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office, which he held for two years ; then he was out of office for four years ; but after
that, and ever since, he was reelected at periods of four years, holding that important
office continuously for twenty-four years. He was not only a courageous officer, but a
courteous and accommodating official, and well deserved the popularity which he
enjoyed. Mr. Roguet passed away March 21, 1921, mourned by his many friends.

LYNN H. CONNER. — A distinguished citizen of Stanislaus County who well
merits all the honors bestowed upon him, is Lynn H. Conner, the agent of the Standard
Oil Company, and a city trustee of Turlock. He was born near Eldorado Springs,
Cedar County, Mo., on September 23, 1878, the son of S. H. Conner, a native of
Missouri who came of Kentucky parents. Grandfather Lynn Conner, who was born
in Kentucky, came out to Missouri and served in the Civil War as a soldier in the
Union Army, and was killed. S. H. Conner, the father, crossed the plains to Oregon
in 1881 and as a farmer engaged in stock raising; and he died in Wallowa County.
He had married Amanda Cramer, a native of Wisconsin, and she also died in Oregon,
the mother of seven children, among whom our subject and a son, James M. Conner
of Livingston, are the only ones in California.

The second eldest in the family, Lynn was brought up on a farm in Wallowa
district, Oregon, and there attended both the grammar and the high school, finishing off
at Pendleton Academy. He rode the range and continued in outdoor work until he
was twenty-one years of age, then went East to Missouri and back to Virginia and
West Virginia, where he was with the Royal Coal and Coke Company for two years,
when he returned to Oregon. Once again in the Northwest, he became the foreman
of a ranch for a year, after which he put in another year in the service of the Oregon
Railroad & Navigation Company, assisting in the bridge-building department. Again
he went East, this time to Kansas, and there, in the office of the W. S. Timmons
Lumber Company at Riley, he engaged in contracting and building. There, too, Mr.
Conner was married, his bride Miss Elizabeth Schoonhoven, a native of Kansas.

In 1909, Mr. Conner removed to California and settled for a while at Modesto;
then he went back to the old home in Oregon and remained there until 1911. In that


year he once more came to Turlock and acted as foreman for Tornell & Larson, con-
tractors and builders, and he continued with them until 1913, when he was appointed
agent for the Standard Oil Company, a position he has held ever since. He is a member
of the Chamber of Commerce, and served two years as a trustee when it was the Board
of Trade, and in 1918 he was elected a trustee of the City of Turlock for four years.
Two children — Evelyn and Ned — have gladdened the home life of Mr. and Mrs.
Conner, and with their parents attend the Christian Church, in which Mr. Conner is
one of the elders, as he is also superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Conner belongs
to Lodge No. 346 of the I. O. O. F. at Riley, Kans., and he is also a member of the
Modern Woodmen of America in Turlock.

CHARLES L. MENGHETTL— Coming directly to California from his native
canton in the hardy little republic of Switzerland, where his ancestors are farmers,
Charles L. Menghetti in less than twenty years has amassed a competency in rich
lands and property. He came into this county in 1911 from the northern part of the
state and for a time was employed by Claude Maze on his dairy farm. He then leased
land and engaged in dairy farming for himself on Garrison Avenue, farming 100
acres and milking seventy-five cows. Following the latest scientific methods in his
enterprise and giving to it his best efforts in labor and application, Mr. Menghetti
won an unusual degree of success. In January, 1919, he purchased 160 acres of the
best land in Hart precinct, where he is now engaged in general farming, having seventy
acres planted to alfalfa. Later he plans to again engage in dairying.

Mr. Menghetti was born in Arbedo, Switzerland, a small town close to the
capital of Canton Ticino, June 21, 1880. His father is Charles Menghetti, a dairy
farmer, and his mother was Miss Fulvia Masotti, a native of the same canton. There
were several brothers and sisters in the Menghetti family, successful farmers in
Switzerland today. Mr. Menghetti was reared on a farm and early learned the
essentials of successful dairy farming. He attended night school and acquired an early
education. When he was sixteen he was apprenticed in a machine shop, and for five
years followed the trade of machinist. It was in 1902 that he said good-bye to the
home ties and set sail for the Western World, whither two older brothers had already
preceded him. He arrived in San Francisco and it was just four days later that the
new arrival secured employment as a milk hand on a dairy farm near San Francisco.
At the end of six months he went to Del Norte County and engaged to work in the
big tree districts and became an expert logger, remaining there most of the time until
he came to Modesto in 1911, where he has since made his home. Politically Mr.
Menghetti is a Republican and a stanch supporter of party principles. He is a member
of the Stanislaus County Milk Producers Association.

EDMUND J. LEAR. — A successful native son of the Golden State, Edmund
J. Lear is also the worthy representative of a family tracing its lineage and activities
back to Argonaut days. He was born in Colusa, Cal., on August 29, 1873, the son of
Thomas Dudley Lear, a farmer and early pioneer of this state, from St. Louis, Mo.,
who married Miss Alice Harris, a native daughter. Thomas Dudley Lear came from
St. Louis in 1850, across the great plains in a prairie schooner drawn by oxen, and he
went into the goldfields of the American River Canyon, at Gold Hill and Nevada
City. Mr. Harris, the father of Mrs. Lear, on the other hand, was a well-
known horseman, one of the leading judges of horse flesh in Colusa County. Thomas
Dudley Lear later homesteaded and preempted land near Colusa, which he farmed.

Edmund J. Lear had the usual grammar school education of those days, and when
sixteen years of age learned the printer's trade, at which he served a four years' appren-
ticeship. On September 23, 1894, during a service of seven years with the Sun Pub-
lishing Company of Colusa, he married in that town, Miss Mary L. McCollum, a
native of Missouri, and the daughter of Thomas McCollum, an esteemed citizen of
the Iron State, a business man who came out to the Coast when she was only one
year old, and after her school days were over, she took up typesetting for the Sun
Publishing Company. After his marriage, Mr. Lear embarked with a brother-in-law.


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