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Colonel Roberts began to farm in Kern county he and his wife lived in a
brush shed for a time, then occupied a log cabin and next had to content
themselves with a box-house 12x15. Finally, however, his increasing pros-
perity was evidenced by the erection of a tw( -story residence of ten rooms.



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Cdnsidered the finest farm house in the entire county in its day. IJesides
raisings fine horses and mules extensively, he had one hundred milch cows
comprising one of the largest dairy herds in the county. From time to
time he added to his ranch until he owned three hundred and thirty-one
acres under cultivation to alfalfa and fitted for the stock industry and
dairy business through valuable improvements. During March of 1909 he
sold the ranch at an excellent figure and removed to Bakersfield, where
he owns and occupies a commodious residence at No. 2402 L street. In ad-
dition he owns about twenty houses in liakersfield and a ranch of one lum-
dred and twenty acres in the county, besides being interested in oil lands.
Throughout his long identification with the San Joaquin valley he has
favored every enterprise for its development. From early life a Democrat,
stanch in his adherence to party principles, he has been a local leader and
for sixteen years or more has served as chairman of the Kern ccvunty
Democratic central committee. For seven years he was a member of the
be ard of supervisors and during four years of that time he ofificiated as its
chairman. The congressional and state central committees of his party have
had the benefit of his ripened judgment and intense devotion to party tenets.
At the time of the election of Governor Gage he was the Democratic nominee
for state senator in a district that gives a customary Republican majority
of five hundred. Notwithstanding- the fact that the Republicans received
an overwhelming majority at that election he was defeated by only thirty-two
votes, which in itself furnishes a tribute to his popularity and high standing
in the district. The P>akersfield Board of Trade for years has had his name
upon its membership roll and other organizations for local progress have
enjoyed the aid of his splendid citizenship. Fraternally he is identified
with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Independent Order of Odd
l'"ell()ws and Ancient Order of United Workmen.

While living in Kansas City, Mo., Colonel Roberts married Miss Lydia
Eaton, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and descended directly from Sir
Francis Eaton of England, who crossed the ocean to Plymouth as a pas-
senger on the historic Mayflower. The family owned a large estate in
England, but the American descendants were never able to secure their
share of the property. Three children of Colonel and Mrs. Roberts are now
living and all reside in Bakersfield, viz.: Mrs. Maude Davis, Mrs. Daisy
Pyle and Herbert. The older son, Lynn, enlisted in the Sixth California
Regiment at the t)pening of the Spanish-American war and died in the
service while stationed with his company at San Francisco.

W. W. KAYE. вАФ The senior member of the law firm of Kaye & Siemon,
who is also widely known as one of the most scholarly men of Kern county
and one of the leading representatives of the Bakersfield bar, came to the
west from Iowa. On a farm near Riverside, Washington county, that state,
where he was born June 26, 1869, and where he spent the first seventeen
years of his life, his parents, Jesse I. and Anna L. (Kling) Kaye, labored with
self-sacrificing devotion to provide a livelihood for their family. While still
in the midst of the struggle the father died on the home farm. The mother,
who was a native of Pennsylvania, but a resident of Iowa throughout all of
her active life, was privileged to reap the reward of her patient industry, and
now, at the age of eighty-four years, is passing her declining days at I'oulder,
Colo., where she is surrounded by the comforts deservedly won in those years
of strenuous labor. It was not possible to give the son good educational ad-
vantages, but with characteristic ambition he determined to work his way
through school. The splendid university education which he acquired rep-
resents his unaided exertions. At the age of seventeen he entered the Iowa
City Academy, from which he was graduated in 1889. During the fall of
that year he matriculated in the Iowa State Uni\ersity and in 1893 he was
graduated from the classical course of that institution. Meanwhile he had



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devoted eighteen hours of each day to study or to teaching, for in order to
pay his expenses in the university he had taught higher arithmetic, algebra,
geometry and physics in the academy.

Immediately after his graduation from the university in 1893 Mr. Kaye
went to Washington and organized the high school at VVaterville, of which
he was chosen the first principal. During the two years of his service in
that position he placed the school upon a substantial basis and raised its
standard so that all of its graduates were eligible to admission to any uni-
versity, their names being placed on the accredited list according to their
standing". After two years at Waterville he left Washington for California
and entered the Hastings Law School of San Francisco, from which in 1898
he received the degree of LL. B. During the same year he was admitted
to the bar by the supreme court of California. Meanwhile he had paid all
of his expenses in the law school. For a time he had taught school at
Berkeley, Cal., and in addition as a traveling salesman carrying a commercial
line he visited every town from Seattle to San Francisco. At various times
he worked in the law offices of Judge A. W. Thompson, C. L. Tilden. W. H.
Payson and A. H. Ricketts. After graduating from the law college he spent
several 3'ears with Curtis H. Lindley, author of Lindley on Mines, his special
task being the making of an abstract on all current decisions of state and
federal courts pertaining to mining laws. The abstract thus prepared played
an important part in the preparation of the second edition of Lindley on
Mines, which now is the standard text-book on mining law. When Mr.
Lindley began to prepare data for his treatise on the Law of Waters, he
engaged Mr. Kaye to abstract all statutes and state and federal decisions per-
taining to the subject. Another task that commanded much of his time was
important editorial work for a very prominent firm of publishers of law
books.

Upon coming to Bakersfield in 1902 and opening a law office, Mr. Kaye
formed a partnership with C. V. Anderson under the firm name of Anderson
& Kaye. Three years later the partnership was dissolved and Mr. Kaye
opened an office in the Hopkins building, where he has continued ever since.
During June of 1911 he formed a partnership with Alfred Siemon, who had
come to Bakersfield early in the previous year and had identified himself
with the Title Assurance Company as its secretary. The firm carry o;i a
general practice in all of the courts and are consulted for every class of legal
advice. The interests of their large clientele are protected with skill and
success. To aid them in their practice they have one of the best law libraries
of the San Joaquin valley, these books having been gathered together by Mr.
Kaye during his stay in San Francisco and representing the decisions of the
best legal lights of this and preceding eras.

]\Iuch of the success of Mr. Kaye is due to his fondness for work. The
most difficult and intricate case does not weary him, but spurs him on to
further efforts in his zeal to unravel knotty law problems. No case can be
presented to him that he finds too intricate for his eager mind. An invet-
erate, tireless worker, he finds his greatest pleasure in tasks that would dis-
may men of lesser energy and to this fact may be attributed much of his
success in the law. Good judgment is responsible for much of his financial
success. Investments have been made sagaciously and have brought him
gratifying returns. Included in his possessions are a ranch of two hundred
and thirty acres with an adequate pumping plant, citrus property east of
Kern, suburban acreage, town lots, a controlling interest in the stock of the
Kern Citrus Realty Company, and a modern and attractive residence on
North B street, Bakersfield. This home is brightened by the presence of his
four children. Louise, William Minton, Emelie and Jessie, and presided over
with dignity and grace by his accomplished wife, a woman of culture and at
one time a teacher. Born in Oregon, she bore the maiden name of Fanny



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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 28 of 177)