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plary American citizen and exhibited the utmost patriotism. His first trip
to the new world occurred when his son was a youth of nine and the two
settled at Lowell, Mass., where the father became foreman of the wool sort-
ing department for the carpet corporation of the city of Lowell. Two years
later, when the son was eleven, he was apprenticed to the firm of Aldrich &
Richardscn, manufacturing jewelers, of Providence, R. I. At the expiration
of two years, the apprenticeshio being completed, the son suggested that
they leave for California and with father and sister sailed from New York
to Aspinwall and there crossed the isthmus, thence taking passage on the
old Sacramento to San Francisco, where they arrived during October of
1868.

Immediately after his arrival in the west the senior Johnson settled in
Santa Cruz and bought the Ocean View house, which site and hotel forms a
part of the present Sea Beach hotel. .\t his death Mr. Johnson was sur-
vived by his second wife (whom he had married in California) his son
and a niece, Mrs. Lottie Thompson, of Santa Cruz. The daughter had died
a short time before his own demise.

Leaving home to make his own way in the world, Charles William
Johnson found employment as a vaquero in the southern part of Monterey
county and from that time he was interested in the cattle industry until
1885, when an injury resulting in the dislocation of his neck obliged him
to seek other means of livelihood. .A brief and unsuccessful experience in
business in San Luis Obispo county was followed by removal to Arizona,
where he engaged in the dairy business near Prescott for three years. Next
he lived for a short time in Phoenix and then returned to California in 1892,
settling in Bakersfield, and ever since then he has been identified with the
oil business in Kern county. During 1877 he married Miss Mary A. Mc-
Cutchen, member of a very prominent and influential family of Kern county.
They are the parents of five children now living, George W., Rosalind, Eve-
lyn, Laura and Florence. The son is superintendent of the Walker & Hick
Oil Company in the Kern river field. Rcsalind married ^^^ T. Tavlor, of



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Maricopa. Evelyn is Mrs. .Marion Nidever, of Carpenteria. Laura is the wife
of Elmer Fux, of Kern county. The youngest of the daughters is the only
member of the family still remaining at the home.

JOSEPH F. PFOST.вАФ Several generations of the Pfost family engaged
in farming in the vicinity of the Ohio river. The founder of the name in
America, Abraham Pfost, a German by birth and education, migrated to
the new world and took up a tract of wild land in what is now West
Virginia, his first and only home in this country being situated near Ripley,
Jackson county, a short distance from the Ohio river. On that same farm
his son, Abraham, lived and labored for many years. Among the children
of the younger Abraham was a son, George W., born and reared on the
old Mrginian plantation and ultimately the heir to a portion of the estate.
In young manhood he removed to Alason county, VV. Va., and there mar-
ried Angeline Rickard, a native of that county, where, at Point Pleasant
at the junction of the Great Kanawha and the Ohio river their son, Joseph P.,
was born on the 4th of July, 1855. During the Civil war the father served
in the Confederate army on an Ohio river gunboat. Leaving Mason county
in 1870, he spent four years in Missouri, and then returned and established
his home at Springhill on the Great Kanawha. Impoverished by the Civil
war, he endured many privations and hardships in endeavoring to provide
for his large family and it was wholly impossible to give them any advantages.
Of the eleven children only five are now living. The eldest of the eleven.
Joseph P., to an unusual degree shared in the anxieties of his parents and
assisted them in the maintenance of the younger children, for this reason
being almost wholly without any opportunities for education or advancement.

Upon reaching the age of twenty-one a desire to attend school caused
Mr. Pfost to leave home and work for his board with a family and he
attended the district school during the winter months. To such splendid
advantage did he utilize these months that at the age of twenty-two he
obtained a first-grade certificate and began to teach in P>oone county, W. Va.,
his wages being $35 per month. In a short time he left for Missouri, where
for six months he attended school at Montrose, Henry county. From Mis-
souri he traveled overland with team and wagon, following the usual route
through Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho into Oregon, where
he parted from the expedition of which he had been a member, .\fter a
brief sojourn at Pendleton, Ore., he returned to Idaho and engaged in
ranching and teaminc: near Boise City. At the time of the Sittintj P



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 94 of 177)