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Railroad. Reared in California, she is a graduate of the Los Angeles State
Normal and has a large circle of warm friends in Los Angeles, where she
resided prior to her marriage, September 21, 1912, and where her family still
make their home. In politics decidedly Democratic, Mr Klipstein has re-
cently been indi-rsed by the state and county central committee, as well as
Congressman Church for the position of postmaster at Bakersfield. On the
organization of the Bakersfield Club he became a charter member and still
takes part in the work of the organization, besides being allied with Bakers-
field Lodge No. 266, B. P. O. E."^

FRED J. MARSH. — Many property holders around the city of Bakers-
field have benefited materially' in the development and growth of that city,
ihe value of their holdings constantly increasing with the tide of advance-
ment, making those fortunate owners well-to-do and prosperous. That por-
tion of land owned by Fred J. Marsh, whose thirty-acre ranch is situated
on Union avenue, two miles south of Bakersfield proper, has materially in-
creased in value during the past few years, and as Mr. Marsh has ably
unproved it and cultivated the entire expanse to most profitable results, it
has proved a most judicious investment on his part.

The son of a farmer, born May 18, 1869, in Beatrice, Nebr., Mr. l\Iarsh
there grew to manhood, receiving his training in the common schools and
assisting his parents on the home farm. In 1891 he married Mrs. Rosetta
Bull, and with her came to California in 1896, his desire to make his home
here' finally being fulfilled. He immediately purchased his present place near
Bakersfield and has here spent his labors to his great satisfaction. Besides
these holdings he has eighty acres below Panama, which has proved a wise
purchase and bids fair to" become very valuable in the near future.

Mr. Marsh is a Woodman of the World, in which he holds a deservedly
estimable place, and in politics he votes with the Democratic party. He
holds a prominent place among the citizens of Bakersfield, and has taken
more than a passing interest in all its affairs.

JAMES M. STEVENS.— The proprietor of the Old Panama blacksmith
shop is popular among the ranchers of his district and has acquired a large



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business due to his ability to acconiplisli the tasks brou,e;ht to him to th.e
entire satisfaction of his customers. After coming; to California he selected
Kern county for the field of his labor and he has found it so remunerative
and encountered such splendid oppnrtunilies that he has decided to stay
here, and pronounces it to be by far the place of I)est chances for young
men that he has ever seen-

James M. Stevens was born in Chesterfield, Macoupin county, 111., on
-March 3. 1885, the son of Lewis M. and Sarah J. (Watkins) Stevens, na-
tives of Buffalo, N. v., and jMedora, 111., respectively, and worthy farmers,
now living at Chesterfield, 111. Of their six children James, the oldest,
passed his boyln od on the farm, receiving his education in the public and
high schools of his native place. In 1902 he started west and at Pecos City,
Tex., learned the blacksmith and horseshoers' trade. In l'"04 we find him at
Carlsbad, N. Alex., following the same business. In 1911 he came to Kern
county, Cal., and soon afterward bought out E. D. Harrison's blacksmith
business at Old Panama, continuing the business. He and his helpers are
kept busy all the time, having a successful and profitable trade.

He holds membership in the A\'oodmen of the World, the Modern \\'^ood-
men of America and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In religious
belief he is a Presbyterian, and politically is a Democrat.

JOSEPH WERINGER.— Born in Vienna, Austria, February 3, 1855,
Joseph Weringer came to the United States in 1876 and spent several years
in travel through different states, .stopping at intervals in Michigan, Colorado,
New Mexico and Arizona. The course of his extensive journeyings brought
him a; last to the Pacific coast and he was so favorably impressed with
conditions that he determined to remain, and since the fall of 1881 he has lived
in Kern county. For a time he was proprietor of the City brewery, also was
interested in a wholesale liquor and ice business for ten years.

Having been familiar with and interested in the copper mines in Michigan,
Mr. Weringer was in a position to examine appreciatively specimens of ore
brought from the vicinity of Woody. His faith in the copper was so great
that in 1891 he removed to Woody in order to develop the mines. Since then
he has done a large amount of development on the Greenback mine. Shaft
No. 1 paid for itself from the grass roots down and its vein shows one hundred
and fifteen feet wide. Shaft No. 2 is a vein showing three hundred to four
hundred feet in width and at a depth of one hundred feet was found native
copper and other very high grade copper ores. The first ore that he shipued
brought no profits on account of the high freight rate and exorbitant smelting
charges. The discovery that the mine was on patented land changed his line
of operation and resulted in the purchase of the property by him, since which
time he has secured better freight rates and has shipped over $40,000 worth
of ore as shown by government reports and smelter rcceii)ts. In carload lots
the smelter reports show more than thirty-one per cent copper. Through the
purchase of adjacent lands he has become the i.wner of nearly three thousand
acres, nearly all copper-bearing, and he is now the sole owner of the Greenback
mine. It is his present plan to erect at an early date a concentrating plant,
after which he will ship the concentrates. Eventually he hopes to erect a
smelting plant in the oil fields, centrally located for all the mining interests of
Kern county. In addition to being one of the best-showing copper properties
in California, the tract possesses valuable depo='ts of iron ore as yet unde-
veloped, also contains wolfromite, the highest gr^Je tungsten ore.

Surrounding the mine at Camp Weringdale, which is located about one-
quarter mile above the old Woody store, Mr. Weringer has platted a town
site, has erected a modern garage and blacksmith shop where a specialty is
made of auto supplies and repair work, and also maintains a general mercantile
store. One of the principal attractions of the tract is a large hotel for tiic



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accommodation of the public, near which may be seen a large fig orchard
with trees forty-four years old and still bearing. The grounds have been
improved for the pleasure and convenience of guests. In addition Mr.
Weringer has an orange grove, on which in 1908 he raised the largest oranges
produced at that time in California. Some of these weighed two pounds and
measured eighteen and one-third inches in circumference. The ranch beyond
the mine is utilized for the pasturage of cattle, horses and mules. For the
accommodation of the stockmen of the district he has erected corrals and
installed a large Fairbanks and Morse stock scale, which is arranged so as to
weigh stock on hoof, or in wagons and trucks.

In shaft No. 2, at the second or water level, they have now struck high-
grade copper ore. Ten men are employed at present and ore will soon be
shipped to the smelters.

The first marriage of Mr. Weringer was solemnized in Bakersfield and
united him with Mrs. Lucy Miller, who was born in Baden, Germany, and
died in Bakersfield, leaving two children. Afterward Mr. Weringer married
Miss Rosa Haberstroh, a native of Baden, Germany. No children were born
of that union. His only son, Franz Joseph, born in Bakersfield December
14, 1886, is a graduate of Heald's Business College in San Francisco and
Van der Nailen's School of Mines, Berkeley. He is a chemist of ability and
is now assisting his father in the management of their large interests. The
only daughter, Frances J., is the wife of Elmer H. Woody, a cattle man of
Wocdy. In national principles Mr. Weringer is a Democrat.

EDWARD MAURICE TRUESDELL.— For twenty years a resident of
California and for nine years associated with the material development of
Kern county, Mr. Truesdell is familiar with the remarkable growth of the
past two decades and has been a personal contributor to the general progress
by his own efficient labors. Although a native of Illinois, he is a member of a
Kentucky family and spent much of his early life in the Blue Grass state,
where his father, Harmon B., was a native and lifelong resident of Campbell
county. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Ann Nicholson, was
born at Lima, Adams county. 111., of Pennsylvania parentage, and passed
away in Kentucky. Of the thirteen children comprising the parental family
all attained mature years, but only six are now living, Edward Maurice being
the eldest of the entire number. Born at Lima, 111., April 6, 1861, he attended
the public schools of Campbell county, Ky., and at the age of sixteen left the
home farm to take up the burden of self-support. For three years he was
employed as a night watchman on cotton boats on the Washita river. Going
from there to Ohio he was engaged for six years as general foreman of the
Addyston ]npe works at Cincinnati. Next he went to Virginia, where for
eighteen months he held a position as general foreman with the Radford
Pipe & Steel Company at New Radford, on the New river.

Returning to Cincinnati and holding positions with different firms until
New Year's of 1894, Mr. Truesdell then made preparations to remove to the
west and February found him in California, where his first work was on the
Horseshoe ranch near Los Angeles. Next he engaged as superintendent of
orange groves at Glendora. For seven years he worked in the Santa Fe oil
fields, where he acquired proficiency as a driller. Coming to Kern county in
1905 he took up a homestead one mile from Lerdo, where he put down a
twelve-inch well by his own labor, built a house and proved up on the property.
Meanwhile he secured a standard rig and engaged in drilling water wells.
For several years he made a specialty of that laborious work, but eventually
disposed of the rig. Renting his Lerdo ranch of one hundred and sixty acres
he took up a desert claim of a quarter section near Mojave, where he put
down two wells and built a neat bungalow. After living there about a year
he sold the place and since then has made his home in East Bakersfield.
The first wife of Mr. Truesdell. who bore the maiden name of Addie Hutch-




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inson, was born in Campbell county, Ky., and died there at Newport. Two
sons were born of that union, but the older, William E., died at llu- a,i(c- of
three months. The other. James Blanchard. is now a resident of Los .'Vnsifeles.
At Visalia, Noveml)er 7. 1910, Mr. Truesdell married Mrs. Milfdrd (Gooch)
Warner, by whom he has two sons. Ralph and Leo. IMrs. Truesdell. a woman
of stronnr character and attractive personality, was born at Eubank, Pulaski
county, Ky., and is a daughter of William Milford and Malcie (Master.son)
Gooch natives respectively of Eubank, Ky.. and Ripley, Ohio. Her father, a
teacher during young manhood, eventually became a prosperous country
merchant and continued at Eubank until his death, since which time Mrs.
Gooch has lived in Cincinnati. Their daughter was educated in the high
school of Covington, Ky., and there married H. L. Warner, of that city. Two
children. Maxine and Evelyn, were born of the union. During 1907 the
family came to Bakersfield. where Mr. Warner engaged as a chemist with
the Standard Oil Company until his death. Both Mr. and Mrs. Truesdell are
earnest members of the Methodist F.piscr)pal Church and have lieen generous
contributors to religious movements. In politics he is a Democrat.

FRANK CROMWELL TIBBETTS.— The geneab gy of the Tibbetts
lamily indicates their English extraction and proves their close relation-
ship to the Cromwells. whose most distinguished representative, Oliver
Cromwell, holds a prominent place in the history of the seventeenth century
and achieved a worldwide renown. It is known that the early colonization
of America found members of the Tibbetts family engaged in the arduous
task of earning scanty livelihoods through the cultivation of the rocky soil
of New England, where they endured the privations and faced the dangers
incident to life in that location and period of our national history. Patriot-
ism characterized them from the first establishment of their name in the
new world. During the Revolution Ichabod Tibbetts. who was born
December 17, 1748, served the cause of liberty with devotion and self-
sacrifice. It was his privilege to witness the growth of the cause to which
he had given of his youthful strength and when he died. May 23, 1841, the
country had become a nation great in the galaxy of the world. Ann ng his
children w'as a son. Benjamin, born on Sunday. November 20, 1786. and

married April 23, 1809. to Sarah A , who was born September 5,

1790. and died April 21, 1843. Of the union there were twelve children,
namelv : Samuel, born November 3. 1810; fulian, August 17. 1812; Cvrus,
August 26, 1814; Stinscn, April 3, 1816; Benjamin R., August 9, 1818; Sarah.
February 10. 1821; Martha J.. March 3. 1823; Ann S.. October 7, 1825;
Edmund W. February 7. 1828; Roswell Goodsneed. who was born in Maine
near the citv of .Augusta May 29. 1830. and died at Bakersfield. Cal., June
1. 1910; Jane, who was born June 29, 1833; and Emeline, .August 13, 183.^'.
The greater number of the family are now numbered with the dead. Ben-
jamin, at the age of ninety-four, is a helpless invalid and lives with a son
in r^Iaine ; Emeline has been blind for years and is cared for by her husliand
and daughter. Emma, at the family home near Palermo, Me. Jane, Mrs.
Hussey, is a widow and lives with her son. Joseph, at the old Hussey home-
stead near Houlton. Me., while near her live her son. Benjamin, and her
daughter, Sadie, the former the father of nine children and the latter tlie
mother of two sons and two daughters.

Several generations of the Tibbetts family in Maine earned their live-
lihood either from tilling the soil or from following the sea and Roswell Good.-
speed Tibbetts. while very young chose the life of a sailor fcr his occujation. In
this way it happened that he came to California as second mate on a vessel
that rounded Cape Horn and cast anchor at San Francisco in I8.7O six
months after the commencement of the voyage. Unlike manv sailors of
that time, tempted bv the lure of gold, he did not desert his shij) or leave



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his employment until the term of his service had expired. For a time he
engaged in placer mining on the Feather river. Later he worked in and
helped to develop the celebrated Comstock mine of Nevada. Still later he
engaged in mining at Truckee and in the Sierra valley. During 1874 he
brought his family to Kern county and for many years conducted the
American Eagle hotel at Kernville, the hostelry enjoying great popularity
under his sagacious and genial oversight. Among the old settlers he had
wide acquaintance and a host of friends. Indeed, the circle of his friends
was as large as that of his acquaintance and among his most intimate friends
was Judge Sumner, there existing between the two a remarkable sympathy
of thought and tenderness of affection. Soon after he came to the west
he married at San Francisco in 1850 Mrs. Helen Zeruah (Branch) Nor-
cross, who at the advanced age of eighty-three makes her home at No. 1028
Fifty-fourth avenue, East Oakland. The family to which she belongs was
identified with the pioneer history of California and possessed character-
istics most admirable. With them, as with the Tibbetts family, longevity
was noticeable, the paternal grandfather of Mrs. Tibbetts having lived to
be one hundred and three years of age, while her maternal grandmother was
ninety-seven at the time of her death.

There were three sons in the family of Roswell Goodspeed Tibbetts
and wife, namely: Frederick, who died in the Bullfrog mining district in
December of 1S06 ; William E., who makes his home at Kernville ; and Frank
Cromwell, who was born September 2, 1869, in the Sierra valley of Cali-
fornia during the period that his father engaged in gold mining in that sec-
tion. Brought to Kern county in 1874, he received his education in the public
schools of Kernville and as he grew toward manhood he became intimately
connected with the interests of his father. At first he worked in mines,
later he engaged in general farming and in the raising of stock. While
never a partner in the hotel business, he operated a store and a butcher
shop with his father and became one of the leading business men of Kern-
ville. During the year 1900 he came to Bakersfield, where now he has
a residence at No. 910 K street and where he prosperously conducts a
store at No. 1905 Fifteenth street. About 1898 he was united in marriage
with Miss Lizzie Cross, a member of a pioneer family of Kern county.
Of this union there are two children, Marion Wallace and Maybelle E.
In political views he adheres to Republican principles, while fraternally
he holds membership with the Loyal Order of Moose and the Ancient Order
of L'nited Workmen.

JOHN P. CHINETTE.— A decided acquisition to the French-American
population of Kern county as well as one of its pioneer sheepmen, John P.
Chinette has been a factor in the agricultural development of this section of
the state and is considered an authority in all matters pertaining to the care
and range of sheep. From boyhood he was familiar with the sheep industry
as pursued in the mountains separating France and Spain, and it was there-
fore not difificult for him to understand the business from an American stand-
point. With the quick comprehension native to his mind he grasped the
details of the work, learned the best places to range the flocks and the best
modes of feeding them in the winter months, so that his practical experience
is most valuable indeed. A native of Ogier, Basses-Pyrenees, France, born
January 4, 1861, he was reared on the home farm, and had such educational
advantages as the local schools afforded. During 1878 he came to California.
In the vicinity of Los Angeles he remained for nearly one year, working for a
sheep-grower. Next he drove a flock of sheep into Inyo county. Coming to
the Tehachapi region of Kern county in 1879, he became a herder here and
in 1883 invested in a small flock of sheep, which he ranged in Kern and Inyo
counties.




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About seven years were devnted In the personal nianagenieiit of his own
flock of sheep, which he then sold, and since 1890 he has varied his time
between farming and caring for flocks of other growers. At this writing he
owns ten acres eight miles southeast of Bakersfield under the east side canal.
This he has improved, placing it under profitable cultivation to alfalfa. He
makes his home on the small farm and devotes much of his time to its per-
sonal oxersight. Meanwhile he has been deeply interested in the develop-
ment of Kern county, has supported movements for its material upbuilding
and in politics has given allegiance to the principles of the Republican party.

JOSEPH EYRAUD.— a" resident of Kern county for the most part since
1887, Joseph Eyraud was born at Ancel, Hau;es-Alpes, France, June 22, 1868,
and is a son of Franc and Victoria (Ledge) Eyraud, lifelong farmers in
France. In a family of eight children, all but two of whom still survive,
Joseph was the youngest and he was quite small when his brothers, Yrene
and Franc, left the home farm to establish themselves in the new world.
Sending back favorable reports from their destination in Kern county, the
youngest brother was induced to join them in California November 27, 1887,
when he arrived at Sumner (now East Bakersfield). Without delay he found
employment with sheeomen in the county. His beginnings in the sheep
industry date from 1888, when he bought a few head. The flock increased
rapidly and when he sold in 1909 there were thirteen thousand head alto-
gether. They had been raised both for the mutton and the wool. For years
the flocks were ranged in Tulare, Fresno, Kern and Inyo counties, their
owner thus gaining a most thorough knowledge of this section of the state.
He is, indeed, particularly well pc sted concerning the country, knows the
character of the different soils, the prospects for water, the varying climates
in mountains and foothills and the opportunities for successful work as a
stockman or rancher. .Xfter selling his large flock he spent two years in
San Francisco and then established a home on his ranch of forty acres,
eleven miles south of Bakersfield, between Union avenue and Kern Island,
where by means of water from the Kern Island canal he is specializing in
alfalfa and grain. His marriage was solemnized in San Francisco and united
him with Miss Augustine Bertrand. who was born in Chorges, Hautes-Alpes,
and by whom he has a daughter, Augustine. Ever since becoming a voting
citizen he has cast his ballot for Republican men and measures at general
elections. Besides the fine farm upon which he lives and to the improvement
of which his attention is given largely, he owns thirty acres of alfalfa one
mile distant, also under the Kern Island canal; this is cared for by a ten-
ant. In addition he owns a number of lots on Humboldt street. East Bakers-
field, these being improved with cottages that he rents. When it is remem-
bered that he came to the county without any means and worked for some
time as a sheep herder for day wages, his present financial independence
indicates energy and industry ( n his part, and at the same time proves that
Kern offers opportunities unsurpassed by any other agricultural county in
the state.

LOUIS ALLEN.— The proprietor of the St. Francis cafe at Bakers-
field was born April 16, 1880, at Patras, Greece, and received an excellent
education in a private college of his native city. Pharmacy was made a
special study during his collegiate course and by clerking in a drugstore he
supplemented the theoretical knowledge of books with actual experience.
Upon coming to the United States in 1903 he became a student in St. .Anna's
Academy, New York city. From there he went to St. Louis and there en-
gaged in the restaurant business during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Afterward he spent some time in Oklahoma and Texas. During .April of 190.^
he came to the Pacific coast and managed a restaurant at the Lewis & Clark
exposition grounds. On the close of the e.xj)osition he went to San Fran-
cisco and readily found a position in Tait's cafe, but the great fire of the fol-



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lowing year temporarily closed out the business. Later he served as a
steward of Tait's cafe and continued in the same place until he had worked
up to be the head waiter. Experience had qualified him for a business of
his own and he decided to embark in similar work for himself. In search of a
location he came to Bakersfield. The city and its favorable prospects at-
tracted his attention and he decided to locate here. During March of 1911
he leased the place which he still occupies and which he has transformed
into an attractive and elegantly appointed cafe, with service first-class in
every respect. The entire aspect of the cafe proves that the manager is the
possessor of original ideas and wise business judgment. Through his expe-
rience in the leading place of its kind in San Francisco he is enabled to give
to his customers and guests the finest service that modern art can suggest.

CHARLES WILLIAM JOHNSON.— Of English nativity, belong-
ing to an old and illustrious family of his native land, he was born in the
city of Leeds in 1849, being a son of Thomas Varley and Mary Johnson.
When he was only three years of age and his sister, Evalina, an infant they
were bereaved by the death of their mother. Afterward the father gave
ihem the most devoted personal care and attention, endeavoring so far as pos-
sible to take the place of the lost mother. The daughter became the wife
of Dr. J. Murray Matthews and died in San Francisco, leaving five sons.

A grandson of the celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson of England and an
own cousin of Sir Jonathan Johnson Courte, Thomas Varley Johnson was
born at Bentham, Yorkshire, England, August 11, 1822, and at the age of
about sixteen was an eager spectator at the coronation of Queen Victoria.
Although always very proud of the land of his birth, he became an exem-



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