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City Attorney of Alameda in 1876 and was
continually returned to that office after his
election, serving in all ten years. He was
then elected to the Assembly and acted as
Assemblyman for two years.

In 1889 he accepted the nomination for
Superior Judge of Alameda County and
was elected. He has been re-elected time

and again; the public is so well satisfied
with Judge Ellsworth that it has not been
willing to let him retire. For twenty-one
years he has interpreted the law for Ala-
meda Count}-, and lie has found a firm
place in the hearts of the people. He has
come to be looked upon as a permanent
fixture, even as the old Court House itself.

Tlic Judge believes in severe sentences
for hardened criminals. He said in an in-
terview: "These old-time offenders ought
to be behind prison bars and should get
severe sentences, as they are a menace to
society and have no regard for life or
property. I am not inclined to make any
set rules, however, but endeavor to try
each particular case on its own merits,
with due consideration for surrounding
circumstances. I think the mild and pro-
bationary methods of the Juvenile Court
exert an excellent influence on the young
offender, and prevent many from becoming
habitual criminals. This movement de-
serves encouragement.'

Judge Ellsworth married Ada L. Hoblei
of English family, in Alameda, April 17,
1891, and suffered a severe loss in her
death which occurred April 15, 1906. He
has no children.

We congratulate the Judge on his splen-
did record. Although nearly seventy years
of age and an active brain worker for
years, he thinks as clearly as he ever did
in his life and seems to have an undimin-
ished capacity for work. It is hoped that
Alameda County will not be deprived of
his services for many years to come.

Hon. Thomas William Harris




Hon. Thomas William Harris

Judge Superior Court

N important member of the
judiciary of the city who has
become widely known as a
well-read lawyer of unusual
attainments, and a man of ex-
ceptional virility and force, who has shown
marked fidelity to public trusts as a jurist,
is Thomas William Harris, Judge of the
Superior Court of Alameda County.

Judge Harris is a native of Minnesota,
born in the town of Chatfield, on the 1st
day of October, 1859. His father, William
Harris, whose health had been impaired by
the severe winters of that region, and be-
lieving also that the family's fortunes would

be enhanced in the new Western country,
decided to make his future home in the land
{if sunshine and opportunity. The family ar-
rived in California in 1867, before the com-
pletion of the trans-continental railroad, the
judge being at that time eight j'ears of age.
Because his father was frequently in poor
health, and he was the eldest in the family
as well as the only son. Judge Harris early
began assuming responsibilities and helping
his parents and sisters. His early education
was gleaned from numerous county schools
in the dififerent towns where the family re-
sided, and he completed the grammar school
course in Pleasanton, California. He added


Greater Oakland, 1911

to that a thorough course in hookkeeping,
which he studied evenings. After leaving
scliool he assisted his parents in various ways
for a couple of years, and then became his
father's partner in the livery stal)le business
in Pleasanton. As a young man, he kept a
sharp lookout for opportunities, and when
he could better his position he did so. His
fortunes continued to improve, not by leaps
and bounds, but normally and steadily until
he and his father sold their livery stable
and bought a warehouse business. In this
his success was so marked that he was
offered the position of manager of the
Chadbourne Warehouse Company, in Pleasan-
ton, California, and for his ability and in-
tegrity was retained in this capacity for a
period of eight years.

He had been a Notary Public for some
years, and, on giving up his position with
the warehouse company, he took up the
study of law with Mr. W. H. Donahue, the
present District Attorney of Alameda County.
After having been admitted to the bar in
1897, he began the active practice of law
in Pleasanton, California.

In 1899 he accepted an appointment as
Deputy in the District Attorney's office. In
this capacity the manner in which he con-
ducted the cases under his supervision add-
ed materially to his reputation as a lawyer,
and he showed exceptional ability in his
analysis and power of conviction in argu-
ment. His record in this office and his stand-

ing in the community in his profession led
to his appointment to the Superior Bench
in 190,5, by Governor Pardee.

Judge Harris bears an excellent reputation
for clean and unbiased decisions during his
term on the bench. He is never hasty in
his rulings or decisions, but studies well the
conditions before him with due consideration
for both sides in the controversy, and his
conservative manner of administering jus-
tice with strict regard for the law has given
him the confidence of the public.

Judge Harris married Miss Leta Neal, of
Pleasanton, California, on October 21st, 1883,
whose death occurred in Oakland in 1903.
His second marriage took place in this city
on February 11th, 1909, to Mary E. Slipp.
The Judge has two sons by his first wife.
The elder son, Neal Harris, is a graduate of
the University of California, and the younger
son, Myron, attending the same institution.
having inherited his father's splendid
physique, is a famous athlete. He recently
made a trip to Australia with the All-
American Football Team.

Personally, the Judge is a fine specimen
of manhood, well over six feet in height.
He talks easily and quietly, is very con-
servative in his statements, thinking well be-
fore he speaks, and impresses one as a man
with plenty of reserve power. His career
has not been meteoric, but his progress has
been forceful, steady and permanent, and
he is not the kind of a man to go back.

Hon. Frank B. Ogden


Hon. Frank B. Ogden

Judge Superior Court

MOXG other things Judge
Frank B. Ogden is notable
because he enjoys the dis-
tinction of having served a
longer continuous term as
Judge of the Superior Court than any other
man on the bench, except Judge Ellsworth,

and that is saying a good deal, as the lat-
ter has been Superior Judge for twenty-
one years. Judge Ogden is a close second,
however, with eighteen years to his credit,
and fully deserves the continued confidence
and respect the community has given him.

He has made an excellent official at
every stage of his career, and has so com-
pletely disarmed opposition that his re-
election to office is generally conceded.

Judge Ogden is a native of \ew Jersey,
born in the city of Newark on April 26,
1858. His parents came to California in
1870, when the Judge was a lad of twelve.

and he has lived here practically all his

After attending the public schools, he
decided to follow the legal profession as
his field of usefulness and studied law in
San Francisco, being admitted to the bar
in 1882. After practicing two years, his
work in the various courts showed him to
be a skilful young attorney, possessed of a
pretty thorough knowledge of the law.
That he was attracting public attention is
evidenced by the fact that in 1886, at the
age of twenty-eight, he was elected to the
bench in the Justice Court, where he
served six years.

In February, 1892, because of his clean
record, his efficiency, and the general pub-
lic satisfaction with which his administra-
tion of justice had been received, he was
appointed by Governor Markham to the
Superior Court of Alameda County.

New Office Was Created.

There is little to saj^ concerning Judge
Ogden's career on the bench that the pub-
lic does not already know. His public
work is like an open book, and his inter-
pretation of the law, his understanding of
equity in complicated cases and his correct
rulings, free from prejudice or favor, have
made him an ideal judge. The people of
Alameda County appreciate this kind of an
administration; that is the reason they
have insisted upon keeping him on the
bench for nearly a quarter of a century.

Judge Ogden is a man of retiring and
modest nature, who assumes very little, but
who wins the admiration and loyalty of his
friends by the strength and dignity of his
character and the disinterestedness of his
motives. He is pre-eminently a man of
judicial temperament, careful, conscientious
and of open mind.

Judge Ogden has four children. Mar-
guerite, Clarence, Rosalie and Frank; the
first a graduate of the University of Cali-
fornia, the second two children now at-
tending the university, and the youngest in
the Oakland High School.


Greater Oakland, I9ll

Judge Superior Court

CoutUiy oj Bushncll Photo

Hon. William Harrison Waste

Judge Superior Court

NE of the members of • the
Superior Court Judiciary
whose career provides a
story of more than passing
interest is Judge William H.
Waste. His broad experience in several
walks of life has given him an exceptional
equipment for his judicial duties.

Judge Waste is a native son, born in
Chico, California, on October 31, 1868. He
began his education in the schools of
Butte County, later attended the Los An-
ge'es High School, and finally entered the
University of California, graduating in

1891, and in 1894 from the Hastings Col-
lege of the Law.

His father, Mr. J. J. Waste, was one of
the early pioneers of California, settling in
the northern part of the State in 1851.
The elder Waste carried on a mercantile
business in the earlj^ days and became a
prominent citizen and an acti\'c man in
public affairs before his death. He was for
a time member of the Board of Supervisor.-
in' Butte County.

Judge Waste was left an orphan at an
early age, and was cared for and brought
up by an uncle and aunt. The Judge can

Hon. William Harrison Waste


scarcely remember the time when he did
not want to be a lawyer.

Judge Waste was a versatile young man,
and when, after graduating from the uni-
versity, he found it necessary to earn some
mcjjey before he could fulfil his ambition
to be a lawyer, he found work as a re-
porter for the newspapers in San Francisco
and Oakland, and from these earnings he
war enabled to pay for his own legal edu-

With two other graduates from Berke-
ley, he went to work on the San Francisco
"Ixaminer" under Mr. T. T. Williams,
w:io i.' the present manager for Hearst's
Xew York papers. His friends soon tired
of the work and quit, but the Judge's usual
tenacity of purpose was made apparent to
his employers, because he stuck to his
work, and made good. He was soon of-
fered a better position with the Oakland
"Tribune" by Mr. A. M. Lawrence, now
managing editor for the Chicago "Ameri-
can," which he accepted. During his career
as a journalist, he became known for his
fluent style as a writer and his faculty of
keeping in close touch with public issues
and events. He considers his experience
as an interviewer and reporter a valuable
asset in his subsequent career as a lawyer
and judge.

After his admittance to the bar. Judge
Waste took up the practice of law in Oakland,
and it was not long before his legal business

eliminated the necessity of doing newspaper

In 1902 he was nominated and elected on
the Republican ticket for member of the As-
sembly. His excellent work as Assemblyman
was due to his broad views and special knowl-
edge of the issues before that body. As an
endorsement of his efforts and accomplish-
ments in the Assembly he was re-elected for
a second term.

His appointment to the Superior Bench in
April, 1905, by Governor Pardee was a wise
one and met with popular approval, and this
feeling of public satisfaction is increasing as
time passes.

Judge Waste possesses strong personal mag-
netism and is an excellent judge of human
nature. He is a shrewd questioner and has a
great faculty of extracting information from
those who have no intention of giving it.
These qualities have largely contributed
to his success as a lawyer and have been in-
strumental in making him one of the best
judges on the bench.

He has broad sympathies, has time to think
of "the other fellow" and in his manner and
disposition is cordial and companionable. He
is a Shriner, Knight Templar and a member
of the Native Sons and the Athenian Club.

He married Miss Mary Ewing, of Oakland,
September 16, 1896, and has a daughter and a
son. He thoroughly enjoys outdoor life, and
when able to lay aside his official duties, finds
pleasant diversion in a boating or hunting trip
with his boy.



Greater Oakland, 1911

Hon. William S. Wells

Judge Superior Court

who is at present presiding in
Department 4 of the Superior
Court of Alameda County, en-
joys the distinction of being
the first Superior Judge in the county to re-
ceive the Republican nomination for that
office direct from the people, when on August
16th, 1910, he received a handsome majority
at the direct primary election.

Superior Judge William S. Wells was born
on June 24, 1861, in Fairfield, Solano County,
California. He comes from old New England
stock, and has inherited the qualities that gen-
erally lead to success.

His father, William S. Wells, was a native
of the State of Maine, coming to California
in January, 1850, and was one of the sturdy
pioneers who helped to make California what
it is. The elder Wells settled in Solano
County, and successfully practiced law there
and later in San Francisco. He was a resi-
dent of Oakland at the time of his death
which occurred on Christmas Day. December
25, 1878.

Although deprived of a father's advice and
guidance at a period in his life when they
were most needed, the force of his good ex-
ample and sterling qualities were not lost on
the son, as his subsequent career has so
clearly shown.

Judge Wells enjoys an excellent and finished
education. He received his rudimentary in-
struction in the public schools. He then en-
tered St. Augustine College, at Benicia. and
finally rounded out his education at the Uni-
versity of California. Making the most of
his opportunities and his natural abilities, he
has become a leading exponent of his profes-
sion and an esteemed citizen of the munici-

The Judge, after his admittance to the bar
in 1884, began his practice in Contra Costa
County, California. He had inherited a nat-
ural aptitude for the law and his success in

his profession was almost immediate. He re-
ceived the appointment of Assistant District
Attorney of Contra Costa County in 1886,
serving in that capacity for four years. His
record in that office led to his appointment
as Judge of the Superior Court in that county
on January 26, 1899, in place of Joseph P.
Jones, deceased. He was afterward elected
to fill the unexpired term and again for the
full term which expired in January. 1909.
Judge Wells was appointed to the Superior
Court of Alameda County upon the passage
of the law, on April 8, 1909, creating an addi-
tional judge in Alameda County, and since
his installation as judge he has won the
approval and respect of the community for
his fair disposition and just rulings. As a
judge of the probate department of the Su-
perior Court, where many complicated and
intricate points of law are coming before him,
he has shown a thorough knowledge of the
law and a sound judgment which only long
experience and careful study of his profession
can produce.

Judge Wells might aptly be termed "William
the Silent," he is so quiet and unassuming.
Without any unnecessary waste of words he
gets to the point of a proposition and has
done with it. There is little friction in his
court because His Honor's brain is in perfect
working order and he knows the law.

His home life is ideal. His marriage to
Miss Ella O'Neil, which occurred in Oakland
on November 4, 1885, has been entirely a suc-
cess. He has two children, one son, William
S. Wells, Jr., a young man of twenty-three,
who is a graduate of the University of Cali-
fornia and now studying law, and one daugh-
ter, Ella M. Wells, sixteen years of age. who
is a student at the Oakland high school.

Judge Wells stands high in fraternal circles,
being Past Grand Master of the Masonic fra-
ternity, member of the Native Sons, Wood-
men of the World and several clubs.

Hon. William R. Geary


Hon. William R. Geary

Justice of the Peace, Brooklyn Township

ILLIAM R. GEARY, the young
Justice of Brooklyn Township,
has arrived at the present suc-
cessful point in his career be-
cause he has appreciated the

value of hard conscientious work as the surest

road to fortune.

He was born in Oakland on September 25,
1876, and has lived here all his life, and natur-
ally takes great pride in its rapid growth and
development. He received his education in
the public schools of the city, but had to leave
school at the early age of fourteen to make

his own way in the world. He worked for
George Smith, the druggist on Twelfth Street,
for a time, and then for V. R. Cragin in the
truck business and later was with a firm en-
gaged in a similar business in Sacramento for
nearly three years.

He studied law in the offices of the late
John E. McElroy for about three years and in
conjunction with this received special tuition
from John Goss, instructor of law.

In 1898 he became associated with the Ho-
gan Lumber Company of this city, where he
remained until his election to his present
office. The Republican candidates had been
defeated many times in this district, and the
Judge clearly demonstrated his popularity in
his first election. That the public has appre-
ciated his administration of the law is shown
when it is stated that he has been re-elected
for three successive terms, the last time, be-
fore the direct primary law, receiving the
nominations of practically all the parties. Dem-
ocratic, Republican and Union Labor. He is
active in politics and a hard and consistent
worker for good government.

On April 28, 1896, Judge Geary married
Miss Adelaide S. Derby, a daughter of one
of the pioneer tanners of Alameda County.
They have four children, Edwin W., aged
twelve ; Henry T., ten ; Mildred E., eight,
and George A., three. Mildred is attending
the Lake Convent and the two boys are attend-
ing school at St. Anthony's Parish. The
Judge's father, Maurice Geary, was a Civil
War veteran and a popular old-time resident
of Oakland.

Judge Geary is a member of the Eagles,
Woodmen of the World, 101; Knights of
Columbus, 784, and several clubs.


Greater Oakland, 1911


Justice of the Peace

Washington Township

Hon. Thomas J. Power

Justice of the Peace, Washington Township

who has served two terms in
the Justice Court in Washing-
ton Township, has been a fac-
tor in civic improvements and
growth of the town and (Hstrict in which he
lives, and there is every indication that he
will be heard from in the future political his-
tory of the county.

Judge Power is a product of California,
born in Santa Clara County on December 1,
1869. He attended the public schools of Ala-
meda County as a boy and later attended
Washington College. After completing his
education he went farming in this county. He.
.studied law at home, and by close application
and unusual tenacity of purpose, coupled with
a natural adaptability for the legal profession,
was enabled to pass a creditable examination
in April. 1897. when he was admitted to the

In 190:! lie was elected on llic Democratic
ticket as Justice for Washington Township.

and was re-elected for a second term. He is
president of the Irvington Chamber of Com-
merce and takes an active interest in all public
improvements in his district. He is now en-
gaged in the practice of law in Irvington and
has built up a lucrative legal business.

Judge Power's marriage to Miss Margaret
Cushing occurred in Mission San Jose on No-
vember 10, 1897. They have one son. Thomas
W.. aged six years. The Judge's father. John
Power, was one of the early pioneers of Cali-
fornia, coming to the Coast by way of the
Isthmus, and was one of the well-known min-
ing men of his time. Tlic elder Power died
at W^arm Springs in 1S9 4. The Judge's
brother, M. E. Power, was District Attorney
of Tulare County and is now a meml)er of
the law firm of Power & McFadzcan.

Judge Power is a memlicr of the Woodmen
of the World, United Artisans and U. P. C.
In politics the Judge says he is a Democrat —
and proud of it.

Hall of Records



Greater Oakland, 1911

M. J. Kelly

County Treasurer

more sterling and honored
citizen can be found in Alameda
County than County Treasurer
M. J. Kelly. Everyone who has
come in contact with him, either
in a business way or socially, has the warmest
praise for him, and of no man can it more

truthfully be said that his word is as good as
his bond.

As a private citizen he is noted for his
kindly disposition and his desire to help when-
ever and wherever he can. A bachelor him-
self, with a strong friendship for boys, he has
informally adopted any number of them, and
they have largely been those that perhaps a
good many would not consider desirable. They
have been young men that have lacked many
of the advantages of birth, education and fa-
vorable environment, but the more they lacked

the more Mr. Kelly felt they needed a guiding
hand — a little help at the right time.

Mr. Kelly is a native of West Virginia,
born in Benwood on April 27, 1864. Coming
to California as a boy he began life as a nail
maker's apprentice and soon mastered the de-
tails of the trade. In 1894 he was tendered a
position in the United States Mint in San
Francisco. He was thirteen years in the mint
and rose step by step to the position of humid
assayer, which he held up to the time of his
appointment as Treasurer. It was during
these years that he established an enviable
record for honesty, reliability and efficiency,
and the Mint officials could not say too much
in his favor at the time of his resignation to
take up his broader work.

In March, 1906, he was appointed by the
Board of Supervisors to the office of County
Treasurer to fill the unexpired term of A. W.
Feidler, whose death occurred about that
time, and has since filled that office with char-
acteristic efficiency. The first thing he did
upon taking office was to institute certain
needed reforms and correct the loose methods
prevailing in the past. Although not required
by law to do so, he regularly accounts to the
Supervisors and Auditor for the trust funds
in his charge, thus rendering impossible
breaches of trust or perversion of such funds.
This is one of the many innovations that Mr.
Kelly has inaugurated and the office is now
conducted along the most approved and busi-
nesslike methods. Any person at any time is
welcome to inspect the books, and there is yet
to be made one complaint that anyone entering
the office is not treated with utmost courtesy
by both Mr. Kelly and those that make up the
personnel of his staff.

During the last primary election, Mr. Kelly's
excellent work resulted in his receiving the
Republican, Democratic and Union Labor
nominations for his present office — something
quite unusual — and his re-election last No-
vember was, of course, a foregone conclusion.

E. F. Garrison


County Auditor

Courtesy of Dorsas Photo

E. F. Garrison

County Auditor

R. E. F. GARRISON, who was
nominated and elected County
Auditor in the fall of 1910, fully
deserves the success that has
come to him. While a com-
paratively young man, being still in his thir-
ties, he has had plenty of business experience,
is progressive, energetic and a young man of
sterling principles.

Mr. Garrison's father came to California
in 1871 and first settled in Sacramento. He
was connected with the Southern Pacific Com-

pany as engineer for over thirty-two years.
His death occurred in Oakland in 1904.

Mr. Garrison is a native son, born in Sac-
ramento on September 7, 1873. The family
took up its residence in Oakland when he was
a child of five and he has lived here ever
since, a matter of thirty-two years. After
going through the public schools here he fin-

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