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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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of the failure of his health due to the hot climate he returned to Los .Angeles
in May, 1906. After a brief period with his f(jrmer employers, the Murphy
Oil Company, he came to the Midway field August 20, 1907, and has since
had charge of the building department for the Santa Fe. In removing to Kern


county he brought his family, consisting of wife and two sons. Mrs. Richard
bore the maiden name of Mary E. Cherrie and was born near Oil City, Pa.,
but their union was solemnized in Buflfalo, N. Y. Their older son, Joseph
Burton Richard, is now employed in Salt Lake City, while the younger son.
Hugh Clifton, is engaged with Mays Consolidated Oil Company in Kern
county. In politics Mr. Richard votes with the Republican party.

MAX GUNDLACH, JR.— Born in San Francisco, January 6, 1867, Max
Gundlach. Jr., was a son of Max Gundlach, a native of Germany. The latter
came to California more than sixty years ago and for many years was pro-
prietor of the Gundlach Shoe Company, a prominent mercantile enterprise
of Bakersfield. His death occurred February 8, 1913. The son was educated
in public schools in San Francisco and in Alameda. From the time he was
seventeen until he was twenty he worked for Charles F. Fisher, of Alameda.
Later he worked at his trade with different employers until he established
himself in the plumbing business on Santa Clara avenue, Alameda, where he
prospered five years. In 1900 he began business in Bakersfield on Twentieth
street, and from there he eventually removed to his present site at No. 2014
Chester avenue, a modern shop, fully equipped. Specimens of his handicraft
are to be found in the Hopkins & Willis buildings, the St. Regis Hotel, the
Barlow residence, the Hill residence and many other fine homes in Bakersfield
and vicinity. An important department of his enterprise is the manufacture
of galvanized iron, water and oil tanks of any capacity up to two thousand
barrels. These are manufactured under the name of the Gundlach Tank Com-
pany of which he is proprietor. Besides his extensive local business he main-
tains branches at Maricopa and Taft, with shops in bo;h towns and a store
and manufacturing plant in Taft. His residence is at No. 2103 C street.

When he was only eighteen years old Mr. Gundlach joined Thompson
Hose Company, of the Alameda Fire Department, and was later made its
foreman. He became a member of the Bakersfield Fire Department in 1901
and served two years and a half. In 1907 he was appointed chief of the depart-
ment, which position he filled four years, and numerous important improve-
ments looking to the efficiency of the department were made under his adminis-
tration. He is a past-exalted ruler of Bakersfield Lodge No. 266, B. P. O. E ;
past-nresident of Alameda Parlor No. 47, N. S. G. W., and affiliates with Aerie
No. 93. F. O. E., and with Lodge No. 76, K. P. of Bakersfield. He married at
Alameda Miss Gussie Wulzen, a native of that city, and they have one daugh-
ter, Hazel.

J. A. JONES.— Born in Boone county, Neb., February 9, 1881, J. A. Jones
is a son of Paul and Clara (Meade) Jones. The latter died when her son, J. A.,
was twelve years old, leaving beside him four sons and two daughters. By a
subsequent marriage the father had another daughter. The home of the
family for years was upon a stock ranch in the central part of Nebraska. The
surrounding country was SDarsely settled and largely undeveloped. The broad
prairies afforded excellent range for stock, hence the father made a specialty
of the cattle industry, although to some extent he also raised general farm
crops. Eventually he disposed of his lands in Nebraska and came to California
in 1898, settling in Fresno county, where he began to make a study of viticul-
ture. Since then he has become known in his community as a very successful
vineyardist and his tract of forty acres in vines and orchard affords him a neat
income in return for his care and cultivation.

After having assisted his father on the Nebraska ranch and the Fresno
county vineyard, J. A. Jones started out to earn his own livelihood, having
no preparation for work except a robust constitution, a pair of willing hands
and an intelligent ability in carrying out orders. There being no available
opening in business, he started out as a farm hand. For one year he worked
on a stock ranch in Tulare county owned by E. K. Zumwalt. During the next


year he clerked in a grocery and hardware store in Fresno. As a roustabout
in the employ of M. H. Whitter he came to the Kern river fields to hold down
a claim, but returned to the store in Fresno for another year. In l')02 he
again came to Kern county, where he has since remained, with the exception
of eighteen months at Coalinga, Fresno county. Entering the employ of the
Associated Oil Company in 1902 as a roustabout, he has since passed through
every department of the work up to that of principal foreman in the field. On
September 5, 1907, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Marie, daughter of
William F. Funderburk, of Merced county. Fraternally he holds membership
with the Woodmen of the World in Bakersfield.

WALTER C. TAYLOR.— The outbreak of the Civil war found thousands
of the sons of the north ready to enlist in the service of the Union and among
these was a young man fn.m Indiana, J. G. Taylor, who being accepted as a
private in the Federal ranks went to the front with his regiment and bore
arms until the expiration of his term of enlistment. Thereafter he earned a
livelihood for his wife, Mary, and their family through his labor as a farmer,
supplemented by his ability as a schoolteacher. During the '80s he took the
family to Texas and engaged in farming. Later he established a home in
Te.xarkana, on the line of Texas and Arkansas. Eventually he and his wife
removed to Shreveport, La., where they still make their home. Of their nine
children six are now living, the next to the youngest being Walter C, who
was born in Indiana February 1, 1877, and received his education in public
schools in Texas and Arkansas. At the age of sixteen he became self-support-
ing. As a clerk in a Texarkana store he gained his first experience in business.
Later he spent a year in El Paso. Coming to California and to Bakersfield in
1899, he secured a position in a grocery, but in a short time resigned in order
to become a teamster with the White Star (later the Bakersfield) laundry.
With the exception of three years, during which he engaged as a driver for the
San Luis Obispo laundry, he remained with the laundry in Bakersfield until
1912, and in April of that year started the cafeteria which he operates with
success in the Moronet hotel building.

The management of the cafeteria does not represent the limit of tlie busi-
ness activities of Mr. Taylor, for he is interested in the Dreamland rink which
he established in September, 1912. with L. W. Baker as a partner. The
structure which they erected on the corner of Nineteenth and R streets is
59x101 feet in dimensions and has a maple floor ideally adapted to the purpose
for which it has been utilized. The business is managed with tact, skill and
precision. The highest moral environment gives satisfaction to the most
critical patrons, who finding that profanity and rowdyism are not allowed
feel an increased confidence in the ability and high principles of the proprietors,
and certainly a large degree of credit belongs to Mr. Taylor for his jiersistence
in maintaining the high standard of the place. A few years after coming to
Bakersfield he established a home of his own, his marriage uniting him with
Miss Minnie Snvder, who was born in .Arizona and bv whom he has a daughter,

R. R. MORRIS. — Born at Alexandria. Madison county, Ind., December
3, 1888. R. R. Morris is the only child of I'Vank R. and May Virginia (Zim-
merman) Morris, the latter still a resident of .-Xlexandria, where the father,
who was serving as city treasurer, died in 1900. Educated in the local grammar
and high schools, Mr. Morris was employed in Alexandria for two years after
the completion of the high-school course, but in 1909 left Indiana for Cali-
fornia. October of that year found him in the Midway field, where he secured
employment in the store of the J. F. Lucey Company, and for a time also
worked in the pipe yard, but since January 1, 1913, he has served as district
manager of the corporation for the West Side oil fields, being also manager
of their main store and warehouse in Taft, also superintendent of the branches


dt Maricopa, Shale and McKittrick. His family consists of a daughter, Mau-
rine, and his wife, formerly Miss Mazie Perry, of Indiana. Both are earnest
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Taft and Mr. Morris holds the
office of church treasurer. In politics he favors Republican principles. Since
coming to Taft he has identified himself with the Petroleum Club.

The success of the J. F. Lucey Ccmpany is a source of pride and gratifica-
tion to Mr. Morris. Besides the stores and warehouses under the direct
management of Mr. Morris as district manager, the company owns stores at
Bakersfield and Coalinga and the main office, manufactory and warehouses
are located in Los Angeles. Representatives have been stationed in South
America, stores have been opened in Roumania and the Russian oil fields,
at Tampico, Mexico, Pittsburg, Pa., and New York City and London. A
recent acquisition was the purchase of a factory at Chattanooga, Tenn.,
known as the Southern well works, whose enormous business included
stores in all the principal oil fields of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.





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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 177 of 177)