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Since 1889 Mr. Lambert has made his home on his present place in East
Bakersfield, owning a valuable piece of property on Humboldt near Kern
street. He was married in that year in Sumner, now East Bakersfield, to
Miss Malvina Rambaud, who was also born in Hautes Alpes, France, and
who came to Bakersfield the year of her marriage. They have a daughter.
Marie. In his politics Mr. Lambert is a Republican.

HENRY LOUIS BORGWARDT.вАФ An honored place among the Cali-
fornia pioneers of the '50s is held by Mr. Borgwardt of Bakersfield, who has
been a resident of Kern county since 1868 and meanwhile has contributed to
the development of the agricultural and stock-raising interests of this portion
of the state, as well as to the material upbuilding of his home city. Of
German nativity and lineage, he was born July 30, 1832, in the city oi
Lubeck. By reason of the town being one of the principal harbors along
the Baltic coast and therefore a headquarters for sailors and also through
the fact that his father, Capt. Henry Borgwardt, was a pilot and captain
on an ocean vessel, he himself early turned to the sea as affording a means
of livelih6od and at thirteen years of age shipped on the barque Luba
which was engaged in the South American trade. For four and one-half
years he remained on the same vessel and afterward sailed on other ships,
at times from Lubeck and often from Hamburg. During 1854 he left Ham-
burg on the New Ed that sailed around Cape Horn, making stops only at
Valparaiso, Chile, and other leading ports, and arriving at San Francisco
on the 28th of November after a tedious voyage of six months.

A desire to hunt for gold led the young sailor to abandon his trade for
the more uncertain occupation of mining. For some years he engaged in
placer and hydraulic mining on the middle fork of the American river in
Eldorado county, ^^'ith the exception of a brief period, beginning in 1859,
devoted to the dairy industr}', he remained in the mines of California and
Nevada until 1868, when he permanently retired from the work and took
up sheep-raising on Poso creek in Kern county. At that time Havilah was
still the county-seat and few settlers had identified themselves with the
development of the region. Range was plentiful and the sheep industry,
with favorable weather, offered large possibilities. Pre-empting cne hundred
and sixty acres on the creek and building a cabin for his family, Mr.
Borgwardt remained there for thirteen years. Aleanwhile he experienced the
ups and downs incident to the business. His heaviest loss resulted from the
drought of 1877 and four years later he sold all of the sheep and retired
from the business.

At the time of removing to Bakersfield and acquiring eighty acres
adjacent to the city limits, Mr. Borgwardt turned his attention to the raising
of alfalfa on the tract. A portion of this he cut for hay and the balance
was used for the pasturage of stock. With the growth of the city, he
decided to lay out the land into lots and this he did in 1889, Union and
California streets forming the beginning of the Borgwardt tract, from which
a large number of lots have been sold and which has the advantage of
lying twenty feet higher than Bakersfield. The supervision of the property
naturally took the owner into the real-estate business and for more than
twenty years he has given his attention almost wholly to such work as
related to the development of his sub-divisions. Shortly after he arrived
in San Francisco at the close of his long vo3'age from Germany he was
united in marriage "with Miss Caroline Peterson, who was born in Schleswig-
Holstein, Germany, and came to America in the same ship with Mr. Borg-
wardt. Their long wedded life of mutual happiness and helpfulness was
bniken bv her death in June, 1W3. \ine cliildren had been born of their



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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 81 of 177)