Under different statutes the board has
consisted of five and again of three members, and
sometimes the fully authorized number was not elected.
The following have served, being either elected or
appointed in the year set before their names.
1853—Loomis St. John, A. J. Lawrence,
John Poole, .Henry Burroughs, Warren S. Matthews.
1854—J. T. Pemberton, C. G. Sayles,
Anson Hadley, \V. S. Matthews, A. H. Murray.
1855—Anson Hadley, J. C. Reid, D. L.
1856—James Persian, William Packard.
1857—P. Goodhue, R. W. Coughran, J. C.
1858—G. E. Long, A. A. Wingfield.
l859—E. Van Valkenberg, J. C.
l860—William Campbell, R. K. Nichols,
H. W. Niles.
1863-A. M. Donelson, R. K. Nichols,
1865—W. R. Jordan.
1869—C. R. Wingfield, D. Stong, James
1871—W. E. Owen, C. R. Wingfield,
1873—E. N. Baker, James Barton, Samuel
Huntling, Edwin Giddings.
1877—J. H. Grimsley (succeeding
1879—J. H. Shore (succeeding Barton).
1882—S. M. Gilliam, W. H. Hammond, J I
W. C. Pogue, C. Talbot, S. E. Biddle.
1884—T. E. Henderson, M. Premo, J. W.
C. Pogue, D. V. Robinson, G. E. Shore. '
1886—James Barton, J. W. Newport.
1888—J. H. Woody.
1890—James Barton, S. L. N. Ellis, J.
1892—T. E. Henderson, T. B. Twaddle,
S. M. Gilliam.
1896—Robert Baker, T. B. Twaddle, J.
1898—D. V. Robinson, R. N. Clack.
l.900—R. W. McFarland, T. B. Twaddle,
W. H. Moffett.
1902—W. E. Hawkins, J. M. Martin.
1904—R. W. McFarland, T. B. Twaddle,
George Birkenhauer. 1906—E. Tout, J. M. Martin.
1908—A. C. Williams.
Under the old constitution the
judicial system provided for district courts, the
districts composed of a number of counties, and county
District Judges: In the organization
of Tulare county it was attached to the fifth judicial
district, which included all the San Joaquin and Tulare
valleys and the Sierra Nevada south of Calaveras county.
Charles M. Cramer was district judge, holding court at
In 1858 the thirteenth judicial
district was created, which included Tulare, Fresno,
Mariposa, Merced and Stanislaus counties. For this
district the following were elected: Ethelbert Burke in
1859; A. M. Bondurant in 1863; Alexander During,
appointed in 1865; A. C. Bradford in 1867, and
re-elected; A. C. Campbell in 1875; W. W. Cross in 1877.
County Judges: 1852, Walter H. Harvey;
1853, John Cutler, 1858, Robert C. Redd; 1859, William
Boring. E. E. Calhoun was appointed May 9, 1860. In 1860
C. G. Sayle was elected; 1863, Nathan Baker; 1867, S. J.
Garrison, who resigned, and S. A. Sheppard was
appointed; 1873, John Clark, who served until the
adoption of the new constitution when the office was
merged in the superior court.
Superior Judges: W. W. Cross, 1879,
and re-elected. The legislature of 1891 authorized a
second superior judge, and Wheaton A. Gray was
appointed. This act was repealed by the next
legislature. W. A. Gray, 1892; W. B. Wallace, 1898,
1904, 1910. The legislature of 1910-’11 created a second
department and J. A. Allen was appointed by the governor
State Senators: At first Tulare county
joined with Fresno in electing senators, but later the
senatorial district was confined to Tulare, Kings and
Kern counties. The following have served the county, the
date following the name being the date of election:
James H. Wade, 1852; J. A. McNeil, 1854; Samuel A.
Merritt, 1856; Thomas Baker, 1861; J. W. Freeman, 1863;
Thomas Fowler, 1869; Tipton Lindsey, 1873; Chester
Rowell, 1879; Patrick Reddy, 1882; John Roth, 1886;
George S. Berry, 1890; \V. A. Sims, 1894; II. L. Pace,
1898; E. O. Miller, 1906; E. O. Larkins, 1910.
Assemblymen: In the assembly district
Tulare and Inyo counties have for a long time been
united. The following is a list of those elected to the
assembly, the date being that of the election: John T.
Tivy, 1853; Thomas Baker, 1854; Robert R. Swan, 1855; O.
K. Smith, 1856; A. H. Mitchell, 1857; James M. Roane,
1858; Thomas M. Heston, 1859; O. K. Smith, 1860; Jas. C.
Pemberton, 1861; J. W. Freeman, 1862; Joseph C. Brown,
1863; E. W. Doss, 1869; John Burkhalter, 1871; W.
Canfield, 1873; J . A. Patterson, 1875; W. S. Adams,
1877; A. B. Du Brutz, 1879; Rufus E. Arrick, 1880; Allen
J . Atwell, 1882; E. L. De Witt, 1884; A. B. Butler,
1886; George S. Berry, 1888; W. S. Cunningham, 1890; W.
H. Alford, 1892; D. V. Robinson, 1894; W. P. Boone,
1896-98; H. Levinson, 1900; A. M. Lumley, 1902-04; P. W.
Forbes, 1906; G. W. Wylie, 1908-1910.
William Dill, 1852; O. K. Smith, 1853;
W. G. Poindexter, 1855; J. C. Reid, 1859; J. C.
Pemberton, 1860; W. C. Owen, 1861; John Meadows, elected
but did not serve; John Gill, 1864; Tilden Reid, 1865;
W. F. Thomas, 1867; A. H. Glasscock, 1869; Charles R.
Wingfield, 1873; J . H. Campbell, 1877; M. G. Wells,
1879; W. F. Martin, 1882; Alfred Baalam, 1884; George A.
Parker, 1886; D. G. Overall, 1888; E. W. Kay, 1890; A.
P. Merritt, 1894; B. B. Parker, 1898; W’. W. Collins,
J. B. Hatch, 1852; D. W. C. French,
1853; S. C. Brown, 1856; Samuel W. Beckman, 1865; S. A.
Sheppard, 1863; S. C. Brown, 1865; A. 'J. Atwell, 1867;
R. C. Redd, 1869; A. J. Atwell, 1871; George S. Palmer,
1873; W. W. Cross, 1874; E. J. Edwards, 1877; Oregon
Sanders, 1882; 1V. B. Wallace, 1884; C. G. Lamberson,
1886; W. R. Jacobs, 1888; M. E. Power, 1890-92; F. B.
Howard, 1894; J. A. Allen, 1898; Dan. McFadjean,
1902-06; Frank Lamberson, 1910.
Dr. Everett, 1852; J. B. Hatch, 1853;
C. G. Sayle, 1855; T. C. Hays, 1859; R. B. Sayles, 1861;
E. H. Dumble, 1863; A. II. Glasscock, 1865; T. H.
Hawkins, 1867; F. G. Jeffierds, 1871; Seth Smith, 1882;
D. F. Coffee, 1890; J . F. Gibson, 1894; Arthur Crowley,
1902; T. H. Blair, 1910.
J. T. Tivy, 1852; Early Lyons, 1853;
George Dyer, 1854; J. E. Scott, 1857.
The election of surveyor was neglected
at times, and the office temporarily filled by
appointment by the supervisors, O. K. Smith being
appointed on several occasions.
J. F. Lewis, 1865; J. M. Johnson,
1867; G. W. Smith, 1871; T. J. Vivian, 1875; J. M.
Johnson, 1876; Seth Smith, 1877; Thomas Creighton, 1882;
John S. Urton, 1886; A. T. Fowler, 1888; A. G. Patton,
1892; D. L. Wishon, 1894; Seth Smith, 1898; Byron
This office, until 1892,
was held ex-officio by the sheriff with the exception of
the term from 1877, when H. A. Keener was elected. Since
then the following: J. S. Johnson, 1892; G. V. Reed,
1898; J. W. Fewell, 1902.
J. C. Frankenberger, 1852; Charles R.
Wingfield, 1853; W. G. Russell, 1854; Erwin Johnson,
1860; John C. Reid, 1861; T. T. Hathaway, 1863; Paschal
Bequette, 1865; J. E. Scott, 1867; Wiley Watson, 1869;
Pleasant Byrd, 1871; John W. Crowley, 1873; Philip Wagy,
1877; H. A. Keener, 1879; W. W. Coughran, 1882; C. R.
Wingfield, 1886; D. S. Lipscomb, 1888; J. W. Crowley,
1894; J. E. Denny, 1898; H. Newman, 1902.
A. B. Gordon, 1852; County Clerk
ex-officio, 1853; Louis L. Bequette, 1861; T. J.
Shackleford, 1863; W. F. Thomas,' 1871; J. E. Denny,
1875; C. S. O’Bannon, 1877 ; J. E. Denny, 1882; W. F.
Thomas, 1884; J. M. Johnson, 1888; C. E. Evans, 1890; J.
E. Denny, 1892; Ira Chrisman, 1894; J. O. Thomas, 1898;
Ira Chrisman, 1902.
This office has usually been combined
with that of coroner. In
1854 L. Meadows held the office
independently, as did W. G. Davenport in 1861 and H. A.
Bostwick in 1862.
The clerk and recorder held this
office ex-officio until 18.77, when the following served
as noted: W. L. Kirkland, 1877; J. F. Jordan, 1879; Ben
Parker, 1882; D. G. Overall, 1884; C. T. Buckman, 1886;
W. W. Rea, 1892; E. M. Jefferds, 1894; T. H. Blair,
1898; Austin Foucht, 1910.
During several years the county clerk
has been ex-officio superintendent of schools. In 1855
W. G. Russell was elected, after which the clerk filled
the office until 1861, when the following served: B. W.
Taylor, 1861; J. W. Williams, 1863; T. O. Ellis, 1865;
M. S. Merril, 1871; S. G. Creighton, 1873; R. P. Merril,
1875; W. J. Ellis, 1879; C. H. Murphy, 1882; S. A.
Crookshank, 1890; J. S. McPhaill, 1894; S. A. Crookshank,
1898; C. J. Walker, 1902; J. E.Buckman, 1910.
W. H. McMillen, 1852; I. N. Bell,
1853; S. T. Corley, 1856; H. C. Townsend, 1859; M.
Baker, 1860; J. D. P. Thompson, 1860; W. A. Russell,
1863; J. R. Hamilton, 1865; Joseph Lively, 1867; D. L.
Pickett, 1871; R. P. Martin, 1873; W. A. Russell, 1875;
L. D. Murphy, 1877; L. M. Lovelace, 1879; T. W.
Pendergrass, 1888; O. S. Higgins, 1890; T. A. Sheppard,
1892; J. C. McCabe, 1894; T. C. Carruthers. 1898; E. R.
Du Brutz, 1902, died in office; T. M. Dungan, 1904;
filled vacancy; L. Locey, 1910.
of Tulare and Kings County California by
Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge, Published by
Historic Record Company, 1913]