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Miss Mable McGee. dealer in real estate, insurance, investments, bonding, etc. She is
a native of Page County, Iowa, and received her early education in the grammar
and high schools of Coin, Iowa, which was supplemented with a special commercial
course in Amity College, and subsequently a business and commercial course in the
Omaha Business College, at Omaha, Nebr. She fitted herself for the vocation of a
stenographer, and she held positions of responsibility in this line of work in Omaha,
Nebr., Denver, Colo., Wyoming and New Mexico.

In 1912, Miss McGee came to Los Angeles, Cal, and in 1914 located in Brea, soon
after this thriving little town had started. For three and a half years she was in the
employ of Stern and Goodman and Ray Brothers, and later became stenographer for
the firm of Salveson-Brown; afterwards she was stenographer for the city attorney of
Brea, Albert Launer. While in the latter office she decided to seek the position of
clerk of Brea, and at the polls was duly elected to that important office in 1918 for a
two-year term, ending in April, 1920. That she al4y filled the office to the utmost
satisfaction of the citizens of Brea is attested to by the fact of her appointment to the
additional positions of city recorder, city assessor and deputy tax collector.

In addition to her many civic duties Miss McGee engaged in the real estate and
insurance business, is notary public and public stenographer. The busy and successful
career of this young business woman furnishes a splendid example of what can be
accomplished by women who are specially trained for their specific lines of business.
By her splendid achievements in the civic life of Brea. Miss McGee has won for herself
a prominent place among the citizens of this growing and prosperous little city.

FRED BENTJEN.— A very successful horticulturist, who attributes much of his
progress to the ambition, striving and self-denial of his good wife, is Fred Bentjen,
rated by all who know his warm advocacy of both popular and advanced education as
one of the truest-hearted of Americans. He was born in Germany on February 4, 1863.
the son of Dietrich and Helen (Janscen) Bentjen, farmer folk in that country, noted for
their intelligence and up-to-date ideas, and he was twenty-three years old when he left
home to come to America. He sailed from Bremen for New York, and then went on to
Nebraska. While at home, he had helped his father with the farm work, and in the
new West he always found engagements enough, continuing for nine years as a
laborer on a farm. Once he went back to his native country; but it was only for a
visit and he not only returned to the L'nited States, but he married at Pender, Thurston
County. Nebr., on March 29, 1895, Miss Helen Wolffe. also a native of Germany.

Selling out his interests at Pender, he moved to Boone County, in the same state,
where he went in for general farming, raising in particular on his 200 acres grain and
stock, and also potatoes. In 1909 he came west to California and for three years lived



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at Richfield; and in 1912 he removed to West Anaheim. There he planted fourteen
acres of citrus trees now six years old and full bearing, and three acres of walnuts;
joined the Farm Center, became active in civic work under the banners of the Repub-
lican party, and also became a stockholder in the Anaheim Orange and Lemon Growers
Association. He bought into a well company having a plant pumping 100 inches and
serving twenty ranchers, and he assumed charge of the well and the pump, which are
located on his ranch.

Six children have blessed the fortunate union of Mr. and Mrs. Bentjen: Anna
is now the wife of Otto Rohrs, the rancher of Orange, and has one child; Tillie is
married and is the wife of Dick Heitshusen, an oil man of Brea. the ceremony having
taken place in July. 1920; Fred entered the army in defense of his country, but was not
sent to the front on account of the armistice, and now he is ranching and living at
home; Ida is the wife of Raymond Grimm, a rancher of Anaheim; Lena resides at home,
and so does Mary. All the children were born in Nebraska, and confirmed in the
Lutheran faith. Mr. Bentjen has served as a member of the board of the Anaheim
German Parochial School.

DAVID D. GARDNER. — An expert celery grower who is also a good business
man is David D. Gardner, who owned ten acres three and a half miles northeast of
Huntington Beach, and grows twenty acres of celery on rented land. He is a partner
with his brother-in-law, Wallace W^ Blaylock, and together they are widely known as
celery experts.

He was born in Madison County, Nebr., on March 2, 1884, the son of David
Gardner, a rancher, who had married Miss Sarah Hetzler. In 1892 they removed to
California, taking with them their family of six children. Here the father passed away,
in 1906, and the mother is now living, retired, in the La Bolsa district, in Orange
County. Adam Gardner, who is in business in San Francisco, was the first born of the
family; then came Al, who lives at home; after that Ralph, the rancher at Oakdale; then
David, our subject; next Earl, who owns twenty acres and rents seven hundred, and
lives a quarter of a mile from Bolsa; and finally, Lida, the wife of Frank Burton, the
rancher, of Stanton, Orange County.

David was eight years old when he came to Orange County, and in 1907 he was
married to Miss Johnnie Girdner Horton, a native of .Arkansas, and the daughter of
Warren H. and Laura Horton. The former died here in 1907. Mrs. Gardner is a near
relative of Dr. Girdner of New York. Four children blessed this union: Hayden,
Mabel. Geraldine and David.

Mr. Gardner planted his farm of ten acres to beans and beets, and this alone
aflfords him a good living. He has a good partner, and some of their celery will
bring $1,500 an acre, netting each partner a handsome income. As a family, the
Gardners have valuable connections and many friends, being highly esteemed for their
ideals and public spirit.

WALLACE W. BLAYLOCK.— The successful culture of celery in Orange County
owes much to Wallace W. Blaylock, like his partner, David D. Gardner, a noted celery
expert. He lives with his interesting family on his ranch of twenty acres in the Talbot-
Wintersburg district, where he is known and respected as a very successful farmer. In
national politics, he has always supported the Democratic platforms; but he has cast
aside partisanship in endorsing the best men and the best measures for local develop-
ment, with the result that today he enjoys life in one of the most favored areas in all
the Golden State.

He was born in Franklin County, Ark., in the Ozark country, famous for its large,
red apples, on September 11, 1863, and there attended the public schools. His father
was Robert Blaylock, a native of Georgia and a member of a fine old English family
that had settled in the South; and his mother was Agnes Blaylock, who was born in
Tennessee. They married in Arkansas, and there Robert Blaylock died when Wallace
was only twelve years of age. Mrs. Blaylock lived to be seventy-six. and died in
California. Five of their children grew up; and among them Wallace was the second
in the order of birth. Mrs. Blaylock came of Scotch ancestry, and Grandfather Blay-
lock reached the grand old age of 103; Wallace, therefore, has very naturally inherited
exceptional virility.

When he was twenty-one years of a.ge. Mr. Blaylock came west to California and
settled at El Monte, in Los Angeles County; and in 1900 he returned to Arkansa.s
There he married Miss Emma Horton, a sister of Mrs. D. D. Gardner. Mrs Blaylock'f
uncle was the noted New Yorker, Dr. Girdner.

Mr. and Mrs. Blaylock have five children: Both Frances and Charles are in the
high school at Huntington Beach; while Julienne. William and Wallace, twins, an-
attending the grammar school of the Wintersburg district.



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EARL CHESTER BUTTON.— The Buckeye State claims Earl C. Dutton. tlie
progressive young rancher of the Anaheim district, as a native son. He was born in
Albany. Athens County, Ohio, on July 11. 1882, a son of W. H. and Ida (Linscott)
Dutton. They were the parents of two children, C. Clifford and Earl Chester Dutton,
the subject of this review.

W. H. Dutton was born in Harrison County, Ohio, in 1858 and followed the
jewelry business from boyhood, his father having been a pioneer jeweler in Ohio. In
1891, he migrated with his family to California, where he engaged in the jewelry busi-
ness at Los Angeles, remaining there until 1908, when the family moved to their present
home place in Orange County. At that time the land was unimproved. Three months
after locating on his ranch of ten acres, W. H. Dutton passed away; his son Earl took
charge of the estate, and has made all the improvements and spared neither labor or
expense in bringing the place up to its present day high state of production. His
indefatigable labors and enterprising eflforts have been amply rewarded by bountiful
crops, seven acres being devoted to oranges and three to avocados. He makes a
specialty of the Dutton avocado, originated by himself on his ranch and which has
prov^en of great value because it ripens in winter. This is a widely planted variety,
calls having come from Florida and the Hawaiian Islands for the budded variety.
Mr. Dutton is a member of the California Avocado .'\ssociation. For ten years he has
been a member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee and taken an
active interest in political affairs in the county and state.

On September 21, 1906, Mr. Dutton was united in marriage with Miss Mildred C.
Cottrell, and four children have been born to them: William K., John C, Margaret C,
and Ruth D. Fraternally, Mr. Dutton is a member of the Order of Eagles, being the
past president of .\naheim .A.erie No. 947, and also holds membership in the .\merican
Genetic Society. He and his family are highly esteemed in the community for their
high ideals of cliaracter and citizenship.

FERDINAND KEYING.— .\ poultry fancier who is unusually successful in rais-
ing prize show birds, as well as in maintaining a fine orange ranch, is Ferdinand Keying,
whose home is on Loara Road, west of .\naheim. Missouri was Mr. Heying's native
state, and he was born there on June 3, 1866, at Rhineland, Montgomery County. His
parents were Bernhard and .-Mida (Struttman) Keying, the father having come from
German}' in 1844, and was one of the pioneer settlers of Montgomery County, Mo. He
was a well known farmer there for many years, owning 120 acres, most of which was
Missouri River bottom land. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Union
Army and served valiantly for his adopted country.

The early days of Ferdinand Keying were spent on the home place, wliere he
obtained such education as the schools of that time and place afforded, but as the terms
were short — only four months a year — he had to gain most of his schooling through
his own efforts. Part of their farm was timberland and this he helped his father clear,
raising a few acres of tobacco here, and devoting the remainder to corn, wheat and
stock. One of the happiest memories of Mr. Heying's youthful days is his member-
ship in the Rhineland Brass Band. This little organization made quite a reputation for
itself, being called upon to play for every notable gathering in that part of the country,
for every member of the band was a good performer on his particular instrument and
with their zealous hours of practice they were able to play music quite in advance of
the usual village band. Mr. Keying was one of the leading performers, playing the
E-flat cornet in the band and the B-flat cornet in the orchestra work.

Mr. Keying remained on his father's farm until he was of age, when he engaged
in the lumber business, sawing the rough lumber for the farm buildings of the vicinity
at his mill. He handled walnut, oak, elm, sycainore, maple and Cottonwood lumber,
and when the Missouri. Kansas and Texas Railroad was built through that part of
Missouri he furnished ties for the company. Mr. Keying also acquired an eighty-acre
farm near Rhineland, sixty-five acres being bottom land and fifteen acres upland, and
here he set out a fine apple orchard, Winesaps. Zanos. Jonathans and .Arkansas Blacks
being among the varieties that he grew; in addition he also had a good sized orchard
of peaches and pears.

In 1902 Mr. Keying came to California and settled at .Anaheim, where for some
time he was engaged at various occupations. Later he purchased thirteen acres of land
near Fullerton, north of the Burdoff ranch; this was vacant land at the time and Mr.
Keying began at once to improve it, setting it out to walnuts and bringing it up to a
high state of cultivation. He still owns this property, which is producing a fine
yield, and he markets his walnuts at the Benchley Packing House. In November.
1916, he purchased five acres on Loara Road, west of .Anaheim, and here he now
makes his home. The place is set to Valencia oranges and it is irrigated by water
from the pumpin.a: plant of John Eells, who has one of the finest wells in Orange



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County. Mr. Heying is a member of the Anaheim Citrus Exchange, and of course,
markets his oranges through that organization. Since coming to his Anaheim ranch
Mr. Heying has developed a thriving poultry business on his ranch, specializing
in prize show birds of the Rhode Island Red variety. He has made a special study of
this branch of the poultry business and has mastered the secrets of its success; he
now has about 300 birds.

The marriage of Mr. Heying occurred on June 24, 1888, when he was united with
Miss Emma Dyckman, who like himself was born in Montgomery County, Mo. They
are the parents of four children: Alfred and Oscar, are both graduate pharmacists and
have a splendid business at Anaheim; Alfred graduated from the San Francisco School
of Pharmacy and on account of his brilliant work there won a scholarship that entitled
him to an additional year of study; Edward G. lives at Fillmore, where he also has a
drug store; Ernest B. is attending a dental college at Los Angeles. Oscar and Edward
trained at Camp Lewis; the former went to France and the latter was in the gas detail
in the United States where the gas was manufactured. Ernest attended the dental col-
lege under government regulation until the armistice was signed. A Republican in
national politics, Mr. Heying is nonpartisan in his political views where local issues are
concerned, believing the best interests of the community are conserved by putting the
best man in office, regardless of party ties.

EUGENE L. McCARTER.— A resident of Orange County since 1903 and now
an enthusiastic horticulturist in the Tustin district is Eugene L. McCarter, who was
born near Clay Center, Clay County. Kans., April S, 1888, a son of Thos. J. McCarter
who is represented on another page in this work. Eugene L. was reared on the farm
in Kansas and attended the public school of his district. Coming with his parents to
Orange County when he was in his fifteenth year, he completed the grammar school
and then entered the Santa Ana high school where he was graduated in 1910.

He then followed ranching for a time to earn the money to pay his way through
the Brownsberger Business College in Los Angeles. After graduating from this insti-
tution he became bookkeeper for a Los Angeles Grocery Company where he con-
tinued for eighteen months. But the call of the farm was too strong so he returned to
Orange County to begin ranching. He purchased ten acres on the Newport Road and
also leased land and engaged in horticulture as well as raising beans. Two years later
he sold his place at a good profit and bought a ten-acre walnut grove on the Red Hill
Road in Tustin which was interset with Valencia oranges. Four years later he sold
it at a big profit and then he bought two ranches, one of ten acres on Red Hill and
San Juan streets, devoted to walnuts and the other of eleven acres set to Valencia
oranges, located on Prospect Avenue, both lying in the Tustin district. Meantime he
also purchased ten acres at West Acres adjoining the Forkner Fig Gardens in Fresno,
which he set to figs and two years later sold it at a profit.

Aside from his own ranches he has helped to develop and set out several other
ranches to orange and walnut groves. During this time he has been a close student
of horticulture, so much so that he has become a well posted and successful horticul-
turist. He is also the owner of a valuable corner in Seattle, Wash. He is a member
of the Santa Ana Valley Walnut Growers Association and the Tustin Hill Citrus Asso-
ciation. Mr. McCarter makes his home on Prospect Avenue, where he has a comfort-
able residence and resides with his wife and three children, Barbara, Eugene L., Jr.,
and Gwendolyn.

His marriage in Santa Ana, February 28, 1916, united him with Miss Minnie Mae
Montgomery, born in Hereford, Texas. She came with her parents, Lyman A. and
Kate (Mercer) Montgomery, to Santa Ana; they were natives of Iowa and Mr. Mont-
gomery died here. Mrs. Montgomery is a graduate of the San Diego State Normal and
has been engaged in educational work for many years and now teaching at Vk^est-
minster. Mrs. McCarter was graduated from Santa Ana high school in 1914. The
family attend the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana. In national principles
Mr. McCarter believes in the policy of protection and is a stanch Republican.

ARTHUR BELDEN McCORD.— The history of the banking institutions of
Southern California is interesting, and their soundness and stability are due to the tried
and true men at the helm, enabling them in the past to weather many a storm in which
older established Eastern banks have been less fortunate.

The competent and popular cashier of the Anaheim National Bank is a native of
Shelburn, Ind., born September 1. 1882. His parents. George A. and Lethia (Hazel-
rigg) McCord, are living in Los Angeles, where the father is a contractor.

Arthur Belden is the oldest child in a family of eight children, and received a
public school education supplemented with a business college course, and a course at
the Central Normal School at Danville, Ind.. after which he taught school for three




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years at Fairbanks, that state. His first step in the business world was in connec-
tion with the Terre Haute Traction and Light Company, in their purchasing depart-
ment, in which position he remained two years. After coming to California he was
connected with the Commercial National Bank at Los Angeles, for five years, and was
assistant cashier of the Traders Bank in that city, two years. He then accepted a posi-
tion as cashier of the German American Bank of Anaheim, and from there went to
the Anaheim National Bank as cashier, his present position.

The marriage of Mr. McCord occurred April 30, 190S, and united him with Miss
Ellen Mahaney of Indiana. Mr. McCord belongs to the Christian Church and politically
is a stanch Republican. He is associated fraternally with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is fond of hunting,
fishing and motoring, recreations in which he finds relaxation from the cares of busi-
ness life. He is very active in Anaheim civic affairs, and is a man of standing and
influence in the community, where he is esteemed not only for his personal worth but
for the public spirit he manifests and his interest in all things pertaining to the welfare
of Orange County.

FRANCIS M. BENNETT.— A rancher Avho has farmed in various sections of
Orange County and is, therefore, well posted as to soil and climatic conditions in this
favored part of the Golden State, is F. M. Bennett who is at present yard foreman for
the Orange County Fumigating Company. He was born near Rondo, Polk County,
Mo., on August 24, 1875, and his parents were Samuel and Harriet A. Bennett, farmers
in the Iron State. The lad attended the district school at Rondo, and worked at home
until after he was of age.

On attaining his twenty-first year, he started out into the world for himself, taking
up farming as a means for a livelihood. On May 18, 1897, he was married to Miss
Catherine Marsh, who was born in northern Missouri, the daughter of Richard and
Elizabeth Marsh, also farmers; and they came to California and remained two years,
during which time their only child, Jesse D., was accidentally burned at Orange, and
died from its injuries. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett returned to Missouri, and there,
in 1899. Mrs. Bennett died.

Once again Mr. Bennett came out to California, and this time he brought vv'ith
him his father and mother. They settled on East Chapman Avenue in Orange, and
there purchased ten acres for $3,500. At the end of two years, however, they disposed
of their holding and moved into Orange. In 1909, Mr. Bennett's father died, and just
ten years later, his mother passed away.

On November 15, 1905, Mr. Bennett married a second time, choosing for his wife
Miss Alice Ferguson, a native of Iowa and the daughter of Chauncey and Laura Fergu-
son; and since then have been farming, for the most part near Santa Ana, Orange and
Anaheim. In 1912, he had a boarding house at Camp No. 7, Big Creek, in the Sierras,
about seventy-five miles from Fresno; but after spending a year there in the mountains,
he left and went to Texas, settling some sixty miles from San Antonio. He ran an
express, and farmed eighty acres of land. The lure of California drew him back to
Orange County in 1914, and then he worked as yard foreman for the Orange County
Fumigating Company. He next removed to Buena Park and ranched for a while, and
then was overseer of the Holton ranch, forty acres of which are devoted to oranges,
and forty to walnuts. While in Texas, Mr. Bennett bought twenty acres near proven
oil lands. Mr. Bennett is a member of the Episcopal Church at Anaheim, in politics is
a Republican, and fraternally belongs to both the Odd Fellows and Masons of Orange.

G. RAYMOND FRANKLIN.— Interesting and varied have been the life experi-
ences of G. Raymond Franklin; an extensive traveler, soldier of fortune and now a
successful business man, makes an unusual combination, and goes far to show the
versatility of this patriotic American. Instead of turning his attention to politics on
leaving the army, as the hero of San Juan, Roosevelt, did, he has "thrown his hat"
into the business ring, and the mettle of the man insures success. Born in Dwight,
Livingston County, 111., May 30, 1878, he is a son of James L. aiid Dora (Schuman)
Franklin, both natives of Illinois, and the father conducted the largest general store
at Dwight for many years.

The son received his education in the public schools of his home town, and the
Dwight high school, and when a young man took a trip to Europe, traveling exten-
sively and visiting nearly all the principal cities all over the continent. In 1898, when
the Spanish War broke out, he enlisted in the Thirteenth Infantry of Regulars, as a
private, and rose to the position of first lieutenant. His regiment was the third to
land in Cuba, and saw active service all through the Cuban campaign, taking part in
the battle of San Juan Hill, at which time Mr. Franklin was sergeant. He arrived in
the Philippine Islands, May 30, 1899, and saw four years' service there, taking part in



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many skirmishes and engagements, serving under General Lawton, and was near that
brave soldier when he was shot from his horse, and wounded in the arm, at the capture
of San Fabian. Besides becoming an officer in the Philippine Islands, the young
soldier served as interpreter, speaking Spanish fluently. On returning to the United
States he was placed in charge of the military prison at Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
Bay. He resigned from the army in 1905, after seven years of faithful service.

His first civilian occupation after military life was as bookkeeper and cashier with
the Pacific Implement Company of San Francisco, and he later held the same position
with the Standard Hardware Company of that city. He next went down into Mexico
and became forwarding agent with the Southern Pacific Railway during the construc-
tion of the line from Guaymas to Tepic, on the west coast. After his work in Mexico,
he became purchasing agent for the U. S. Smelting Company of Kingman, Ariz., for
three years, and then engaged in business for himself in Kingman, selling mining
machinery and automobiles, for five years. During the World War he served for six



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