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plov of the Kern Trading & Oil Company in its Coalinga division. Durmg
the fall of 1912 the company sent him to the Sunset field, where smce he has
engaged as head driller of the North Midway leases. While engaged in the
oil business in Oklahoma he married at Bartlesville, that state. Miss Lena
Warren, a native of Waynesfield, Auglaize county, Ohio, and an earnest mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church. By the marriage there is one son,
Robert. In Oklahoma Mr. Croft joined Bartlesville Lodge No. 1060, B. P. O. E.



656 HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

MRS. PAULINE DARNUL PETRAY.— The hardships of pioneer
existence in California form a remote but distinct background in the
memories of Mrs. Petray, whose busy life has been crowded with useful
activities and crowned with the honors always accorded to women of intel-
ligence, industry and inherent kindliness of spirit. When her parents,
Cook B. and Elizabeth (Shinn) Darnul, removed from her native county of
Pope in Arkansas and sought the larger opportunities of the west, she was
brought with the other children to the then little known land of California.
At the expiration of an overland trip that consumed five tedious months,
the family arrived in Calaveras county and entered upon the difficult task
of securing a home and profitable work in a frontier environment. Schools
were few and widely scattered in those days and it was not possible for
her to secure a broad, thorough education, but she found an abundance of
work in the home. At an early age she became adept in the culinary
art and this accomplishment she has in no wise forgotten ; on the other
hand, she is still numbered among the most efficient housekeepers and
skilled cooks in her neighborhood. While yet a young girl she became
the wife of Robert Bowen, whom in 1870 she accompanied to Linn's valley
in Kern county.

A claim of one hundred and sixty acres was homesteaded in the upper
end of the valley and there Air. and Mrs. Bowen labored with indefatigable
earnestness to earn a livelihood and improve a farm. There were two chil-
dren born of this union; the oldest, a daughter, Alice, passed away in 1891,
at the age of twenty-three years; the son, Robert A. Bowen, a native-
born son of California, is now engaged in general farming south of Bakers-
field. Upon the sale of the claim the old Hughes farm on Poso creek was
bought and occupied and until his death, which occurred on that ranch.
Mr. Bowen devoted himself to the care and cultivation of the two hundred
and forty acres comprising the tract. After the death of Mr. Bowen his
widow spent some time in Healdsburg and there she was united in mar-
riage with R. A. Petray, whose death occurred some years later in the
same city. Since her return to Linn's valley she has made her home prin-
cipally with her brother, J. J. Darnul, over whose ranch house she pre-
sides with unbounded hospitality and unfailing energy. Besides owning
a residence at White River she still owns a valuable farm, which is leased.

EDWARD T. McMAHON. — As division superintendent Mr. AIcMahon's
field extends to the Sigma pumping station in the Sunset field, and to the
Midway pumping station in the Midway field, including also the pumping of
all the water used on the various leaseholds. The water is pumped from wells
at the Rio Bravo pumping station n.ear Lake Buena Vista in Kern county.
From the two oil pumping stations the oil is sent on its way from the Mid-
way and Sunset fields to the storage tanks at Point Richmond. That an
immense amount of oil can be cared for and disposed of promptly is evident
from the fact that the pumps on section 1, township 32, range 23, have a
capacity of three thousand barrels per hour. The equipment is the most
modern and in every branch of the pipe line department, skill, great expense
and large results are apparent.

The division superintendent is a New Yorker by birth and was born at
Ellicottville, Cattaraugus county. July 3, 1876. From early life he has been
familiar with the oil industry. At the age of twenty he secured employment
as a trol-dresser with the Northwestern Gas Company in the Findlay field
in Hancock county, Ohio, where he remained for two years. Chance turned
him from the oil business into structural iron work. As an employe of the
Pittsburg Construction Company he helped to build bridges on the Nickel
Plate and New York Central railroads. In addition he was employed in the
construction of the American radiator works in Buffalo and the Kingsford




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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 71 of 177)