Wallace Melvin Morgan.

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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sisted of sand and gravel, two hundred and seventy-four feet ; gypsum,
thirty feet ; soft clay, twenty feet ; and boulders, twenty-two feet.

The president of the company is of American birth and German par-
entage and belongs to a family noted for rugged physique and sturdy con-
stitution. His father, Henry G.. a native of Hanover. Germany, crossed the
ocean at the age of twenty-one and settled in Ohio, where he followed
his trade of merchant tailor. After a few years he moved to Sjiringfield,
111., and followed the same trade. Later he went to Kansas and bought a
farm southeast of Independence. While living in Ohio he was married at
Radnor to Miss Katherine May, a native of the Buckeye state. Both he
and his wife are deceased and their farm, which still remains intact as an
estate, has become valuable oil land, since about 1904 oil having been
pumped daily from three wells. The parental family consisted of five sons
and three daughters. The second son, George, was twenty-one at the time
of the removal to Kansas. After two years on the farm near Independence
he went to the mountains and engaged in prospecting for gold, Four years
were spent near Leadville. Upon his return to Kansas he engaged in
ranching and also with two brothers and another gentleman engaged in
operating a threshing machine. Meanwhile he had married Miss Mary
Hayes, of Independence, who died on the farm near that town in 1909,
leaving six children, namely : Gertrude, George A., Paul A.. Nellie, Katherine
and Genevieve. The elder son. George A., now in school, has devoted his
vacations to the driving of a transfer wagon at Fellows and to employment
in the Jones drug store, but is especially fond of mechanical work and
intends to take up work with machinery upon leaving school. The second
son, Paiil A., is now employed in the Jones drug store. In 1911 Mr. Molidor
married Miss Nellie Mills, who was born and reared in London, and of
that union there is a daughter, Frances Irene, born in December, 1912.

A most serious disaster befell Mr. Molidor with the burning of his
buildings in Fellows on Christmas eve of 1911, when he and his family were
left without means and with almost no clothing. Encouraged by his wife
and children, he took up transfer work and anything that it was possible
for him to do. but in the meantime he had been interested in the rotary
disc bit and now devotes his entire attention to its sale. For five years
he worked in oil fields and by actual experience he has become familiar
with every phase of that industry except drilling. Inventive ability has
been one of his characteristics from early life. While living in Kansas he
invented a combination can-opener, meat and vegetable chopper and ice
shaver, and sold one-half interest in the invention for an amount that
enabled him to put up a factory building at Independence in 1890. Other
inventions are also to his credit and it is his chief ambition to erect a
factory wherein several of his inventions may be manufactured. The ambi-
tion may be unrealized for a few years, but there is every reason to believe
that eventually his hope will be realized. From early years he and his
wife have been identified with the Catholic Church, and while in Kansas
he was an active worker in the Knights of Columbus at Independence. In
that tiiwn he was likewise prtiminent among the Woodmen of the World.

JOHN T. GREEN.— It was in Tulare. Cal, that J. T. Green was born
March 12. 1884. He entered school when seven years old and when he
was nine he was taken bv his parents to Lemoore on their removal to that


town. There he was graduated from the grammar school and devoted a
year to high school attendance, and in 1904 he was duly graduated, at
the end of the prescribed course of study, from the San Francisco business
college. That same year he came to Kern county and for four years there-
after he was employed in the motive power department of the Southern
Pacific railroad. In 1908 he came to Wasco to become manager of the
Hayes & Murray general merchandise store, which he bought a year later
and conducted until 1911, when he disposed of it in order to engage in the
real estate business. He was appointed postmaster of Wasco May 27,
1909, and has ably filled that office ever since. He established the first
barber shop in Wasco, encouraged the opening of the first butcher shop
there and was instrumental in the installation of the first newspaper plant
in the town, that of the Wasco News. He is the commercial agent for
the Universal as well as the Associated Oil Companies. Another of his
activities is his energetic management of the Wasco Land Company. It will
be seen that not only as a real estate man, but in numerous other ways he
has done much for the upbuilding of Wasco. He owns four residences in
the town, his home lot consisting of two and a half acres, as well as
three business lots. In 1912 he erected a large brick building, 60x70 feet,
occupied by two stores and the postoffice, which is located centrally on the
main business street. Since 1909 Mr. Green has held a commission as notary

On November 5, 1909, Mr. Green married Miss Pearl S. Lobb, who was
born at Traver, Tulare county, Cal., August 25, 1887, and they have one,
child, Gwen Adell Green. Fraternally he affiliates with Delano Lodge,
F. & A. M., with the Bakersfield Lodge, I. O. O. F.. and with the local
organization of the Modern Woodmen of America, of which latter he was
a charter member.

EDWARD W. CRAGHILL.— Three generations of the Craghill family
have been identified with the material development of California and the
manager of the King Lumber Company at Fellows represents the third
generation, being a grandson of Charles Craghill, the founder of the family
on the shores of the Pacific. That gentleman, who was a native of London,
England, but a citizen of the United States from early life, engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits in Iowa prior to the Civil war. With characteristic loyalty
to the country of his adoption he enlisted under the stars and stripes and
rose to the rank of quartermaster in an Iowa regiment of infantry. Receiv-
ing an honorable discharge at the close of the war, he returned to Iowa, but
in a short time disposed of his holdings in that state and came to California
accompanied by his wife and children. Selecting a location near Santa Cruz,
he turned his attention to the tilling of the soil. In the community he rose
to a position of considerable local influence and the highest reputation for
probity and intelligence. For twenty years he gave impartial service in
the office of justice. of the peace. His life was prolonged to old age and he
passed away in 1911 after an intimate and interested identification with his
section of the state.

When the family came from Iowa to California Thomas E. Craghill,
a native of the former commonwealth, was a small child, hence the greater
part of his life has been passed in the west. During young manhood he
engaged in teaming at Santa Cruz. For many years he raised stock and
grain on a ranch near San Luis Obispo, but at this writing he operates a
cattle ranch in Tulare county near the -village of Corcoran. By marriage
to Vianna McLaughlin, a native of Santa Cruz, he became connected with
another prominent pioneer family of the western country. In a very early
period of California colonization her father, Daniel .McLaughlin, a native
of Maine, crossed the plains with ox-teams and wagons and became a pioneer


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 51 of 177)