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the progress of California horticulture.

Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Callan. Glenn M. is the elder, and is
engaged in business in Fullerton; and the other is Forrest B. Callan, who married Miss
Selma Salveson, and they have one child, Lenore. Mrs. Callan died on November 30.
1918, and on July 1, 1920, Mr. Callan married Mrs. Bertie Bronson, born in Kentucky,
but a resident of California for several years.

Mr. Callan is a Democrat in national politics, although nonpartisan enough in his
support of local measures likely to help the town and county, and he is a member of the
Masonic Lodge, holding membership in Fullerton Lodge No. 339, F. & A. M., and in
Fullerton Chapter, R. A. M.

MRS. BETSY ANN HAZARD.— The ancestry of Mrs. Betsy Ann Hazard dates
back to the early days of the Pilgrim Fathers, when two White brothers came over in
the Mayflower, and from one of these Mrs. Hazard is directly descended. The White
family figured prominenth' in the Revolutionary War and in the early history of Massa-
chusetts and of New York. Mrs. Hazard herself being a pioneer of Iowa; she was born
at Erieville, Madison County, N. Y., her parents being Elijah and Betsy (Cook) White.
Elijah White was a blacksmith at Erieville for many years, having come there from
his native state of Massachusetts, Mrs. White also having been born at Williamstown,
in that state. They were the parents of four children: Charles, William. Austin, who
died at Fallbrook in 1916, and Betsy Ann, of this review, and the only one living.
She was reared and educated at Erieville and on February 14, 1858, at Leeville, N. Y.,
was married to Robert Samuel Hazard, who was also born at Erieville, N. Y., in 1833.
only half a mile from the birthplace of Mrs. Hazard; he was the son of Ira and Clarissa
(Brown) Hazard, both of whom were born in New York and lived there until their
death, the father being a well-to-do farmer and dairyman, and was the first child born
in that village.

Mr. and Mrs. Hazard remained in New York for a year or so after their marriage,
when they removed to what was then considered the far west, settling in Blackhawk
County, Iowa, in 1860. Here thev bought a partially .improved farm of eighty acres,
which they cultivated until 1877. They then drove their cattle out to Redwillow County,
Nebr., and later to Hitchcock County, in that state, moving into a deserted dug-out
that had been occupied by settlers who had been eaten out by grasshoppers and aban-
doned the place. In 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Hazard, with their children, came to California,
settling in the Westminster district in .\ugust of that year. They purchased fortv acres
northwest of Bolsa. paying $700 for the tract, and moved on it February 6, 1882, and
there engaged in ranching until Mr. Hazard's death, which occurred very suddenly
from heart failure on November 23, 1895. while he was at work in the field. Mrs.
Hazard resides on the home place and rents the land to her grandson. Robert F. Hazard.

There were five children, two now living, horn to Mr. and Mrs. Hazard, all natives
of Iowa except the third child, who was born in New York: Bertha resides on the home
farm with her mother; Frank became a prosperous rancher in the Westminster precinct,
the owner of 120 acres of land there; he passed away on January 22, 1916. at the age of
forty-five years. He was married to Alice Marden of Westminster, who died in 1900.
leaving three children — Harry is a rancher at Lancaster. Cal., is married and h^s two
living children. Eugene and Alice: Robert F. is a rancher in the Westminster district,
farming the land of his grandmother, Mrs. Betsy Ann Hazard; he has three children


Roland, Clyde and Kenneth; Luella, who married Gifford Giles and lives at Santa Ana;
she was reared by her grandmother, Mrs. Betsy Ann Hazard, her mother having passed
away when she was but two weeks old; the youngest of the Hazard children, Grace, is
'.he wife of Harry Bush, a shipbuilder at Harbor City, Cal., and they have one daughter,
Ethelwyn, now Mrs. Harry Griswold of Exeter, Cal.

Coming from a long line of patriotic forbears, it is but natural that Mrs. Hazard
should feel an intense loyalty to her country and this she expressed in a practical way
during the stirring time of the late war, being especially active in the work of the Red
Cross. While she has never allied herself with any particular church, she has always
lived an exemplary Christian life, governed by the principles of the Golden Rule. She
has never found any religion higher than the truth and she considers it her privilege
to discover truth anywhere and everywhere, adhering to the highest concept of life as
It is unfolded. A firm advocate of temperance, she has been a member of the Women's
Christian Temperance Union, the Good Templars and other prohibition organizations.

HARRY RAY. — A pioneer business man of Brea, Orange County, Harry Ray has
been closely identified with the commercial interests of this fast-growing city since
1911, during which time he has been classed among the upbuilders of this district in
all progressive movements. A native of Ohio, he was born at Cincinnati on March
25, 1878, a son of Samuel and Louise (Hoffman) Ray, the latter still living and the
mother of seven children.

The third eldest of the family, Harry Ray received his education in the excellent
schools of his. native city, also fortunate in having been able to pursue a course in the
high school as well. When his school days were over he entered the mercantile
business there and thoroughly equipped himself for his career in life. When twenty-
three years of age he decided to come West, feeling that the best opportunities were
to be found here rather than in the crowded marts of the East. On his arrival he secured
employment with the Stern-Goodman Company at Fullerton, and for ten years was
in their store in that city. In 1911 he was sent to the new town of Brea to open a
branch store for his company, and was made manager of it, having demonstrated his
ability and integrity during his ten years' service with them in Fullerton. He later
bought their interest and for three years carried on a flourishing business for himself
and expanded the business to large proportions during that time. He then sold out to
loseph Weiss, and was made manager for him, continuing in that position until he
resigned to embark in the general gents' furnishing business for himself, where he is
to be found catering to the best element of the prosperous oil-producing center.

Public-spirited and active in all forward movements of the locality, Mr. Ray was
the prime mover in organizing the Chamber of Commerce and was honored with the
first presidency of that organization, and later served another term, and as a booster
for the community he exerted a strong influence for the good of the entire section.
He is a Republican in politics and fraternally is a member of the Knights of Pythias,
the Foresters and the B. P. O. Elks of Anaheim.

FELIX BOZENTA MODJESKA.— Among the most popular favorites at Balboa
Beach, indeed throughout all Orange County where the memory of Madame Modjeska,
as both a genius and a noble woman, is held so dear, none enjoys a more enviable
position than the grandson of the famous Polish-American actress, Felix Bozenta
Modjeska, and his talented wife, residing on Modjeska or Bay Island, where the divine
interpreter died on April 9. 1909, and which she willed to her two grandchildren, the
aforesaid. He was born at Omaha, Nebr., on August 6, 1887, when his father Ralph
Modjeski, the noted civil engineer of Chicago, was engaged on the Union Pacific bridge
then being stretched across the Missouri River at Omaha. Ralph Modjeski was born
at Cracow, Poland, in 1861, and came to the United States with his mother in the
year of our national Centennial, 1876. Later, he graduated from the Coll. des Ponts
et Chaussees, at Paris, at the head of his class, with honors, and in 1911 was made a
Doctor of Engineering, by the University of Illinois. On December 28, 188S, he mar-
ried Felicie Benda, of Cracow, a niece of Mme. Modjeska, by her beloved brother Felix,
by whom he had two sons and a daughter — Felix Bozenta, the subject of our review;
Marylka Stewart, wife of Sydney Pattison, professor of English in the University of
Arizona at Tucson, and Charles E. J., who is at present a student at Cornell Lhii-
versity. Ralph Modjeski, who is now a member of the eminent firm of Modjeski and
.\ngier, also independent as Ralph Modjeski. has been a consulting engineer at Chicago
since 1892, and for years has maintained an otifice in New York City, and he has been
identified with the designing and completing of many of the great engineering works
in the land, among them the Thebes Bridge across the Mississippi and the Quebec
Bridge in Canada, also one at Memphis, Tenn., and many others. He is an honored


member of several of the leading clubs of Chicago and New York. He resides on Hyde
Park Boulevard, Chicago, and has an office on Michigan Avenue.

The early life, therefore, of Felix Bozenta Modjeska was mainly spent at Chicago,
where he attended the public schools and De La Salle Institute and the University high
school. He also studied electrical engineering at Armour Institute, and enjoyed the
instruction of men noted the world over for their mastery of modern electrical science,
and so became himself a recognized electrical expert. He was married at Davenport,
Iowa, to Miss Dorothy Hill, of Western Sprmgs, HI.: and in 1910, following his
revered grandmother's death, he and his wife came West to inherit their enviable
property. They have two children, Felix G. and Ralph.

Some time ago, Mr. Modjeska formed a partnership with R. M. Simberg for the
establishing and conducting of an electrical engineering and supply business at Balboa
and Newport Beach; and Mr. Simberg takes charge of the store at the latter place,
while Mr. Modjeska manages the business at Balboa. As might be expected of those
who began with a reputation for exceptional ability and who have since added to their
laurels and by strict attention to the wants of their patrons, increased their number
of appreciative friends, these gentlemen have done well from the start; and they liid
fair t^ "grow up with the country," and to come in on the crest of the waves, at the
high tide of the beaches' prosperity.

ALBERT J. CHAFFEE.— Residents of Garden Grove for nearly forty years, Mr.
and Mrs. Albert J. Chaffee occupy an honored place in the community for the contri-
l)Ution they made to the upbuilding of this section of Orange County. A native of
Illinois, Mr. Chaffee was a son of Eber C. and Anna (Davis) Chaffee, his birth occurring
April 27, 1848, in Kane County, near Elgin, in that state. Eber C. Chaffee was born
at Bellows Falls, Vt., and when a youth learned the trades of tanner and currier, but
after removing to Kane County, III., in 1839, he became interested in agriculture, im-
proving a farm of 400 acres there. Mrs. Chaffee was also a native of Vermont, born
at Rutland, of Welsh and English descent; both parents died at the Illinois homestead.

Albert J. Chaffee spent his early life on the home farm in Kane County, 111.,
attending the public schools there and later the Seminary at Aurora, the Academy at
Elgin and the Rock River Seminary at Mt. Morris, 111. For a while he took up the
profession of a school teacher, teaching two years in Iowa and one in Illinois. Later
he became interested in dairying, running an extensive dairy near Elgin for many years.
He was one of the early promoters of that industry in that section, which has since
become famous throughout the country as a butter-producing market. He continued
there until 1881, when he decided to remove to California, settling at Garden Grove
directly on his arrival here. For a number of years he engaged in the dairy business
on the peat lands in the Westminster and Bolsa districts, but later gave over his time
to general farming, in which he achieved splendid success. Through different purchases
fie at one time owned 140 acres of land, but disposed of most of it, retaining a small
acreage where he erected his commodious farmhouse, the trees which he planted now
having grown to a great size. Here his family make their home.

Of the twelve children of the Chaffee family, only two are now living: Alonzo D.
resides at Wasco. 111., and is eighty years of age; and Dorr B.-, who is seventy-eight
years old, makes his home in Los Angeles, where he is well known. Of the brothers
who are deceased may be mentioned Dr. John D. Chaffee, who came to Garden Grove
in 1875 and was widely known there and at Long Beach, where he had an extensive
practice until his death in 1907; Simon E. Chaffee was justice of the peace and notary
public at Garden Grove for many years and died there in 1916, at the age of sixty-nine
years; the oldest brother, Sereno S. Chaffee, was a man of means and figured in the
business and political circles of Los Angeles, becoming a strong Prohibitionist before
his death in 1894, at the age of sixty-eight; another brother, Fernando H. Chaffee, was
a prominent resident of Long Beach, living to be eighty years old. and dying in 1908.
Of Mr. Chaffee's three sisters, Mrs. Sarah M. Johnson was a resident of Garden Grove
before her death in 1899; .\ddie F. died in Illinois at the age of ten years; Mrs. Marcia
A. Ryder died in 1916 in Long Beach, aged eighty-six years, her son. Dr. Burns Ryder,
being a well-known physician there.

Mr. Chaffee's marriage, which occurred in 1873. united 'him with Miss Susan E. '
.•\nibrose. the daughter of Rev. Samuel Ambrose, a well-known minister of the Rock
River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Illinois. Mrs. Chaffee was born
in Maine, but was reared in Illinois from the age of six. Six children have been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Chaffee: Mettie E. is in the Deaconess work in Los Angeles: Edward
A. is a large rancher and apricot grower at Garden Grove; Dr. Burns S. Chaffee, a
physician at Long Beach, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he spe-
cialized in surgery. He was a surgeon in the army during the late war. serving in


France, and was commissioned a captain; Ralph A. is a resident of Garden Grove;
Leila B. graduated from the Santa Ana high school and later from the Los Angeles
Normal, and is now taking a domestic science course at Santa Barbara; she taught five
years in the Garden Grove grammar school; an infant daughter died at the age of ten
days in Garden Grove.

Mr. Chaffee was a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Gar-
den Grove; always a hard worker, he lived a clean, industrious and useful life, and was
found furthering every good work, especially the cause of temperance and national
prohibition. He died June 4, 1920, aged over seventy-two. Mrs. Chaffee, who is also a
faithful member of the Methodist Church, ably seconded her husband in all his good
works and is beloved by the entire community.

NOAH ULYSSES POTTER.— A highly esteemed family of Orange with an
unusually interesting association with the great World War, is that of Noah Ulysses
Potter, whose sturdy sons vie with him in popularity. He was born in Madison County,
Iowa, in 1869, the son of Ephraim Potter, a native of Michigan who settled in Iowa,
and there farmed. He also married there, taking for his wife Miss Mary Blosser; and
there he died. He had two brothers in the Civil War, one of whom was killed. All
of their five children are still living; but only the youngest — the subject of our sketch
— is in California. Mrs. Potter, the beloved mother, survived to give joy to all who
knew her, until March, 1920, when she died.

Reared on a farm, Noah attended the local public schools, and after a while
learned the carpenter's trade, in time marrying Miss Minnie O'Brien, a native of Illinois.
He worked at his trade in Madison County until 1902, when he located in California.
Four years before he had come to the Golden State for the first time, and had remained
here nearly a year, mostly at Santa Cruz; and then he returned to Iowa. The spell of
California, however, had seized him as it has so many others, and when he came he
chose Orange as the most attractive place, promising the most for the future. For
the first two years after coming here he worked at his trade as a carpenter, and since
then he has been in business for himself.

Mr. Potter has been exceptionally successful and has erected many buildings
of note. Among these are the .Torn Block, the Ainsworth Block, the Smith and Grote
Block, the Pixley and Edwards Block, the Eltiste Garage, the Struck Garage, the Boring
Buildings, the Christian Church, as well as many of the finest private residences in
the city. He built his own residence on East Palmyra Street.

A Republican in national political affairs, Mr. Potter was appointed on the non-
war construction committee for Orange County during the period of the war. His
son, Claud, who is a carpenter and assists him, joined the aviation section of the U. S.
Army and was stationed at Rockwell Field in this state until he was honorably dis-
charged in March, 1919, when he resumed work with his father. Another son, Ray-
mond, who is also a carpenter and assists his father, was in the war as a member of
Battery B, of the Anti-Aircraft, serving overseas, and was in active service in France
for six months. After the armistice had been signed he returned home and was hon-
orably discharged. A third son was in the U. S. Naval Reserve Force, and in the
returned to tell the tale, he is with the Griffith Lumber Company at Orange. All
three of these worthy sons are members of Orange Post No. 132 of the American
three of these worthy sons are members of the Orange Post No. 132 of the American
Legion. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Potter was made a Mason in Orange Grove Lodge No. 293, F. & A. M., and
belongs to Orange Grove Chapter No. 99, R. A. M. Mrs. Potter belongs to the Her-
mosa Chapter, O. E. S., and is justly popular in the circles in which she is active and
best known.

FRED A. GROTE. — An enterprising and liberal-minded young man who, by his
own unfailing energy and close application to the duties of the day, has risen to a
prominent place in the business circles of his native city, is Fred A. Grote, who was
born at Orange on March 22, 1886. His parents were Henry and Wilhelmina Grote,
the well-known pioneers, and in the order of birth he was the fourth of six children.

He was sent to the- local schools for his early education, and in Santa Ana he
continued his studies at the Orange Business College. When his student days were
over, he entered the store of the Ehlen and Grote Company, of which his father was a
large owner, and beginning at the bottom, advanced through various departments
until he became assistant manager. Since then he has become one of the largest
stockholders, and as a controlling factor, is director and secretary of the company.
He belongs to the Commercial Club and also to the Merchants and Manufacturers
Association of Orange, in which organizations his counsel is often sought, and in un-
organized channels he makes his influence felt in an encouraging, helpful way.


Mr. Grote is also interested in citrus culture, and owns a ranch of twenty acres
east of Orange, which he has set out and improved with Valencia oranges and lemons.
He is a member of the Santiago Orange Growers Association and the Central Lemon
.Association at Villa Park, and loses no opportunity to advocate the introduction of
the most approved, up-to-date methods and appliances.

While at St. Louis, Mo., Mr. Grote was married to Miss Mathilde Schuessler,
a native of that city and a graduate of Strassberger's Conservatory of Music at St.
Louis; and their union has been blessed with the birth of one child, a daughter, Elinor.
Mr. Grote is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

A Republican in matters of national political import, and a most loyal American
citizen, always solicitous for a high .standard of civic honor, Mr. Grote knows no
polftical partisanship when it comes to boosting Orange, town and county, nor does
he allow party preferences to stand in the way of endorsing the best men and measures.
In this respect, he sets the best example for civic reform and growth.

MRS. MARIA E. HEAD.— Preeminent among the most interesting factors in
the history of romantic California must be rated the lives of such genuine and worthy
pioneers as the late Dr. H. W. Head, who passed to his eternal reward on December
5, 1919, and his estimable companion who so admirably sustains his standards in her
charming home life at 520 East Sixth Street, Santa Ana. He was born in Obion
County, Tenn., on January 1, 1840, and as a decidedly pioneer physician settled at
Garden Grove in the far-away Centennial year of 1876. At Rives, then Troy Station.
Obion County, Tenn., on August 18, 1869, he was married to Miss Maria E. Caldwell,
a daughter of Waller H. Caldwell, a well-known farmer of Obion County, Tenn.,
where he was also a pioneer. He was born in Henry County, Tenn., lived to hunt
not merely wild turkeys but grizzly bears in Obion County, when he first essayed to
set up his home there, and died there in 1891, almost eighty years of age. He was
married in Obion County to Elizabeth Morgan, who died when Mrs. Head was only
eleven years old. She left five children — three girls and two boys, of whom there are
only two living: our subject and a brother. Waller J. Caldwell, a farmer in Obion
County. In May, 1917, Dr. and Mrs. Head took an extended trip East, to visit their
old Tennessee home, and on the journey they stopped at Washington, D. C. and
shook hands with President Wilson.

Dr. Head studied medicine under his father. Dr. Horace Head, perhaps the
leading physician of Obion County; attended the Academy at Troy, Tenn., and later
matriculated at the Nashville Medical College, graduating in the spring of 1869. Prior
to his beginning the study of medicine he enlisted in the Civil War as a Confederate
soldier and participated in the following battles: Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro,
Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge (both battles), Cut Creek, Rocky Ford Ridge, Resaca,
-■\dairsville. New Hope Church, Pine Mountain, Dead Angle, Beech Tree Creek.
-Atlanta, Jonesboro. Franklin, Nashville and Sugar Creek. .At the battle of Franklin
he came out with such torn clothes and so bedraggled and powder-stained that his
own uncle did not know him. The company in which he served throughout the v/ar
was the one in which he had enlisted — the "Avalanche"; it was made up at Tvoy,
Tenn., and he became its captain. After his marriage. Dr. Head went to live at Troy
and there he practiced until he came to California. The first captain, by the way,
who organized the "Avalanche." was John W. Buford; and when he was promoted to
the office of colonel. Dr. Head was made captain. Dr. Head was a valiant soldier,
remained prominent in Confederate circles, and numbered his friends by the thousands,
as was evidenced by the attendance and demonstrations at his funeral, which was
attended by admirers and mourners from far and near. He had been commissioned
lieut. -colonel and judge-advocate on the staflE of Maj.-Gen. S. Lerchfield, on January
1, 1905, and at their twenty-ninth reunion at Atlanta, Ga., in 1919, he was made
surgeon-general of the Pacific Division of the United Confederate Veterans. Always
an earnest advocate of education, he was for twenty-eight years a trustee of the Garden
Grove school.

Nine children blessed the fortunate union of this distinguished couple. Horace C.
Head is the well-known attorney. PercTe, is assisting her mother in presiding over
the home. Lucy died in Tennessee, in infancy, as did also Ocie. Flora is the wife of
Marvin Johnson, of Los Angeles. Maggie Belle became Mrs. Newton H. Cox, the
wife of a rancher living near Blythe, Palo Verde Valley, Riverside County, Cal. W.
Clair Head is a rancher at Garden Grove, and Bessie, living near, is the wife of Anson
Mott, while Mary is Mrs. James Pumphrey and resides in Los Angeles. Dr. and Mrs.
Head were inembers of the First Christian Church at Santa Ana. Mrs. Head and her
daughter Percie are charter members of the Emma Sansom Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy, of which Mrs. Head has served as president. Mrs.


Head, like her lamented husband, is a consistent Democrat, and the Head family cast

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