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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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in Kern county is great and he is proving it by his investments, and pos-
sessing a com'mendable spirit, he rightly ranks high among the busi-



678 HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

ness men of the county. Sharing with him in this popularity is his accom-
plislied wife, who prior to their marriage in March, 1908, was Aliss Margaret
Jenkins of Oakland, this state. They are the parents of two children, Rolla
and Helen,

CLARENCE S. GREEN.вАФ The business men of Maricopa have been
leading factors in its rapid growth and not the least of these is Clarence S.
Green, who during May of 1907 came to the west side and since then has
witnessed the entire material growth of the town. At first its destiny seemed
uncertain. The mushroom character of the original growth caused many to
believe its importance would be temporary, but with each year it has
planted its roots deeper in the soil of prosperous existence and since 1907
it has developed into a city, rich, progressive and permanent. July 20, 1911,
it was incorporated as a city and Mr. Green, who had been chosen a mem-
ber of the board of school trustees in 1909, was again chosen to serve the
newly-incorporated city in the same office. In fact, it was his work, together
with that of other leading men, that rendered possible the successful incorpo-
ration, and since then these same citizens have fostered all public enterprises

Born at Watsonville, Monterey county, Cal., September 16, 1868, Mr.
Green has little recollection of his birthplace, for at the age of three year-
he was taken by the family to Santa Barbara, where later he was sent to the
public school. He began to earn a livelihood as a farm hand and soon be-
came an expert in the care of stock as well as in the tilling of the soil. As
early as 1889, when scarcely twenty-one years of age he came to Kern county
and here he has since made his home, having in 1892 married ]\Iiss Mollie
Emerson, of Kern county, but who was born in San Luis Obispo county,
Cal. She was reared there until she was eighteen years of age, when she came
with her parents to Kern county. Three sons were born of the union, Clar-
ence, Robert and Edward. The first home of the couple was in the south-
west part of the county, where Mr. Green made a specialty of stock-raising
and general ranching. During 1904 he moved to the vicinity of Bakersfield
and rented land, which he devoted to the raising of general crops and of
stock. As previously stated, he came to the west side in 1907 and has, been
a resident of ]\larico,ia ever since the town started. For one year he devoted
his time to contract teaming, next he started a livery stable and six months
later he opened a blacksmith shop and started in the harness business also.
During 1911 he erected a building for a harness shop and this he now occu-
pies, doing an excellent business in the making, repair and sale of harness
of all kinds. Although he left his farm some years ago he still retains the
tract near Old River twelve miles southwest of Bakersfield, where he owns
a well-improved estate of three hundred acres in grain and alfalfa. He is
identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Bakersfield, also
with the Ancient Order of United Workmen in the same city.

Mr. Green continues to run the livery, harness, blacksmith and team
contracting business at Maricopa, while Mrs. Green, with the help of her
three sons, operates the large three hundred acre alfalfa, grain and stock
ranch in the Old River district of Kern county.

Mrs. Green is the daughter of E. S. Emerson, who was born in Missouri
and came tci California in the early days. He was with the Government
troops in Mexico driving team during the Mexican war and then came up
to California and engaged in the stock business. He was married in So-
noma county to Miss Julia Duncan, of Missouri, who crossed the plains in
1849 in company with her parents. Settlement was made in Sonoma county,
where she grew up to young womanhood and where she was married. A
part of her children were born in that county. Later the parents moved to
San Luis Obispo county and in 1886 the parents and their family came to
Kern countv and settled on the Paleto countrv land. Here thev homesteaded



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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 73 of 177)