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Church and also are interested in the activities of the Women of Woodcraft,
their membership in the same resulting from his association with the Wood-
men of the World. In addition he has been identified for years with the
Ancient Order of United Workmen.

STANISLAUS GRIMAUD.— Sturdy French ancestry has contributed to
Stanislaus (:riniaiul tliat strength nf character, firmness of purpose and shrewd
business ability which has placed him among the most successful stockmen
of Kern county. He was born December 13, 18.S4, in St. Bonnet, among
the lofty Hautes Alpes, France, the son of an active and thrifty farmer of
that place, Pierre Grimaud, who married Marie Boyer and became the father
of eleven children of whom but two survive. The parents are both deceased.

Exceptional educational opportunities were those afforded to Mr. Gri-
maud, his studies in the jinblic schools being suimlemented liy a course at
the college in Grenoble, and being naturally of quick mind and keen percep-
tion he imbibed the principles of developing his intellect with such celerity
that he was ready to face life's problems when still quite young. In No-
vember, 1873, he left France for America with the intention of making Cali-
fornia his destination, and coming via Havre and New York arrived in San
Francisco January 10th, following. He immediately set to work to procure
emplovment, and went to work in a coffee and spice factory for nine years.
In 1882 he came to Delano, Kern county, to enter the employ of a sheep man,
and two years later he bought a flock of fifteen hundred sheep and began to



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engage in that enterprise for himself, ranging his flocks around Delano and
the mountains of Kern, Inyo and Mono counties. In 1892 he made a trip
to his old home, his visit lengthening to fifteen months, when he returned
to Kern county to resume his sheep business. In 1901 he sold his sheep and
removed to Paulina, Crook county, Ore., where he again engaged in sheep
raising, his flock numbering five thousand head, and he also had three hun-
dred head of cattle. Deciding to return to Delano he sold his business in
November, 1909, and upon arriving in Kern county bought a band of sheep
and continued until 1912 in the sheep raising business, but then sold out.
In January, 1913, he bought forty acres near the Kern Island road, seven
miles south of Bakersfield, and engaged in dairying, which still is his busi-
ness. All the land is under irrigation, and alfalfa and grain are raised in
abundance. A large dairy herd is kept and the most excellent facilities used
for the dairying.

Mr. Grimaud was married January 19, 1889, to Miss Rosine Borel, who
was born in St. Laurent, Hautes Alpes, France, and came to California in
1888. Three children have come to this union, Emma, who was educated
at St. Mary's Academy, The Dalles, Ore. ; Stanislaus, who also attended St.
Mary"s ; and Adrien. Mr. Grimaud is Republican in his politics.

MAURICE NICOLAS.— The sterling integrity and honesty of purpose
noticeable in every business transaction and in every association of life
place Mr. Nicolas high among the French-American farmers of Kern county,
while the possibilities ofYered by this county to such energetic, industrious
farmers as he, find illustration in the growing success attendant upon his
labors. In the early period of his residence in America he made Minnesota
his home, but the rigorous climate and the lack of satisfactory returns from
the cultivation of the soil led him to disy)ose of his stock and implements
there and direct his activities toward work in the far west. In coming to
this country, a lad of only sixteen, unfamiliar with the English language or
the conditions of life in the new world, he had the advantage of being
directed and advised by uncles, a number of whom had come to this country
in preceding years. His parents, Joachim and Anna (Andre) Nicolas, were
lifelong residents of France, where the mother died in 1874 and the father
in 1897, the latter having devoted all of his life to agricultural pursuits in his
native province. There were three children in this family and the second of
these, Maurice, was born at the old homestead in Hautes Alpes February 16,
1869, and alternated his time in youth between the country schools and the
usual routine of farm work. As previously stated, he was only sixteen
when he cast in his fortunes with the possibilities of the new world. Two
uncles, Frank Andre and Father Jean Andre, had settled in Minnesota and in
1885 he joined them in Renville county, where he worked for wages on a
farm.

Perhaps a year after his arrival in this country Mr. Nicolas began to
operate land as a renter, an uncle having established him on his own farm,
where he learned agricultural affairs as conducted in that part of the world.
The farm was under cultivation principally to wheat, but other oroducts also
were raised. In 1891 the young tenant sold off his implements and stock
and came to Los Angeles, where he entered the employ of a brother-in-law,
Andre Andre, a large sheepman owning flocks in the mountains and on the
range not far from that city, and mentioned elsewhere in this volume. Dur-
ing 1894 the sheep were brought to Kern county in order to have the advant-
age of the excellent pasturage afforded by this section of the state. Here, as
in Los Angeles county, Mr. Xicdas was given charge of the stock, which
thrived under his efficient oversight. Finding the industry interesting and
profitable, in 1900 he bought a flock and entered into partnership with Mr.
Andre, ranging the large flock in Kern, Tulare and Inyo counties. After
some years of personal ownership of a flock in 1906 he sold the sheep, with-



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drew from the partnership and gave himself the merited enjoyment of a trip
back to France, where he spent fonr months in visitinnf the scenes familiar
to his youth and rcnewin,i^ acquaintanceship with kindred and boyhood
friends. Upon his return to Bakcrsiield he I^ought forty acres on Union
avenue five miles south of the city, under irrip^ation from the central branch
of the Kern Island canal, and well adapted to the raising of grain and alfalfa,
which are the principal products of the farm and form the leading and re-
munerati\e activities of the thrifty owner. He is a Republican in politics.

PHILIP WINSER.— Descended from an old and honored family of Kent,
England, Mr. Winser was l)orn near Tenterden, October 29, 1



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