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of age.

After finishing his common school edu-
cation he went into the livery business,
and conducted stables here for a period
of eighteen years. Although he has al-
ways had a deep interest in the civic wel-
fare of Oakland, and had been active in
several matters pertaining to public im-
provements, it was not until a com-
paratively recent date that he held a posi-
tion in the city's government. In fact,
he has never tried to secure one, as his
interest in public affairs has been particu-
larly free from any selfish interest or
mercenary motive.

In October, 1908, he was tendered a
position as Clerk in the Board of Public
Works, and served in this capacitj- for
one year. He was next appointed as
Clerk to the Park Commission. The class
of work performed by him in this office
led to rapid promotion. In four months'
time he was appointed Assistant Secre-
tary, and on the first of July, 1910. was
tendered the office of Secretary of the
Board of Park Commissioners, which
office he now holds.

Mr. Vogt has been an earnest and live
worker in the interests of the Republican
party, and his influence has been felt dur-
ing several recent campaigns. He is a
member of the City Central Committee
from the Seventh Ward, and a popular
member of the Woodmen of the World.


Greater Oakland, 1911

George E. Dickie

Superintendent of Playgrounds

active and virile young man
in direct charge of the
amusements and healthful
exercise of the rising gen-
eration of Oakland, deserves favorable
notice in these pages for the excellent
work he is doing in his cliosen field of

Mr. Dickie is a native son. born in San
Francisco, February 19th, 1884. He en-
joys an excellent education, received first
in the public schools of San Francisco and
Paso Robles, then in the Paso Robles
High School, of which he is a graduate,
and finally in the University of Califor-
nia, from which institution he graduated
with the class of 1906, at the age of
twenty-two. He graduated with the rank
of Lieutenant-Colonel of Cadets at the
University, and after graduation was re-

tained as instructor in military tactics and

About all the time that Mr. Dickie could
spare from his real estate business, in
which he was engaged in Oakland for
some time, he devoted to the interests
and welfare of the boys of the city. As
Secretary and Director of the Aloha Boys'
Club in West Oakland, he has done much
to uplift the character of the young men
in that vicinity. He organized the first
boys' club in Alameda, a military and
athletic organization, and has been identi-
fied with similar work for the past eight
years in Oakland and other places. He
is also one of the leaders of the present
Boy Scouts movement in Oakland.

He is the first one to hold the office of
Superintendent of Playgrounds in this
city, receiving the appointment from the
Playgrounds Committee in May, 1909.

As Superintendent of Playgrounds he
has direct supervision of all the public
playgrounds in the city, including Bush-
rod Park Playground, which is the first
fully equipped model public playground
in the city; De Fremery Park Playground,
Bay View Playground, and the Tompkins,
Garfield, Prescott and Durant School Sum-
mer Playgrounds.

Mr. Dickie is in his element in this
work. It is largely through his sugges-
tions that the playgrounds are equipped
as completely as possible with see-saws,
slides, swings, gymnasiums, and other ap-
paratus. He has endeavored to have in-
stalled only such apparatus as will pro-
vide healthful exercise and entertainment
free from any element of danger. His
heart is in his work, and he is constantly
planning for the betterment of conditions
affecting the children of the city. His
office is more important than is apparent
on the surface, when we know that the
boy of today is the man and citizen of
tomorrow, and the environment of the
youth is a most important factor in shap-
ing his future career. Mr. Dickie seems
to be the right man in the right place.

Malcom Lamond


Malcolm Lamond

Superintendent of Parks

HERE has been a strong agi-
tation among city officials
and business men in the
matter of bettering the park
system of Oakland. An ap-
propriation of $500,000 has been asked for
to carry on the work already under way
and contemplated, and we venture the
opinion that such a sum could not be more
wisely expended. None of the Eastern
parks, with the millions appropriated
yearly toward their maintenance. can
equal the effects existing naturally and to
be produced artifically here.

While the appropriations liave been
rather meager so far for park improve-
ments, much credit is due to the gentle-
man in immediate charge of the city's
parks — Mr. Malcolm Lamond. He in-
stalled the first public playgrounds, with
the approval of the Mayor, at Independ-
ence Square, since re-named San Antonio
Park. He has been a constant planner
and worker for any measures toward beau-
tifying and improving the city, and he
states that in this regard Mayor Mott has
always been willing and ready to support
him in his suggestions for needed im-

Mr. Lamond is a lover of nature, and
has made a deep study of the art of horti-
culture. He has been doing this sort of
work practically all of his life, and is
naturally adapted to it. Born in Scotland,
November 12th, 1863, in the town of
Stirling, after a public school education,

he followed his natural inclination and
secured a position as gardener's appren-

After serving his apprenticeship and
mastering the trade thoroughly, he was ap-
pointed Foreman of Gardeners tr> the
Countess of Rothes, Leslie Hou c, Fife-
shire, in 1884, at the age of twenty-one.

In 1889, he came to America, going di-
rectly to Chicago, working one year in
a florist establishment, and subsequently
occupied a similar position in Denver for
several years. Coming to California in
1893, he was engaged as Head Gardener
in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland,

When' the Board of Public Works was
looking for a suitable man to take charge
of Oakland's parks, about seven years ago,
Mr. Lamond had gained such a broad
experience as a landscape gardener and
was so proficient in the art of horticulture,
that he was a most acceptable candidate
f(ir the position, and he was appointed
Superintendent of Parks for the City of
Oakland in August, 1903.

During his seven years' service there
have been more improvements in Oak-
land's parks, and they have been kept in
better condition than ever before. Should
there be a suitable appropriation for beau-
tifying the parks of the city, Mr. Lamond
is in an excellent position to lend valuable
suggestions as to how these funds should
be expended, and he will no doubt be a
factor in seeing that the money is spent
where it will do the most good.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Dr. Oliver D. Hamlin

Ex- Member of the Board of Health

HEN the editors state that it
took an interviewer just one
month to secure an audience
with Dr. Hamlin, for the
purpose of gathering ma-
terial for this volume, it is pretty evident
that he is a comforta])ly busy man. With

Courtesy ofDorsaz Photo

the old maxim in mind that "Everything
comes to those who wait," however, the
reporter waited, and his patience was
finally rewarded by a brief interview. He
found that the doctor's constant and try-
ing work had not robbed him of either
his naturall}' sunny disposition or courteous

consideration for visitors, and it was a
real pleasure to meet the vigorous young

Dr. Hamlin is a product of California
soil, born in Alameda County on April
21st, 1870. After going through the pub-
lic schools, he attended Santa Clara Col-
lege, taking a general course, graduating
in 1890. In 1891 he entered the Cooper
Medical College, of San Francisco, and
graduated from that institution in 1891.
He commenced active practice immediately
after leaving college, under the House
Surgeon of the Southern Pacific Hospital,
Dr. Woolsey. He showed marked natural
ability in his profession from the start,
and went ahead rapidly. He began to
devote particular attention and study to
surgery early in his career, and now ranks
with the best surgeons on the Pacific
Coast. He began as Assistant in the Re-
ceiving Hospital, and later was appointed
Chief Division Surgeon of the Southern
Pacific Hospital. He is Professor of Sur-
gery in the Oakland College of Medicine
and Surgery, and Chief Surgeon, Alameda
County Emergency Hospital.

Dr. Hamlin was appointed member of
the Board of Health of Oakland about
twelve years ago. and acted as President
of the Board for eight years. He is in
no sense a politician, nor is he active in
politics, and the public is fortunate in
having a man of his experience and un-
questioned ability serving on the Board.

Dr. Hamlin married Miss Elizabeth Mc-
Mahon, of San Mateo, California. They
have one son, Oliver D., Jr., a young man
of eighteen, who is now attending the
University of California. The doctor's
father, another Oliver Hamlin, was an
early settler of California, coming to the
Coast in '49 by way of the Isthmus.

L. P. Adams — Dr. C. H. Rowe


Lemuel Payson Adams

Ex-Member Board of Health

ex-member of the Board
of Health in tlie City of
Oakland, is a native of
Vermont, born on July 22d,
1875. As a boy he attended the public
schools of Vermont, and in 1893 entered
the University of Vermont, from which
institution he graduated with an A. B.
degree. He came to Oakland in 1901, and
has since practiced his profession in this
city with great success.

He is Professor of Surgery of the Oak-

land College of Medicine, and about five
years ago was appointed by Mayor Mott
to his present office on the Board of
Health. Two years ago he was President
of the Alameda County Medical Society,
and is a member of the State and National
Medical Societies.

Dr. Adams' marriage to Miss Elizabeth
L. Leigh occurred in Oakland in 1893.
The doctor states he is not in politics or
engaged in outside business interests, and
his entire time and attention is given to
his chosen profession.

Dr. Charles Henry Rowe

Ex-Member of the Board of Health

WELL known professional
gentleman, and a man who
has done effective work in
maintaining a clean and san-
itary city, is Dr. Charles H.
Rowe, who received the appointment as
member of the Board of Health by Mayor
Mott in January, 1911.

Dr. Rowe is a native of San Francisco,
born on April 27th. 1875. He enjoys an
excellent and finished education, having
first attended the public schools, and later
the University of California. Early in his
career he decided upon the medical pro-
fession as his field of usefulness, and en-
tered Cooper's Medical Institute, being ad-

mitted to practice in 1898.

He is in no sense a politician, and has
made it a rule to keep himself free from
business enterprises foreign to his pro-
fession. His large private practice and
official duties have demanded his undivided
attention, and it is through such concen-
tration as well as to his recognized ability
that he owes his success. He was City
Chemist and Bacteriologist in 1905, and
has been on the medical stafif at Merritt
Hospital for several years.

Dr. Rowe's marriage to Miss Elizabeth
Griswold occurred in Oakland, in 1900.
There is one daughter, Margaret, age
seven years.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Dr. William K. Sanborn

Ex-Member of the Board of Health

who has been a member of
the Oakland Board of Health
since 1908, and stands high
in the medical profession,

has truly been the "architect of his own

fortune," and thoroughly a self-made man.
His father, Lewis D. Sanborn, was a

prominent pioneer of California, coming
to the Coast around the Horn in 1853,
after a tempestuous voyage, and surviving
a shipwreck. His home was built in the
East and shipped around the Horn in sec-
tions. Although the doctor's mother is
living, enjoying good health at seventy-
seven years of age, his father died in 1883,
when William was seventeen years old. Left
to his own resources at an early age, he has
had to rely solely upon his own efforts,
winning success in spite of adverse condi-

Dr. Sanborn was born in Benicia, Califor-
nia, on November 25th, 1865, and received
his education in the public schools and St.
Augustine College. As a boy he worked in
the drug business in Benicia from the time
he was sixteen, in 1881, until 1887. He then
went to San Francisco, where he worked
for F. C. Keil, an old-time druggist, and
well-known in that city. After graduating
from the College of Pharmacy, where he re-
ceived the gold medal, he returned to Benicia
and engaged in the drug business for him-
self until 1891. In 1893 he graduated from
medical college, standing at the head of his
class, and a year later began the practice of
medicine in Oakland, having built up a large
and remunerative practice.

The doctor's marriage to Miss Emma L.
Bruce occurred in Oakland in 1893. They
have one son, Mervyn D., a bright boy of
seventeen, attending the Oakland High

Dr. Edward Norton Ewer


Dr. Edward Norton Ewer

Health Officer

I PARTICULARLY efticicnt man
in Oakland's city government,
who occupies the important
post of maintaining a health-
ful city, is Dr. Edward N.

Ewer, wlio lias been Health Officer for the

past* six years.

Dr. Ewer is a native of Wisconsin, born
in Brodhead, on March 14th, 1866. He re-
ceived his education in the public schools of
Milwaukee, and later entered the University
of Michigan, from which institution he grad-
uated in 1892. After leaving the University
he went abroad and completed his medical
education in the cities of Dublin, Edinburgh
and Berlin. Returning to the United States,
he came directly to Oakland, and has been
|)racticing here continuously ever since.

He received the appointment as Health
Officer in 1905, and has held office longer
than any of his predecessors. Dr. Ewer has
done excellent work in the Health Depart-
ment of the city at all times, but it was
immediately after the San Francisco earth-
quake and fire that he showed his mettle
and executive ability in a great emergency.
When the magnitude of the disaster in San
Francisco became evident to the Oakland
City Health Department, and it realized that
enormous numbers of destitute people would
have to receive shelter in hastily-constructed
camps, the Health Department immediately
began preparations to meet the sanitary re-
quirements of the emergency. The Health
Officer, at the suggestion of Mayor Mott,
attended a meeting of citizens, at which the
Relief Committee was organized, and Dr.
Ewer was made Chairman of the sub-com-
mittee on health. His efficient work at that
time is well remembered. By prompt or-
ganization, and careful precautionary meas-
ures he made great headway in keeping the
city in a sanitary condition, and it is a
significant fact, and a tribute to the doctor's
work, that not a single case of typhoid fever
was reported during the time of the disaster.

Dr. Ewer is a member of the American
Medical Association, Councilor of the State
Medical Association, member of the Ala-
meda County Medical Association, and is a
Professor and one of the organizers of the
Oakland College of Medicine, having been
one of its Directors since its organization,
ten or twelve years ago. This institution has
turned out numerous graduates, not a single
one of whom has failed to pass the State
Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Ew-er's marriage to Miss Flora Louise
Goldsmith, of Alilwaukee, occurred in that
city in 1898. He is a popular member of
the Athenian Club of Oakland, and a IMason.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Ex-President Board of Health

Courtesy of Webster Photo

Benjamin H. Pendleton



Ex-President City Council and Present Civil
Service Commissioner

Benjamin H. Pendleton

Member of Civil Service Board, Municipal Water Commission
and Ex-President City Council

TON, who was President of
the late City Council at the
time the new charter went into
effect, is known by Oaklanders
to be one of the most public spirited and
representative men in the city, and has done
a great deal to bring about a "Greater Oak-

Mr. Pendleton was born in Shanghai,
China, on October 20th, 1862, but has spent
most of his life in this country. After a
practical preparatory education, he entered

Yale University, taking an academic course,
and graduated with high honors in 1884, at
the age of twenty-two. Immediately after his
graduation, he became associated with Horn
& Company, the wholesale cigar house, now
located at 40 Drumm Street, San Francisco.
He began in this business in 1885, and has
been eminently successful, now owning the
business entirel3^

In 1898 he was appointed on the Board of
Free Public Library Trustees, in Oakland,
and in this capacity he did most excellent
work. He served on this Board for four


Greater Oakland, 1911

years. He was elected Councilman eight
years ago on the Republican ticket, and was
President of the Council for two years,
being the last President under the old
regime. All Oaklanders are familiar with
Air. Pendleton's fine record as President of
the City Council. He was the dominant
figure in arranging the details of the South-
ern Pacific franchise, on Seventh Street, and
it was largely on account of his study and
untiring efforts that the matter was finally
settled by the payment by the railroad com-
pany of a yearly rental for the use of
Seventh Street, which is greater than is paid
for the use of a street by any other railroad
in the United States. He was also a strong
factor in securing for the city a reduction
in the water rates, after a great deal of ar-
gument and litigation of long standing. A
graduated scale of reduction was brought
about, which has meant a saving during the
last four years to the city of Oakland of about
nine hundred thousand dollars. He was also
very active in bringing about a settlement of
the Western water front matter, and it was
Mr. Pendleton who suggested that the
wharfing-out rights be recognized by the
Western Pacific Railway Company by the
payment of a yearly rental, which principle,
having been established, was followed out,
to the great advantage of the city in e.xact-

ing a like rental from the Southern Pacific
Company and the Key Route. It was through
his suggestion, also, that the Oakland Mole
and water front rights of the Southern Pa-
cific Company revert to the City of Oak-
land at the expiration of its franchise. The
class of work that Mr. Pendleton has done
for the city in these very important matters
is easily apparent.

Mr. Pendleton is President of the Asso-
ciated Charities Association of Oakland,
whicli is affiliated with the city government.
He is a member of several clubs and asso-
ciations, among which are the Nile Club,
University Club of San Francisco, and Sons
of the American Revolution. He may feel
a just pride in his ancestors, several of whom
occupy an important place in the early his-
tory of the nation. Captain Ben Pendleton,
from whom he is a direct descendant, was
a fighter in the cause of American Inde-
pendence, and as a naval officer succeeded in
capturing a British warship.

During his recent absence from the city
he was appointed by Mayor Mott as mem-
ber of the Civil Service Board. He is also
the Chairman of the Municipal Water Com-
mission, which has for its purpose the acquisi-
tion of the water company's plant. In pol-
itics, Mr. Pendleton says he is a Taft Re-

Harrison Sidney Robinson


Member Civil Service Commission

Courtesy of Bushnell Tholo

Harrison Sidney Robinson

Member Civil Service Board


R. H. S. ROBINSON, who is
an exceptionally bright young
attorney, and a worker for
civic improvements, is a native
Californian. born in San Fran-
cisco, July 13, 1877. He received his edu-
cation in the public schools of San Fran-
cisco, and graduated from the University of
California in 1900 with degree of Bachelor
of Letters. At college he was the editor
of the "Daily Californian" ; associate editor
"University Magazine," associate editor "Blue
and Gold," and lieutenant-colonel of Univer-
sity Regiment. His first occupation in life
was that of a newspaper reporter in Oak-

He has been engaged in the practice of law

in Oakland since 1902. Since 1903 the firm
has been Robinson & Johnson, now at 401
and 406 First National Bank Building, mak-
ing specialty of corporation and general com-
mercial practice and probate. Office system- ,
atically organized and conducted on modern '
business lines.

He received the appointment as member of
the Civil Service Board from Mayor Mott
in September, 1911, under the new charter.

Mr. Robinson was a member of the Board
of Freeholders, Oakland, 1910, and Chairman
of the Revision Committee of that body.
He is also a member of the Athenian Club,
a 32nd degree Mason, and connected with
the Woodmen of the World.


Greater Oakland, 1911


Ex-Councilman and Member Civil Service


L. N. Cobbledick

Ex-Councilman of Seventh Ward and Member
Civil Service Board

STRONG supporter of the ad-
ministration and an active
worker for the progress of the
city is Ex-Councilman L. N.
Cobbledick. It is but natural
that he should take a keen interest in the
development and good government of Oak-
land because he was born here and has lived
in the city all his life, a matter of forty-three

Mr. Cobbledick is the son of James Cobble-
dick, who was one of the sturdy pioneers of
California, who came to the Coast in 1850,
around the Horn. He is one of a large family,
there being five boys and six girls. Mr. Cob-

bledick was born in Oakland on February 15,
18fi7, and v/ent to the Franklin school here
as a boy. After acquiring a good practical
education he went to work for the Whittier-
Fuller Company in his early youth, and it was
with that concern that he won a reputation
for faithfulness to duty, absolute honesty and
marked ability in business. Starting at the
very bottom of the ladder, he rose by degrees
until, when he resigned his position to go
into business for himself, he was head of
the glass department of that concern. His
service with the Whittier-Fuller Company
covered a period of nine years.

On March 1, 1891, after acquiring a thor-



ough knowledge of the paint and glass busi-
ness and possessing an inherent executive
ability, he decided to go into business for
himself, his first store being at 358 Twelfth
Street, Oakland. He successfully conducted
a general business in paints, oils and wall
paper at that locality, and later at 401 Twelfth
Street. After the San Francisco fire he sold
out the paint and wall paper department of
his business at a profitable figure and has
since confined himself exclusively to glass and
mirrors. He has been located at 712-14
Broadway, his present place of business, for
the past five years, and is the representative
man in his line of trade in the city.

It was at the earnest solicitation of Mayor
Mott that Mr. Cobbledick consented to run
for Councilman from the Seventh Ward. The
Mayor well knew his sterling principles and
his deep interest in the welfare of Oakland,
and although the salary of the office was
merely nominal, he was public spirited enough
to allow his name to be used on the Repub-
lican ticket and was elected by a large ma-

He made an excellent Councilman. He orig-
inated and put through the ordinance pro-
hibiting slot machines in the city, and has
been a factor in putting through the Hopkins
Boulevard, from Lake Merritt to the Foothill
Boulevard, connecting with Mills College.
Improvements of this kind have been a great

hobby with him, and altogether he has bee-i
a valuable acquisition to the Board of Coun-

He is a strong supporter of Mayor Mott,
has a thorough appreciation of the good work
he has done for Oakland, and firmly believes
that in future years the Mayor will be appre-
ciated as the most able public official Oakland
ever had.

:\Ir. Cobbledick's marriage to Miss Florence
White occurred in this city on February aO,
1890. ]Mrs. Cobbledick is the daughter of

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