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Wilson White, a noted manufacturer of San
Francisco, whose death occurred on May 13,
1889. Mr. White was widely known as the
bag king of the Pacific Coast. Mr. Cobble-
dick has two sons, Lloyd, the eldest, now nin<v
teen years of age, attending high school, and
Wilson, seventeen, now in the Polytechnic
High School.

Mr. Cobbledick is a Shriner, member of
the Woodmen of the World and has been a
member of the Native Sons for the past
twenty-two years, having been District Deputy
Grand President. He has always taken a
strong interest in military work, and is cap-
tain of the First Congregational Cadets,
which is one of the finest military companies
in the State. He was recently appointed by
the Mayor as member of the Civil Service


Greater'd, 1911

Albert H. Elliot

Lawyer and Ex-Councilman of Oakland

of the late City Council of
Oakland and a successful attor-
ney, has occupied an important
place in the city's political af-
fairs for years past. He was elected to the
council in 1903 on the Republican ticket, and

had been continuously returned to office by
the vote of the people up until the time the
new charter went into effect, in 1911, when
the council was practically eliminated in the
city's government.

Mr. Elliot acted as president of the council
for one year and was chairman of the Ordi-
nance and Judiciary Committee for seven
years. He was also a member of the Finance
Committee for seven years. He made an ex-
cellent Councilman, and a good many measures

tliafhavc resulted in a better civic govern-
ment have been put into effect because of his
ideas and suggestions. He has always advo-
cated municipal ownership of the city's water
supply and did his best to bring this about.
He also has the distinction of being one of
the freeholders that framed Oakland's new
charter and this instrument embodies several
of his ideas.

Mr. Elliot is a Native Son, liorn in San
Francisco on June 29, 1868. He took a regu-
lar course in the University of California,
graduating in 1891. He studied law privately
and was admitted to the bar in 1892. The first
time he was in court he was the plaintiff and
tried his own case and won it. Since that
time lie has tried many intricate cases, and
his ability in argument and analysis has gen-
erally enabled him to win. He now has a
very lucrative legal business, occupying a
large suite of offices at 34 Ellis Street, San
Francisco, and has about all the work he can
attend to.

Mr. Elliot's marriage to Miss Adelina Bun-
nell took place in Martinez, Cal., on June 6,
1893. They have two children, one very ac-
complished daughter. Miss Alice Bunnell
Elliot, a girl of fifteen, who exhibited marked
dramatic ability some time ago when she took
the leading part in "Miss Somebody of Some-
where," which play was given under the aus-
pices of the Oakland Club and prominent so-
ciety people, and one son, Albert H., Jr., a
boy of seven. Mr. Elliot has two brothers,
Charles M., who is vice-president of the San
Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and W. E.
Elliot, who has been in the lumber business
in Oakland for about fourteen years.

Mr. Elliot is a Spanish-American War vet-
eran and held the important place of mate on
the v. S. S. Iroquois, as third officer in com-
mand of the ship. He graduated from the
LIniversity with the rank of lieutenant colonel,
and was in a position to pass a creditable ex-
amination for the post.

Oliver Eij.swokth


Ex-Member City Council

Oliver Ellsworth

Ex-Member of the City Council

WELL-KNOWN member of the
California bar, who has done
effective work in introducing
many measures and reforms
that have been a great benefit
to the commonwealth, is Oliver Ellsworth,
member of the City Council up until the time
Oakland's new charter went into effect.

Mr. Ellsworth is a native of California,
born in Mission San Jose on April 7, 1867.
He enjoys an excellent education, received in
the grammar schools and high school of Oak-
land and later in the University of California,
from which institution he graduated with the
degree of A. B. in 1888, at the age of twenty-

one. He decided to follow the law early in
Ills career, and immediately after his gradua-
tion from the University entered the Hastings
College of Law, being admitted to practice in
1891. As a lawyer he has been a success from
the start. The first case he handled was Cox
z's. Delmas, a suit involving the question of
an attorney's right to buy up the claims
against his client, which was tried before a
jury and won by Mr. Ellsworth. He has
since been connected with many cases involv-
ing fine points of law and has generally been
successful. He has been prominently identi-
fied with matters of litigation in connection
with mutual building and loan associations


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and other similar institutions where technicali-
ties of law were involved. Mr. Ellsworth is
attorney for the Stewart Fruit Company, the
largest private shipping concern of its kind in
the State, and other important corporations.
He is also actively interested in the develop-
ment of California oil properties, being presi-
dent of two companies operating in the Kern
River field, and has had considerable to do
with the settlement of legal points bearing on
"lien land selection" in relation to oil prop-
erty, with regard to which a case was recently
carried to the United States Supreme Court
and resulted in victory for the oil men.

Mr. Ellsworth was elected councilman-at-
large immediately after the San Francisco dis-
aster, having received the Republican nomina-
tion and the endorsement of the Citizens" AIu
nicipal League. He was president of the
Council immediately preceding Mr. Pendleton.
Mr. Ellsworth, together with Mr. Pendleton,
gave particular attention to obtaining for the
city a. proper remuneration from the railway
companies upon granting franchises, and as-
sisted in framing the plan of exacting annual
payments from the railroads. He also helped

frame the amendments to the liquor laws, re-
stricting the number of saloons and enforcing
rigid conditions as to their management. He
had a special detective go through the so-
called "social clubs," and upon the evidence
obtained the police closed up several of these

Mr. Ellsworth is the son of H. G. Ells-
worth, an old resident of Alameda County,
who, with E. L. Beard, secured a patent from
the Government of 6,000 acres in this county
in 1852. The elder Ellsworth died in Niles
in 1897. Mr. Ellsworth's great-great-grand-
father was third Chief Justice of the United
States and served in several of the most im-
portant diplomatic offices for the United States

Mr. Ellsworth's marriage to Miss Lillian
Mastick, daughter of Joseph Mastick and
granddaughter of E. B. Mastick, president of
the board of trustees of the Lick Estate and
well known throughout the State, occurred in
Alameda on May 26, 1897. They have one
daughter, Beatrice, a child of eight. Mr. Ells-
worth is a member of several clubs and fra-

John Ryle MacGregor


John Ryle MacGregor


XE of the staunch Republicans
in the late City Council of Oak-
land was John Ryle MacGregor.
Mr. MacGregor is of Scotch
extraction and has inherited all
the goo^d, practical common sense of his ances-


Ex- Councilman

tors, which, with a naturally bright mind, has
brought him success in his business and has
made him an excellent judge of the right
course of action in the various important mat-

ters before the board, the correct solution of
which meant so much to the city's interests.

Mr. MacGregor was born in Nova Scotia,
in the town of Middleton, on December 10,
1863. He received his rudimentary education
in the schools of his native town until the age
of sixteen, when the family moved to the
United States.

He married Miss Henrietta Weaver, in
Mayfield, Santa Clara County, California, on
June 10, 1890. The bride and groom came to
Oakland on their honeymoon and liked the
city so well that they have resided here ever
since. Mr. MacGregor has been engaged in
the contracting business and has lately devoted
a large part of his time to real estate and
insurance, in which he has been entirely suc-

In 1909 Mr. MacGregor's friends urged him
to accept the nomination on the Republican
ticket for Councilman, and he did so, being
elected by a good majority. Previous to this,
in 1896, he was appointed member of the Ade-
line Sanitary Board.

Mr. MacGregor as Councilman has shown
himself to be alive to public issues, and more-
over has been thoroughly conscientious in his
work for the interests of the taxpayers and
the public at large. He took an active part
in the annexation movement in 1897, and is
the author of the new traffic ordinance. He
is also prominently identified with the Santa
Fe Improvement Club. He acted as chairman
of the License Committee and made a practice
of attending the meetings of all other com-

Mr. MacGregor is well known and well
liked in Oakland and is a member of the
Woodmen of the World, Odd Fellows, and is
a Mason.


Greater Oakland. 1911

Eugene Stachler


member of the City Council up
until the time the new charter
went into effect, has been an
active and vigorous worker for
good government for years past. He was a
formidable candidate for Commissioner at the


Courtesy of'Doisaz Photo

last election, receiving the direct primary
nomination for the office, and was only de-
feated after a hard fight.

Mr. Stachler is a native of San Francisco,
born on June 28, 1869. He attended the Oak-
land public schools as a boy, and graduated
from the Oakland high school. As an adjunct
to his public school education he attended
Taylor's Business College. He learned the
harness and saddlerv business and followed

that work, with headquarters at 2041 Adeline
Street, up until the time of the San Fran-
cisco earthquake and fire, at which time he
lost most of his trade in that city, which con-
stituted In' far the largest portion of his busi-
ness. Since tiiat time he has become inter-
ested in several business interests in the city
which have occupied most of his time.

Mr. Stachler was nominated four years ago
on the Democratic. Republican and Union
Labor tickets for Councilman, receiving the
second highest vote in the city at the election.
He was again nominated and elected to suc-
ceed himself in 1909, when he received the
highest vote on the ticket, leading the Mayor
by 900 votes. During his first term he served
on the Wharves and Water Front, Railroads
and Streets and License Committees. During
1ms second term he was a member of the
Finance Committee, Railroads and Streets
Committee, Fire and Water and License
Conrnittees. He states that it gave him great
pleasure to vote for the $5,000,000 bond issue
which was defeated. The second time the
measure came up for $2,500,000 bonds, which
he of course voted for. He also voted for the
new charter on two occasions, which was car-
ried the last time. He has worked hard for
improved fire equipment and more fire houses,
and was instrumental in securing a raise in
the firemen's pay from $90 to $100 per month,
getting for them four days off out of each
month and fifteen days' vacation each year.
He also voted twice for school bonds to in-
crease Oakland's educational facilities. In
fact, as Councilman he has shown his energy
and attitude plainly in fighting for every rea-
sonable measure to improve public utilities
and civic improvements.

Mr. Stachler married Miss Henrietta Car-
len, who comes from an English family, in
Oakland, on August 17, 1893. There are two
children, Miss Barbara, sixteen, and Carlen
Eugene, eleven.

There is little doubt but what Mr. Stachler
will be heard from in the future political his-
tory of Oakland.

Albert P. Stiefvater



Courtesy ofVus/inell Photo

Albert P. Stiefvater



X official in the recent adminis-
tration whose broad experience
in the various walks of life,
coupled with an unusual knowl-
edge of the issues before the
public, has won for him considerable distinc-
tion is Ex-Councilman Albert P. Stiefvater.

Mr. Stiefvater is a Native Son, born in San
Francisco on March 11, 1867. He enjoys an
excellent education received in the public
schools of San Francisco and Alameda and
later at the Wesleyan College of Iowa. He

took up the study of law in the University of
Iowa and graduated from that institution in

He began his business career after leaving
the university with the R. G. Dun Mercantile
Agency in Chicago, remaining with them two
years. Soon after this he returned to the
West and took up newspaper work in Ala-
meda. His success as a newspaper man is
well known. In his editorial work and news
articles be showed marked ability as a force-
ful and vivid writer, and this, together with


Greater Oakland, 1911

his faculty of keeping in close touch with the
various important issues before the public,
created a constant demand for his services in
the field of journalism.

He has been city editor of both the "Enci-
nal" and the "Argus," Oakland correspondent
of the San Francisco "Call," was for some
time connected with the Oakland "Tribune"
and was for seven years representative of the
San Francisco "Bulletin."

Mr. Stiefvater has always had an unlimited
capacity for hard work. His duties as a jour-
nalist were by no means light, but he had no
intention of neglecting his legal profession,
and found time to give considerable attention
to his law office even while engaged in news-
paper work. That he possesses unusual versa-
tility is shown from the fact that his success
as a lawyer has equaled his success as a jour-
nalist, and it was not long before he was en-
abled to give up his newspaper work and de-
vote his entire time to his legal practice.

In 1909 he was persuaded to accept an ap-
pointment by Mayor Mott to the City Council,
to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation
of J. F. Mullins, and in the following March
was elected Councilman by the citizens of the
Third Ward.

The class of work that Mr. Stiefvater has
performed for the public in the Council has
been excelled by no other member of that
body. He was largely instrumental in secur-
ing for the public the reduced water rate. He
was also on the committee that had in hand
the settlement of matters pertaining to the
Key Route basin and the granting of fran-
chises to the Key Route people, which com-
mittee also obtained a settlement with the
Southern Pacific regarding the city's control
of the Oakland mole. He believes that the
ultimate cost of Oakland's water front will

easily reach $25,000,000. Bonds have been
issued for the development of the city's water
front to the extent of over $3,000,000 so far,
and he has succeeded in securing a reasonable
amount to be expended on the western water
front or Key Route basin.

Mr. Stiefvater married Miss Wanda Marie
Gernreich, a native daughter, whose father,
William Gernreich, is well remembered as a
prominent merchant of Oakland! The mar-
riage took place in this city on June 21, 1899.
There are two children, Arthur E., aged nine,
and Virginia, aged eight, both attending the
public schools. His father, Simon Stiefvater,
was one of the old pioneers of California,
coming to San Francisco around the Horn in
1865. He began as a baker in San Francisco
in the early days and later became a flour
merchant in that city. His death occurred in

As an example of Mr. Stiefvater's deep and
sincere interest in the good government and
welfare of the city we may mention the fact
that in 1906 he organized the Civic Education
League, composed of the young men of the
city, for the purpose of discussing politics,
current events and the study of public ques-
tions of importance generally, and he has the
satisfaction of knowing that many of the mem-
bers have since become prominent in commer-
cial and political life.

Upon the foundation of an excellent educa-
tion he has since acquired a broad experience
in many walks of life, first as a business man,
then as a journalist, and finally as a lawyer,
and is exceptionally well equipped to do ex-
cellent work in any office he may be called
upon to occupy. His work as a public official
has been entirely free from any selfish inter-
est. He believes a councilman should act only
as the instrument of the people and have their
interests at heart at all times.

R. C. VosE


R. C. Vose



Is one of the gentlemen who
served in the late City Council,
and it is a well-known fact that
he made good. His long busi-
ness experience enabled him to become a valu-
able acquisition to that body, not only because


he was competent to give an opinion on the
various issues coming before that body from
the standpoint of a man of business, but also
because he is progressive and is always plan-
ning and working for needed public improve-

As chairman of the Public Improvement
Committee he has done excellent work, and
his particular hobby in the Council was good
streets. He has been an important factor in
securing the street improvements that have
been accomplished since he went into office.
Mr. Vose is also the originator of the ordi-
nance excluding minors from the poolrooms
of the city. The need of such an ordinance
is apparent, as the environment of these re-

sorts, while not necessarily harmful to adults,
exerts no beneficial effects on the boys of the
city, to say the least.

Mr. Vose is a Native Son, born in Sacra-
mento on October 6, 1864, and his marriage
to Miss Martha Campbell took place in San
Lorenzo, California, on November 21, 1888.
His father, George H. Vose, Sr., came to Cali-
fornia in 1851 and was one of the prominent
pioneers of his time. He settled in Oakland
soon after his arrival and owned the first
dairy in the city, on the shores of Lake Mer-

Mr. Vose is prominent in fraternal circles,
being a member of the Woodmen of the
World, Alpha Camp ; Eagles, Women of
Woodcraft, and the Society of the Cincinnati.
He is particularly proud of his connection
with the latter organization, as its member-
ship is handed down by the generations past
and is the only American society recognized
by the nobility of Europe. The society was
organized by George Washington and his offi-
cers immediately after the close of the Revo-
lutionary War, and Mr. Vose's great-great-
grandfather. Colonel Joseph Vase, of the First
Massachusetts Regiment, was one of the first

Mr. Vose's seven years' experience in the
auditing department of the Southern Pacific
Company and the years spent in business for
himself have proven a valuable asset to him
in his public work. He has also started a
system of calling private meetings of citizens
in sections where improvements were neces-
sary, explaining the advantages of same, sub-
mitting the exact details as to costs, etc., and,
after discussing the matter thoroughl3\ took a
vote on the plan of action to be adopted and
submitting same to the Council, thereby sav-
ing the Council lots of unnecessary work. He
is for Oakland first, last and all the time. He
takes particular pride in Oakland's new city
hall, and states that after an extended trip
through the Eastern cities, where he had taken
particular notice of public buildings, he thinks
Oakland's new city hall is a new departure
and a marked improvement on any others seen
in the East.


(iU\\[\:\' CJaKI AN'll, I'Jll

Judge Police Court

Cour/esy of H'ebs/er Pho/o

Hon. George Samuels

Judge Police Court

N efficient man in the govern-
ment of the city and one
who lias a long and clean
record as a public official is
George Samuels, Judge of
the Police Court of the city of Oakland.

Judge Samuels is a native of England,
born in Leeds on February 18, 1859. His
father, Barnet Samuels, who was a pioneer
resident of Oakland before his death, feel-
ing that America offered better opportuni-
ties for himself and children, decided to
make this country his home, and took up

his residence in Chicago in 1865, where he
engaged in business.

Judge Samuels attended the public
schools of Chicago as a boy and continued
his studies there until 1875, when his fam-
ily moved to Oakland. The Judge engaged
in the mercantile business in this city in
his youth, but, being ambitious, he soon
began to look for a broader field of use-
fulness. He had always had a leaning
toward a legal career, and, following his
natural bent and inclination, entered law
school. While there he studied hard, and

Hon. George Samuels 401

by close application was enabled to make ceive the fnll penalty and this class of

an excellent showing in his examinations. criminals have reason to fear him. He

He was admitted to practice by the Su- possesses one characteristic in particular

preme Court of California in 1898. that has made him many friends and a few

Judge Samuels commenced the practice enemies and that is his effort to keep his

of law almost immediately after having court and rulings free from influence, fear

been admitted to the bar, and soon won or favor, and he has successfully put into

distinction for his eloquence, his ability in active practice the great fundamental prin-

argument and his knowledge of the law. ciple, which is so often scoffed at and

He now occupies a high place as a lawyer which jurists sometimes lose sight of, and

and jurist. _ that is the American doctrine that "All

His record as an able attorney led to are equal before the law."
his appointment, in 1899, as Assistant Dis- Judge Samuels' home life has been a

trict x\ttorney of Alameda County, and it pleasant one. His marriage to Miss Lilly

may be said that his public career dates Steen, of Santa Cruz, a native daughter of

from that time. California, took place in Oakland in 1882.

In 1903 he accepted the nomination on He has one married daughter, Mrs. Irving

the Republican ticket for Judge of the Magnes, and two sons. The elder son,.

Police Court and he was elected at the ]\Iervyn J. Samuels, is a graduate of the

general election. The character of his University of California and the Hastings

work on the bench has given thorough College of Law and a promising young

satisfaction. The best proof of this state- attorney of this city. The second son,

ment is that the voters have insisted upon Boris L. Samuels, is attending the Oakland

his return to office at each successive elec- high school.

lion since his lirst term, and in the di- The Judge is Past Supreme Representa-
rect primary election of 1910 the people tive of the Knights of Pythias, Past Noble
again nominated him as the Republican Grand of Oakland Lodge, No. 118, of the
candidate. At the same primary he was L O. O. F.; Past Grand President of the
also given the nomination of the Demo- L O. B. B., a member of Alcatraz Chapter
cratic and Union Labor parties. Royal Arch Masons, a member of Brook-
In the administration of the law the lyn Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons,
Judge is inclined to be merciful to law Sons of St. George, and a member of the
Ineakers, but old offenders generally re- Oakland Chamber of Commerce.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Judge Police Court

Hon. Mortimer Smith

Judge Police Court

NE of the noticeable men on
the bench in the Oakland
courts today is Police Judge
Mortimer Smith, first, be-
cause he is probably the
youngest man that ever has been intrusted
with the duties of that responsible office,
and secondly, because during his long
tenure of office he has shown an efficiency
and fitness for the position that have rcr
suited in his re-election time and again.

Judge Smith is a native of the Keystone
State, born in Venango County, Pennsyl-
vania, June 9, 1872. His parents came
West in 1876, taking up their residence in

Oakland, so the Judge can claim Oakland
as his home for thirty-four years, prac-
tically all his life.

After a thorough practical education in
the public schools of the city, he decided
upon a legal career and began the study
of law in his father's office. The father,
James Hume Smith, was one of Oakland's

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