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feet. This gives an abundance of water for growing of citrus fruit, to which
the soil and location is well adapted.

The marriage of Mr. Pierce took place December 23, 1880, and united
him with Alice "Maude Hunt, who was bi rn in Chicago. 111., June 29, 1862,
and received her education principally in the schools of that city. At the age
of fifteen years, during C^ctober of 1877, she came to California with her
parents, loseph and Mary (Deming) Hunt, and established the family home
at Santa" Barbara, where' she continued to reside until her marriage. There
were five children in the family, namely : Grace A., who was graduated from
the Kern County high school and passed away at the age of twenty years;
Herbert L.. of C« alinga ; Cliflford E., at Taft ; and Jennings J. and Irene M.
Mr. Pierce is a school trustee and belongs to the W'oodmen of the World.

JUDSON DAILY MARSH.— The eldest of three children, of whom the
youngest. Flomer, is with an automobile firm at Tecumseh, Midi,, and the
second, Genevieve A., is a trained nurse in Seattle, Wash., J. D. Marsh was
l-orn at Hillsdale, Mich.. July 2. 1879, and is a son of Enibery !•'. and R( sa
(Berry) Marsh, natives respectively of New York and .Michigan, and the
former now employed by the Peerless Oil Company in the Kern river fields.
It was not possible for the youth to secure desired educational advantages, for
he became self-supporting at an early age. After having served an a iprentice-
bhip of three years under Frank Van Riper of the old iron w. rks atFIillsdale
and having been employed also for three years in the Alamo gas engine works
in the same town, he went to Jackson at the age of twenty-one and secured a
position with the Jackson .Automobile Company. Under William Deal, who is
still engaged as a machinist and manager with the company, he helped to build
the first gas automobile ever turned nut by the firm. Later he spent six months
in the employ of the Cook Manufacturing Comi)any, builders of gas engines.



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Returnine: to Hillsdale, he had chartre of the tool room at the Alamo for one
year and of tlie testing room for a similar period. Upon his return to Jackson
he engaged in experimental work for the Lockwood Ash Motor Company
and during the two years of his identification with the firm he developed a
marine motor that eventually became very successful, bringing the company
a wide reputation.

In the interests of the Hall-Rittenhouse Heavy Duty Gas Engine Com-
pany, a large corporation organized at Bucyrus, Ohio, Mr. Marsh finally
perfected and built a large engine. Upon the completion of the model he be-
came chief inspector for the firm while they were building the first twenty-
five engines. Next he was sent out to erect engines in different parts of the
country, his first work of the kind being at Elk Rapids, ]\Iich., the next at
Traverse City, that state, and the third at Oklahoma City. As an expert in the
employ of the Buckeye Engine Company of Salem, Ohio, he next installed
engines for that firm in Dodge City, Kan., Whitewater, Kan., Hutchinson,
Kan., Guthrie, Okla., Mulvane, Kan., and Oklahoma City. From the last-
named place he went to Kansas City to erect an engine of one thousand horse-
power for the Missouri and Kansas Interurban Railway Company. Later he
completed the erection of a gas engine at Jcplin, Mo., next he was called to
Ponca, Neb., for a similar purpcse, and then came to California to erect at
Maricopa two engines of three hundred and twenty horse-power. From Mari-
copa he was called to the Kern river oil fields to erect a gas engine of five
hundred horse-power for the Peerless Oil Ccmpany, whose superintendent, A.
J. Crites, quick to see and appreciate mechanical genius, immediately hired
him as chief engineer. Since then he has installed another engine of the same
kind. These two engines use natural gas from the oil wells on the Peerless
lease for fuel and, with their aggregate of one thousand horse-power, are
conceded to be the largest and finest gas engines in the field. When the chief
engineer accepted his present position he brought hither his family, consisting
of his wife (whom he had married at Hillsdale, Mich., in 1901, and who was
Miss Louise Weisel, of that city), and their children, Gladys, Norma and
William.

WESLEY WASHINGTON HILLIARD.— Before coming to this state
Mr. Hilliard was engaged in farming in Texas, where he was born at Cameron,
Milam countv, March 9, 1881, and where he grew to manhood on a farm. The
familv comes of old southern lineage. His parents, J. H. and Rosalia (Hop-
per) Hilliard, were natives respectively of Florida and Texas. The former
is engaged in stock farming in Runnels county, Tex., and the mother died
in the Lone Star state about 1889. There were three children who attained
mature years, namely: Wesley Washington, of California; Fannie, Mrs. S.
S. Price, and William M., both living on farms in Mills county, Tex. At
the age of about nineteen years W. W. Hilliard accompanied other mem-
bers of the family to ]\Iills county, in his native commonwealth, and there he
assisted his father in running a stock ranch. From 1900 to 1904 he continued
in Mills county, but in the latter year he came to California, arrived in
Bakersfield on the 11th of December' and on the 17th of the same month se-
cured a position as a roustabout on the Central Point division of the Asso-
ciated Oil Company in the Kern river field.

After an experience of six months as a roustabout and at the expiration
of ten months spent in California, Mr. Hilliard returned to Texas and
resumed general farming and stock-raising. However, the quiet round of
agricultural duties no longer satisfied him and at the end of eighteen months
he returned to the Pacific coast, this time first going to Seattle, Wash., and
there working for one month. Wages were lower in that city than in Kern
county, which fact caused him to seek California once more. The trip was
made by boat to San Francisco and thence by train to Bakersfield, where



HISTORY OF K1ar in particular of
one of their purest, noblest and truest friends.

Resolved: That while we deeply deplore his untimely death, we bow
our heads in humble submission to this evidence of divine will. Resolved:
That the relatives of the deceased have our deepest sympathy in this their
hour of affliction. Resolved: That in the death of the Hon. J. W. Freeman,
not only has his family, relatives, the members of this Kern County P.ar, and
the judicial interests of this county, suft'ered irreparable loss, but si ciety at
large has been deprived of one of the most useful members and brightest
lights. Resolved: That these resolutions be si)read upon the minutes of
this court, and a copy thereof be sent to the family of the deceased, and one
to each of the newspapers published in the County of Kern, State of Cali-
fornia, with a request to publish the same.

Thomas Rhodes, J. \\'. Mahon and .\lvin I'ay, Committee.
DELL J. HOLSON.— In Silver City. X. Me.x., where his y.uth was
spent, Dell J. Holson first saw the light of day on September 10, 1874. He
was the son of Thomas W. and Nannie (Rees) HoLson. the former a native
of Glasgow, Scotland, while the mother was born in the Alps, Switzerland.
Both early settlers in Colorado, it was there they met and married. For a
time the father followed mining and then ran quartz mills. Removing
subsequentlv to Silver City, N. Mex., he became interested in the stock
business and had a cattle ranch near the city which proved so profitable that
he followed that as his life work and the family are now making their home
there. Three children were born to this couple, our subject being the second,
and he was the first white boy born in Silver City. Receiving the education
afforded by the grammar and high schools in his native city, the boy early
learned the cattle business and became .so thoroughly inured to the life of a
stockman that he has followed it ever since. He is very proficient with the
lasso and in the saddle is much at ease, and he was considered one of the
best riders and ropers in that section, having won in contests on many
occasions. When he was twenty-one he took charge of his father's cattle
ranch and conducted it most successfully, later forming the Holson Cattle
Company, of which he was president. They ran a very large herd of cattle
until 1910, when the comnany sold out and dissolved and Mr. Holson then
came to Bakersfield to enter the employ of the Kern County Land Company
as cattle shipper. Two years later he was promoted to stock foreman of tlie
Stockdale division, and in August, 1913, on the death of the late Temple
Tavlor, he was promoted to superintendent of the division, which includes
five of the company's ranches, thus reajjing the reward for earnest, jiain^-



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taking labor and an unsullied record in the employ of the large company
for which he is working.

Mr. Holson was married in Silver City, N. Mex., to Miss Lillian Clayton,
a native of Texas and a graduate of the Silver City Normal. They have two
daughters, Gladys and Fay. Mr. Holson was made a Mason in the Silver
City Lodge No. 8, F. & A. M., and is a member of the Isaac Tiffany
Lodge No. 13, L O. O. F., and of the Knights of the Maccabees. Mrs.
Holson is a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. In "political senti-
ment Mr. Holson is a Democrat.

J. J. DEUEL, SR.— Descended from French-Huguenots, Mr. Deuel fur-
nishes a fine illustration of the possibilities before a skilled Amer-
ican mechanic, for he has maintained an excellent reputation at his trade,
besides showing ability as a farmer. Born at Wellsville, Columbiana county,
Ohio, September 20, 1856, he began to earn his own livelihood at the age
of eleven years and for some time was employed in the oil fields of Penn-
sylvania and West Virginia. From 1871 until 1875 he served an apprentice-
ship to the trade of boiler-maker in Pittsburg, Pa., whence he came to Cali-
fornia in the year last-named, settling in San Francisco, where he worked
for a steamship company until June of that year. Next going to Los An-
geles he worked for almost two years with the George M. Wheeler geograph-
ical survey and in the meantime surveyed from the Mexico line to Blount
Whitney. During that period he was on top of every large mountain in
California as far north as Mount \\'hitney.

Leaving the west Mr. Deuel for ten years engaged in building bridges,
tanks and boilers for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and in the mean-
time maintained his home at Wellsville, Ohio, where in 1879 he married
Miss Flora Virginia Eaton. His next location was at Pensacola, Fla., where
for twelve years he was engaged as foreman with the Louisville & Nashville
Railroad Company, having entire supervision of all boiler work for the
company. Leaving Florida he returned to California and settled at Kern,
where for five years he was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company. The particular task in which he engaged was the changing of
the engines from coal to oil. When that task was completed he left the
railroad employ and began to work for the Axelson Alachine Company in
Bakersfield, delivering the pumps and fittings to the Kern river oil fields.
Meanwhile he bought from Louis Smith eighty acres situated five miles
southeast of Bakersfield. comprising one-half of the northeast quarter of
section 2, range 29, where he now makes his home. This he has improved
with three wells, one having a two-inch pump operated by a six horse power
engine, and the other two have four-inch centrifugal pumps operated by
twenty horse power oil engines which can deliver eighty inches of water.

Mr. and Mrs. Deuel are members of the Bakersfield Christian Church.
Besides their own three children they have reared two other children,
sisters, Flora and Eva Ramsey, the elder of whom is now the wife of a
blacksmith at Kern. Of their own children, J. J., Jr., holds a very respon-
sible position as sales manager with the Axelson Machine Company for the
state of California ; the only daughter, Lottie M., is the wife of Henry Pierce
and lives at Pensacola, Fla. ; and the younger son, H. P., follows the trade
of a boiler-maker at McCook. Neb., where he is employed by a railroad
company.

JEAN B. ESTRIBOU.— Besides the management of the Metropole
market, Mr. Estribou devoted much time to the raising of cattle and alfalfa,
for which purpose he bought and improved a ranch two miles south-
east of town, and there he built and now maintains a slaughter-house. In
addition to raising cattle on the ranch he buys elsewhere, for his trade is large
and there is a constant demand for beef of the finest quality. It is said that



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few men in Kern county excel him in judsjino; the best points of stock and he
shows especial skill in selecting; cattle capable of being developed into the best
o.iialitv of beef. In 1912 he sold his retail market, but continued the whole-
sale beef business and then started the Estribou delicatessen, in the Metro-
pole block, from which place he manages his wholesale business. It is
equipped with a modern refrigeration plant.

From early life Mr. Estribou has made his own way in the world, but
the necessity of self-support, instead of proving a detriment, developed in
him qualities of frugality, self-reliance and thrift and proved the foundation
of ultimate success. During childhood he lived in Basses Pyrenees, France,
where he was born June 16, 1865, in the village of Ogeu. The second child
in the family and the only one to attain mature years, he was only five when
death deprived him of the loving care of his mother, Marie (Fayance) Estri-
bou. and later his father, Paul, spent some years in Buenos Ayres, South
America, engaging there in the stock business until his death. The break-
ing up of the home threw the boy upon the world at an age when he should
have been in school, but in spite of this handicap he has acquired by self-
culture a broad knowledge of the world. In boyhood he served an appren-
ticeship to the trade of butcher. Coming to California in 1882 and arriving
in San Francisco, he worked at the dairy industry on the bay and also found
employment in a laundry, as well as in other lines of business. During
1893 he came to Kern county and two years later opened the Metropole
market at East Bakersfield. Since then he has erected on Humboldt street
a substantial brick residence, said to be one of the finest homes in the place.
This beautiful home is presided over by his wife, whom he married in
San Francisco and who was Miss Sophie Laborde, a native of Basses Py-
renees, France. Five children blessed their union and the three youngest,
Paul, Alfred and Denise. still remain to brighten the home with their pres-
ence. The eldest, Mrs. Jeanette Bryan, is living in Bakersfield, and the
second, Frank, a graduate of Heald's Business College at San Jose, is now
a bookkeeper in the First National Bank of Kern. Besides being a leading
member of the Board of Trade. Mr. Estribou has allied himself with other
movements for the business and material upbuilding of his chosen place of



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 120 of 177)