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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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seldom questioned. His office in Room 1. Producers' Savings Bank l:)uilding,
is a scene of constant business activity, for he is in demand as a searcher of
records, a judge of land locations and values and an authority concerning
titles. As an attorney practicing before the Interior Department, he is re-
garded as authority in all matters relating to the procedure of acquiring
titles to lands under the various acts of congress pertaining thereto. He is
one of the inheritance tax appraisers for Kern county, appointed by the state
comptroller. The accuracy of his judgment is enhanced by his broad knowl-
edge of jurisprudence, for at an early age he was admitted to practice as an
attorney before Ignited States land offices, his certificate of application bear-
ing the signature of Hon. R. E. Arick, judge of the Superior Court of Kern
county. One of the oldest native sons in California, he is also one of the most
influential and prominent and further has the distinction of being the first
past president of Bakersfield Parlor No. 42, N. S. G. W. Besides being con-
nected with the Indei:)endent Order of Foresters, he is a charter member of


Bakersfield Lodge No. 266. B. P. O. E., and is now the oldest surviving
member of that body. Mrs. Lightner, former!}' Miss Tena Morrell, is also
a native Californian and has spent her entire life in the west. There are
two daughters in the family, Gladys and Marguerite, the elder of whom is
the wife of B. K. Stroud, superintendent of drilling operations in Lost Hills
for the LTniversal Oil Company.

JOHN BUTLER BATZ.— The president of the Bakersfield Abstract
Coniiiau}-. whn is a picmeer of 1874 in Kern county, represents the fourth
generation of the 'l^ntunic family of Batz in America. Henry, a son of the
(M-iginal Cierman immigrant, was born in Pennsylvania, learned the trade
of a slioemaker and followed the same in Indiana for many years and until
his death. When he removed from the Keystone state he was accompanied
l)y his son. Benjamin, who was born and reared near Philadelphia and
after settling in Indiana followed the trade of millwright. Xear Rochester,
Fulton county, he built a grist-mill operated l^y water power. Ten miles
from the nearest town he took up a tract of raw land and from it he devel-
oped a profitable farm, where he was still engaged in agricultural pursuits
at the time of his death in 1863. In 1911. in that same vicinity, occurred
the death of his wife, who bore the maiden name of Clarissa S. Rice and was
botn in Ohio. Of their six children only three are living. John Butler
being the eldest of these. His two sisters are Mrs. Amelia Meredith of
Bakersfield and Mrs. Emma Edgington of Indiana. .\t the old home farm
in Fulton county. Ind.. where he was born January 25. 1852. he passed
the uneventful years of boyhood alternating attendance at the public schools
with such farm work as his size and strength permitted. At the age of
sixteen years he began to learn the carpenter trade with a skilled con-
tract(!r in the home neighborhood and when only eighteen he was able to
take U]-) building contracts of his own, making the doors, sash, blinds, etc.,
by hand and finishing jobs in a manner satisfactory to customers.

Believing that opportunities would be greater further west, in 1872
Mr. P.atz removed to Kansas and settled at Grenola. Howard county, but
now Elk. where he engaged in carpentering. Not being entirely satisfied
with the Sunflower state he came on to California in 1874 and settled in
Kern cmmty. where after a time he was employed as superintendent of the
Landers stock farm in the -South b^ork country. Next he secured a clerkship
with Afichaels & Co.. at Kernville. While thus occupied he established
domestic ties, being married to ^liss Sophie E. Smith, a native of Oakland,
this state, and an earnest member of the Methndist Episcopal Church. They
are parents of two children now living. The daughter, Daisy M., is the
wife of J. H. Jordan, vice-president of the Bakersfield Abstract Company,
and the son. Vernon S.. is an employe of this company. Mrs. Batz is
a daugliter of Thomas H. Smith, a native of England, who after crossing
the ocean settled in Ohio, but at the time of the discovery of gold in Cali-
fornia he closed out his interests in Ohio and in 1849 sailed around the Horn
to San Francisco. Later he engaged in the mercantile business in Oakland.

r^'or years Mr. Batz engaged in stock-raising and some time after
his marriage he bought two hundred and forty acres on South l-'ork. where
he had a ])rofitable acreage in alfalfa, also engaged in horticulture and
in addition made a specialty of the str ck industry. For two years he served
as under-sheriff with \A'. ]. Graham and he also held office as trustee of the
Scodie school district for some years, b'rom the early period of his residence
in the county he ranked among the leading Democrats and his services were
in frequent demand as a member of the county central committee of the
party. Nominated by the Demt crats for the office of county treasurer in
1894. he was elected by a gratifying majority and took the oath of office in
January of 1895. .\t the expiration (if his term he was re-elected 1iy a
greatly increased majorit}-, a fact which bears strong exidence as to the


satisfactory nature of his services. ^Vhe^ tlie second term expired in Janu-
ary, 1903, he was not a candidate for re-election, his business interests "being
so important as to demand his entire time and attention. Prior to that he
had acquired stock in the Occidental Oil Company, operating a producing
well near Maricopa, and of this company he served as treasurer and manager ;
besides he owned an interest in the Monarch Oil Company, proprietors of
one hundred and sixty acres and managers of a well of strong productive
capacity. After he had sold his oil interests he went to San Francisco and
became treasurer and manager of the New Blue Jay Mining Company, owners
of the Blue Jay mine on CoiJfee creek in Trinity county near Carrville. He
assisted in organizing the Bakersfield Abstract Company in 1903 and was
elected its first president, which position he has filled up to the present time.
The company acquired the plant of Bender & Hewitt and thus became owners
of the oldest set of records in the county. Employment is furnished to six-
teen persons and a business of great importance has been established. On
the organization of the National Bank of Bakersfield Mr. Batz was one of
the incorporators and is a member of the board of directors. In the midst
of extensive business interests and large political connections, he has found
leisure for social and fraternal activities and with his wife has been active
in the Kern County Pioneer Society, while in addition he is associated with
the F'raternal Brotherhood, the Degree of Honor and the Ancient Order of
United Workmen. In the latter he is past master workman and has served
as representative to the grand lodge. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows
has had the benefit of long years of interested activity on his part. As past
noble grand and representative to the grand lodge, he is a leading factor in
local lodge work, while he further has Iseen prominent in the encampment
and the canton, in the former having been representative to the Grand En-
campment as well as a prominent official. Muvements for the benefit of
Kern county have received his stanch support and not the least of these
is the organization and maintenance of the Bakersfield Abstract Company,
which is a concern of vital importance to the realty affairs of the county
and also of more than passing importance through its representation of
insurance agencies and building and loan associations.

C. V. ANDERSON.— As examiner of titles for the Kern County Abstract
Company, in which he is a large stockholder and also holds the office of
vice-president, Mr. Anderson is intimately identified with one of the leading
concerns of its kind in the San Joaquin valley. Descended from an old
southern family, he was born at Memphis, Tenn., March 11, 1874, and is a
son of James A. and Maria Anderson, the latter of whom died when C. V.
was a very small child. After a successful career as an attorney in Memphis
the father came to California in 1885 and opened a law office in Los Angeles,
where he engaged in practice as a partner of the late Attorney-General Fitz-
gerald, of California. Twice married, by the two unions he became the
father of fifteen children, seven of whom are living. Out of this large family
C. V. was thirteenth in order of birth. From an early age he expressed a
decided preference for the profession of the law, in which his two brothers, W.
H. and James A., Jr., have also been successful, forming the firm of Anderson
& Anderson, well-known among the law firms of Los Angeles.

After he had completed the studies of the public schools and St. Vincent's
College, C. V. Anderson entered his father's office as a law student and during
1897 was admitted to the bar. With other members of the family he then
engaged in practice in Los Angeles, whence he came to Bakersfield during
the latter part of 1900, influenced in this move by the recent oil discoveries
in the Kern county fields. In 1901 he formed a partnership with W. W. Kaye
under the firm title of Anderson & Kaye, which connection continued until
1905 and meantime, from 1902 to 1905, he acted as adviser to the Kern County
Abstract Company. Returning to Los Angeles in 1906 he became examiner


of titles for the Title Insurance & Trust Compan\', also practiced his profession
as a member of the firm of Anderson & Anderson, but in 1910 was induced to
relinquish his associations in the southern metropolis in order to identify him-
self with the Kern County Abstract Company, an important and well-estab-
lished concern of Bakersfield.

The marriage of Mr. Anderson took place in 1903 and united him with
Miss Elizabeth Alexander, of Los Angeles, daughter of the late Col. Richard
Henry Alexander, and Emily W. (Houston) Alexander, the latter still a
resident of Los Angeles. During a long and brilliant career Colonel Alexander
was retained successively as a surgeon in the army, as colonel on the staff of
General Allies and as the head of the medical department of the west. Air. and
Mrs. Anderson are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Betty. The re-
ligious home of the family is in the Episcopal Church of Bakersfield, to the
maintenance of which Mr. Anderson has contributed generously and in whose
philanthropies he has been a willing assistant. The Alasonic Order and the
Bakersfield Club number him among their active members and their pro-
gressive projects have received his quiet but earnest co-operation. The Re-
publican party embodies in its platform the principles which he believes to
be best adapted to the welfare of the nation and he has given to it his stead-
fast allegiance.

JAMES EDGAR STONE.— The Kimball-Stone Drug Company ranks
among the leading business concerns of Bakersfield. The present organi-
zation, which dates from 190-1. has been engaged in business since 1910 at
No. 1413 Nineteenth street, where the first floor is utilized for the various
departments of the trade and in addition the basement furnishes storage
facilities for a large reserve stock. The modern stock of the company,
valued at $25, COO, includes everything known to the science of medicine.
The firm carries a full line of pure drugs and druggists' sundries, patent
medicines of all kinds, toilet articles, perfumes, brushes and other articles
to be found in a first-class shop of the kind. The compounding of prescrip-
tions is a special feature of the business. For that purpose the freshest and
purest of drugs are kept in stock. The prescription counter, unsurpassed
by any in the state, is open to the public view by means of plate glass. The
entire store is a model of neatness and system and indicates the thrifty
qualities of the proprietors, whose skill as pharmacists is attested by their
high reputation throughout the community.

The junior member of the firm, James Edgar Stone, was born at AA^'ar-
rensburg, AIo., July 23, 1881, and is a son of John W. and Elizabeth (Emery)
Stone, natives respectively of Kentucky and Indiana, and early settlers of
Missouri, where they were married and where they since have made their
home. The father has engaged in raising live stock and still makes a
specialt}' of handling live-stock, through which occupation, coupled with
general farming, he has been enabled to reach financial success. In his
family there are six children, the eldest of whom, Nellie Alay, is the wife ol
AV. L. Hyer, an employe of a large packing house at Warrensburg, Mo.
The eldest son, John AA'illiam, Jr., is engaged in the drug business in Kansas
City. The third and sixth among the children, Josephine B. and Pansy K.,
are teachers in the Bakersfield public schools. The fifth, Luther Brooks,
is engaged in the stock business with his father. James Edgar, the fourth
in order of birth, received his education in Warrensburg, where for three
years he was a student in the Missouri State Normal, after he had com-
pleted the regular course in the public schools.

At the age of twenty-one years Air. Stone matriculated in the St. Louis
College of Pharmacy, where for two years he studied with industry, diligence
and intelligence. At the expiration of that time he was graduated with the
degree of Ph. G., as a member of the class of 1904, in which he had the honor
of serving as vice-president. During the autumn of the same year he came


to Bakersfield and purchased the interest of Dr. B. E. Morrow in the Mor-
row-Kimball Drug- Company, the predecessor of the Kimball-Stone Drug
Company. After some years at the old stand the firm removed in 1910 to
their present location, where they have a modern and model shop, equipped
with every facility and improvement designed to render the business satis-
factory and successful. Customers are treated with the most gracious cour-
tesy and are given every possible attention. The Johnson line of remedies
and toilet articles is prepared at the manufacturing table, back of which is
a room for reserve stock and in the basement a large reserve stock also is
maintained. The firm makes a specialty of poisoned wheat manufactured
for the extermination of squirrels and gophers. Their stock of Parke-Davis
goods is the largest in the San Joaquin valley. Among their bacteriological
serums is Dr. Schaefifer's phylacogeus, manufactured by a Bakersfield physi-
cian and already having to its credit many astonishing cures.

The marriage of Mr. Stone took place in Kern county and united him
with Miss Mae Mouliot, daughter of Martin Mouliot, a stockman now resid-
ing in Bakersfield. Born at Tehachapi, Mrs. Stone received her early edu-
cation in the r'>akersfield schools and later completed a course of study in the
Chico State Normal. Eor three years prior to her marriage she taught in
the schools of East Bakersfield with gratifying success. Politically Mr.
Stone has been stanch in his allegiance to the Democratic party, and has
maintained a warm interest in public affairs. Since coming to Bakersfield
he has been active in Masonry, and is now a Shriner of the York Rite.
Personally he is decidedly popular with everyone with Whom he has busi-
ness dealings or social relations.

THOMAS NORMAN HARVEY.— The genealogy of the Harvey family
is traced to England and includes the names of many men of sterling worth
and patriotic spirit. During the progress of the Revolutionary struggle they
became associated with Canadian afifairs, and their intense sympathy with the
cause of the Tories led to their being classed with the empire loyalists. Cul-
tured endowments marked every generation of the past. Out of the traditions
that lighten the obscurity of bygone ages their names emerge as educators of
talent and as far back as the lineage can be traced their identification with
pedagogy has been established and even at the present time their association
with educational afifairs is as pronounced as it is successful. After a lifetime
of service in the Canadian schools, during which time he had the supervision
of the schools at Sydenham and other Ontario towns, W. B. Harvey died at
Toronto, Canada, January 10, 1913. One of his sons, J. F., is superintendent
of the high schools at Peterboro, Ontario. A daughter, Catherine, married R.
H. Cowley, who now holds the office of superintendent of education for the
province of Ontario and resides at Toronto. The present identification of the
family with educational work in Canada will thus be seen to be intimate and

The youngest child in the family of W. B. and Jean (Watt) Harvey, (the
latter of Scotch extraction) was Thomas Norman Harvey, whose birth
occurred in Ontario, Canada, December 9, 1878, and whose education was
received in his native province. After he had graduated from the Sydenham
high school in 1896 he matriculated in the Ottawa Normal School and took
the regular course of study in that institution, graduating with the class of
1900. Immediately after his graduation he took up the task of teaching and
served successively as principal of the schools at Strathroy and Parry Sound,
Ontario, while in addition for a short time he acted as proprietor and publisher
I if a weekly newspaper in the village of Wyoming, a small town in Ontario,
directly east of Port Huron, Mich. During January of 1904 he came to Cali-
fornia and settled in the Napa valley, where for six months he studied law in
the office of W. F. Henning and then continued his studies in the Hastings
Law School at San Francisco. During 1905, while still a student in the law


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