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Adams, George W. of Los Angeles, Born Monticello, Wisconsin 1865. Educated at Iowa State Agricultural College, Ames, Iowa, and law dep't University of Iowa. Graduated 1891. Practiced 10 years in Iowa. Came to Los Angeles 1902; since that year has been principally engaged in corporation and commercial law practice. Member of University Club of Los Angeles and K. of P. In politics Republican. Married, 1896, Miss Iva E. Binford, a native of Marshalltown, Ia.; two daughters.

Albright, Porter H. of Los Angeles, Born Macon County, Missouri, Sept. 29, 1882. Educated public schools; pursued civil engineering course University of Missouri. For one year in employ of Blodgett Construction Co., Kansas City, Mo. One year with Waddell & Hedrick, bridge engineers, of Kansas City. Came to Los Angeles in 1905. With Los Angeles Railway 1905-6; Assistant Engineer Los Angeles Pacific Co. 1906-8; Engineer Los Angeles Pacific Co. 1908 and following. Member Univ. Club, So. Cal. Academy of Sciences and Engineers and Architects Ass'n.
Alexander, George of Los Angeles; Born near Glasgow, Scotland, Sept. 21, 1839. In 1850 family came to U. S., residing for five years in Chicago; 1856 moved to Tama Co. Iowa. Spent boyhood and youth as a Chicago newsboy and working on his father's Iowa farm. Civil War soldier, enlisting in 1862 and serving to close in Co. E, 24th Iowa Vol. Inf. Then worked in Belle Plaine, Iowa, for five years; continued in grain business at Toledo and Dysart, that state, and in 1887 sold it and located at Los Angeles. From 1890 to Jan. 1, 1901, identified with City Street dept.; Supervisor Los Angeles County., from latter date to Jan. 1, 1909; present Mayor, elected Mar. 26, 1909. Republican. Mem. Municipal League and City, Union League and Gamut Clubs; Knight Templar and Shriner. Married, Apr. 15, 1862, Anna Yeiser, a native of Ohio; two children living.
Allerton, Samuel W. of Pasadena, Born Armenia, Dutchess Co., N.Y.; May 26, 1829. Located in Chicago 1856 and since that time his business life has been largely devoted to the live stock and packing interests. One of the founders of the Union Stock Yards of Chicago in 1866. For many years has been a director of the Chicago City Railway. His business career has been one of continual activity and unquestioned integrity. Married 1860 to Miss Pamilla Thompson of Canton, Ill. Polictically always an uncompromising Republican. For many years his winter residence has been in beautiful Pasadena.
Ames, Wiltcie B. of Los Angeles, Born Royalton, Wisconsin. 1869. Care of invalid father prevented early education. Left an orphan at thirteen. Worked for two years in the pineries and mines of Wisconsin and Michigan; one year at carpentry; and several years as nursery and book agent. Reached position of general western manager of book house and moved to Pacific coast. Took night course at Univ. of Oregon; studied law; admitted to bar 1893; prac. Portland. Organized Ames Mercantile Agency of Portland, Seattle, Merchants Bank, Los Angeles, 1905, serving as Pres. until consolidation with Bank of Los Angeles, becoming its head. In 1908 severed relations with latter to organize and become Pres. of City and County Bank of Los Angeles.
Apablasa, Juan Cayetano of Los Angeles, son of Juan Apablasa and Maria del Esperitu Santo Blanco. Born in San Diego in 1847, about eight years after his father arrived from Chile. Cayetano was raised on the family ranch adjacent to the Los Angeles Plaza, attended parochial schools, and during the Civil War worked as a wheelwright in the Wilmington Shipyards. After the war he opened a blacksmith shop, became interested in local politics, and was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. As a realtor and landowner he leased his property to the Chinese and turned his other land holdings into commercial use. The Workingman's Party nominated him to the State Senate in 1880. In 1889 he was thrown from his horse and within weeks died at age forty-two. His widow Concepcion Carrasco and their ten children, ranging from ages one to twenty years old, survived him. In 1892 Mrs. Apablasa married Los Angeles Judge Ildefanso Sepulveda. Mrs. Apablasa-Sepulveda continues to hold the family property that has now become a developed area of railroads, warehouses, and other commercial buildings. [1910]
Austin, John C. W. of Los Angeles, Born Bodicote, Oxfordshire, England, Feb. 13, 1870, son of Richard W. and Jame E. Austin. Educated English private schools; architect's apprentice under William Sampson Barwick. Came to U.S. 1890, first locating at Philadelphia; 1892-5 in San Francisco, and since latter year in Los Angeles. In prac. in U.S. since 1890. Architect of the following building Potter Hotel, Santa Barbara; Leighton, Alvarado and Fremont hotels, Los Angeles; Wright & Callender building; First M. E. church, Los Angeles; First M.E. church Pasadena; Califonria Hospital, Angeles Hospital, So. Cal. College of Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Univ. So. Cal.(rebuilt), Harvard Military Academy and Madam Ida Hancock residence. Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner; associate mem. American Institute Architects; Pres. Los Angeles Humane Society; mem. Chanber of Commerce and Jonathan Club. Married and has five children

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