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native of Epsom, N. H., near the city of Concord, born March 27 , 1806, and
died at the old home December 25, 1901, at almost ninety-six years uf age.
He too became a farmer in the province of Quebec, where he met and married
Margaret Foss, a lifelong resident of Canada and of Scotch extraction. It is
through the Foss ancestrj- that the heritage of professional ability is derived,
their male representatives having been men of remarkable intelligence and
manifest talent in surgery.

The youngest of six children. Dr. Brown was born March 10, 1854, in
Stanstead, province of Quebec, a short distance across the line from Vermont.
It was the desire of his father, Ozias Gilbert Brown, that he be educated for
the medical profession and his own talents turned his ambitions in that direc-
tion. After he had graduated from a local academy he matriculated in McGill
University, a famous medical college at Montreal, where he studied medicine
for three years. He then entered Dartmouth College in New Hampshire,
being graduated from that institution in November, 1875, with the degree of
M. D. Immediately he came west as far as Iowa, where he opened an office
at Red Oak, but in 1877 he removed to Grundy county, the same state. The
following year he married Miss Celia Frances Eastman, who was born at
Oskaloosa, Iowa, being a daughter of Lieutenant-Governor (later State Sena-
tor) E. W. Eastman, deceased in 1884. Dr. and Mrs. Brown are the parents
of four sons, namely: Xewbern Nuckolls, M. D., of Bakersfield : Newell Jon-
athan, Jr., M. D.. of Tehachapi ; Austin Foss, a druggist and pharmacist by
education; and Gilman Grenough, who is now engaged in farming near
Modesto.

Professional labors liecame so exhausting and increased with such
rapidity that Dr. Brown failed in health. During 1878 he spent three
months in Colorado, camping and living an outdoor life in Elbert county.
The result was su gratifying that he decided to remain and engage in
practice. When he moved further west five years later his health was re-



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established and his practice large. Establishing an office at Hailey, Blaine
county, Idaho, in 1883, he soon became known as a successful physician
and surgeon. For many years he served as coroner and health officer of
Blaine county. Meanwhile he had become owner and medical director of
the Miners' hospital, the leading institution of the kind on the line of the
Oregon Short Line Railroad. Much of his time was given to the care of
patients in the hospital, which had a capacity of fifty beds and was equipped
with every modern convenience for the care of the sick or the needs of
operative surgery. As surgeon for the Oregon Short Line Railroad he
also had a considerable practice. More than eighteen years were spent in
Hailey and they were filled with professional successes. Meanwhile, how-
ever, he had begun to realize the limitations of the region from an educa-
tional standpoint and a desire to give his sons better educational advantages
than Idaho atTorded caused him in 1901 to remove to Los Angeles, where
he opened an office at No. 4235f hauling all that he needed on his farm. Under
all of his discouragements he has not lost faith in the ultimate success of
agriculture in the district and in the final value of his ranch for general
farming purposes. In his family there were eight children. One son, Robert
v., was only one week old at the time of his death. The surviving children
are Isaac M., Cynthia E., Roy Smith, Ruth Lucile, Ina M., Bertha M. and
Elizabeth Irene, the latter born June 6, 1913. All are intelligent and ener-
getic and are a source of pride and joy to the parents.

HENRY C. DUNLAP.— Throughout this, his native county, Mr. Dun-
lap has a wide circle of acquaintances, particularly among the county officials
and their assistants, for he has acted as courthouse custodian ever since Jan-
uary 1, 1895.

A member of a pioneer family of Kern c< unt}', where he was born
December 10, 1803, Henry C. Dunlap descends from good old southern stock
and is a son of James and Lucy ( Ellis ) Dunlap, both natives of Texas, the
latter now deceased, but the former is a resident of Tulare county. The
Ellis family removed from Mississippi to Texas during the early settlement
of the Lone Star state, while the Dunlaps lived in Missouri during the early
part of the nineteenth century. There were six children in the parental fam-



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ily. but of these one daughter diecl in infancy and one son, Thomas, who had
rendered efficient service as deputy under Sheriff W. J. Graham, died in
Kern county at the age of twenty-six years. The only surviving daughter,
Emma, married H. L. Conner, now superintendent of a large ranch near
Tipton, Tulare county. Two sons, John and J. W., are prominent stockmen
and ranchers in that county. Henry C, who has been a lifelong resident of
Kern county, married in April, 1888, Miss Callie Slinkard, who was born in
Los Angeles county and their union has been blessed with four children,
namely: Clotean, now the wife of E. P. Harmony, of Missouri; Breer M., a
bookkeeper at Weil's department store, Bakersfield ; Leonard J., bookkeeper
for R. Pyle, Bakersfield ; and Ward J., who is a student in the Bakersfield
schools. Like Mr. Dunlap, Mrs. Dunlap also comes from pioneer California
families, who originally came from the south. Her father, Solomon Slinkard,
was a native of Arkansas, while her mother, Laura (Glass) Slinkard, was
born in Texas. The mother crossed the plains with her parents while a
mere girl, and the father was about twenty years of age when he came to
California. They were married in Los Angeles county and had nine children,
of whom Mrs. Dunlap was the fifth child. The father prospered excep-
tionally well in Los Angeles county for a while, but owing to the ill health
of his wife he sold out there and moved to Tulare county, settling on the
White river, near California Hot Springs, where he engaged in the cattle
business. Both are now deceased, but are well remembered by a host of
pioneer friends in Los Angeles, Tulare, as well as Kern counties, where
many of their children, including Mrs. Dunlap, grew to maturity, and en-
joyed all the experiences and incidents common to the well-to-do pioneer
California ranchman's life.

'VINING E. BARKER.— Perhaps throughout the entire county of Kern
there is not td be found a more complete and splendidly conducted ranch
than that of Vining E. Barker, its wide area of three hundred and twenty
acres of well-irrigated, jiroductive land evidencing the untiring energy and
clever management of its details. This was originally the property of an
uncle of Vining Barker who was a native of New York and left there in
1851 to make a home in California. He came by way of Panama and was
engaged in mining for a time in various places, in 1872 locating in Kern
county, where he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land and
followed farming until his death December 25, 1895.

Vining T. Barker was born February 22, 1851, and brought up on the
home farm in Morenci, Lenawee county, Mich., whither his parents, Albert
and Julia (Wilcox) Barker, had come from New York in the early days.
Driving from New York over the difficult corduroy roads, they settled in
Lenawee county, Mich., where they bought a claim ; there the father, who
was a native of New York, passed away. Receiving all the advantages af-
forded to him by the local public schools, Mr. Barker then attended the
Bryant & Stratton Business College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and after graduation
was engaged in the mercantile business in Morenci for a time. His first trip
10 California occurred in 1877. and he returned to the coast in the fall of
1890 expecting to make a visit, but the many advantages appealing to a
young man finally influenced him to make California his home, and returning
to the east to dispose of his interests, he came back and superintended the
farm nf his uncle in Kern county for a time, later purchasing it from his
estate. The ranch is situated about fourteen miles southwest of Bakersfield
in the Old River district, under the Stine canal, and here are raised alfalfa
and stock, and a flourishing dairy business is carried on. Irrigation is also
procured from a flowing artesian well that has a depth of six hundred and
fifteen feet, the orchard, vineyard and garden being irrigated and water for
domestic use is supplied. It is known to be one of the finest flowing wells in



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the county. There is also on the ranch a large artificial lake in which fish
abound and the whole effect of the place is one of beauty, system and pro-
ductiveness. Along with this interest Mr. Barker has oil property in Mc-
Kittrick, and he is a stockholder in the Ignited States Oil and Develop-
ment Company.

The marriage of Air. liarker occurred in .Morenci, .Mich., l-'ebruary 22,
1882. uniting him with Miss Ella Uean. wh(j was born in Wauseon, Fulton
county, Ohio, daughter of James S. and Eunice E. (Clemmans) Dean, the
former born in Chemung county, N. Y., and the latter in Ohio. James S.
Dean served in the Civil war in Company .-\, Sixty-seventh Ohio Volunteer
Infantry, holding the office of lieutenant. He was a large farmer in Ohio and
resided in Wauseon, where he died in 1905 ; his widow still survives. Mrs.
Barker was educated in the college at Ada, Ohio, and with her husband
shares in the friendship of a host of well-wishers. They have one child. Jay
A. Barker, of Bakersfield. In politics Mr. Barker is a Republican.

MATEO SMITH.— Loyalty to local development is a characteri.'^tic of
the citizens of East Pjakersfield and in this attribute Mr. Smith stands second
to none. .After having Ijeen variously occupied at other places, in 1907 he be-
came identified with the real-estate business in this place and has since been
successful in handling ]iroperty for others, developing his own holdings,
and buying, selling and trading real estate. To an unusual degree he under-
stands valuations in his home town and he also exercises a keen foresight
concerning future increases and the upward trend of the realty market. Be-
sides his residence at No. 903 Fremont street, which he erected some years
ago, he owns other property in the city and he is also the owner of a small
ranch three miles out. where he is interested in the raising of alfalfa and
stock. In addition he owns interests in oil companies and oil lands in the
fields of this county.

A native son of the state. Mr. Smith was born at CJilroy, Santa Clara
county, October 21, 1868. and is a son of the late Charles and Carmen (Pas-
caida) Smith. The father, an .Austrian by birth and a sailor by occupation,
was attracted to California by the discovery of gold and during 1849 rounded



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