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agent on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad in Lyons and Clinton, Iowa, until


1907. Resigning, he came to California in 1907 and became cashier of the Atchison,
Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad at Fiillerton, leaving in April. 1913, to accept a position
on the staff of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Fullerton.

At Marshalltowni in Marshall County. Iowa, on March 28, 1883, Mr. Esmay was
married to Miss Ettie May Garlick. the daughter of James Piatt and Henrietta E.
(Dodge) Garlick. Mr. Garlick was born in Tintwisle. England, on March 7, 1825, and
at the age of ten sailed from Liverpool on the "Ambassador." on what proved to be a
long and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. Delayed by three weeks of fog off the
Irish Coast, the voyagers met stormy weather and once saw their ship afire; but after
being out from land for seven weeks and five days, they landed at New Orleans on
November 11, 1835. Mr. Garlick was one of the many who came across the plains to
California in 1849. Before the Civil War he was active in organizing the "underground
railroad." He ran the first "train" from Missouri to Canada, and was once in a house
where a posse was searching for him, and heard his pursuers offering a reward of $500
for him, dead or alive. Mr. Garlick died at Fullerton on December 2, 1916, and Mrs.
Garlick passed away at the home of her daughter on July 14, 1918. Mr. and Mrs.
Esmay have had five children: \'ora Lorena Esmay is Mrs. James Earl McCulley;
Anna Leona Esmay; George Leffingwell Esmay married Miss Esther E. Kropp; Mary
Lilah Esmay is Mrs. Alvin L. Ford; and Ruby LaGrille Esmay is Mrs. Frank A.
Treadwell. The family attend the Baptist Church, and Mr. Esmay is a member of the
Modern Woodmen of America, and the banker of the lodge here from 1917 to date.
He belonged to Pioneer Camp No. 1, Modern Woodmen of America, at Lyons, Iowa,
and was a charter member there, and paid every assessment up to date; and in 1909
he was transferred to Camp No. 8260 at Fullerton, Cal.

A Republican in national politics, Mr. Esmay looks back to active p'articipation in
civic duties. He was bugler of Company L of the First Regiment, Iowa National
Guards of Lyons, Iowa, from 1892 to 1894, and was also a bugler of the Home Guards
at Fullerton from 1916 to 1919. With his family he is intensely interested in Orange
County and naturally has a preference for everything pertaining to the development and
future of Fullerton.

THOMAS GRUSSING.— A very successful horticulturist under Southern Cali-
fornia conditions who has set an excellent example in "boosting" for Orange County
and thus wishing to share with others the superior advantages he has found here, is
Thomas Grussing, who was born near Champaign, 111., on January 31, 1875, the son
of John Grussing. a pioneer of that state. He bought eighty acres of raw land at nine
dollars an acre, resolutely broke the prairie, and harvested such excellent results that
he continued to buy more until he had about 700 acres in a body. He improved it in
every desirable way and raised grain and stock, and eventually divided what he had
among his children. After he retired he resided in Gifford, 111., imtil his death, July
1, 1920, at nearly eighty years of age. A leader in local Republican councils, an ex-
member of the board of supervisors of Champaign County, he was for years a pillar
in the Lutheran Church of his neighborhood. When he married, he took for his wife
Miss Trentje Esterman, who proved an indispensable helpmate, and she is still living
to enjoy the affection and esteem of those who know her. Nine children were granted
this worthy couple; and seven are now living.

The fourth eldest in the family, Thomas from a boy learned to farm, while he
attended the local public schools, held chiefly in winter. He remained home to assist
his father until he was married to Miss Anne Flesner, a popvjar belle of that vicinity.
.■\fter that he bought, operated and then sold a farm of eighty acres; then he purchased
160 acres nearby, and later increased his holdings until he owned in all 320 acres, which
he devoted to raising stock and grain, chiefly corn and oats; and with this first-rate
agricultural plant he continued until 1912. While living there he responded to the urgent
invitation of his neighbors to act as school trustee.

In 1912 he was persuaded that he would do best by removing to California:
and having sold a part of the ranch, he came West and located at Anaheim. He
bought thirteen acres at the corner of East and Santa Ana streets, and he improved
the land by the addition of a new and handsome residence. In 1919, he sold the balance
of his eastern property and bought ten acres adjoining his first purchase, most of
which were in X'alencia, and two acres in Navel oranges. He joined the Mutual
Orange Distributors Association, and as a Republican, he did what he could to elevate
civic affairs, but in local movements he always gave a generous, nonpartisan support.

On February 15, 1920, to the sorrow of a large circle of friends, Mrs. Grussing
passed to her eternal reward". She was the mother of four children— Tinie, Henry,
Hannah and Herman. With his family Mr. Grussing is a ineniber of Anaheim Lutheran
Church, of which he has for some time been a trustee.


PETER D. BRADY. — A successful orange and walnut grower who is enjoying
prosperity as the reward of industry and the maintenance of right principles in the
conduct of his business, is Peter D. Brady, the owner of a forty-acre ranch, devoted to
oranges and walnuts, situated two and a half miles east of Garden Grove. Mr. Brady
was born in Marshall County, 111., January 28, 1866, a son of Peter and Julia (Welch)
Brady, natives of Vermont and Kentucky, respectively. Peter Brady was born July 6,
1832, and was united in marriage with Miss Julia Welch on December 1, 1859, the cere-
mony being solemnized at Peoria, 111. He was a railroad man of marked ability and
filled the responsible post of division superintendent of the Rock Island Railway Com-
pany in Illinois: while living in Kansas he was connected with the Santa Fe Railroad.
He became the owner of 160 acres of land in Rush County, Kans., also a quarter-section
in Greenwood County, that state.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Brady were the parents of nine children, three of whom are
living: P. D. Brady, the subject of this sketch; E. W. Brady, a rancher living near his
brother: and Mrs. Essie Lighthall, who resides at Lindsay, Cal., where she is in the
orange business. In 1890 the family moved to California and in 1912 the mother passed
away at the age of seventy-three years; Peter Brady survived until February 11, 1920,
having passed the advanced age of eighty-seven.

P. D. Brady was four years old when his parents moved to Kansas. He received
his education in the public schools of Great Bend, graduating from the high school in
1885. He followed farming in Kansas, working on his father's farm in Rush County.
In 1891 he migrated to California, locating in Buaro precinct. Orange County, after-
wards settling in Garden Grove precinct, where he purchased ten acres of rough land.
This he cleared and leveled and has made subsequent purchases, one of ten, the other of
twenty acres, making his total holdings forty acres, half being in walnuts and the
balance in Valencia oranges; three acres of the oranges are now nine years old and ten
acres of the walnuts are ten years old. He has a 200-foot well with a pumping capacity
of eighty inches. Mr. Brady is an indefatigable worker and his enterprising efforts
have been richly rewarded. His career furnishes a striking example of what energy
and resourcefulness can accomplish, when one has set his mind on a definite goal and
judiciously manages his financial affairs. From a humble beginning in ranching he has
successfully attained his goal — the ownership of a well-improved and profitable ranch
and a beautiful, modern bungalow residence. For about twenty years Mr. Brady ran a
hay-baling press in Southern California.

In 1917 Mr. Brady was united in marriage with Miss Alice Shoemaker, a native of
Ogle County. 111., and the daughter of Jasper and Lydia (Purcell) Shoemaker. Jasper
Shoemaker passed away in Ogle County, 111. ,at the age of sixty-seven years; Mrs. Shoe-
maker is living at San Pedro. They were the parents of thirteen children, eleven of
whom are living.

Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Brady are the parents of one child, Barbara Jean. Mr. Brady
is a member of the Orange Growers Association, also of the Walnut Growers Associa-
tion at Garden Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Brady are very popular in their locality, where
they have a large circle of friends.

JOSIAH JACKSON. — \ hard-working rancher whose flourishing grove of choice
fruit shows the desired-for results of proper, scientific attention, is Josiah Jackson,
who has been wrestling with the world and the problems of life since he was nineteen
years of age. He was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 25, 1866, the son of John
W. Jackson, a stock raiser whose land was devoted to general farming. He had married
Miss Martha Dickenson, one of a pioneer family, like his own, of the early days when
it was necessary to settle among the Indians in order to open up the paths to civiliza-
tion. Josiah attended the Westboro district school and left home when he was nine-
teen years of age, to work on farms in Iowa. He went to Washington County and
stayed for two years, and then he removed to northern Minnesota and North Dakota,
where he spent a few months. In 1885 he returned to Ohio; and when his father died,
the following spring, he took charge of the home farm for a year, after which he went
to Garden City, Kans., and spent a year and a half. Then he went to Colorado and
was three months at Fort Florsend, a station on the early Colorado and Midland
Railroad, now abandoned.

In 1888, at the height of the famous realty boom. Mr. Jackson came to California
and settled in San Diego, where he accepted work in the large stone quarry between
Murrietta and Fallbrook; but he was only three months there when he came on to
Whittier. where he lived with his sister until he was married on May 26, 1898, to Miss
Emma L. Healton. who was born near Kokomo in the Hoosier State. Her father was
Nathan Healton. and her mother, before her marriage. Miss Huldah J. McCoy and they
also were early Californians, having settled near El Modena where they assisted in


developing and building up the neighborhood. When she was twelve years of age, in
1886, Mrs. Jackson came to California with her father and attended the El Modena
school; and later she was a student at Whittier College. In 1903, Mr. Jackson pur-
chased ten acres of the Beach subdivision of the Toler tract, and first set the land out
to walnuts. Then he grubbed out the walnut trees and set out four acres of the land
to Valencia oranges and six acres to lemons, and this has proven a more satisfactory
investment. The land is irrigated by the La Habra Water Company, and the La
Habra Citrus Association disposes of all of our subject's products.

Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson: Thomas M.. died aged
two years and seven months; then comes D. Howard Jackson, a junior in the Whittier
high school; and Dorothy A. is a sophomore there. In national politics preferring to
march with the Republicans, Mr. Jackson is as nonpartisan and as broadminded as any
in local movements, and always is willing to put the best interests of the community
in which he lives above party principles. He is also ready to do his ordinary duty as
a citizen, and has served on the jury.

WILLIAM W. PERRY. — A conservative business man whose whole-hearted
nature makes him love the great outdoors, such a feature of the ideal in California
life, is William W. Perry, a native of North Carolina, where he was born near Burling-
ton, on May 25, 1867, the son of Peter Perry. He was born in North Carolina in 1843.
and was a landowner and farmer who later moved with his family to Indiana, and
four years later, in 1877, to Nebraska, where he was a farmer. He once caine to Cali-
fornia, for a winter visit, and died in Nebraska in 1910. Mrs. Perry was Catherine
Glenn before her marriage and was highly honored as a descendant or early English
settlers on the Virginia Coast. Eleven children, all now married and doing well for
themselves, were born to this worthy pioneer couple; and among these William Perry
is the oldest son.

He attended the grammar schools in the country districts of Nebraska, and later
took a year at the Normal School in that state. His spare time he devoted to working
on a farm, and a large part of his earnings he put aside for the future. Having married,
he came out to California with his family in 1903, and spent fourteen months in the
Golden State; and in 1907 he sold his farm in Nebraska and came back to live.

He bought twenty acres on East Collins Avenue, two and a quarter miles north-
east of Orange, and in April, 1907, moved onto the same. He improved the balance
of the place, making of the ranch a fine grove of oranges and lemons; and in 1913 he
built a fine modern residence of nine rooms with an up-to-date garage. He joined
the Villa Park Orchards .Association, at one time serving as a director, and became a
member of the Central Lemon Growers Association of Villa Park, also holding stock
in the same. In 1909, he sunk a well on his ranch, and uses the water from it for
irrigation as well as for domestic purposes, although he gets the service of the Santa \'alley Irrigation Company. He has a Sampson tractor, farms scientifically, and
is not the least sorry that he cast his lot in Orange County.

On May 12, 1892, Mr. Perry was married to Miss Harriet Smith of Weeping
Water, Nebr., a native daughter of that state, from parents who were sturdy farmer
folk. Two children were born to them: Gertrude P., who is the wife of L. F. Douglass
of Orange, and the mother of three children, Herbert P., Theodore R., and Robert A.,
who died at the age of six months. Maurice A., who is a rancher at Hemet, married
Leila Culter in August, 1920. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church at
Orange, and were active as committee members in the various war loan drives; and
Mr. Perry belongs to the Odd Fellows of Orange, in which he is a past officer. In
national politics he is a Republican.

EDWIN BULA. — .\ successful rancher who has become a substantial financier
and, as a deep student, is interested in the bringing about of the best legislation for
the greatest good to the greatest number of people, is Edwin Bula, a director of the
Central Lemon Growers .Association, of \'illa Park, who was born in London, England,
on November 3, 1866, the son of Samuel Bula, a native of the British Isles. The father
was a contractor and builder, and as such became of note even in the great city of
London. He had married Miss Elizabeth Farren, who was also a native of Great
Britain, and who proved to be a wonderful wife and mother. They had three sons,
and Edwin was the second in the order of birth.

In 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Bula came with their family to the United States and settled
at Boston, where Mr. Bula continued to ply his trade of a builder; and Edwin, having
already received good common school educational advantages in England, went out to
work, at various kinds of labor. He was wide-awake and observant, and so caught not
only the real spirit of .American institutions, but posted himself as to the trend of the
century, and particularly as to political moves in the New \\'orld.


In 1888, Mr. Bula was married to Miss Madelina Gondy. a native of Switzerland
who had come to New York and soon afterward with his wife he migrated west and
never halted until he had reached Los Angeles, arriving here in 1905, and later embarked
in the laundry business in Santa Ana, continuing four years.

In 1909 they bought eighteen acres of raw land, fourteen acres of which is in the
corporate limits of Orange and located two miles northeast from the city. Mr. Bula
began making improvements on the place by building a barn, in part of which they
lived while they were planting orange and lemon trees on their ranch. In 1916 he had
so prospered that he erected a modern and comfortable house in which they live.
Their location is one of the favored ones of the county, being situated in the frostless
belt where soil and climate, and extra good care have made of the Bula ranch one of
the show places in this section of the county. Mr. Bula is a member, and since 1915
has been a director of the Central Lemon Growers Association of \'ina Park; is also a
member of the Villa Park Orchards Association, and of the Rural Farm Bureau. He
is also a director of the California Citrus By-Products Company of Corona.

A stand-pat Republican, Mr. Bula maintains his live interest in civic affairs, and is
always ready, without partisanship, to support the best man and the best measures
making for the building up and also the upbuilding of the community and the county
in which he lives and thrives.

JAMES T. WHEDON. — A railroad man of many years' experience, James T.
VVhedon can recall with interest the fact that he had charge of the first train to enter
Los Angeles in 1876, and it has been his privilege to witness the marvelous changes
that have come to this metropolis of the Pacific Coast since that date. A native of
Indiana, Mr. Whedon was born at Madison, in that state in 1846. The country round
about his birthplace was still in a comparatively primitive state at that time and the
educational opportunities were limited, so that when a mere youth of ten years, Mr.
Whedon started out to earn his way, working as a water boy on the Madison and
Indianapolis Railway for only fifty cents a day, although that was not considered a low
wage for a boy at that time, as brakemen were paid but a dollar per day.

Although but fifteen years of age when the Civil War broke out, Mr. Whedon
enlisted in Company E, Third Indiana Cavalry and saw three years of hard service in
the great conflict. After the close of the war he returned to his home and went to work
as a brakeman on the J. M. and I. Railroad, and continued in this line of work until
1868. when he went to Wyoming, where he served in the capacity of baggage master
for the Union Pacific Railroad at Laramie, which was the end of the line at that time.
When the East and West road was connected at Promontory Point, 1869, Mr. Whedon
went to San Francisco and was employed as a conductor on the Old Central Pacific,
Western Pacific division, between Sacramento and Oakland, for ten years. It was during
this period that the Southern Pacific line was extended to Los .\ngeles and in 1876. when
the road was completed Mr. Whedon had charge of the first train that came over the
road, an event that was the beginning of the wonderful growth that has taken Los
Angeles past the half-million mark.

In 1880 he accepted the position as general yardmaster for the Texas Pacific
and also the St. Louis and Iron Mountain at Texarkana. and in 1882 was appointed
trainmaster for the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad at the same point. In 1884
he was made superintendent for the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, at Little
Rock, and had charge of the road from Texarkana to Poplar Bluff. In 1886 during the
first big railroad strike he demonstrated his ability to cope with the strikers and
received the following telegram of which he is very proud:

"St. Louis, March 17, 1886.
J. T. Whedon, Supt., Little Rock.

I congratulate you upon being the first superintendent that has run a freight
train successfully since the commencement of this causeless strike. Continue in your
good efforts. You are on the white list for all time to come.

(Signed) H. M. HOXIE, General Manager."
Coming back to California in 1887, Mr. Whedon was associated w-ith the opening
of the Mt. Lowe Railroad and for the first four years of its operation he had charge
of the road during Prof. Thaddeus Lowe's ownership. The following clipping from the
Pasadena Star shows the appreciation in which his services were held:

"Mr. Whedon has tendered his resignation as superintendent of the Mt. Lowe
Railway, to take effect April 30. The tourist season being over Mr. C. W. Brown,
in addition to his duties as receiver and general manager, will also look after the
suoerintendent's duties. Professor Lowe showed his good judgment wdien he
selected Mr. Whedon for the responsible position of superintendent in charge of
operating, as the results have shown. During the three years and ten months




the road has been in operation, and which time Mr. Whedon has had charge, not
a single accident of any kind has taken place whereby a passenger has been in-
jured or the company lost one dollar. This speaks very highly for the Mt. Lowe
Railway and its management.

"Apropos of the above we take pleasure in republishing an article which
appeared in the Little Rock Gazette, at the time of Mr. VVhedon's resignation of
the position of division superintendent of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and
Southern Railroad, some years ago, and which was headed 'A Faithful and
Efficient Officer.' "In the resignation of Mr. J. T. Whedon, division superintendent
of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad, the state of Arkansas,
and the city of Little Rock especially, lose a good citizen, and one of the best and
most efficient of its railroad corps. He is a man of few words, but quick to act,
and with good judgment. His personal bravery is something remarkable, while
his impartiality among deserving employees is as strict as his regard is warm for
true friends. During the great railroad strike he was here, there and everywhere,
guarding with the greatest faithfulness the interests of the corporation he repre-
sented. It is to his efforts, assisted as he was by Sheriff Worthen, that so little
damage resulted to persons and property. It is believed he will continue in the
service of the Missouri Pacific system, but it is known to his friends that for
months past he has had a strong desire to locate in California, and possibly he
may go there. Xo official stands higher with the management, and the Gazette
hopes to see him promoted to a better position. However that may be, the people
of Little Rock (and the Gazette voices them) wish him great success, wherever he
may be stationed.' "

Mr. Whedon finished his long and successful railroad career in 1902. under the
employ of ex-Senator Clark of Montana, and for the next few years was interested in
mining in Arizona. Coming back to Los Angeles in 1909, he resided in Los Angeles.
He first purchased five acres of land at South Santa .\nita, but in 1913 deciding to grow
avocados he sold this and purchased his present acreage at Yorba Linda, a tract of five
acres on a hillside which is practically frostless. In March. 1914, Mr. Whedon set out
350 avocado trees, the Fuerte variety predominating, and since that time he has given
practically all his time to the care and development of his orchard and has made it a
most profitable enterprise. The demand for his fruit is greater than he can supply and
the larger part of it is used by the Alexandria Hotel at Los Angeles. A member of the
California Avocado Association, Mr. Whedon is very prominent in its circles and he
is nationally known as the "Fuerte avocado man" as the first fruit of this variety ever
exhibited was displayed by him in 1916 at the San Diego meeting of the association.

Mr. W'hedon's marriage, which occurred in Oakland. Cal., in 1872, united him
with Miss Henrietta T. Tappan, and four children were born, to them: Their two
eldest children died in infancy and those living are Amy Frances, wife of Lieut. -Col.
A. W. Bradbury, U. S. A., at Camp Lewis, Wash., and Maude Tappan, wife of Albert
Wilson of Monrovia. Mr. Whedon is a member of Bartlett-Logan Post, G. A. R..
Los Angeles, and is a Mason of Royal Arch degree. An estimable citizen, whose busy
life has been filled with interesting experiences, Mr. Whedon stands high in the
estimation of the citizens of his community.

■WALTER De WITT LAMB.— The descendant of two generations of California
pioneers, Walter D. Lamb can well take pride in the achievements of his progenitors,
for it is to their unbounded faith in the future of this part of the country and their
many years of arduous labor, not unmixed with hardship, that much of the present
prosperity of this generation is due. Mr. Lamb's grandfather, .\nson D. Lamb, and

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