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Biography of Judge Nathan Baker

Judge Nathan Baker, of Santa Ana, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, March 10, 1817. His parents, Nathan and Mary (Blizzard) Baker, both natives of Virginia, had three sons and two daughters. The subject of this sketch, the youngest and only one living, started west at the age of eighteen years, stopping first in Washington County, Iowa, and then in Lee County, same State, where he followed farming until 1849. In 1850 he was elected to the State Senate by that county, and at the close of his first term he resigned in order to come to California. He came by way of New Orleans and the Isthmus, and arrived in San Francisco, in May, 1851. The first three months he spent in mining in Shasta County; then was engaged upon a farm near Stockton a year, and in the fall of 1853 bought a stock of goods, the first ever taken to Visalia, and there engaged in the mercantile business until 1858, when he bought a ranch in that valley; but this proved to be a bad investment, for he lost all he had by the flood of 1861-’62. Engaging then in public affairs, he was elected County Judge of Tulare County. At the beginning of the Rebellion he was the only Republican officer in the county. After a four-years term as Judge, he again engaged in ranching, and again lost all he had by floods. He entered mercantile business at Portersville, and continued in the same from 1868 to 1878, when he came to Santa Ana and bought land, which he laid off into city lots and...

Biography of J. A. Rumble

As a prominent citizen of Wallowa county and one who has been closely identified with its development and interests since he has domiciled within its borders the subject of this sketch is deserving of especial mention in these abiding chronicles of our county, both because of this faithful effort on his part for the welfare of the public good and for his own intrinsic merit as a private citizen, and enterprising business man, while in connection with these we desire to mention his capabilities and probity and integrity, which have eminently fitted him for the leading position which he has so acceptably filled. In Washington County, Iowa, in 1842, J. A. Rumble was born to Wesley and Sarah E. (Holmes) Rumble, natives of West Virginia, but who became citizens of Iowa in an early day and remained there until the time of their death. The father was a prominent and honored citizen being frequently called to public office by an appreciative and intelligent constituency. When the bloody and fierce war of the Rebellion broke upon our fair land our subject was at once stirred for the country which he loved and his course was certain and noble, enlisting in the Fourth Iowa Cavalry, Company D in 1864. From that time until the close of the struggle he did faithful and intrepid service for the flag that marks the course of freedom and which he assisted to bear to victory in spite of the assaults of the enemy. From the field of battle, when the surrender of the foe was made, he stepped to the farm in his old home...

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