Location: Oakland California

Biography of George Carl Plump

George Carl Plump is one of Redwood City’s citizens who can really say that he grew up with the town. Born in Redwood City 45 years ago when Redwood City was a scant settlement, Mr. Plump has watched a full-fledged city gradually unfold and cover the green fields and pastures that he used to romp over as a boy. Mr. Plump never wavered from his belief that the town of his birth was destined to become a thriving commercial city. After receiving his education in Redwood schools, Mr. Plump’s business activities over several years finally focused on Plump’s Grocery store, of which Mr. Plump is the owner and proprietor. Although building up his grocery business made large demands on Mr. Plump’s time, he found that he had time for other work. The result was that eight years ago his friends launched him into the city clerkship. Mr. Plump has held that office since. He was so thorough and capable in this position that he was quickly chosen to succeed himself at the expiration of his last term of office. Mr. Plump has been an enthusiastic worker for all public movements and has devoted considerable time and efforts to the welfare of Redwood. Among the movements in which he was especially interested, was the Redwood City orchestra of which he was formerly leader. George Carl Plump was born in Redwood...

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Biography of Robert W. Mantz

Robert W. Mantz is now entering on his fifth year as the first supervising principal of the Redwood City public schools. Beginning with about 300 pupils under his supervision the schools have now nearly 600 enrolled. On the initiative of Mr. Mint is the first public school playground in San Mateo County was equipped at Redwood City and a play ground carnival held to celebrate the event. Also on his recommendation sewing, cooking and manual training in all the grades were introduced, this being the first elementary school in the county to adopt these courses. The Redwood City Grammar School now has one of the best manual training laboratories in the state, housed in a separate building, and is successfully accomplishing junior high school work. The school has an annual exhibit in the school auditorium of hand work from all grades including furniture from the 7th and 8th grades. This exhibit is exceedingly popular, draws large crowds and antedates in its inception, the Junior Exposition of San Francisco by two years. Three years ago Mr. Mantz arranged for an art exhibit which resulted in the purchase of $400.00 worth of pictures and statuary for the classrooms and corridors. The school holds the state record for returns from such an exhibit. Two new school houses are now being built to accommodate the overflow in the lower grades from the Highlands...

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Biographical Sketch of Kenneth Milton Green

Kenneth M. Green, one of the County’s most promising and successful young attorneys, maintains his offices at San Mateo, in which City, he enjoys a large and growing practice. Mr. Green is essentially a local product, having come with his parents to San Mateo County at an early age. He is a graduate of the San Mateo Grammar School and a member of the first graduating class from the San Mateo Union High School, and is, at present writing, President of the Alumni Association of the latter institution. After attending Stanford University, he studied law. in one of the leading law offices in San Francisco, and, in 1909, was admitted to practice in all the Courts of this State, as well as the Federal Courts of this District. Mr. Green has been honored with office in several fraternal organizations, being a Past Master of San Mateo Lodge of Masons, Past President of San Mateo Aerie of Eagles and Past President of San Mateo Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He is also member of the Elks and the Moose. His hobby and particular interest, outside of his profession, is chickens, of the feathered variety, and he is President of the San Mateo County Poultry Association. Kenneth Milton Green was born in Oakland, California, on the 25th day of July, 1887, is unmarried and is the eldest...

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Biography of Loren Coburn

Although a resident of Pescadero, the active years of Mr. Coburn’s life have been spent in the mining regions of California and the growing cities of Oakland and San Francisco. Loren Coburn was born in Berlin, Orange County, Vermont, January 11, 1826, with New England blood, a promise of future success. When ten years of age, his home was changed to Massachusetts, where he remained until he started for California in 1851. He shipped from New York on the steamer Falcon, bound for Cuba. After passing over the Isthmus of Panama he took passage on the ship Panama, arriving in San Francisco on June 1, 1851. From there he went to the northern mines, by way of Sacramento, Greenwood valleys, and remained four months at the placers, on the middle fork of the American River. On returning to San Francisco, laden with the fruits of his successful mining experience, he was induced to enter a business life. He engaged in the livery business in Oakland where he remained four years, after which he disposed of his stable and bought another in San Francisco, continuing in active business for twelve years. While still in the city, Mr. Coburn purchased the Punto del Ano Nuevo Rancho, a Spanish Grant of four leagues. After the sale of his San Francisco business he leased his ranch to the Steele Brothers, and in 1866...

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Biographical Sketch of William H. Brown

No person is more responsible for San Mateo County’s highway system than William H. Brown, Supervisor from the Second Township. The scenic boulevards which lure thousands of autoists into the county every day is a realization of Brown’s dream of years ago. The second township shows Brown’s good roads mania. Practically all its paved roads and boulevards have been built during his term of office. At a cost of $10,000 he has just completed the resurfacing of the road from Beresford to Redwood City. As a member of the Board of Supervisors and chairman for one term, Brown has worked faithfully for the interests of the county at large. At a speech delivered at San Bruno in 1912 he started the good roads movement that resulted in the passing of the $1,250,000 bond issue and the building for this county of one of the finest systems of boulevards in the United States. Brown has also been exceedingly active in the affairs of San Mateo. In 1904 he was elected city trustee and he served one term as mayor. He was one of the organizers and the first foreman of the San Mateo fire department. Mr. Brown has also been one of the mainstays of the San Mateo County Development Association, being a member of the Board of Governors. William H. Brown came from one of California’s oldest families. He...

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Biography of Peter Goyette

PETER GOYETTE.- Energetic and enterprising, the subject of this sketch has passed a life of marked activity in the various places where he has migrated, having been in Union county for one-third of a century in which time he has been one of the most successful of its army of agriculturists and stockmen. Mr. Goyette is possessed of all the fervor of the Gallic nature with its vividness and practical powers of accomplishment, and although not native born, has like so many of that noted race, made a most commendable record for patriotism and stability in stanch support of the free institutions of his foster land. He was born to Antoine and Rose (Gouse) Goyette, natives of Canada, in East Canada, near Montreal, on April 5, 1841. There he received his education and remained on the farm with his parents until 1858, when his spirit of adventure led him to the “States.” He landed in Burlington, Vermont and went to work at brick-making, cutting wood in the winter, following this for two years, and then took a place in the cotton mills at Three Rivers, Massachusetts, at eleven dollars per month, his board costing eight of that. Three months of this service was sufficient for his restless spirit and on February 5, 1860, he, in company with his cousin and a friend, boarded the steamer Golden Gate and made...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur Douglas Baldwin

Baldwin, Arthur Douglas; lawyer; born, Hawaiian Islands, Apr. 8, 1876; son of Henry P. and Emily Alexander Baldwin; educated, Oakland, Cal., High School; Hotchkiss School, Conn.; Yale, B. A.; Harvard Law School, LL. B.; married, Cleveland, June 17, 1902, Reba Louise Williams: 5 children, Henry, Louise, Fred, Alexander and Sarah; with Judge Daniel Babat of Crestline served on commission to codify Ohio Children’s Law, 191142; candidate on Progressive ticket for State representation in 1912 (unsuccessful); member Brathenal School Board 1910-13; member troop A, O. N. G., 1901-3; organized law firm of Crowell & Baldwin in 1908; this firm dissolved in 1911; sec’y Workingmen’s Collatteral Loan Co.; director American Fabric & Belting Co.; member Nisi Prius Club; trustee Cleveland Federation for Charity and Philanthropy; Babies’ Dispensary and Hospital; sec’y Legal Aid Society; member Executive Board Civic League’ of Cleveland Municipal Ass’n; director City Club; member Union, Tavern, Country, Mayfield, University and Chagrin Valley Hunt Clubs. Recreations: Horseback Riding and...

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Biography of Keith Earl Sprague

Keith Earl Sprague. Among the men whose ability and high personal character have lent strength and solidity to the financial institutions of Wilson County, Keith Earl Sprague occupies a recognized place. A man of broad experience in various fields of business life, since 1913 he had been identified with the Benedict State Bank in the capacity of president, and through his shrewd and careful direction of its affairs had made this institution one of the substantial banking houses of the county. Mr. Sprague was born in Wilson County, Kansas, November 26, 1881, and is a son of C. A. and Jennie (Barringer) Sprague. Mr. Sprague belongs to a family of English-Dutch origin, which was founded in New York during colonial times by an emigrant from Holland. His grandfather was Harvey A. Sprague, who was born in 1812, in New York, where he resided all his life, the active part of which was passed in farming in the vicinity of Churchville, Monroe County. About the year 1872 he removed to Buffalo, where he lived in retirement until his death, which occurred in 1902, when he had reached the advanced age of ninety years. Mr. Sprague took part in a great deal of the Indian fighting of the early days in New York, and was a member of the New York State Militia. He married Ellen Smith, who was born in...

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Tierney, Lucy E. – Obituary

Lucy E. Tierney Enterprise, Oregon T.C. Bunnell, received word last week of the death of his daughter, Mrs. E.W. Tierney at Richmond, California. Mrs. Tierney has been in failing health for some time, and went to California last fall in hopes of benefit to her health. Her mother, Mrs. T.C. Bunnell of this place, was with her at the time of her death having gone there just one week previous in response to a telegram telling of her daughter’s serious condition. Wallowa County Reporter Thursday June 26, 1919 Lucy E. Tierney, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. T.C. Bunnell was born and raised in Wallowa County. The deceased was born April 12th, 1889 and died June 19, 1919, aged thirty years, two months and seven days. The deceased had been in poor health for some time and moved to Oakland, California on June 19th, 1918 in hopes of benefiting her health. The deceased leaves a father, mother and one sister and two brothers to mourn her loss. The brothers are Thomas E. Bunnell and Clarence M. Bunnell and the sister, Mrs. C. E. Hart, all of Enterprise, Oregon. Funeral services were held in Enterprise last Tuesday and interment made in the Enterprise, cemetery. The relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in the bereavement. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday June 26,...

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Cowden, Robert – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Robert “Bob” Cowden of Joseph died May 10, 2006, at his son’s home in Davis, Calif. He was 74. Mr. Cowden was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., to Earl and Margaret Cowden. He spent vacations as a child with his grandparents on their coffee plantation in Managua, Nicaragua. He graduated from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, Calif., in 1950. He then enrolled at the University of California at Davis, but his education was put on hold because of the Korean War. After completing a tour in the Navy he returned to the university. It was there he met and married Diane Kessler. While a student in the two-year animal husbandry program at Davis, he was employed part-time in the Department of Agricultural Engineering. Soon, he joined the Cal Aggie Flying Farmers and soon got his pilot license. While a member of that organization he served one term as president in 1960-61. During his career with the University, he was involved in large-scale forest service programs in Montana and New Mexico, orchard spray projects, mosquito abatement, spraying with pheromones, air pollution and various pesticide application studies throughout California. Mr. Cowden was actively involved in aquatic activities from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. After 30 years with the university, he and his wife Diane moved to Joseph, where they lived at Wallowa Lake. Shortly after moving...

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Ames, Maggie P. Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Died, in Oakland, California, January 7, 1925, Mrs. Maggie P. Ames, age 89 years. Maggie Pelham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrenus Peham, was born at Malone, Clinton county, Iowa. In 1861 she was married to George W. Ames and started as a bride across the plains in a prairie schooner. They landed in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1862. It is said they were the first white folks to cross the river to where Cove now stands. They purchased a tract of land that suited them, and today Union is built on a considerable portion of the Ames land. They homesteaded what is now the E. Draper place in High Valley and later bought up land near it. They engaged in farming and stock raising and Mrs. Ames was as active in the work as her husband until death separated them in 1904, when Mr. Ames passed on. Mrs. Ames continued her residence in Union until about 8 years ago when she went to California to spend her remaining days with her sister, Mrs. Esther Metcalf, of Oakland. Mrs. Ames was one of the early pioneers of Union. She was a great worker, endured many hardships and privations in early days here and was rewarded with great prosperity. She was a good Christian woman and a faithful member of the Adventist Church for the...

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Deshaver, Osie Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Osie Deshaver Died Last Week In California Mrs. A. Willis last week received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Osie Deshaver at Oakland, Calif., which occurred January 6. Mrs. Deshaver was 26 years of age. She was a former resident of this section where she spent practically all her life. Her husband Lester Deshaver and two children Ruth, 8 and Roger, 5, survive. Besides Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Daisy Long of Muddy Creek and Mrs. Edna Best, of Baker also sisters survive. Carlie Toney of Haines, was a brother. Funeral services were held in Oakland Friday, and burial took place in the California City. North Powder News Saturday, January 16,...

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Ruckman, Bessie G. – Obituary

Former Imbler resident Bessie G. Ruckman died May 3 in Oakland, Calif. She was 81. Mrs. Ruckman was born Nov 4, 1903, in Jackson, Mo., to Thomas and Sophronia Kasinger. She and her family moved to Imbler in 1912. She married Virgil Audmer Ruckman of Alicel on June 10, 1922. In 1924, the couple moved to Oakland. Mrs. Ruckman was an employee of the Pacific Telephone Co., until she retired in 1957. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Betty Gene Graybeal of Oakland, and Mrs. Audrea C. Carero of Castro Valley, Calif.; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren, a great-great granddaughter; sister Loal Wright of Nevada City, Calif.; nieces and nephews including Mrs. Joanne Wiseman, Mrs. June Kohler, and Bud Glenn of Union County; and other relatives. Private family services were held at the Summerville Cemetery. La Grande Observer May 13,...

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Ruckman, Virgil Audmer – Obituary

Imbler, Union County, Oregon Virgil Ruckman, age 74, former resident of Imbler, died Tuesday, Feb 25, at Oakland, Calif.. Ruckman was born on April 27, 1900, at Alicel, the son of Samuel and Lillian Ruckman. On June 10, 1922, he was married to Bessie Kasinger of Imbler. After farming in the Imbler area for a year they moved to Oakland,Calif. Survivors include his daughters, Mrs. William [Betty Gene] Graybeal and Mrs.. George [Audrea] Seitz, both of Oakland; sister, Mrs. Dale [Lucretia] Brookshire, Imbler, brother, Clark Ruckman, La Grande; stepbrother, Walter Phillips, Salem: two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Private graveside services will be held at Summerville. La Grande Observer February 28,...

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