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Superintendent Frick is well known so-
cially in Alameda County. His domestic
life was exceptionally happy. He married
Miss Rhoda Louise Tucker, a native of
Vermont and daughter of William Tucker.
She was a resident of Oakland for many
years and was a classmate of ex-Governor
George C. Pardee at the University of
California. She was class poet at the time
of her graduation from that institution.
Mrs. Frick died about eight years ago.

leaving two children, Gladys Childs, now
seventeen and an exceedingly amiable and
bright young woman, possessing marked
musical ability and about to graduate from
the Oakland high school, and Raymond
Lincoln, now fifteen years old, who has
just entered the Oakland high school, a
thoughtful and promising boy.

Mr. Frick is prominent in fraternal cir-
cles, being Past Master of Eucalyptus
Lodge, No. 243, F. & A. M.. Hayward; a
charter member of Oakland Chapter, F. &
A. M.; Past Chief Patriarch Alameda En-
campment, L O. O. F.; Past Noble Grand
of Sycamore, L O. O. F., Hayward; Past
President Oakland Parlor, N. S. G. W.;
Past Exalted Ruler Oakland Lodge, No.
17L B. P. O. E.

John F. Mullins


Chairman Board of Supervisors

John F. Mullins

Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Alameda County

NE of the young men of Oak-
land who has made a remark-
able record for his years is
Mr. John F. Mullins, the
present Chairman of the
Board of Supervisors of Alameda County.
While Mr. Mullins is a product of the
Bay State, born in Leominster, Massachu-
setts, on October 6, 1880, he is a Califor-
nian at heart, as he has lived here since
he was four years old. He enjoys an ex-
cellent education, having attended St. Jo-
seph's Institute and St. Mary's College,
Oakland, graduating from the latter insti-

tution in 1897 when but seventeen years
of age.

In 1898 he associated himself with Gold-
berg, Bowen & Co., the big grocery house.
Starting in at the bottom, he exhibited a
degree of business ability and faithfulness
that procured for him the confidence of
his employers and business associates.
When he resigned his position with this
concern recently, after thirteen years' ser-
vice, he was one of the department managers
of the store.

In 1907 he accepted the nomination on
the Republican ticket for City Councilman,


Greater Oakland, 1911

receiving the endorsement of the Munici-
pal League, and was elected by a goodly
majority. As Councilman he always sup-
ported all needed public improvements,
favoring additional schools and the best
educational advantages possible for the ris-
ing generation of Oakland. He also firmly
believed in a strict regulation of the liquor
traffic. He was instrumental in bringing
about the filling in of West Oakland Park
and fought hard for the improvement and
development of the West Oakland water
front, commonly called the Key Route

In the fall of 1910 he was urged to run
for County Supervisor and was elected by
the handsome majority of 4,500 votes, the
largest in the history of the district. Mr.
Mullins enjoys the distinction of being the
first candidate to defeat the "regulars" in
that district. As County Supervisor, he
acts on the Finance, Hospital and License
Committees. As chairman of the License
Committee he framed a new liquor ordi-
nance, limiting the number of saloons and

granting licenses only under the most
strict conditions. Mr. Mullins has always
persistently fought "road houses" doing
business under lax methods. As a member
of the Hospital Committee he has advised
modern buildings with up-to-date equip-
ment, modeled after the best institutions
in the United States. As a member of the
Finance Committee he has always fought
for an economical administration where
the expenditure of public funds was in-
volved and believes that all large issues
in this respect should be submitted to the vote
of the people.

Mr. Mullins was elected Chairman of the
Board of Supervisors to succeed Mr. Hor-
ner when the latter was appointed County
Assessor, vice Henry P. Dalton.

Mr. Mullins is well known in fraternal
circles, being president of the Y. M. L,
member of the Moose, and of the State
Republican Committee. He resides with
his father and sister at 1115 Poplar Street,

Fred Walter Foss


Member Board of Supervisors

Fred Walter Foss

Member of the Board of Supervisors, Alameda County

GENTLEMAN known through-
out Alameda County for his
public spirit, broad views and
fairness in matters coming be-
fore the County Board of
Supervisors is Mr. Fred W. Foss, now
acting as Chairman of the Finance Com-
mittee in that body.

Mr. Foss is a native of Missouri, born in
Lynn County, on August 1, 1871. He came
to San Francisco as a boy and attended
the public schools of that city. Having
decided upon a practical business career
early in life, he entered the Commercial
High School of San Francisco, of which

he is a graduate. After attaining a thor-
ough practical school education he ac-
cepted a position as bookkeeper with the
Central Lumber and Mill Company and
was with that concern for two years, from
1887 to 1889. He then became associated
with the C. L. Dingley Company as yard
clerk, bookkeeper and salesman and acted
in this capacity for four years, from 1889
until 1893, when he was tendered a better
position by the Pacific Lumber Company.
In 1895, after having mastered the de-
tails of the lumber business thoroughly
and having well merited confidence in his
ability to succeed, he resigned his position


Greater Oakland, 1911

with the Pacific Lumber Company and
established himself in the lumber business
in Berkeley. His success was almost im-
mediate, and the F. W. Foss Company, of
which he is president, is now one of the
well and favorably known business insti-
tutions of the county.

Mr. Foss enjoys the distinction of having
been one of the fifteen Freeholders who
framed the Berkeley Charter, and takes a
just pride in the fact that he has been identi-
fied with the public affairs of that thriving
city in some of its most important measures
that will remain landmarks in its history.
His progressive ideas and energy have done
much for the city of Berkeley. He is an
important factor in the Chamber of Com-
merce and was its President from 1895 to

The broad business experience acquired
by Mr. Foss has made him a valuable ac-
quisition to the Board of Supervisors. It
has been his constant aim to see that all
affairs coming before the Board are con-
ducted along business lines and upon a
"cash" basis. As a Supervisor he has used
influence toward giving everyone a square
deal, and an equal opportunity for legiti-
mate competition in awarding public con-
tracts and expending public funds generally.
It has been his particular desire that all
moneys should be used for improvements
of a permanent sort that will remain monu-

ments to the county when carried out.

In an interview he said: "I believe that
a community with the wealth of Alameda
County should have an up-to-date and first-
class public hospital. The institution should
be sanitary in every particular, with the
advanced scientific medical appliances and
conveniences and a credit to the county.
I believe that this important measure should
be submitted to the people for approval
and provided for in a bond issue, the burden
of which should be distributed among those
who will have need of an institution of this
kind in future years."

Mr. Foss's marriage to Miss Anna M.
Renwick, a social favorite of San Francisco,
took place in that city in 189.3. The mar-
ried life of the pair had been ideal, until
death carried off the young wife on New
Year's Day, 1910. In her death Mr. Foss
suffered a severe and irreparable loss. He
has four young children, two girls. Anita L.,
8 and Lulu R., 9, and two boys, William R ,
13 and Elmer R., 2.

In politics Mr. Foss is a staunch Repub-
lican and was the first President of the
Lincoln-Roosevelt Republican League of
Berkeley. He is President of that organi-
zation at the present time. He is a mem-
ber of the Berkeley Elks, Lodge No. 1002,
I. O. O. F.. Woodmen of the World and Past
Vice-Chairman of the Hoo-Hoos of Cali-

W. B. Bridge


W. B. Bridge

County Supervisor

R. W. B. BRIDGE, who has
been an aggressive worker
for public betterments and an
active factor in the political
arena of Alameda County for
a long time, deserves prominent mention
in these pages for his public work.

Courtesy of Bus hn ell Thoto

Mr. Bridge is a native of London, Eng-
land, born on the 17th day of August,
1861. Coming to America in his early
youth, he has assimilated Western ideas
and principles, and is now thoroughly
American. He received his education in
the public schools of Alameda County, and
later graduated from Taylor's Business
College with honors. Being a young man,
vigorous and fond of the open, he engaged
in the business of raising cattle and ranch-
ing in this county, following that occu-
pation for twelve years.

In 1896 he was elected School Trustee
for Fruitvale, to which office he was re-
elected at the expiration of his first term,
serving in all six years. He made an
excellent School Trustee and during his
administration there were two schools built
in Fruitvale, one on Fruitvale Avenue and
one on Allandale Avenue. He worked
hard for increased school facilities, work-
ing hard to have the number of school
rooms increased from twelve to twenty-
four. He also did good work as Road
Foreman under J. R. Talcut, where he
served for six years.

In 1907 he accepted the nomination for
Supervisor, and was elected by a good
majority, and at the subsequent election,
in 1910, was again elected on the Repub-
lican ticket, receiving the endorsement of
the Democrats as well.

As Supervisor, he acts on the Bridge
and Road Committee, the Finance Com-
mittee, and has been a member of the
Building Committee for two years. He is
a strong supporter of good roads, having
constructed about one-half of the Boule-
vard road, completing it in two years. He
is also Chairman of the Hospital Com-
mittee. He believes that a thoroughly
adequate and modern County Hospital
should be constructed, and the money
should be raised by a special tax, eliminat-
ing the big expense of a special bond issue
election. He also favors the building of
a new Courthouse.

In 1890 Mr. Bridge married Miss Rosina
Heiser of Contra Costa County, a Native
Daughter and a daughter of one of the
old pioneers of California. There are four
children, Ruth, 11. Ruby, 14, Miss Pearl,
17 and Miss May, 19 years, the two latter
daughters being graduates from the Fre-
mont High School, and the younger chil-
dren attending Grammar School.

Mr. Bridge showed his strength in the
last primary election, when he came out
victoriously, notwithstanding the hard fight
made against his election by the strong
political faction in opposition.


Greater Oakland, 1911

Judge Daniel Joseph Murphy

Member Board of Supervisors, Alameda County

recently appointed member of
the Alameda County Board
of Supervisors, is a native
Californian, born in Wash-

Member Board of Supervisors

ington Townsliip on March 5, 1863, and
is one of the representative citizens of
Livermore, where he makes his home.

He has been successfully engaged in the
general merchandise business in Livermore,

and is at present a Director and Stock-
holder in the Farmers' & Merchants' Bank
in that city. He has always been an active
worker for progress and public better-
ments, not only in the district in which
he lives, but has encouraged and supported
all measures looking toward the develop-
ment of Alameda County.

He was appointed Deputy Sheriff in
this county about fourteen years ago under
Bob McKillican and served one year. Sub-
sequent to this he was appointed Post-
master of Livermore. In 1910 he was
appointed by the Board of Supervisors as
Justice of the Peace in Livermore, to fill
the vacancy caused by the death of Judge
Wright. He has been a member of the
City Council in his home city for eleven

In the 'summer of 1911, he was appointed
by Governor Johnson to a place on the
Board of Supervisors of Alameda County
to fill a vacancy in that body caused by
the resignation of Supervisor Horner to
assume the office of County Assessor. He
is now acting on the Finance Committee,
Committee on Public Roads and Bridges,
and is chairman of the Committee on Pub-
lic Printing. Judge Murphy will no doubt
make an excellent Supervisor, as he has
lived in this county all his life and knows
what is needed in the way of public im-
provements. He states that as a member
of the Board he will give particular atten-
tion to the improvement and extension of
public highways, and wherever practicable
will recommend modern steel bridges.

Judge Murphy is a member of the Na-
tive Sons, Druids, U. P. E. C, and several
other clubs and associations.

Dr. Charles Lewis Tisdale


County Coroner

Dr. Charles Lewis Tisdale

County Coroner

HEN the statement is made
that Dr. Charles Lewis Tis-
dale has had conferred upon
him almost every honor in
line with a medical man's
ambition, we deviate very little from the
literal truth.

Dr. Tisdale is a New Yorker by birth,
born in the city of Auburn, N. Y., on the
2d day of June, 1858. He enjoys an un-
usually broad and finished education; after
attending the public schools of Elmira,
N. Y., as a boy, he entered Wesleyan Col-
lege, of Lima, N. Y., of which he is a
graduate. Later he attended the Univer-
sity of Michigan.

After completing his general education,
he decided upon the medical profession as
his field of usefulness, and it was about
this time that he came to California. He
went East, entered the Hahnemann Medi-
cal College of Chicago, and graduated from
that institution in March, 1878. The doc-
tor had made such a record in the medical
college that he was enabled to graduate
before he was 21 years of age, but, of
course, could not legally begin active prac-
tice at once, as he had not yet reached his
majority. The fact that he was in every
other way fully qualified to engage in his
chosen profession at this early age is in
itself good evidence of his adaptability, and


Greater Oakland, 1911

ready grasp of the science of medicine.

Shortly after his graduation, he received
an appointment from the Hawaiian Gov-
ernment as Government physician on the
island of Hawaii, in which capacity he
served for five years witli credit to him-

Probably most men would have been
content with the knowledge obtained
through a graduate course in a first-class
medical college and a good many years of
practical experience in active practice, but
Dr. Tisdale seemed to exhibit an unusual
thirst for knowledge, for, after his service
in Hawaii, he went to New York City
and took a post graduate course in the
New York Homeopathic Medical College.

It was with this exceptional equipment
that he came to Alameda and engaged in
the practice of medicine, and his time has
been busily occupied with the work of his
profession ever since.

Dr. Tisdale was elected County Coroner
of Alameda County in 1906. The public
has shown its appreciation of its good
fortune in having a man of his capabilities
in that office and he was re-elected in the
fall of 1910. During his tenure of office
he has held over 2,000 inquests personally.
The work of the office has vastly increased
since his first installation and it now re-
quires eleven deputies to handle the busi-
ness of the department.

Notwithstanding the rapid growth and
increased importance of the office, the
work has been thoroughly systematized
and conducted without friction or confu-
sion. . Dr. Tisdale has been a member of
the Board of Medical Examiners for
twenty consecutive years, and consequently
holds the record for length of continuous
service on that Board; he is its present
secretary, and has been for the past seven
years. He has been treasurer of the Cali-
fornia State Homeopathic Society for the
past twenty years and professor of physi-

ology and professor of theory and practice
of medicine in the Hahnemann Medical
College of San Francisco up to ten years

In 1890 he consented to act as a mem-
ber of the Board of Education in the city
of Alameda, where he served for eight
years, having. been president of the Board
for two years. He received the appoint-
ment of U. S. pension surgeon in 1898,
and, after occupying this position for
eleven years, resigned on account of pres-
sure of other business. He was also for
seven years physician for the County Jail,
to which position he was appointed by the
Board of Supervisors.

In addition to these various positions
of responsibility, he has been chairman of
the Congressional Committee of the Third
Congressional District for many years.

Dr. Tisdale married Miss Emma Krum,
in Schoharie, New York, in October, 1884.
He is the son of Dr. Thomas P. Tisdale,
who is now living, and practicing medicine
in Alameda; the elder Tisdale enjoys ex-
cellent health, and is hale and hearty at
the ripe old age of 80. Dr. Tisdale has
three daughters, all popular socially, Mrs.
E. L. Varney, Miss Ruth, 22, and Dorothy,
19, all graduates of the Alameda High
School and the latter now attending the
Girls' Collegiate School, of Los Angeles.

Dr. Tisdale has always been a staunch
Republican, but, notwithstanding this fact,
has received the endorsement of the Demo-
cratic party when running for office, which
is the best proof of his efficiency and pop-
ularity. Personally he is blufif and frank
in manner, full blooded, fond of all ath-
letics, and one of the faithful "rooters"
for the Oakland ball team.

He is well known in fraternal circles,
being past exalted ruler of the Elks, Oak-
land No. 171, Oak Grove Lodge of Masons
and several other organizations and clubs.

Dr. H. B. Mehrmann


Dr. H. B. Mehrmann

Public Administrator

R. H. B. MEHRMANN, the
present Public Administrator
of the city of Oakland, is a
native of Wisconsin, born in
Fountain City on August 17,

1864. He received his early education in

the schools of Wisconsin and Chicago.
After four years in Chicago, he came to
Oakland, where he has resided ever since.
In April, 1885, he graduated from the
California Medical College with honors,

receiving his license to practice medicine
just about 26 years ago, at the early age of
21. In 1898 he was elected County Coro-
ner, in which office he served with credit
to himself for eight years, until 1906.

In September, 1909, he was appointed by
the Board of Supervisors to the office of
Public Administrator, vice George Gray,
and was re-elected to succeed himself at
the last election. Dr. Mehrmann has in-
troduced a number of improvements in the
methods of conducting the business of his
department since he took over the office.
He insists upon the law being strictly ad-
hered to. All moneys coming into his pos-
session are immediately turned over to the
County Treasurer, and no moneys are paid
out except upon the order of the County
Treasurer, countersigned by the Probate
Judge of the Superior Court. He now has
the work of the office so systematized
that the standing and status of any or all
estates can be determined in five minues'
time, as the records are filed according to
business methods, and are posted right up
to date at all times.

Dr. Mehrmann's marriage to Miss Anna
C. Curdts, of San Jose, took place in that
city on April 12, 1887. He has one daugh-
ter. Miss Helen Alice, about eighteen years
of age, who is well known socially through-
out the city. The doctor is prominent in
fraternal circles, being a member of the
Elks, Eagles, Woodmen of the World,
Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, and sev-
eral other clubs and associations.

Dr. Mehrmann is the son of Dr. J. F.
Mehrmann, now practicing medicine, and
well known in Oakland.


Greater Oakland, 1911

County Sheriff

Courtesy ofDorsaz Photo

Frank Barnet

County Sheriff

fice, and the occasional un-
pleasant duties he is called
u p o n to perform. County

Sheriff Frank Barnet is as

popular as any public official in Alameda
County. He was born in Oakland on
August 26, 1866, and has lived here all his

The secret of Mr. Barnet's popularity is
not hard to find. He is a big, full-blooded,
energetic man, of big ideas and broad
sympathies. Being a true son of the West,

he is open and frank in his conversation,
fearless in the performance of his official
duties, and faithful and loyal to his friends.
Mr. Barnet could, if he chose to do so,
furnish the publishers sufficient data to
enable them to make this little sketch a
very thrilling tale, because in the perform-
ance of his duties as Sheriff he has come
in contact with many desperate criminals
and has made several important captures.
The interviewer asked Mr. Barnet to relate
a few of these incidents for publication,
and his reply was characteristic of the

Frank Barnet


man: "I could no doubt tell of several
personal experiences in my dealings with
law-breakers that might prove interesting,
but in doing so it would necessitate men-
tioning the names of individuals, who, hav-
ing served their sentences, are now no
doubt trying to lead straight and honest
lives, and through consideration for them
I have no desire to add unnecessary pub-
licity to incidents that are past and gone
into history."

After finishing a good, practical educa-
tion at the public schools of Oakland, and
being possessed of a naturally artistic
temperment, he found a position as an
interior decorator. He did some unusually
good work in this line in Oakland and
vicinity for several years.

In 1897 he accepted an appointment as
engrossing clerk in the Legislature and
continued in the position during the ses-
sion; in this work Mr. Barnet had under
him eight assistants. He next was ap-
pointed License Collector under Tax Col-
lector Barber, and following this was
Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court under

Mr. George Root. His next work was as
shorthand Court Reporter for the District
Attorney's office of Alameda County.

Mr. Barnet was appointed County Sherifif
on March 2, 190.5, by the County Board
of Supervisors, to fill the vacancy caused
by the death of Mr. John Bishop, and for
his excellent record in the office was re-
elected in the Fall of 1906 for an addi-
tional term of four years. In the primary
election of August, 1910, the people again
nominated him for the office and his re-
election was assured.

Mr. Barnet is a member of several clubs
and fraternal organizations, including the
Elks and Native Sons. His marriage to
Miss Minnie Thompson took place in Oak-
land on November 19, 1904, and has been
a fortunate one. He takes great pleasure
in the entertainment of his friends, and his
home has been the scene of many social
functions during past years. During his
life's residence in Oakland he has made
many friends, and what is more to the
point, he retains the respect and goodwill
of every friend he makes.


Greater Oakland, 19i1

Percy A. Haviland

County Surveyor

HEN the interviewer called
upon County Surveyor Havi-
land, in gathering material
for this sketch, he found a
quiet, retiring gentleman
who was a little reticent in talking either
of himself or his work. He is a man who
no doubt holds tliat a man's work is of
more import tlian his words; he dabbles

very little in politics and sticks pretty
close to his professional duties.

Mr. Haviland is a native of Iowa, born
in Fort Dodge, on September 8, 186.').
Upon the foundation of a practical educa-
tion in the public schools of his home
town, he entered the Iowa State Univer-
sity, where he took a thorough engineer-
ing course.

After finishing his studies at the uni-
versity he was tendered a position with
the Union Pacific Railway Company in
the Engineering Department, and after
several years' satisfactory service with
them, came to California. He established
a private engineering office in San Luis
Obispo and for two years did work of

various kinds as consulting engineer,
drafting, and work of a similar sort in
line witli his profession.

Following this he came to Oakland,

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