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History 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

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is known as a wide-awake, hustling and genial citizen, typical in tempera-
ment of the breeziness of the coast and reflecting in mental anrihuics the
qualities belonging to men of the west.

Born in the city of St. Louis, Mo., April 1, 18.^4. reared and educated
in that place. Mr. Carroll had to stop school at the age of thirteen in order
to earn his own livelihood. As a messenger for the \\'estern I'nion Tele-
graph Company he learned his first lessons in the business world. After a
time he was promoted by the conipany and at the age of seventeen he was
acting as chief tracer for the St. Louis office, but the failure of his health
forced him to resign, thus abandoning a career that gave every promise of
success. During 1872 he arrived in San Francisco. Removal to the west
had been influenced by the hope of regaining his health through a change in
climate. In that city he secured employment as clerk in a hotel. However,
the anticipated physical benefit was not realized and he acted upon a sug-
gestion that he try the air of the mountains During 1874 he spent some
time at Silver City, Idaho. Later he spent several years on a cattle ranch
near Grant's Pass in Oregon. By riding the range as a cowboy he not only
gained physical benefit, but in addition acquired a thorough knowledge of
the country and of the stock industrv. Other occujjations associated with a
frontier environment were followed from time to time. When gold was dis-
covered in the Klondike he went to .\laska with a crowd of prospectors,
but the trip gave him no returns aside from a knowledge of a most inter-



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esting country. When other strikes were made in the United States and
Canada he was among those who sought the new mines, but none of these
expeditions proved profitable from a financial standpoint.

Facility of expression and an ability to state facts in an interesting and
concise manner had taken Mr. Carroll into the journalistic field at anearly
age and frequently he acted as correspondent for San Francisco dailies from
mining camps in California and Nevada. During 1891 he came to Visalia,
Tulare county, to take up journalistic work in connection with the Visalia
Times and while in that town he acted as correspondent for the San Fran-
cisco Call. After five years in Visalia he joined the first rush of miners
to Randsburg in 1896, since which time he has been a resident of Kern
county, although there have been intervals of absence from the county in
the interests of enterprises at other places. Since coming to Bakersfield he
has been engaged as correspondent to various city papers and also has been
prominent in local politics as a leading Republican. During 1901 he became
a member of Bakersfield Aerie No. 93 of the Eagles. At this writing he is
serving his fifth term as secretary of the lodge and by virtue of that office
he is in charge of the Eagles Club, besides which he has been induced to
serve as an associate editor of the Eagles' magazine.

On the second floor of the Niederaur building, at a cost of $12,000, the
Eagles have fitted up a club-house that is one of the "show" places of
Bakersfield. The visitor first passes into a lobby and reception room, fur-
nished in weathered oak, with massive davenports, desks, chairs, rockers and
a center table with all the leading newspapers and magazines, the whole
being provided for the comfort of the members and visiting brethren. The
ladies' parlors and dressing room are furnished in mahogany and birdseye
maple. Handsome pictures adorn the walls and the electric light chande-
liers are works of art. In the bnfifet there are card tables and a collection
of steins that is growing in number and interest, also a bulletin board con-
taining the names of applicants for membership as well as letters from
absent brothers. A billiard room adjoins the bufifet and in a corner thereof
is a den. a favored place for members, for from its balcony one can sit in
ease and comfort, looking up and down the streets and watching the hurry-
ing crowds as they pass. The secretary's office is the headquarters of Mr.
Carroll. The lodge room, 75x60 feet in dimensions, has a seating capacity
of six hundred and is provided with a fine Emerson piano. An eagle with
outstretched wings stands on the altar in the center of the hall and a paint-
ing of the same bird gives an artistic effect to the ceiling of the roorh.
When dances are given ;he hall is transformed into a ball room, over whose
polished floor the devotees of the dance glide merrily at the frequent social
functions given by the club. To complete the comforts of the place a
banquet hall has been built with a capacity of two hundred and connected
therewith is a kitchen containing every modern equipment known to the
culinary art. The Eagles have every reason to be proud of their luxurious
quarters and the people of Bakersfield, irrespective of fraternal affiliations,
evince the highest gratification in the public spirit that has resulted in the
acquisition of the handsome and modern club rooms.

HARRY A. ETZWEILER.вАФ Born at St. Joseph, Mu., January 22. 1886.
Mr. Etzweiler is a son of Jacob, a' Pennsylvanian. and an architect and
builder by occupation. Several builnings and warehouses in St. Louis and
Galveston were erected under his supervision and from plans of his own
drawing, while in addition he served for some vears as a government in-
spector of construction work at Galveston. His death occurred in 1910
and four of his children grew up. Catherine, Minnie, Harry Aaron
and Jacob. The mother. Mrs. Debbie (Shaffer) Larson, is now living in
Bakersfield, to which city Harry A. came in 1900 at the age of fourteen
vears. For a short time he worked in a brick vard. From that time tmtil



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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 118 of 177)