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up the production from nothing to fifteen thousand barrels a month. Resign-
ing that superintendency, he entered the employ of the Kern Trading & Oil
Company, with which he has filled various positions in the line of suc-
cessive promotions, being now traveling production agent, a post that neces-
sitates considerable travel over the different leases. For convenience as
headquarters, he established his home in Fresno, where he owns ])roperty
at No. 413 F'resno avenue. In politics he votes the Republican ticket.
Fraternally he holds membership with the Improved Order of Red Men and
the Independent Order of Odd F'ellows and is an honorary member of the
Rebekahs, with which his wife also is associated. In Los Angeles he married
Miss Georgia Burkley, a native of Boston, Mass., but from childhood a
resident of California, her parents settling in Los Angeles, where she com-
pleted the course of study in the high school.

WILLIAM J. McCarthy. — a personal connection with the manufac-
ture of boilers in many of the most extensive boiler works in the country
qualified Air. AlcCarthy for successful independent work when in 1909
he came to McKittrick, built a plant of suitable dimensions and modern
equipment, and embarked in the business of making boilers and tanks,
having for his field of patronage the entire west side of Kern county. To
build and sell boilers and tanks of the highest quality and greatest depend-
ability does not represent the limit of his identification with the locality,
for in addition he has been a homesteader and through personal residence
on a quarter-section of land fourteen miles west of AIcKittrick he has
acquired the title to a ranch, on which grain, vegetables and melons may be
raised with profit, irrigation being provided by means of a pumping plant of
sixty inches capacity.

The business in which Mr. McCarthy has lieen markcdlv successful
is one familiar to his earliest recollections, for his father, J. J., was a
boiler-maker by trade and for years prior to retirement from business he
was head of the firm of McCarthy & Sons, boiler-makers, of Indianapolis.
Both J. J. McCarthy and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Catherine
Murphy, are still living in Indianapolis, where their second son, Frank,
is now president of the board of aldermen. There were fourteen children in
the family and of these eight are now living. The eldest of all, William }..
was born in Indianapolis, August 3, 1871, and as a boy attended tlie gram-
mar and high schools of that city. When sixteen years of age he became an
apprentice to the trade of boiler-maker with Sinker & Davis. Having



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completed the trade, he went to Chicago in 1889 and remained there for
two years, after which he worked with his father for a time. During the
financial depression of 1894 he returned to Chicago and resumed work.
Later he was employed in Alexandria, Ind., and thence went to Kansas City,
Mc, where he filled a position as superintendent of the Urie-Snyder iron
works. After a time as superintendent of the Ducktown Copper & Iron
Company at Isabella, Tenn., he went to Columbus, Ohio, to engage as
superintendent of the Borger Brothers boiler shop. Next he held an impor-
tant position as superintendent of the boiler shop of the Power Mining &
Machine Company at Milwaukee, Wis., from which place he went to South
Bend, Ind., to serve as superintendent of a boiler shop owned by the Folsom
Manufacturing Company.

Coming to Cahfornia after a successful identification with the before-
named plants, Mr. McCarthy engaged at San Francisco as superintendent
for T. J. Monahan & Co., and later was with the Pacific boiler works in
the same city, remaining with them as superintendent until his removal to
McKittrick in 1909. His citizenship in this place has been helpful to local
development and is proving profitable to himself. In national politics he
has voted with the Republican party. Upon the incorporation of McKittrick
he was chosen a member of the first board of trustees. However, having
decided to take up a homestead and being thereby obliged to take up resi-
dence on the claim, he resigned the office of trustee, but after his return to
McKittrick and at the time of the resignation of Mr. Hubband in 1913 he
was elected to fill the vacancy, since which time he has been most efficient
as trustee. Fraternally he is connected with the Loyal Order of Moose
and is past sachem of the Red Men. His marriage was solemnized in
Marion, Ind., and united him with Miss Nellie Smith, a native of Delaware
county, that state, and by the union there is a son, Robert Edwin.

HARVEY LURANUS ROSS.— Fortified by an extensive experience in
the production of oil in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, Mr. Ross
eventually gave up identification with the east in order that he might asso-
ciate himself with the growing oil industries of the Pacific coast region
and from July of 1904 until he retired from active business life he had
his headquarters in the Kern river fields, where he became known as a
dependable workman and a competent superintendent, also as a true gen-
tleman, carrying with him not only the culture and refinement characteristic
of the east, but the breezy good-nature and broad-hearted sympathies more
especially characteristic of the west. The position to which he was appointed
July 15, 1912, that of superintendent of the Patricia Oil Company, he resigned
September 15 of that year.

Harvey L. Ross is a son of James and Elizabeth (Smith) Ross, life-
long residents of Venango county. Pa., and farmers there until death ended
their activities. Six children comprised their family, namely : Henderson,
now proprietor of a store at Reno, Venango county ; Harvey Luranus, the
only one to settle in California ; Mary, Mrs. James Manson, of Rockland,
Venango county; Edward, who prior to his death July 18, 1911, engaged
successfully in the oil business in Ohio ; Lizzie, Mrs. Charles Gaggin, who
lives near Pittsburgh, Pa. ; and Carrie, who married Edward Bell and lives
near Freedom, Beaver county. Pa. The second son was born August 13,
1855, in the village of Emlenton, Venango county, Pa., where he attended
school as often as possible. The broad information he now possesses is
the result of extensive reading rather than attendance at school. At an early
age he became self-supporting. The first work which he secured in the
oil business was in the "Scrub" grass field, where he was hired as a pumper.
Next he worked in the Clarion field and afterward he was employed in the
McKean county fields for about six vears. Leaving Pennsylvania for New




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\'iirk he found cmpUivincnt in tlie r.(ili\ar oil fields, wiierc lie continued
about six years and durinsj niucli of the time he had cliargc of production.
From New York he went to West X'irjjinia and secured work at Sisters-
ville, Tyler county, h'or fifteen years he remained at tlie one place and
duringf fourteen years of that lonij ])eriod he was employed by J. T. Jones,
an extensive and influential oil operator, l^pon leavinakersfield in
1912 and now attending the University of California: and Melchior. who is
attending the public school.

Mrs. Salis was the daughter of .\nlon and Ursula ( r.ernhard) StofTel, of
an old Graubunden family. She came to Hastings. Xebr.. in .April. 188



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