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him with Miss Lucv Range, a native of Germany who came to San Diego, Cal.,
when a child. She was educated in the schools of that city and Los Angeles.



690 HISTORY OF KERN COUNTY

One son, Donald, was born of this union, he now being a student in the
Kern county high school. The family are interested in all movements for the
upbuilding of Bakersfield and Mrs. Johnston is an earnest member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church of this city. In politics Mr. Johnston votes
with the Democratic party. Fraternally he not only belongs to the Woodmen
of the World, but in addition he has been very prominent in the local ranks of
the Knights of Pythias, which he has represented in the grand lodge, besides
holding the office of past chancellor commander.

H. H. McCLINTOCK.вАФ To witness the remarkable development of the
Midway field and to contribute thereto through the force of his own
mechanical and constructive ability has been the privilege of Mr. McClin-
tock, who occupies a most responsible position as superintendent in Kern
county for the Northern Exploration Company and fur the Southern Cali-
fornia Gas Company as well as the predecessor of the latter concern, the
Midway Gas Company. The corporation named, which like the others rep-
resents enormous financial institutions, had for its principal task the build-
ing of gas-pipe lines from the Midway field to Los Angeles, where the gas
is distributed and sold to the various existing gas companies through the
agents of the Southern California Gas Company. In turn the latter is
associated with the Northern Exploration Company, which engages in the
drilling of gas wells and the production of natural gas, a product superior
to the manufactured gas for heating purposes.

In the local work of these large institutions the commanding person-
ality of H. H. McClintock has wielded a permanent influence. Through all
his life a resident of California, of which he is a native son, he yet has
traveled extensively, has enjoyed the advantages of training abroad and in
the course of his career as a marine engineer visited the principal ports of
the world. Born at San Jose, Santa Clara county, November 18, 1873, edu-
cated in the public schools and business college in his native city, married
June 20, 1900, and identified with the Midway field in the early days when
its total output was less than one thousand barrels, these facts give a sum-
mary of his eventful existence, but fail to indicate the thoroughness of his
training and the scope of his influence in occupative enterprises. In early
years he served an apprenticeship in the Fulton iron works at San Fran-
cisco and at the expiration of four years in that plant he went abroad in
order to study marine engineering with a famous firm of shipbuilders in
Belfast, Ireland. From the great yards of the firm have been sent forth
some of the largest and finest ships that sail the high seas. The ill-fated
Titanic was one of their most majestic creations.

After a practical experience in marine engine-building that kept him
in Belfast from 1899 until March, 1902, Mr. McClintock then returned to
San Francisco. For several years he engaged as a licensed marine engineer
and master mechanic. iNIeanwhile he sailed around the world three times
and had charge of the engines on a number of the greatest steamships.
Meeting Mr. Rockefeller at San Francisco, he was induced to take up pipe-
line construction work. For a time he was employed in the mechanical
department and for one year engaged as superintendent of the Central
Division with headquarters at Hanford. During 1907 he directed the con-
struction of the line into the Midway field, an eight-inch pipe to Richmond
and the pipes for the water system to Rio Bravo. Since l908 he has been
a very active constructive agent in the development of the Midway, where
as previously stated he acts as superintendent of the Northern Exploration
Company, the Southern California Gas Company and the Midway Gas
Company, the latter recently overtaken by the concern previously named.
In July of 1911 he took charge of the construction work for the Western
Water Company and from that time until the completion of the task in
June. 1912, he superintended the laying of pipes and the building of the




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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 74 of 177)