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master in charge at Richmond, when he was
again obliged to give up his work, as a re-
sult of what is commonly known as "Teleg-
rapher's Paralysis."

On April 1st, 1909, he was elected on the
Republican ticket as member of the Board
of Education, and in this capacity did excel-
lent work. His particular "hobby" as a
member of the School Board was the in-
troduction of Manual Training and Domestic
Science as the most important equipment in
education, to meet the practical needs of to-
day. He believes that the polytechnic and
manual training schools should be com-
pletely equipped with the best and latest
tools and machinery, so that pupils may get
accustomed to their use and application, and
go forth to their work with a thorough prac-
tical knowledge of the trade or profession in
which they expect to become engaged. He
considers the Oakland schools have made
rapid advances along practical lines during
the last few years. He also believes that
more open air schools can be introduced to
advantage in Oakland. There is no doubt
that the physical condition of many pupils

would be greatly improved were they al-
lowed to live a greater portion of their time
in the fresh air, and Mr. Wentworth refers
to Dr. Foster's report containing facts and
figures, proving conclusively that the open air
plan is a decided success. In the selection
of teachers, Mr. Wentworth thinks Oakland
is entitled to the best talent in the country,
and as a member of the Board, strongly
recommends employing teachers of unques-
tioned ability, and paying adequate salaries
for their services. He is also in favor of
enlarged school grounds, equipped for the
healthful enjoyment and exercise of the

On January 1, 1911, Mr. Wentworth was
appointed by Mr. Garrison as Deputy
Auditor of Alameda County, and his broad
business experience has proven of great
value to him in systematizing his work in
that office.

Mr. Wentworth is Dictator of Moose
Lodge, No. 324, member of Sequoia Lodge,
No. 349, Masons and several clubs. His
marriage to Miss Katherine Comfort oc-
curred in San Francisco in 1898. There is
one son, Samuel Rice, aged 20, and three
daughters. Garland Winfield 18, Florence 15
and Ruth 11.

Charles S. Warner


Charles S. Warner

Street Department


was appointed to tlie office of
Superintendent of Streets by
the Board of Public Works on
the sixth of April, 1910. He
liad consideralilc experience in public

work, liaving been a deputy in the Assessor's

office, and was foreman under Mr. Charles F.
Ott in various street improvements through-
out the city.

Mr. Warner is a native son, born in
Sweetland, Nevada County, California, on
the 26th day of September, 1864. After re-
ceiving a practical education in the public
schools of Nevada County and later in San
Francisco, he found work of various kinds
and made good in every position he has
occupied. About ten years ago he became
interested in the Boesch Lamp Company of
San Francisco, and has since acquired some
promising mining interests in this State.

His father was one of the early pioneers
of California, coming to the coast in 1850,
and was one of the founders of the town
of Wisconsin Hill, in Nevada County. Mr.
Warner married a popular Oakland girl,
Miss Etta C. Howland, in this city, on June
11, 1890. He has four children, one son
with Goldberg, Bowen & Company and three
daughters, two in the Oakland grammar
schools, and the eldest attending the Hop-
kins Art Institute.

Mr. Warner has a natural ability for en-
gineering work, and has given considerable
study to the various methods employed in
other cities in keeping the streets and pub-
lic highways in a clean and sanitary condi-
tion. As foreman of the actual work done
on the public streets, he has had unusual
opportunities to get in close touch with the
needs of the municipality in his department,,
and it may be said that he knows his busi-
ness from the ground up.

Mr. Warner expects to keep his depart-
ment up to a high standard while he is in
office and may be counted upon to work
hard in the support of any measure for the
betterment of Oakland's streets.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Membhr Board of Education

Courtesy of S/civaii Photo

Matthew R. Bronner

Member Board of Education

CLEAN-CUT and energetic
young man, and one who
will no doubt gain a more
prominent place in the city's
government, is Councilman
Matthew R. Bronner. He has been in pub-
lic ofhcc l)Ut two or three years, but his
activity and natural ability, coupled with a
sincerity of purpose, have enabled him to
establish a record that has attracted public

Mr. Bronner is not a politician, but was
persuaded to accept a place in the City
Council when a vacancy occurred at the
time City Treasurer Aleese resigned to take
his present office. He was projected into
politics, because he was known as a man
who had always been a conscientious
worker for the city's best interests and
seemed to be the right man for the place.
His good work for the first year he was in
office insured his re-election in 1909.

Matthew R. Bronner


Mr. Bronner was born in Sacramento,
California, January 3, 1873. He married
Miss Mary E. Finn on January 4, 1898, in
Oakland, a daughter of M. E. Finn, a well-
remembered pioneer of Amador County.
Mr. Bronner's father was also one of the
earl}' pioneers, who came to California by
way of the Isthmus when but a lad of
fifteen. He was prominent in Sacramento
in the early days, took an active interest in
public aflfairs and was public administrator
of Sacramento for fourteen years. His
death occurred in 1894.

Mr. Bronner received his education in the
public schools of Sacramento and in the
Sacramento Institute, graduating from the
latter in June, 1889. He has a natural apti-
tude for business and has held several im-
portant positions. He was manager of the
James A. Joyce Company for ten 3'ears and
resigned when offered the position as ac-
countant in the Central Bank of Oakland,
on March 8, 1907; it was not long before
he was promoted to the office of assistant
cashier, his present position in the bank.

In the old Citv Council he was chairman

of the Fire and Water Committee; he has
been an active worker for good streets and
good sidewalks. He has been a strong ad-
vocate for improvements in the western
water front and the preservation of all Oak-
land's water rights. He is a strong sup-
porter of the plan to consolidate the city
and county government, and believes Oak-
land should have a new charter in keeping
with its rapid progress.

In the spring of 1911, he was nominated
by direct primary vote and subsequently
elected as School Director, which office he
now occupies. He is chairman of the
Finance and Revenue Committee and a
member of the Grounds, Buildings and
Equipment and Rules and Regulations Com-

Mr. Bronner has two children, Evelyn,
age, 10, attending the public schools, and
Alice, aged 4.

He has always had strong Republican
ideas and is a worker for the success of his
party. He is a member of the Knights of
Columbus, Woodmen of the World, and
past president of the Young Men's Institute.

>/Rg*f AllABWBrts^


Greater Oakland, 1911

Perry F. Brown

Superintendent of Streets and Ex-Officio City Engineer

N appointment that seemed to
please everyone was that of Mr.
Perry F. Brown to the office
of Superintendent of Streets
and City Engineer by the City
Council under the new Charter, and no man
could have been chosen who is in a better

position to take care of the responsibilities
of the office than Mr. Brown.

He is a native of Wisconsin, born in
Janesville, on June 10, 1875, and enjoys an
excellent education received in the public
schools of his native city and the University
of Wisconsin, from which institution he
graduated in 1897, having taken the Civil
Engineering course. He was City Engineer

of Janesville for several years and was after-
wards in charge of work of considerable
magnitude at Bear River Dam, for the Stand-
ard Electric Company of California.

He came to Oakland in 1901 and shortly
afterwards accepted an appointment in the
City Engineer's office, under Mr. Turner,
acting as Assistant City Engineer for nine
years, from 1902 till 1911. Through his long
association with the City Engineer's office,
and his thorough knowledge of the plans
and work under way, he is eminently fitted
to meet the requirements of his present
office. He has always done a large share
of the detail work in the City Engineer's
office, particularly in designing the fire plant,
mains, sewers and water front improvements,
as well as general street improvements.

He is broadly known and stands high in
his profession, enjoying the distinction of be-
ing one of a very few members of the
American Society of Civil Engineers in Oak-
land. While he has always been known as
a hard worker, he has been particularly busy
since assuming the duties of his present of-
fice in reorganizing and systematizing his de-
partment to meet the requirements of the
city's new Charter.

Personally, Mr. Brown is quiet and unas-
suming, and had very little to say about his
work for publication, and no doubt holds
that "actions speak louder than words".
There can lie no doubt, however, that lie is
exceptionally well equipped to carry out the
big plans of the administration in his present
office. He has made it a point to keep en-
tirely free from private business enterprises,
and gives his entire time to his work for the

Mr. Brown's marriage to Miss Beulah
Hodgdon of Janesville, Wisconsin, occurred
in that city in 1898. They have one daugh-
ter, Marian, a child of nine.

Dr. James Burris Wood


Dr. James Burris Wood

Ex- Member Board of Education

GENTLEMAN who has devoted
a great deal of his time to the
civic welfare of his adopted
city, and who occupies an ex-
alted place in the medical pro-
fession, is Dr. James Burris Wood, who was
a member of the Board of Education up to
the time the new charter went into effect, and
before that was a member of the Board of

Ex-Member Boarp of Education

Dr. Wood is a native of the Keystone
State, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on
June 1'Mh, 1868. He received his education
in the public schools of Western Pennsyl-
vania, and later graduated from the Univer-
sity of Michigan with the degree of B. S.
After selecting the medical profession as his
field of usefulness, he entered the Western

University of Pennsylvania, taking a medical
course, receiving his degree in 1892.

He came to Oakland in the spring of '96,
and has lived here continuously ever since.
He has given some very interesting lectures
on chemistry in the Oakland College of Med-
icine, and as a citizen of Oakland has always
been willing to give his time and professional
advice in matters relating to the public wel-

In 1899 he was appointed a member of the
Board of Health by Mayor Snow, and served
two years. In 1905 he was nominated as
member of the Board of Education, and was
elected by a big majority. As a member of
the Board of Education he did a great deal
to increase the importance of the Manual
Training and Domestic Science Department
of public school education, and was an active
member of the committee governing this
liranch of education for six years. He was
also a member of the High Schools Commit-
tee and the Committee on Buildings and

Dr. Wood's marriage to Miss Uriel Petti-
grew, a daughter of William J. Pettigrew, a
well-known man in the paper business of
San Francisco, occurred in Oakland on June
22nd, 1898. They have three boys, James
Locke, aged three; Warren Geddy, eight, and
Burris Gildersleeve, eleven, the older boys
attending the Bay Grammar School. Dr.
Wood's sister is the wife of Rev. Charles
Edward Locke, D. D., of Los Angeles, and
his father. Captain John A. Wood, was one
of the pioneer steamboat men on the Ohio
and Mississippi Rivers. The captain was a
recognized authority on river navigation, and
was a well-known figure among men engaged
in river transportation business, and an inti-
mate friend of Captain Jas. B. Eads, of
Mississippi River jetties fame.
вЦ† Dr. Wood is a member of the Woodmen
of the World, Independent Order of Forest-
ers, and member of Sequoia Lodge, No. 349,
F. & A. M. He is also member of the "Nu
Sigma Nu" (medical), and "Phi Gamma
Delta," Greek letter fraternities.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Leo. R. Weil

Ex-Member Board of Education

EU. R. WEIL is a native Cali-
fornian, born in July, 1873,
in San Francisco. His father,
now a prominent music
teacher in that city, was,
during the civil war, an officer in a New

Ex-Member of the Board of Education

Courtesy of Bushnell Photo

York regiment. Since then, however, he
has devoted his attention to the study and
teaching of music. He has written many

songs and operas and will be rememl^ered
as at one time stage director for the
famous "Bostonians."

The son, Leo. R. Weil, was a student
of music from the time he was five years
of age up to his eighteenth j-ear, and then
gained a practical business knowledge of
the music game in the store of F. R. Gir-
ard, piano dealer in Oakland.

He entered the Union Savings Bank in
October. 1892, as office boy and collector,
served in every department of the bank
and during the latter period acted as loan
teller. He left the bank in September,
1906, and engaged in the real estate and
insurance business with Joseph H. Norris,
with offices in the Bacon Building. He
dissolved partnership with Norris in March,
1908, engaged in the same business alone
until September, 1909, and then joined the
firm of R. D. Hunter & Co., with offices
in the Delger Building, as full partner.
Their principal business is insurance, loans
and notary work. The firm represents the
Pennsylvania, North America, Commercial
Union and American Bonding companies.

Since being on the Board of Education
Mr. Weil has taken great interest in music
in the schools. He came to Oakland in
1887, and owns property in Linda Vista
terrace. He has always been interested in
public affairs, but never in politics until
elected School Director. Mr. Weil was
secretary of the Oakland Board of Fire
Underwriters during 1908, and served on
the Executive Committee in 1907. He is
a married man and has one child, a

Walter Griswold Manuel



President Park Commission

Walter Griswold Manuel

President Park Commission

GENTLEAIAN of unusual at-
tainments who has given his
time and best efforts in be-
half of the commonwealth
for a good many years past,
is Walter Griswold Manuel, the present
President of the Board of Park Commis-

Mr. Manuel is a native son, born in
Napa, California, June 18, 1865. His father,
George W. Manuel, was one of the early
pioneers of California, coming to the Coast
from Vermont in 1854. The elder Manuel
was a manufacturer of agricultural imple-

ments, and although retired from active
business when he came to Oakland, was
prominent in the early days.

Mr. Manuel went to the public schools
of Oakland as a boy and after graduating
from High School took a course in com-
mercial law and higher mathematics in
San Francisco, under private tuition, and
later attended Heald's Business College.

After completing a well rounded out edu-
cation, he was particularly well equipped
for a business career, and it was at this
time he established his present commission
business, located at 334 Eleventh Street,


Greater Oakland, 1911

which has continued to prosier under his
able management for twenty-six years,
without a single interruption until the pres-
ent time.

In 1893 he accepted the nomination on
the Republican ticket for Councilman, and
was elected. He did excellent work dur-
ing his first term, and was re-elected for
another term in 1895. It was under his
direction that the old Contra Costa Water
properties were inventoried and he ren-
dered valuable service to the administra-
tion and to the community in general in
the matter of appraising the value of the
property as a basis for fixing water rates.
As Councilman he was also a factor in
curtailing the then firm grip the Southern
Pacific had on the city, and in securing
open streets to tidewater and clearing the
title to the city water front. The feeling
against the Southern Pacific ran pretty
higli at this time during the water front
scandal, and it was largely through ]Mr.
Manuel's individual efiforts that the city
won its signal victory.

Mr. Manuel was appointed President of
the Park Commission on May 19, 1909.

He has always been a worker for a better
system of parks, or any movement toward
beautifying the city, but he is too much
of a good business man to be unnecessar-
ily extravagant in his ideas in this respect.

Personal!}', Mr. Manuel is the typical
American man of business. He is concise
and energetic in his conversation, quick to
grasjj the point of an argument, wastes
no time in mere words, and transacts his
business with vim and dispatch. He is a
Shriner, being Past Master of Live Oak
Lodge, No. ()1; a member of the Nile
Club, and a Director of both the Central
Bank of Oakland and the Central National

His marriage to Miss Emelie V. Meyer,
the daughter cf one cf California's earli-
est pioneers, took place in Oakland in
1885. Mr. ALyer came to California in
1848, and \vas a member of the Society of
California Pioneers. Mr. Manuel has two
childrcr., Leslie Constance, a student at
the University of California, particularly
devoted to art, and Mildred, attending the
r;akland High School, who has developed
exceptional talent in music.

James P. Edoff


James P. EdofF

Park Commissioner

XE of Oakland's representa-
tive citizens who has had an
interesting career, and has
been eminently successful in
some of the biggest business
enterprises of Oakland, is James P. Edofif,
member of the Board of Park Commis-

Mr. Edoflf is a native of the "Hoosier"
State, 1)orn in Laport, Indiana, on Janu-

ar}- 1st, 1856. He received his education
in the public schools of New York, and
afterwards in the old Brayton School of
Oakland. He left Oakland as a lad and
went to the frontier in Nevada, where he
remained fifteen years. During this time
he gradually obtained control of the man-
agement of the Diamond "R" properties
at Pioche, Nevada, having entire super-
vision of the transportation of ores and
machinery, and the general operation of

the mines at this point.

After leaving Nevada, Mr. Edofif re-
turned to Oakland, and became interested
in several mercantile and realty enter-
prises with marked success. He is at
present a director in the Oakland Bank
of Savings; President of the Oakland
Title and Abstract Company; ex-President
of the Athenian Club, of Oakland, and
Receiver of the California Bank. His ex
cellent work as Receiver of this institu-
tion, in handling the assets so as to bring
the best possible returns to the deposi-
tors, has been a subject of public com-
ment in Oakland. Under his management,
the creditors of the bank have already re-
ceived a big percentage of their claims.

Two years ago, in May, 1909, he was
appointed Park Commissioner, and has
been a worker for all reasonable measures
to beautify the city. At the time of the
San Francisco disaster, 1906, he handled
all the Relief Funds collected in this

He is the financial manager of the Oak-
land Hotel Company, which has just about
completed one of the most magnificent
hotels in the United States, on Thirteenth
Street, which is spoken of more fully else-
where in this volume.

Mr. Edofif has two daughters, Mrs.
Florence Baldwin, and Miss Allene Edofif,
both accomplished and prominent socially.
His son, Frank, a young man of twenty-
five, is making his own way in the world,
and is now associated with the F. H.
Mott Company.

His father, Captain Louis Edofif, was
killed before Richmond during the War
of the Rebellion.

James P. Edoflf is a man with broad-
gauge ideas, and has the executive ability
to carry them out, and in this volume,
dealing with Oakland's growth and prog-
ress, the editors concede that he has been
a most important factor in the upbuilding
of the commonwealth.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Wilson S. Gould

Park Commissioner

HEN the interviewer called
upon Mr. Gould for material
tor this sketch, he found a
l)ig man with big ideas, and
who. although reluctant to
talk of himself, was readj- and willing to
discuss anything touching on the progress
and improvement of Oakland.

As a Park Commissioner he has natur-
ally given particular thought and study to

the city's park system, and he is ambitious
to bring about the development and ex-
tension of Oakland's parks, that will put
them on a par with any city in the West.
Mr. Gould's activity as a Park Commis-
sioner has been exceeded by no other
member of that Board. It was largely
through his efforts, acting in conjunction
with City Attorney J. E. McElroy, that
Moss Wood Park, now one of Oakland's
prettiest spots, was secured for the city.
/ t the time it was offered in probate sale
these two men made a bid on the prop-

erty and succeeded in buying it, through
the aid of Oakland's banks, for the city.

Mr. Gould states that he, with the rest
of the Park Commissioners, is looking
forward to the time when Oakland can
boast of a park from its sea level to Red-
wood Peak, taking in beautiful Diamond
Canyon and Trestle Glen. When this is
accomplished, it would not only rival
Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, but
would be one of the finest parks in the
world. One of the unique features would
be the unusual variety of altitude. One
could enjoy almost anything from sea
breezes to mountain air.

As a Park Commissioner Mr. Gould
takes deep interest and finds real enjoy-
ment in his work, and his general apti-
tude and exceptional executive ability
have made him an ideal man for the office
he has consented to occupy. He has al-
ways worked in perfect harmony with
the rest of the Board, and states that in
his opinion, President W^alter Manuel
makes a most excellent head for the Park
Commission, and the Board as a whole
has done the most conscientious work for
the commonwealth.

Air. Gould is a native of the Hoosier
State, born in Michigan City, Indiana, on
May 7th, 186.3. He received his early edu-
cation in the public schools of his native
town, and later acquired considerable busi-
ness experience with several large busi-
ness and financial concerns in Eastern
cities, coming to Oakland in 189.5. He
soon afterward became associated with the
Cosmopolitan Mutual Building and F^oan
Association of this city as its Secretary,
where he has remained until the present
time. Mr. Gould's marriage to Miss
Frances Bracken took place in Chicago on
January 20th, 1891.

His father, Zebina Gould, who was one
of the early settlers of Indiana, died when
young Gould was little more than a boy,
and he has always had to make his own
way in the world. He has succeeded be-
cause of his abundant energy, his strict
integrity and inherent ability.

Henry F. Vogt


Henry F. Vogt

Secretary of the Park Commission



gentleman who has charge
of the detail work of the
Board of Park Commission-
ers, has won the respect and
friendship of those with whom he comes
in contact, both on account of his strict
attention to his duties and the courtesy he
has shown the public in the transaction of
his business.

Courtesy of Stewa7l Photo

Mr. Vogt is the son of David Vogt,
who was one of the early pioneers of
California, coming to the coast in 1858
around the Horn. The elder Vogt took
up his residence in Oakland way back in
'64. and was one of the prominent citizens

of his time, being an active business man.
and well known in the fraternal societies
of his day. He is one of the Past Presi-
dents of the Sons of Herman. His death
occurred in Oakland on January 1st. 1905.

Mr. Henry Vogt was born in Pinole,
Contra Costa Count3\ California, on De-
cember 19th, 1863. He went to the Oak-
land schools as a boy and married an
Oakland girl, Miss Clara E. Lickiss. in
this city, on October 17th, 1895. He has
one son, David A. Vogt. thirteen j'ears

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