Mariposa County GenWeb

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 Jeannette Harper
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A  > L   M >  Z
Applegate, Lewis Hamer 1844     Magoon, William H. 1846  
Bloed, C. J. 1869     McBeth, John 1823  
Brown, Charles A. 1852    Meese, William 1824 
Casaretto, David 1856     Morgan, Francis Edward
Casaretto, Joshua 1859     Nelson, Henry 1844  
Cody, Nelson Lowell Adams 1848     Pate, Stephen M. 1859  
Cornett, J. R. 1877     Raynor, Andres S. 1865  
Cunningham, James 1824  1908    Rector, Elbridge Gerry 1816  1902 
Davis, Solomon Paul 1842    Rector, Thomas Blackstone 1863  
Dobson, Robert Crawford 1836     Robinson, Fred Amherst 1864  
Doyle, George D. 1868     Roduner, John A. 1853  
Drummond, Lewis Craig 1828  1882   Ruddle, John 1830  1925 
Farnsworth, Eldridge C   Ryan, James (Jr.) 1878  
Freitas, Jose F. 1862     Shipley, R. 1827  
Gambs, John 1827    Souza, Joseph R. 1877  
Gibbons, John Wesley 1858     Stevinson, James J. 1828  1907 
Givens, Samuel Lewis 1842     Stevinson, Louisa Jane 1840  
Holly, S. B. 1831     Turner, William C. 1827  1892 
Jordan, Thomas 1863     Vincent, George Paul
Kylberg, H. 1865     White, William T. 1868  
Larew, John S. 1862     Youd, Joseph James 1873  
Lord, Elmer Leaman    


George Paul Vincent is president of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, has been a director in the California Raisin Pool and has been active in public farm matters for the last ten years or more.

Mr. Vincent is the son of Manuel and Laura (Paul) Vincent, born November 15, 1890, at Selma. His father was a. native of the Azores islands, who was brought to Mariposa county, California, by his widowed mother in 1871.  Manuel Vincent first; located at Selma in 1887, starling as a blacksmith and developing his business into a general implement trade, he became interested in the First National bank, of which he became president, and helped organize the Selma Savings bank, of which he also was president. Associated with his son, Paul, he followed the real estate and insurance business for many years as well as farming on a large scale.

Paul Vincent was educated in the Selma schools, and then secured the degree of M. D. C. from the Chicago Veterinary college. Returning to California, be practiced his profession for two years at Turlock and at Selma, then associated himself with his father's farming and real estate business.  He is at present engaged in farming to the extent of looking after his late father's properties in various parts of California, in Los Angeles, Fresno and Stanislaus counties.

He is married to Eleanor Bellamy, a native of Missouri: They have four children: Paula, Phyllis, Laura Jane and Patricia.  Mr.Vincent is a past master of the Selma Lodge of Masons, and a member of the Royal Arch Masons.  He is also a member of the Selma Community club. [Pages 186-187]



Elmer Leaman Lord, president and manager of the Fisher-Glassford Hardware company, and president of the Fresno Merchants association, was born in Mariposa county, California, on April 8, 1894, the son of Joseph and Clara (Latchaw) Lord. His parents were also both born in Mariposa county, and his father, who is now retired arid living in Fresno, was formerly in the cattle business.

Elmer Leamon Lord received his education in the public schools of Mariposa county and at Heald's Business College.

He joined the firm of Fisher-Glassford in 1911 as stenographer and bookkeeper and continued until 1914, when he became connected with the old Fresno National bank, where he remained until December, 1915, when Mr.  Lord, Frank Smith and A. M. Bopp purchased the business of Fisher-Glassford and Mr. Lord became secretary and treasurer. In 1927 he purchased Mr.  Smith's interest in the business, and Mr. Lord became president of the company.  The business of Fisher-Glassford, which is one of the oldest and largest hardware and crockery houses in Fresno, was established in 1903, and was originally located on Fulton street, later on Tulare street, and subsequently moved back to Fulton street. The store was moved to its present location at the corner of Fulton and Merced in June 1932.  During the World war Mr. Lord served in the 158th Aero squadron of the United States Army, and spent seven months in England, and about the same length of time in France. He was aboard the S. S. Tuscania when it was torpedoed, with a loss of three hundred lives.

He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Sciots and the Elks Lodge.  Mr. Lord was married on June 8, 1919, to Sena Jensen, and they are the parents of four children: Melvin E., Donald E., Levern I., and Betty Jo Dell Lord. [page 297]

History of Fresno County And The San Joaquin Valley  By Lilbourne Alsip Winchell Under the Editorial Supervision of Ben R Walker ~ A H Cawston, Publisher ~ 403 Pacific-Southwest Building ~ Fresno, California ~Exponent Print ~ Reedley, Calif. - 1933



Francis Edward Morgan is a Native Son of the Golden West and one of the prominent physicians of Santa Cruz, coroner of the county, and a genial, whole-souled, good fellow. He was born in Hornitos, Mariposa County, California, August 29, 1857, and came to Santa Cruz while he was quite young. His education was received in the public schools of this county. He graduated from the medical department of the Uni­versity of California in 1881, and immediately thereafter began the practice of his pro­fession in Santa Cruz. In 1886 he was appointed county physician and was elected to the office of coroner and public administrator, and was re-elected in 1890, holding these positions at the present time.

He was married, November 24, 1884, to Annie M. Downey, the result of the union being three children, Amy, Arlie, and Edward. The doctor is a member of the Santa Cruz Parlor, No. 9o, N.. S. G. W., and order of K. of P.

Dr. Morgan is slender, with a quick, active, nervous temperament, and a disposition that revels in fun. The doctor has a large and lucrative practice, and his friends are legion. He is kept continually busy, a fact which he seems to appreciate, as a temperament like his may wear a long time but would very soon rust out.

History of Santa Cruz County, California  City of Publication: San Francisco, Calif. 1892 Harrison, E S, Author [Pages 290 - 291]


Commercial activity in Merced finds a worthy representative in Frank D. Robinson, who has been engaged as a commercial photographer for the past thirteen years at this place, where he has built up a far-reaching and satisfactory business, his work extending over the entire county. He is a native of the county, born near Merced Falls, on March 17, 1875, a son of Dr. William and Malissa (Yonker ) Robinson, whose sketch may also be found in this work.  Frank D. Robinson received a public school education and while the greater part of his life has been spent on a farm he has been employed in various lines of work, broom making, smithing and milling; he learned mineralogy in the old Mariposa Mine. Since taking up commercial photography he has been content to make Merced his permanent home.

Mr. Robinson's marriage united him with Miss Edith Gann, a daughter of Eli Gann, a California pioneer of Mariposa County.  Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were the parents of one son, Ernest Alton, who was accidentally killed when only eighteen years of age. Mr.  Robinson is independent in his political views, voting for the man best fitted for office, rather than be confined to strict party lines.  Fraternally he is a member of Willow Lodge No. 121, I. 0. 0. F., of Snelling, in which he is a Past Grand; he also belongs to Yosemite Lodge No. 30, K. of P., of Merced. [Page 693]

History of Merced County California ~ History By John Outcalt ~ Historic Record Company Los Angeles, California 1925



For the past thirty-five years Eldridge C. Farnsworth, Sr., member of the law firm of Farnsworth, McClure, Burke & Maddox has practiced his profession in Visalia, California, and is now one of the oldest and best known members of the local bar. He was born in Mariposa county, California, where his father, Calvin E. Farnsworth, resided for forty years. Calvin E. Farnsworth was a native of what is now the state of West Virginia. He married Ann Isabel McCready, who was born in Ireland, reared in Pennsylvania, and in 1859 came to California.

Eldridge C. Farnsworth was educated in the San Francisco schools, after which he entered the Hastings Law College, from which he was graduated in 1884. The same year he was admitted to practice by the California supreme court. From that time until 1890 he practiced in Amador county and part of that time was district attorney. In 1890 he came to Visalia, where he has since resided and has taken an interest in many local matters pertaining to the public wealth. He served for some time as president of the Visalia Board of Education, and in 1894 was elected mayor of the city.

Mr. Farnsworth is a prominent figure in fraternal circles. He is a member of Visalia Lodge No. 128, F. & A. M.; is also al Royal Arch Mason, a Knight Templar, and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Islam Temple of San Francisco ; a Knight of Pythias; a member of Visalia Lodge No. 1298, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and belongs to the Woodmen of the World.

While practicing law in Amador county Mr. Farnsworth was married to Miss Cora Madge McLaine, a native of that county, and they have two daughters : Mrs. Lillian M. Burke of Visalia ; and Mrs. Winifred F. Booth of Los Angeles.

History of Tulare County California: By Kathleen Edwards Small ~ History of Kings County, California: By J Larry Smith Volume 1 - Chicago - The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1926 - Page 161

The above biographies transcribed by: Martha A Crosley Graham

History of Merced County, California:
with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, farms, residences, public buildings, factories, hotels, business houses, schools, churches, and mines; form original drawings by artists of the highest ability, with biographical sketches of promonent citizens
J Carlyle Parker
Elliott & Moore, Publishers, San Francisco, CA

The Biographies for Mariposa County are indexed below:
The History can be read online or downloaded here.

Name Page
Black, A G 156
Buffum, E W 161
Cathey, Andrew 122
Dean, T C 145
Givens, Thomas 160
Nelson, Charles C 149
Pate, Francis M 122
Penegar, G R 160
Scott, Samuel 132
Stoneroad, N B 134
Stoneroad, N B [Mrs] 136
Turner, William C 142
Wheat, Job 139

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