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public domain. Making the trip to New Jersey, at Trenton he visited Mr.
Wilson and in the interview presented his subject and acquainted the latter
with existing conditions in the west, laying before him certain facts per-
taining to the public domain, and he urged him to appoint a western man to
the office of Secretarv of the Interior. As his reason for this apoeal he stated
that the people of the coast states, where most of the unsettled portion of
the country's acres lies, wanted a man for the position who would be able to
see the needs through western eyes and make his decisions accordingly, one
who was old-fashioned enough to believe in those principles laid down in
the Constitution of the United States, and who would not delegate to himself
the power to abrogate the laws passed by Congress and in lieu thereof make
rulings to conform to his own ideas and whims. A western man received
the appointment, and the trip marked success and clever manipulation.



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Keenly devoted to the development of Bakersfield, where he built and occu-
pies a comfortable residence at No. 1915 Eighteenth street, he is serving as
vice-president of the Board of Trade and by constant co-operation with all
progressive movements is endeavoring to promote the growth of his Imme
city.

The marriage of Mr. Hall took place in V'isalia and united him with Miss
Ruth C. Stokes, who was born near that city, being a daughter of Y. B.
Stokes. Possessing an excellent education and a broad culture, she has
found mental uplift in the activities of the Woman's Club and also has
enjoyed the social amenities of the Eastern Star and the Women of Wood-
craft. The marriage was blessed by four children, Rnwen F.. ^laurice F...
Thelma and Thalia. Fraternally Mr. Hall holds membership with the Ba-
kersfield lodge and chapter of Ma.sonry. the A\'oodmen of the World, and the
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In politics he is a Democrat of the
stanchest kind, loyal to all party principles. His service was recognized in
an appreciative manner during the autumn of 1910. when he was elected to
represent the sixty-sixth assembly district in the state legislature. During
the thirty-ninth session, 1911, he was a member of nine committees, among
them being those on counties and county boundaries, county and township
government, fish and game, irrigaticn and drainage, manufactures and in-
ternal improvements, mines and mining interests, oil industries and nil
mining interests. Largely through his efforts was secured the defeat of a
measure to appoint a third judge in Kern county. Needed legislation was
promoted by his keen, capable discrimination. The welfare of his constit-
uents was guarded in every emergency and he proved himself not only a
faithful, loyal representative of the people, but also a most tactful and intel-
ligent promoter of their interests.

THADDEUS M. McNAMARA, LL. B.— The first representative of
the AlcXamara family in America was William Murro McNamara. who after
having served as an officer in the British navy resigned his commission and
sought the opportunities afforded by the vast agricultural areas of the new
world. The son of a hemp merchant in London, he was born in that city
at No. 9 Gloucester place, and entered the navy immediately after gradua-
tion from Sedgely Park College. LTpon crossing the ocean in 1848 he pro-
ceeded direct to Illinois and located on one hundred and sixty acres of gov-
ernment land in Cook county, where he transformed a tract of virgin soil
into a productive and profitable dairv farm. At Favville, Kane county,
February 6, 1854, occurred the birth of his only son, Thaddeus M., and on
the old preemption claim he spent many useful, orofitable years, but event-
ually sold the tract in order to remove to California. Close to Visalia he
boueht a tract of land and established a country home. On that place he
died March 6, 1887, at the age of sixty-five years. His wife, who bore the
maiden name of Bridget Mary Keating, was born in Tipperary, Ireland,
where her father, Patrick Keating, engaged in mercantile pursuits prior to
his emigration to the United States and his settlement among the pioneer
farmers of Kane county in the vicinity of Elgin.

A temperament inclining him toward the acquisition of knowledge was
fostered by the encouragement of devoted parents, so that Thaddeus M.
McNamara had every opportunity to gain a thorough education. After he
had completed the studies of the Elgin .Academy and the University of
Notre Dame, he matriculated in the LTnion College of Law (affiliated with
the Northwestern University as the law department of that famous insti-
tution) and in 1874 he was granted the degree of I^L. B., upon the comple-
tion of the regular course of study. Believing the west to offer favorable
opportunities for the practice of his profession, he came immediately to
California and opened an office at Visalia, where he continued for fifteen
years. Since 1875 he has practiced law in Tulare and Kern counties, with



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the exception of several years' practice spent in Seattle, San Francisco and
the Imperial valley. Besides conducting a general practice in Bakersfield,
he has affiliated himself with movements for the material upbuilding of the
city and also has been prominent in local fraternities, including the Wood-
men of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Fraternal Brother-
hood, the Yeomen of America, and the Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks.

The first marriage of Mr. McNamara took place in Visalia, this state,
and united him with Miss Alice Asay, who was born in Philadelphia, Pa.,
and died at Visalia in 1887. During the Civil war her father, J. L. Asay,
M. D., had served as a surgeon in the Union army. A graduate of the
medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, he was well qualified
for such responsibilities through education and natural endowments. Upon
removing from Pennsylvania to the western coast he settled in Visalia, and
later he became an instructor in surgery .in the College of Physicians and
Surgeons at San Francisco. In each place he built up a large practice and
attained professional distinction. There are three children of the first mar-
riage of Mr. McNamara, the eldest of these bearing the name of the father
and being well-known among the physicians of Bakersfield ; the second,
Loretta, lives in Oakland, and the youngest, Agnes, is the wife of Edward
C. Crabbe, of Honolulu. The second marriage of Mr. McNamara occurred
in Visalia and united him with Miss Christine E. Gilmore, a native of San
Francisco and a daughter of Samuel Gilmore, a native of New Brunswick
and reared in Maine. In 1847 he came around Cape Horn to San Francisco,
where he was very prominent in building up the city and also in the banking
business as a director of the San Francisco Savings & Loan Bank, commonly
known as the Clay Street Bank. He was married in San Francisco to Eva
Pelty, who was a native of the Bahama Islands and came as a child to Cali-
fornia with her parents. Mrs. McNamara was a graduate of the Girls' High
School in San Francisco. Born to Mr. McNamara's second union were three
children, namely: William E., now with the New York Cloak & Suit House,
in Los Angeles ; Genevieve, wife of Carl Beck, also of Los Angeles, and
Arthur, of Bakersfield.

PHILO LANDON JEWETT.— Although the distinction of being a
native son of California does not belong to Mr. Jewett, who was born near
Weybridge, Addison county. Vt., January 18, 1871, he has passed the greater
part of his life in the west and by long residence as well as close observation
has acquired a thorough knowledge of Kern county, both as pertaining to its
oil fields and its agricultural lands. After his father. Solomon Jewett, the
pioneer stock-raiser and oil-promoter of Kern county, became a citizen of
Bakersfield. the son was sent to the local schools and later attended the
Oakland high school until his graduation in 1889. Upon his return to Bakers-
field he secured a position as bookkeeper in the Kern Valley Bank. Soon,
however, he began to study the stock industry and particularly the sheep
business. Careful observation convinced him that there were great possi-
bilities in the raising of sheep and at the end of seven months in the bank he
resigned in order to embark in his desired specialty. That his judgment was
not at fault the succeeding years have proved and he still engages in the raising
of sheep with gratifying success. It is said that he has no superior as a judge
of a flock of sheep. His preference for this country is the Shropshire breed,
which he carries exclusively and which seem well adapted to this climate and
range, producing both mutton and wool in profitable measure. At first it
was possible to range the flocks on the plains and hills of Linns valley during
the summer months, but eventually the reservation was closed to sheep and
this forced him to look for other quarters. Since then he has rented railroad
lands.

The present headquarters of Mr. Jewett's sheep industry are situated near



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Rosedale, seven miles west iif ISaUcrstiekl. where he owns six hunch-eel and
forty acres in one tract and an adjacent property of four hundred acres. His
mountain headquarters near (ilennville contain the ranch-house known amon



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