, among them the Fullerton. Orangethorpe
and Ocean \"iew districts. David D. Gardner, Sr.. died in 1903, at the age of fifty-three
years, so that Earl was thrown upon his own resources at an early age. With a genuine
interest in and liking for agriculture, he entered with energy and enthusiasm into ranch-
ing and soon branched out for himself as a tenant farmer. By hard work and excellent
business management he has become one of the largest farmers in the Bolsa precinct,
and has succeeded so well that now, at the age of only thirty-four, he is the owner of
eighty acres of choice land, and an equipment of horses, two caterpillar tractors and a
full complement of up-to-date implements and wagons with w-hich he operates in all
750 acres of land, as besides his own farm "he leases 670 acres from eight different
landlords. The value of his crops will aggregate $85,000 per year, and his tools and
implements of necessity are of a large range, variety and number, since his farming
operations include the production of the following crops: lima beans, of which he will
have thirty acres in 1920; 550 acres of sugar beets, celery, barley, oats and alfalfa hay.
His equipment is worth $20,000 in money actually invested, and he keeps five men the
year around and during the busy season has forty-five men on his pay roll.

In 1908, Mr. Gardner was married at Los Alamitos to Miss Fern Shutt. daughter
of J. D. Shutt, a very attractive and accomplished young lady who was a memlier of the
first high school class in the high school at Huntington Beach. Three interesting chil-
dren have come to enliven their home: Bessie A., Margaret E. and Myrtle L. They
reside on one of Mr. Gardner's rented ranches one-half mile south of Bolsa. Mrs.
Gardner is a Congregationalist and is very popular in church and social circles. In
politics Mr. Gardner favors the principles of the Republican party and in fraternal cir-
cles is a popular member of the Elks Lodge at Santa .■\na. Mr. Gardner's mother, Mrs.
Sarah Gardner, is still living and makes her home on one of the farms leased by him.

MRS. GRACE O. BOOSEY.— An excellent example of what a highly-intelligent,
resolute, idealistic woman can do w-hen thrown upon her own resources is afforded
in the life and success of Mrs. Grace O. Boosey who operates 275 acres on the Irvine
ranch, and in so doing enjoys the confidence and esteem, to an exceptional degree, of
all in the community. A widow for the past five years, she has continued the business
interests committed to her, maintained her cheerful and hospitable home, and reared
her family of interesting children, and has accomplished more, in various ways, than
many men have done.

Before her marriage, Mrs. Boosey was Miss Grace O. Chaffee, born in Riley
County. Kans., and her parents, now both deceased, were Robert and Ann (Shields)
Chaffee, w^ho were early settlers of Riley County, Kans., he a native New Yorker,




and she a native of England. They had eight children, and Mrs. Boosey was the
youngest of them all. After completing the course in the public school she obtained
a teacher's certificate at the age of seventeen and then taught school for four years.
On February 17, 1897, she was married to George Boosey, who was also born in Riley
County, Kans. His parents were \'ermonters, the father having served in the Civil
War. They also were very early settlers of Riley County and there George Boosey
was reared on the frontier farm and there after their marriage they farmed until in
1909, they came to California.

Luckily, they early found their way to smiling Orange County; and on the Irvine
ranch they settled as tenant farmers. Having mastered the ins and outs of agriculture
in one of the greatest of all farm states in the Union, Mr. Boosey had no difficulty
in succeeding as a rancher here; not merely accomplishing interesting things for him-
self, but pointing the way to others less able to master the difficulties of new, un-
developed environment. A loss to the county in which he had made such strides for-
ward and where he would have undoubtedly continued to be a leader among aggres-
sively progressive cultivators, Mr. Boosey died on November 9, 1915.

Now Mrs. Boosey plants twenty-five acres to black-eye beans, and 200 acres to
lima beans, and sows fifty acres to hay; nor do other ranches yield a crop of superior
quality than hers. She is assisted by her son, Raymond, the second-born, while her
eldest child, Ramona, is employed in Los Angeles, and Florence, Robert and Cora
are at home.

M. RUSSELL SCOTT. — A business man who has been able to turn his experi-
ence to good account, both for his own benefit and that of others, by engaging in
real estate operations such as contribute to the development of the locality, is M.
Russell Scott, who was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, on September 17, 1875. His
parents were John E. and Sarah J. (Wright) Scott, the former a native of Iowa and
the latter of Indiana. The family were pioneers of Iowa, and in that state they became
prominent. They had three children, and the youngest is the subject of our review.
John E. Scott died on February 3, 1916, but the mother is still living at Santa Ana.

Russell Scott attended the public school at Glenwood, Iowa, and Shenandoah
College, and then engaged in the merchandise business in partnership with his father,
remaining in Glenwood, Iowa, for ten years. When he sold out, he came to California
and soon located at Santa Ana.

Here he bought the old Ford Ranch of forty acres, devoted to walnuts which he
still owns. All these years he has been engaged in real estate ventures, and as an
experienced dealer has owned and traded land all over California. Now he resides at
123 North Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, with his devoted wife, who was Blanche
L. Lingo before her marriage, which took place on May 9, 1906. She is a native of
Belmont County, Ohio, whose father was born in Virginia, her mother being a native
of Maryland. By a former marriage. Mr. Scott had three children — Gruba Leonora,
Walter B., and Josephine L. The family attend the First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Scott is an Elk, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and also belongs
to the Golf Club, while he is especially fond of quail hunting. In national politics he
is a Republican, bat in all local aflfairs for the making of a better community, and the
more rapid and permanent development of Orange County, he is a first-class "booster,"
first, last and all the time.

THOMAS JAMES WILSON. — One of our most eminent poets immortalized the
blacksmith trade in his poem. "The Village Blacksmith." However, the present day
blacksmith shop, with its modern machinery, is quite another affair from Longfellow's
"village smithy which stood under a spreading chestnut tree."

Thomas J. Wilson, of Tustin, Orange County, is engaged in general blacksmithing
business, and owns a shop equipped with all the modern and improved machinery for
the speedy output of all class of work. Although among the newer residents of Tustin,
by his skill as a mechanic and his courteous and gentlemanly treatment of his cus-
tomers he has won the favor of his numerous patrons and built up a profitable an4
permanent business. While he first came to California in 1901 he did not locate in
Orange County until 1918.

Mr. Wilson was born in Boise City, Idaho. October 6, 1883. and is the son of
James and Walburga (Jehle) Wilson, natives of Ireland and Germany, respectively.
Reared and educated in his native state until 1897, he began to learn the horseshoer's
trade in Omaha and later also took up general blacksmithing, which he has continued
up to the present time.

During the Spanish-.\merican War he served in the U. S. Navy as a blacksmith.
He was first on the armored cruiser, Brooklyn, which was conspicuous in the battle of
Santiago as Captain Schley's flag ship; later he served on the cruiser New York in the
Philippines and was also in the Boxer uprising in China, and during his term of service


his vessel touched at nearly every important port in the Orient. After the expiration
of hi's three years' enlistment he was returned to San Francisco where he was honor-
ably discharged as first chief petty otificer. He then located at Moore, Mont., and
engaged in the blacksmith business.

On September 12, 1915, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage with Miss x'Vlice M.
Robinson, born in Bufifalo Count}^, Nebr., a daughter of Charles L. and Mertie (Owen)
Robinson, and they are the parents of a daughter, Mertie Marie. In their political
views of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are Republicans, and religiously are consistent members
of the Christian Church. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and
the Odd Fellows.

BYRON ASA CRAWFORD.— The efficient manager of the Tustin Hill Citrus
Association, Byron Asa Crawford, has held this position since 1915. He was born in
Ripon, Wis., April 10, 1878, and is the son of Wm. F. and Ella J. (Newell) Crawford,
natives of Connecticut and New York, respectively. There were two children in the
parental home, Byron A. and Alice E. The father was a veteran of the Civil War, and
served from its inception until the close. He enlisted twice; the first time in the
Twenty-second Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and the second time in the Forty-
fourth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war, and was com-
missioned second lieutenant. After the war he engaged in the manufacture of flour,
becoming proprietor of the Ripon Flour Mills. The family came out to Tustin, Cal., in
1888, and he died in 1912, while living in Santa Ana; his widow survives him and resides
in Los Angeles. He was popular in G. A. R. circles.

Byron A. Crawford received his education in the Tustin grammar school and then
entered the Santa Ana high school, where he was graduated in 1897. After his school
days were over he began his active connection with the marketing department of the
citrus industry, finally entering the employ of the Ruddock Trench Company, becoming
their foreman. From 1902 till 1905 he was engaged in the real estate business in Los
Angeles, after which he made a trip to Nevada, where he operated a stage and freight
line out of Searchlight. Returning to California, he became manager for the lomosa
Foothill Association at Cucamonga until 1913. when he returned to Orange County and
was with the San Joaquin Fruit Company until 1915. then accepting his present
position as manager of the Tustin Hill Citrus Association.

Mr. Crawford has been in the citrus business for almost twenty-five years, and is
thoroughly competent for the responsible position he holds as manager of the Citrus
Association. Since he has been in charge the directors have had no cause to complain
of lack of interest on his part, and the growth of the institution under his capable man-
agement is sufficient evidence of his efficiency. The Tustin Hill Citrus Association was
organized in 1909 by M. Atkin, H. Sharpless. A. J. Padgham and R. Brinsmead. The
plant is located on the Newport road and the Southern Pacific Railroad, so has splen-
did shipping facilities. The plant has a large capacity, with plans for enlargement.
The following are directors: A. E. Bennett, president; A. M. Robinson, first vice-presi-
dent; J. A. McFadden, second vice-president; A. G. Finley, F. B. Browning, C. J. Klatt
and Perry Lewis. <•

On February 22, 1906, occurred the marriage of Mr. Crawford, when he was united
with Miss Violet L. Forney, daughter of T. D. and Elizabeth Forney. Denver. Colo.,
being her birthplace. Four children have come to bless their union: Dudley F., Wm. F.,
Janet E., and Kenneth B. Politically Mr. .Crawford is an ardent Republican, and fra-
ternally is affiliated with the Santa Ana Lodge of Elks and the Tustin Lodge of Knights
of Pythias.

FENELON C. MATTHEWS.— A self-made young man of far-sighted and bustling
enterprise, whose success as a sugar beet grower and also as a breeder of the highest
grade of Duroc-Jersey red swine has been notable, encouraging others to follow where
he has led, is Fenelon C. Matthews, son of H. E. Matthews of Tustin, and junior
partner in the firm of Stearns and Matthews. He was born in Kansas on September
2, 1889, and grew up on his father's Kansas farm where he had the greatest advantage
in studying agriculture according to the most approved Middle West usages. At the
early age of nineteen, however, his ambition urged him to push out into the world
for himself; and coming to California in 1908, he took up his quarters on the Irvine
ranch, and since then he has been a part of the history of Orange County. The Golden
State offered him a rich reward for his exertions and sacrifices; and the challenge made
him self-reliant.

Mr. Matthews owns a forty-acre hog ranch, one and a half miles southwest of
Tustin. and there for the past year he has been breeding registered Duroc-Jersey
red swine. The original stock was the best he could obtain, having been brought from
Iowa bought from breeders who have the finest registered Duroc-Jersey hogs in the


United States. Mr. Matthews is breeding both for the stock markets as well as breed-
ers. He is a very naturally a member of the National Duroc-Record Association, and
the San Joaquin Lima Bean Association. For the past twelve years, Mr. Matthews
has grown sugar beets, and he leases 205 acres of the Irvine ranch all under irriga-
tion, 150 acres of w'hich he has planted to sugar beets, and fifty-five acres to lima
beans. No better quality of beets or beans could well be found, for in addition to
what he naturally acquires from his instructing personal experience, Mr. Matthews
keeps abreast of the times and profits by the researches of those whose life work is
to aid the farmer.

On this leased ranch Mr. Matthews resides with his wife and child, Harold Eugene,
a happy family, if one is to be seen anywhere. Mrs. Matthews was Miss Edith Stearns,
a daughter of Mr. Matthews' partner, before her marriage, and their wedding, one
of the pleasant social aiifairs of the time, took place at Tustin in 1914. Mr. Matthews
belongs to the Santa Ana Lodge of Odd Fellows and also to the Knights of Pythias
in Tustin and in politics of national import he is an Independent Democrat. As might
be surmised, this independence of view and action never permits partisanship to stand
in the way of his giving hearty support to. local measures well endorsed.

BARNEY P. CLINARD.— One of Orange County's progressive and wealthy
ranchers is Barney P. Clinard, who raises grain on an extensive scale in the El Toro
neighborhood, now having under cultivation more than 2,000 acres of land devoted
to barley, wheat and beans. North Carolina was Mr. Clinard's birthplace,- the Clinard
family at that time residing near Thomasville in Davidson County, that state. The
date of his birth was July 21, 1870, and he was the next to youngest of si.x children
born to Randall and Jane (Payne) Clinard. Grandfather Clinard was born in Ireland,
coming to North Carolina where he became a well-known farmer in Davidson County.
During the Civil War Randall Clinard enlisted in the Confederate Army and saw
active service in that four years of terrible fighting. Barney Clinard remained at the
old home in North Carolina until he was of age, helping his father in the work on the
farm, but in 1893 he decided to locate in the Far West, as he felt that the opportunities
for success were greater than in his home state, which was still suffering from the
ravages of war.

Mr. Clinard arrived in California January 17, 1893, and soon began working on
ranches in the southern part of Orange County, spending several seasons with threshing
crews in that locality. In 1904 he began ranching operations on his own account on
the Lewis F. Moulton ranch at El Toro. He began in a modest way but was success-
ful from the start and has expanded his operations until he now leases and cultivates
2,200 acres of this ranch. For the season of 1920 he has 2,000 acres in barley, eighty in
wheat and 150 in beans. He produces an unusually large yield of all these crops and
owns and operates his own bean thresher. In addition to this, Mr. Clinard is the owner
of a thriving 40-acre walnut orchard on Halladay Street, Santa Ana, and also has a
half interest in still another ranch at Irvine; Walter Cook, his partner in this enter-
prise, is in charge of the place. It consists of 141 acres, of which 101 acres are set to
budded walnuts, twenty to oranges and twenty to lemons. The whole is irrigated by
means of two electric pumping plants. In addition, Mr. Clinard also raises live
stock and at the present tim^ he is the owner of over 100 head of horses, mules and
colts and fifty head of hogs.

.\ wide-awake, progressive and scientific farmer, Mr. Clinard richly deserves the
splendid financial success that he has made, as it is due to his industry and intelligent
work alone, as all the capital he had when he reached California amounted only to a
few hundred dollars. A man of powerful physique, Mr. Clinard is the personification
of energy and his genial nature makes him popular among a wide circle of friends.
He is a member of the Santa -\na Lodge of Elks.

JASPER N. TRICKEY.— .\ merchant with many years of valuable experience to
his credit, who has become one of the leading business men of Balboa, is Jasper N.
Trickey, a doubly interesting personality on account of his wonderful vitality and daily
activity at the age of eighty-two. He was born at Exeter. Maine, on September 25,
1838, the son of William H. Trickey, a native of New Hampshire who was in the shoe
business. He had married Miss .\bagail Nudd, also a native of the Granite State, who
lived to be fifty — -or twenty-tw^o years younger than her husband, when he died — and
left eight children. Originally, the Trickeys came from Exeter, England, in 1640. They
were shipbuilders and manufacturers, and settling at Portsmouth, Mass., "did much to
establish what in its time was one of the greatest of all American industries.

Leavijig Maine when he was seventeen years old. Mr. Trickey came to California
via Panama and landed at San Francisco in .\pril, 1856. He went up to Oroville and
for two years ran a fruit business there. Then he moved on to Victoria, B. C., where
he transacted business for four years; and for another four years he was on the Fraser


River, engaged at the same time in merchandise Ijusiness. He was later still a mer-
chant in Salt Lake City, and while there he saw the last rail laid and golden spike
driven at Promontory Point. 1869, connecting up the Union Pacific with the Central
Pacific Railroad.

When he left Salt Lake, he returned east to Wichita. Kans.. and he helped build
up that city. During the same period, he went to Clinton County. Mo., and was married
to Miss Harriet Stover, a native of Ohio. He spent thirty years in Sedgwick County,
Kans., and gave of his best to help build up Wichita and other places, all the while
engaged in general merchandising. _

In 1899. Mr. Trickey returned to California and settled at Santa Ana; and there,
at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway, he had one of the choicest grocery
stores in Orange County. He bought a residence at Santa Ana, and this he still owns.
On selling out, he came to Balboa in November, 1914, and here he has conducted a
first class grocery ever since. He also owns good residence property at Balboa. As
a representative tjusiness man of so many years experience, Mr, Trickey's choice of the
political creeds of the Republican party is interesting.

Six of Mr. and Mrs. Trickey's children are still living, although the eldest child,
Clarence, died in 1919 at Mesa, Ariz., where he ran a large furniture store. He left
a wife. Lunette Turner, and two children, Helen and Margaret. Frank is married to
Ethel Newman of Kansas and has two children — Phyllis and Keith; he has been deputy
city clerk at Mesa. Ariz., for tne past two years. Paul is with Smart and Final Com-
pany, wholesale grocers, at Santa Ana, He married Flossie Talcott and has four chil-
dren — Evelyn, Beverly, Pauline and \irginia, Lawrence clerks for the Spurgeon Furni-
ture Company, and resides at Santa Ana with his wife, who was Ethel Rose, and has
one child — -iawrence L., Jr.; Melvin lives with his wife, Maxine, at Pomona; John and
Hope assist their father. Mr. Trickey is a Knight Templar, being a member of the
Santa Ana Commandery; nor has that worthy organization a worthier member or one
more devoted,

LINCOLN JOSEPH GARDEN.— One of the best-informed men in the busy
realty world of Santa Ana, and therefore one of the most optimistic regarding the
future of Orange County property of every description, is Lincoln Joseph Carden, for
the past si.xteen years engaged, as few have been, including even the most enthusiastic
native sons, in "boosting" this favored section of the rich and promising Golden State.
He was born in Danville. Iowa, on January 15, 1860, the son of William Carden, whose
birthplace was sixteen miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, and who grew up a farmer. He
came west to Iowa in 1855, pioneered in Des Moines County, farmed extensively at
Danville, and died in 1866, at the age of thirty-seven. He had married Miss Elizabeth
Miller, a native of Ohio, who died in Iowa in 1890. They had eight children — seven
boys and a girl — and all are living save the daughter and a son.

The fourth youngest and the only one in California. Lincoln Joseph, was brought
up on the home farm and attended Howes Academy at Mt. Pleasant. Iowa, after which

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