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far as Salem, in the latter state, where he followed his trade for two months
and spent his leisure hours in investigating the country. However, Oregon
did not impress him favorably and he was glad to return to California, where
in 1899 he chose Kern county as the center (•{ his future activities. Excitement
over oil discoveries was then at its height and he spent two years on the \Vest
side field as an employe of Jewett & Blodgett, after wdiich he worked for the
Edison Power Company. Since the spring of 1903 he has been engaged in the
shops of the Kern County Land Company, being in pnint of years of associa-
tion with the business the oldest blacksmith in their employ.



134S HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

Since coming to this county Air. Caldwell has erected the residence which
he now owns and occupies at No. 2315 Palm street, Bakersfield. The com-
fortable home is presided over by his wife, whom he married at Newton, Mass.,
and who was Miss Susan Findlay, a native of Colchester county, Nova Scotia,
and a daughter of William and Isabella (Thompson) Findlay, representatives
of old families of that province. Eight children were born of the marriage, but
three daughters, Helen, Isabella and Margaret, died in infancy, and a son,
Sylvester, died in Bakersfield at the age of thirty-five years. Of the four
survivors Oscar lives in Los Angeles county and William in Colton, Mrs. Julia
Woods makes Bakersfield her home and Mrs. Bessie White is a resident of
Wasco, Kern county. In national politics Mr. Caldwell supports the Repub-
lican party. \\'hile living in Santa Rosa he became very prominent in the
activities of Santa Rosa Lodge No. 54, I. O. O. F. Before leaving Nova Scotia
he was made a Mason in Corinthian Lodge No. 63, F. & A. M.. at Great Village,
and after he came to California he identified himself with Curtis Lodge No.
140, F. & A. M., at Cloverdale. He is a stanch believer in the growth and
prosoerity of Bakersfield and is an ally of all measures for civic advancement
and local upbuilding.

WILLIAM C. PERRY.— From the organization of the Mammoth Oil
Company Mr. Perry has been a stockholder and since June 1, 1913, he has
engaged as superintendent of the lease. There are four producing wells of
23 gravity oil on the lease. Besides the connection with this growing con-
cern he has been a stockholder in the August Oil Company from the time of
its organization and for two years or more he engaged as superintendent of the
company's lease at Maricopa. Although still a young man, he has had an
extended experience in the oil industry and has acquired a thorough acquaint-
ance with many of the western fields.

A resident of California since 1899, William C. Perry was born in Chanute,
Kan., October 2, 1876, and was fifth in order of birth among ten children, all
of whom are still living. The parents, John and Lucinda (Bradley) Perry,
natives respectivelj' of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and for years .engaged in
farming in Kansas, now make their home in Venice, Cal. Reared on a farm
in the Sunflower state and engaged in agricultural pursuits on the completion
of a public-school education, j\Ir. Perry decided in 1899 to seek another occupa-
tion and a new location. Accordingly he became a worker in the Olinda oil
fields in California, where he rose from roustabout to tool-dresser. During a
later experience in the Los Angeles oil field he gained his first exoerience as a
driller. From that place he came to the Kern river field. Still later he spent
two and one-half years as a driller in a Wyoming oil field at Spring Valley,
Uinta county, after which he returned to California and resumed work in
Kern county. Since then he has worked steadily in the west side districts. For
two years he held an important position as head driller on the Dabney lease,
in the McKittrick field, while for a considerable period he has been employed
in Maricopa and Fellows districts. Meanwhile he established domestic ties
through his marriage in Los Angeles to ]\Iiss Edith Bush, who was born near
Selma, Fresno county, this state, and died at Los Angeles June 19, 1912, leav-
ing to her relatives and friends the memory of a gracious womanhood and
cultured mentality. Aside from voting the Republican ticket Mr. Perry takes
no part in political contests, yet he is progressive and may be relied upon to
promote by time, influence and co-operation all measures for the general
welfare and especially all projects for the development of the oil industry in
Kerfl county.

EMIL T. LUTZ.— Born at Monroe, Monroe county, Mich., E. T. Lutz
went to Philadelphia while a mere lad and there grew to young manhood.
When about eighteen years old he went on the road as a commercial traveler
for the firm of Palidini & Cappale, importers and wholesale manufacturers of



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silk. While still very young he became a nieniber of a Philadelphia c



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 143 of 177)