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Steubenville, Ohio, December 8, 1910, in her eight}'-fifth year. They were the
parents of three sons and one daughter, all of whom are living. John Frank's
home is near Steubenville, Ohio. Charles lives in Idaho and Fredericka is
Mrs. Ahrns, of \\'ashington county. Pa. G. F. lived at St. Mary's, \\\ Va.,
until he was thirteen years old, then returned to W'ashington county. Pa.,
where he was educated in public schools. He farmed there until 1888, or
until about twenty-six years old. It was in that year that he came to Kern
county, Cal., and entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Com-
pany as fireman, running on trains between Kern and Tehachapi. In 1894
he was elected constable' to the third judicial township and in January, 1895,
entered upon the duties and responsibilities of his office. In 1898 he was
re-elected as an Independent and received a plurality of votes over two regu-
larly nominated opponents. In 1902 he was re-elected on the Republican
ticket by a good majority, and again in 1906. In 1910 he was re-elected over
opDc sing nominees of both parties, and if he lives will serve until January,
1915, a period of twenty years from the time he entered upon his first term.
The fact that he has been so many times re-elected is sufficient evidence not
alone of his popularity, but of the obligation under which he has put the
people of his district. He was for nine years a member of the library board
of Kern City and seven years of that time was its chairman until the ci n-
solidation of that institution with the Beale library. Having prospered,
perhaps not as he has deserved, but in a satisfactory degree, he has acquired
considerable valuable residence property and in 1911 erected a large resi-
dence at No. 714 Kentucky street. In May, 1913, he and Judge Marion sold
the corner of O and Baker streets, 150 x 135 feet, which they had owned and
improved jointly, to the city of Bakersfield for the site of the new library
building in East Bakersfield.

.■\s a citizen Mr. Stroble has always been public-spirited and helpful tn



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all worthy interests. He is influential in local Republican councils and is a
member of the Lutheran Church. He was made a Mason in Bakersfield
Lodge No. 224, F. & A. M., affiliates with Bakersfield Lodge No. 266,
B. P. O. E., and the Knights of Pythias. He married at Fresno, October 4,
1891, Miss Maggie Emma Garrett, a native of Tennessee, and they have two
children, Vance and Georgie. Mrs. Stroble is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South, a Pvthian Sister, and is past matron of Bakersfield
Chapter, O. E. S.

HERMAN S. DUMBLE.— Comparatively few of the men now active
in the business aft'airs of Kern county can claim this as their native place,
but such is the distinction enjoyed by Herman S. Dumble, whose birth
occurred December 13, 1868, at Havilah, then the county seat. The family
had been established in the west by his father, E. H. Dumble, a native of
Chambersburg, Pa., and a pioneer of the '50s in California, who after having
crossed the plains with wagons and oxen engaged in mining in the Sierras
and along the Kern river. For some years he conducted a general store
at Havilah, but later he engaged in the mercantile business at Los Angeles,
returning to Kern county about 1874 and settling at Bakersfield, whither
the count}' seat had been taken in accordance with the popular vote.
Near town he began to improve an alfalfa and fruit farm. By his success
in growing the first lemons and oranges in Kern county he proved that it
was possible to raise citrus fruits here. Too much credit cannot be given
him for his participation in the progress of horticultural activities. Believ-
ing that the soil and climate equalled those of more widely advertised
regions, he undertook to prove his theory by actual experiment and thus
accomplished work of inestimable value to the county. When Kern and
Kings counties were still a part of Tulare he held the office of assessor.
As a pioneer he labored for the advancement of his chosen locality and
when he died in 1903 many tributes of respect gave evidence of his high
citizenship and the appreciation in which his services were held. After
he came west he married Drusilla Skiles, who was born in Texas, came
to California during the early "SOs via the southern route and died at
Bakersfield during 1881. The trip to the coast had been made with her
father, who first settled at El Monte and later cultivated a part of the
John Wolfskin ranch near the present site of Sawtelle, but eventually
removed to Kern Island and engaged in general farming throughout his
remaining years.

The parental family included five children, three of whom are now
living, one, W. R., being now with the Kern County Land Company at
Bakersfield. The eldest member of the family circle, Herman S., received
a public-school education. At a very early age he showed that he had
unusual ability as a mechanic, hence was sent to the Jones Mechanical
Insti



Online LibraryWallace Melvin MorganHistory of Kern County, California, with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present; → online text (page 117 of 177)