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ished his education at St. Mary's College. He
has always had to make his own way in the
world, his first position being with the Cali-
fornia Door Company, where he started at


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the very bottom. Being ambitious and atten-
tive to his work, he soon mastered the details
of tlie Inisiness and rose, step by step, tirst to
timekeeper, before he was out of his teens,
'and finally to estimator. It was in tliis posi-
tion that he laid the foundation of his present
expert knowledge in accounting.

In November. 1900, he received tlio ai)point-
ment of Deputy City Assessor and Auditor
under Mr. A. H. Breed, where he did efficient
work for ten years, up until the time of his
election to his present office.

Mr. Garrison has always been a stanch
worker for the success of his party, with a
strong friendly feeling for the wage-earner.
Since his installation as County Auditor he
has thoroughly systematized the work of his
office. Each man has his work mapped out
for him and does it with promptness and dis-
patch, and the public appreciates the fact that
citizens do not have to wait around a day or
two for information on matters related to this
department. Mr. Garrison says that he is am-
bitious to have his office the best conducted
Auditor's office in the State, and we believe
he has already realized his ambition. He has
selected a staff of assistants whose past busi-
ness experience has especially fitted them for
their present duties, and they are so courteous

that it is a pleasure to do business with the

Something like 50,000 warrants for salaries
and other expenditures go through Mr. Gar-
rison's hands during the year and no funds
are paid out without his signature. The great
responsibilities of his position are easily ap-
parent, and taxpayers may rest assured that
Mr. Garrison will thoroughly scrutinize all
warrants for the expenditure of pulilic funds
before affixing his signature and O. K.

Mr. Garrison is an active fraternal man,
being a member of the Maccabees, Oakland
Tent No. 17, also State Auditor of Pacific
jurisdiction of the same order; member of
Elks, Oakland Lodge No. 171 ; Native Sons,
Athens Parlor No. 195 ; has been financial
secretary of N. S. G. W. for the past nine
years, chairman State Board of Relief and
treasurer of Native Sons Hall Association.
He is a member of the Y. M. C. A., U. P. E.
C, No. 13, and financial secretary of the Na-
tional Union, Live Oak Council No. 1102.

In addition to his other likeable qualities,
Mr. Garrison is congenial, sympathetic and
friendly in his attitude toward the world and
has made many firm friends. It would indeed
be difficult for the citizens of the county to
improve on its present County Auditor.

IIox. Charles Frederick Horner


County Assessor

Courtesy of Sushiiell Photo

Hon. Charles Frederick Horner

County Assessor


serves the approbation and
good will that he has always
received from the common-
wealth of Alameda Count}-. His tireless
efforts and conscientious work in behalf
of progress and general public improve-
ment, particularly in regard to the better-
ment of the roads and public highways,
have brought his name prominently to the
fore. Improvements along these lines have
had his particular attention as a member

of the Board of Supervisors, and it is
largel}^ through his influence that the pub-
lic enjoj's its excellent system of roads.

Mr. Horner is a native son, born in Irv-
ington, Alameda Count}', in X'ovember,
18.59. He received his early education in
the public schools of the county and
rounded out his learning at Washington
College. Early in his career he became
interested in the business of refining sugar,
and Mr. Horner has expert knowledge of
this business from study and practical ex-
perience in its every branch and depart-


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ment. He was manager for a good many
years of one of the largest sugar planta-
tions in the Hawaiian Islands, located at
La Haina Plada. Starting in with a very
modest position at this plantation, he ex-
hibited such business acumen and earned
such a reputation for integrity and respon-
sibility that he soon won the confidence
of the capitalists who had invested in the
enterprise and was steadily advanced until
he was given full supervision of this big

While in the Hawaiian Islands he was
elected member of the Legislature under
the reform movement, serving during the
years 1887 and 1888.

Mr. Horner was elected member of the
Board of Supervisors of Alameda County
in 1900, and so fully and ably did he repre-
sent the will of the people that he was not
allowed to retire since that time, having
served on the board for eleven years.
Aside from his work for good roads, he
was a strong advocate for better bridges
and succeeded, among other things, in ob-
taining for the county the modern steel
bridge in Niles Canyon, completed about
a year ago.

Mr. Horner enjoyed his work on the
Board, which was shown by his regular
and prompt attention to public business
and the energy with which he attacked his
work. As the presiding member of the

Board he always showed courtesy and fair
ness to petitioners, his fellow Board mem
bers and the public at large.

In .\ugust, 1911, after the convicition of
Henry P. Dalton, County Assessor, the
Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Hor-
ner to succeed him. The appointment was
a popular one, and everyone conceded
that he was the right man for this respon-
sible office. Mr. Horner will no doubt
make an excellent County Assessor.

During his long residence in the county
he has become well known socially as well
as politically. His father before him, the
late John M. Horner, was one of the well-
known figures in the pioneer days of Cali-
fornia. He came to this Coast around the
Horn in '49, and was an active man, prom-
inently identified with the development of
San Francisco in the early days. He laid
out the first addition to the city of San
Francisco, known as Horner's Addition,
and also owned or controlled about 213,-
000 acres of land in the State.

The present County Assessor is one of
the best known fraternal men in the
county. He takes an active interest in the
various fraternal organizations and is him-
self a Mason, Knight Templar, member of
the Elks, Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the
World, U. P. E. C, Knights of Pythias,
Druids, and the Xile Club of Oakland.

James Burton Barber


County Tax Collector

James Burton Barber

County Tax Collector

STERLING man in the gov-
ernment of Alameda County,
whose public service covers a
period of nearly twenty-five
years, is County Tax Col-
lector James B. Barber.

Mr. Barber's parents were married in the
state of Iowa. His father, A. S. Barber,
was one of those virile characters who
have so deservedly been called the "con-
querors of the West." He believed in the
opportunities and future of California, and
in 1849, long before there was any trans-
continental railroad, began the dangerous
journey across the plains with a pair of
oxen as motive power. The family settled

in Alameda County, where the elder Bar-
ber established a profitable grocery busi-
ness. He was one of the first postmasters
of Alameda. His death occurred in 1896,
at the ripe old age of eighty.

The present Tax Collector was born in
Marysville, California, on November 9,
1850, and attended the schools of Alameda
as a boy. After leaving school he went
into his father's store and later went to
Nevada as a telegraph operator, being en-
gaged in this work for two years. Return-
ing to Alameda he started, a wood and
coal business which he profitably con-
ducted for six years.

His first work of a public nature was as


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(ic'put\- in tlie Tax Collccttir and Assessor's
office. It was liis excellent record in this
positinn that led to his nomination, in 1889,
on the Repuhlican ticket for County Tax
Collector and he was elected by a hand-
some majority, serving until 1891. Subse-
quent to this and immediately following
he became City Treasurer of Alameda, re-
taining the office from 1891 till 1895. He
was elected to his present office in 1895,
and the public has kept him there ever
since, a matter of fifteen years.

Since he assumed the office Mr. Barber
has introduced many progressive ideas in
the transaction of the business of the de-
partment. He has practically reorganized
the method of taking care of the work. He
has really instituted his own system, mak-
ing proper adjustments, the tensions light-
ened here and there, until now the office
runs like an eight-day clock. An instance
of Mr. Barber's progressive ideas can be
shown in the matter of introducing the
adding machine in his office. At the pres-
ent time no concern transacting a business
of any magnitude where there is a large
amount of figuring to be done would think

of being without an adding machine, any
more than a typewriter, but it remained
for Mr. Barber to install the first Bur-
roughs adding machine used in the county
in any business, and, what is more, he paid
for it out of his own pocket. This shows
an initiative and unselfishness that is not
usually found in a public official. Mr.
Barber has always tried to do more than
he is merely paid for.

He counts among his close friends many
of the first citizens of Alameda County.
He is a member of the Native Sons, the
Knights of Pythias, and Past Master of
Oak Grove Lodge No. 215 of the Masonic

Mr. Barber's marriage to Miss Anna M.
Cook took place in Alameda on Christmas
day, December 25, 1878. He suffered a
severe and irreparable loss in the death of
his son, William B. Barber, of typhoid
fever. His son's death occurred in his
twenty-fifth year, just as he was beginning
to come into the powers of early man-
hood. He had graduated from the Leland
Stanford University with high honors and
had a most promising future.

Hon. James G. Quinn


Justice of the Peace of Oakland Township

Courleiy ofDorsaz Photo

Hon. James G. Quinn

Justice of the Peace of Oakland Township

NE of the most popular young
Judges on the bench in Ala-
meda County is James G.
Quinn, who, by virtue of the
busy district in which he ad-
minsters the law, probably tries more cases
than any other two Justice' Courts in the

Judge Quinn is a native of the Bay State,
born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on August
24, 1873. He came to Oakland as a babe,
and in boyhood attended the public schools
in this city. After graduating from the High
School, he entered the University of Califor-
nia, graduating from the Law Department,

of Hastings College of the Law, in 1896, when
he was admitted to the bar.

He practiced law in Oakland for a time and
soon demonstrated his ability in argument
and analysis in several important cases. In
November, 1898, when little more than 25
years of age, he received the Republican
nomination for Justice of the Peace of Oak-
land Township and was elected by a handsome
majority. Since that time his record has
really been remarkable, as he has been con-
tinuously re-elected for nearly fourteen years;
he has practically had no opposition at any
time, having reecived the nominations and
endorsements of all the parties at every elec-


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tion. The reasons for the Judge's broad
popularity are easily apparent. His thorough
legal education and experie^ice have given him
an excellent equipment foi^^ his judicial duties
in deciding intricate point^ of law; prejudice
or favoritism have never influenced his decis-
ions and everyone knows h|im as a fair judge.
Outside of court his pleasing personality,
good fellowship and likeable qualities have
made him many friends of the permanent

He has always taken an active part in poli-
tics, and has helped organize a number of
political clubs. The James G. Quinn Repub-
lican Club, which his friends organized about
five years ago, is known as one of the strong-

est political organizations on the West Side.

Judge Quinn is a strong fraternal man,
being a member of most all of the more im-
portant fraternal orders, and takes great inter-
est in all athletics and outdoor sports.

Judge Quinn's marriage to Miss Glenora
Belle Harris, a very estimable and accom-
plished lady, occurred in Oakland on Febru-
ary 16, 1901. They have two little sons,
James G. Quinn, Jr., three years, and Wil-
liam H. Quinn, 8 months. The family occupy
an up-to-date and artistic little home on the
northwest corner of Adeline and Thirtieth
Streets, where their many friends always find
a roval welcome.

John Peter Cook


County Clerk

Courtesy of Dorsaz "Vhoto

John Peter Cook

County Clerk

COOK has well earned the
approval of the voters of
Alameda County for the effi-
ciency he has shown in the
management of that office. No man has
assumed the duties of County Clerk with
a better knowledge of the details of the
department or a better general equipment
than Mr. Cook.

In 1896 he accepted a position as Deputy
Clerk under F. C. Jordan, and after two
years' service in this capacity was re-
warded for the exceptional class of work
he performed during that time by promo-

tion to Chief Deputy, which position he
held until 1902.

In 1902 he accepted the nomination on
the Republican ticket for County Clerk
and was elected by a handsome majority.
The best evidence that his administration
has been in every way satisfactory to the
public is the fact that the voters have
kept him in the office now for nearly ten

i\Ir. Cook has kept entirely free from
private business enterprises during his ten-
ure of office, and has been able to devote
his whole attention and time to the man-
agement of the affairs of his department.


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Since his election he has made several im-
portant changes in the method and system
of conducting the business of the office
and has been able to materially reduce its
running expense. Perhaps there is no
other ofifice in the county involving a
greater amount of detail than that of the
County Clerk, and anything short of a
perfect organization and system would
throw the department in confusion in a
very short time. Mr. Cook has instituted
such a system and requires his office force
to adhere strictly to it. Consequently the
business runs along in perfect order, with-
out friction. He is progressive in his
ideas and among other innovations has
introduced new steel files and other fix-
tures for documents and records to replace
the old wooden ones, thereby providing
additional surety against damage by fire
or other accident.

Mr. Cook is a native son, born in San
Francisco on November 30, 1869. He re-
ceived a good practical education in the
Oakland public schools and is a graduate

of the Oakland high school. Later he at-
tended the University of California. His
first salaried position was with the Whit-
tier-Fuller Paint Company as clerk and
collector, which he resigned to go into the
County Clerk's office as deputy.

His marriage to Miss Sadie Briggs, a
native Californian and daughter of J. R.
Briggs, of Woodland, Cal., occurred in that
city on June 15, 1897. They have three
children : Virginia, aged thirteen ; Mildred,
twelve, and Carol, eight.

Mr. Cook's father, Peter Cook, was one
of the early pioneers of California, coming
to the Coast by way of the Isthmus in
1860. The elder Cook was engaged in the
printing business in San Francisco, being
a member of the firm of Kane & Cook.
He has been retired from business for the
past ten years.

Personally County Clerk Cook is clean-
cut in appearance, cheerful and congenial
and well liked by his associates. He is an
Elk, a Mason and member of Oakland
Parlor, No. 50, of the N. S. G. W.

GiLMAN W. Bacon


Gilman W. Bacon

County Recorder

OOD citizens of Alameda
County elected Gilman W.
Bacon Recorder of Alameda
County last November be-
cause his record showed that
he deserved it. In 1902 he was elected to
the office of County Auditor, and during

his term of four years his work was sys-
tematically and promptly done, he was
courteous and painstaking in his dealings
with the public and there was no cause
for criticism.

Mr. Bacon has lived in Oakland for the
past twenty-five years, taking up his resi-
dence here in 1885. He went to work for
the Oakland Street Railway Company and
was retained in its service for sixteen
years. He has been a worker for good
government and public improvement; he

has been in close touch with the wage-
earner as well as the employer and has
been in a position to study the conditions
existing between capital and labor, and
should he be placed in a position of au-
thority could be relied upon to treat both
fairly and justly.

Mr. Bacon is a native of the Green
Mountain State, born in Randolph, Ver-
mont, on October 22, 1864. He received
his education in the public schools of his
native city and the schools of Denver,
graduating from a business college in the
latter city. He has been a continuous resi-
dent of Oakland since he was twenty-one
years old. He has always had strong sym-
pathies with the wage-earner and has been
an active worker in the cause of labor
almost since he took up his residence here.

In 1902 he was tendered the nomination
on the Union Labor ticket for the office
of County Auditor and was elected by a
goodly majority. At the expiration of his
term he became identified with the Frank-
lin Association of Master Printers as audi-
tor, which position he still holds.

In the primary election of August, 1910,
the people direct showed their appreciation
of his former work as County Auditor by
nominating him for Recorder, and he was
elected by a handsome majority.

Mr. Bacon married Miss Hester E.
Wood of Oakland on August 4, 1887. He
has one married daughter, Mrs. William
R. McHaffie. He has a large circle of
friends throughout the city who are ready
and willing to give him loyal support
whenever and wherever he needs it. He
is a prominent figure in fraternal societies,
being Past Master of Sequoia Lodge of
Masons and at present treasurer of that
lodge, member of Oakland Chapter No. 36,
Royal Arch Masons; Oakland Lodge of
Perfection, No. 2; Oak Leaf Chapter, No.
8, O. E. S. ; member of the Odd Fellows,
and the Carmen's Social and Benevolent


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Superintendent of Public Schools

Comiesy of Dorsum Photo

George W. Frick

Superintendent of Schools, Alameda County

PUBLIC official who takes a
heart interest in his work
and whose broad experience
as an educator has well
equipped him for his duties
is Hon. George W. Frick, the gentleman
in active charge of public education in
Alameda County.

Mr. Prick's father, George Washington
Frick, taught school for a short time at
Centerville about 1856, after which he re-
moved to Sonoma County. He was a man
of resolute character and sterling prin-
ciples. He was one of the early Republi-

can pioneers in Sonoma County, before
and during the years of the Civil War,
and as a leader in the organization known
as the Union League was a prominent fac-
tor in saving California to the Union. He
was the Republican candidate for sheriff
of Sonoma County in 1860, which county
was then the hotbed of secession, but
withdrew after making the campaign, giv-
ing way to the candidate of the Union
party which was composed of Republicans
and Douglas Democrats. During his entire
life he was an ardent temperance advocate
and as a pioneer of the Lompoc temper-

George W. Frick


ance colony in Santa Barbara County, to-
gether with other leading citizens in that
part of the county, was put in jail over
night for forcibly taking the liquor out of
the town drug store, which was violating
the community agreement that liquor
should not be sold in the colony, and
throwing it into the street. No further
illustrations are needed to show ihat
George Washington Frick had the courage
of his convictions and woul 1 not deviate
a hair's breadth from what he conceived
to be his duty.

George W. Frick was born in Santa
Cruz, April 4, 1854, only four years after
the birth of the State of California. Thus
he inherited the qualities of a pioneer
father and mother and was reared in the
strenuous environment of frontier life.
His schooling in this new western country
was incomplete. He first went to a small
ungraded school near Petaluma, and after
attending a Prof. E. S. Lippett's private
school in that town for a short time en-
tered the Methodist College at Napa,
which institution he left, however, with-
out graduating, to work in the printing
office of the Napa "Register" as a com-
positor, and afterward in this capacity on
the Petaluma "Argus" and the Petaluma
"Courier." Many of his spare hours were
spent in study and reading. Thus it will
be seen that Mr. Frick was, generally
speaking, self-educated. About 1878 he
passed a satisfactory examination and was
given a teacher's certificate entitling him
to teach in the public schools of the State.
After having taught a private school at
Lompoc for one term and another term in
Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, he came
to Alameda County in July, 1879, and be-
gan teaching in Castro Valle3\ being suc-
cessively advanced to the principalship at
Mount Eden, Hayward, San Leandro and
the Tompkins school in Oakland. He was
elected Superintendent of Schools of Ala-
meda County in 1891, serving for four
years. He then became principal of the
Cole school in the city of Oakland where
he remained continuously twelve years.
In January, 1907, he was again elected to
the office of Superintendent of Schools of
Alameda County. In August, 1910, in the
first direct primary election held under the

new primary law, he was directly renomi-
nated by the people for the Republican
nomination of Superintendent, without op-
position, polling 23,300 votes.

In an interview Mr. Frick was glad to
talk on the general subject of education
and the character of his conversation indi-
cated a comprehensive understanding of
his work and a sincere interest in the
welfare of tlie rising generation and a
sympathetic co-operative spirit toward the
principals and teachers under his jurisdic-
tion, as well as an ardent desire for the
highest possible efficiency.

His administration has stood uniformly
for increased salaries in order to secure
the most competent teachers and to meet
the demands of increased cost of living.
Many changes of a progressive character
have been introduced and the clerical and
administrative features of the office work
have been systematized and conducted ac-
cording to up-to-date methods, and the
public is always sure of courteous treat-
ment. Mr. Frick has made a specialty of
visiting in person the schools of his
county frequently, it being his opinion that
in this way only can the Superintendent
be made of real value to the schools under
his charge.

He said in part: "I consider the indi-
viduality of a teacher, or what might be
called the teaching personality, is of much
more importance than all other considera-
tions in education, and for that reason it
has been my constant effort, both as prin-
cipal and Superintendent, to give the wid-
est range to the individuality of the
teacher, and also to promote this charac-
teristic in the pupils. The development of
the boy and girl into the ideal man and
woman is the purpose of our public
schools, and I believe that many methods
may be used to accomplish that end.
Manual training, physical culture and do-
mestic science are rapidly becoming rec-
ognized as a necessity, and supervised play
and recreation, as well as school sanita-
tion and care of the health of our children,
are imperative demands of modern times.
We must be careful, however, to be sure
that fads are not mistaken for real prog-
ress. We must be progressive, but make
haste slowly. Our schools should be the


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bulwark of national patriotism вАФ not the
loud and demonstrative kind, but real and
deep-rooted patriotism, that which leads to
the realization of the duties of a citizen
and the dangers of corruption and wrong-
doing in civil life, rather than the undue
prominence sometimes given to deeds of

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