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life Andrew J. Rooks followed the trade of blacksmith at Monroe, Walton
county, his native Georgian city, from where he served as a sharpshooter
and scout throughout almost the entire period of the Civil war, being a
member of Company C, Ninth Georgia Regiment, C. S. A. There were but
three of his nine children who lived to years of maturity and the eldest of
these, William J., has followed the occupation which he learned so thor-
oughly under the skilled instruction of the father. Beginning to learn the
trade when sixteen years of age, he served his apprenticeship at Newton
Factory and then spent two years in a carriage factory in Atlanta, Ga., after
which he conducted a shop of his own at Snellville, same state, for two
years. Next w^e find him in Alabama, engaged in the car-shops of the
Louisville & Nashville Railroad at Decatur, where for eighteen months he
specialized in the manufacture of coach and engine springs, .\fter three
and one-half years in the car-shops he opened a carriage-shop of his own
in Decatur, where he engaged in the manufacture of carriages and wagons
with considerable success.

Upon selling out his interests in the south in 1901 and ced, a contractor doing business at Tulare;
George \\., of Bakersfield ; Emily, wife of F. L. Tubbs. of Tulare; Charles C,
who is associated with his eldest brother in the real-estate business at Purtcr-
v'ille; Marguerite, now a student in the University of California at Berkeley;
and Kenneth, who was educated at Porterville. All of the children but the
youngest are graduates of the Tulare high school. The third son, George W.,
was born at Stockton, this state, January 18. 1878, and was reared on a
farm in Tulare county. After he had been graduated from high school in
1897 he spent two years as a student in the scientific department of the Univer-
sity of California. Next he entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Rail-
road Company, in whose interests he came to Bakersfield in 1903. Later
he devoted one year to the butcher business in Kern as a member of the
firm of Tubbs & Premo. At the time of the great fire in San Francisco he
went to that city, where he engaged in the real-estate business for a year.
Upon his return to Bakersfield he resumed a connection with tlie Southern
Pacific road, but at the expiration of two years resigned his position as
conductor and turned his attention to realty work in P)akersfield. l-'or a
time employed by Ballagh & Nighbert, in September of 1912 he b. ught their
interests and now engages in the real-estate, loan and insurance business at
No. 1717 Chester avenue. In addition to being an active member of the
Bakersfield Realty Board, he is still a member of the BrotherhoLd of Raih-oad
Trainmen. Politically he favors Republican principles. In Bakersfield
occurred his marriage to Miss Ethel Carlisle, who was born in Ste ckton and
completed her education in the Tulare high school. A son, George W., Jr.,
blesses tlieir union. Mrs. Premo is a daughter of J. H. Carlisle, a pioneer
of Tulare count}-, now living at Fresno, this state.

GEORGE DELFINO.— Near Milan, Italy, George Delfino was born, De-
cember 15, 1872, and there attended school until twelve years old,
after which he worked for his parents for about eight years. In 1892 he
decided to come to America, and accordingly arrived in the United States
that year, coming direct to California and settling in Tulare county, where
he obtained work. In 1894 he came to Kern county, where he became an
employe of the Miller & Lux Land Company, remaining with thtm until
1898, when he started out for himself. With three others he rented two
sections of land, which they worked for two years, at the end of which time
he worked alone, in 1900 purchasing forty acres on Kern Island road, four
miles south of Bakersfield, and here he lived for six years. He bought his
present home place of forty acres in 1907, and in 1912 f(.rty acres adjoining
and he now owns and operates one hundred and twenty acres of land, all
under irrigation and cultivation to alfalfa. His place is well improved with
residence and buildings and is located three miles .south of Bakersfield.

Mr. Delfino married in Bakersfield \'ictoria Bianche. who was born
in July. 1883. in Italy. She came to Bakersfield with her parents at the age
of ff ur years. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Delfino occurred July 28,
1900, and six children have been born to this marriage: Marciano. Willie,
Joe, Dalsolina L., Frank and James.

PAUL CORTI.— A son of Louis an



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