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Baldwin, James V. of Los Angeles. Born at Weston, Ohio, October 25, 1870. Educated public schools and Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware. From 1891 to 1897 engaged in mercantile business at Weston, Ohio. Came to Los Angeles 1897, since which time has been engaged in the real estate business. Wilshire Blvd. and West Adams Heights are some of his most successful ventures. Member of the Realty Board; Jonathan and Los Angeles Country Clubs. Married 1891. Miss Maude L. Munn of Weston, Ohio.  
Bartle, John Henry - of Monrovia. Born July 22, 1855; son of John and Thirza (Reynolds) Bartle. Educated public schools. Commenced business life at the age of thirteen in a dry goods store. Came to Monrovia 1887. Since 1888 in banking business. President First National Bank since January 1, 1894; also President of Monrovia Savings Bank and First National Bank of Elmonte. Royal Arch Mason. In politics Republican. Married, August 25, 1885, Miss Amelia Bowerman; three children.    
Bartlett, William Springer of Los Angeles. Born South Bend, Indiana, where he had practical mercantile training; commenced banking career in San Francisco as bookkeeper for California Trust Co. (later National Gold Bank and Trust Co.), of which he became Cashier; subsequently came to Southern California and organized several banks and other corporations; in February, 1898, became President Union Bank of Savings, of Los Angeles, and after it merged with the German-American Savings Bank became, as now, head of the consolidated institution. One of the promoters and organizers of the Home Telephone Co., Los Angeles; Treasure and Director Y.M.C.A. Member California Club. In politics, Republican; in religion, Presbyterian. Married at Oakland, Ca., Miss F. C. Gray, of Virginia.    
Barton, Herbert Parks of Los Angeles. Born Worcester, Mass., December 25, 1866, Clara Barton, illustrious founder of the Red Cross Society, being his great-aunt. Graduated Oxford (Mass.) High School 1882; student at Worcester Business College and Academy; then until 1887, followed insurance business in Worcester and Webster, Mass. Graduated Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, 1890; interned in Jefferson Hospital; practiced at Ontario, where assisted in organizing Board of Health; after two and a half years came to Los Angeles, where he has confined himself to surgery and Clara Barton Hospital, which he founded, 1904, and is President and General Manager. Member of leading medical society; prominent Mason. Married, 1890, Frances J. Vasseur; one child, Chandler Parks.
Bergstrom, George Edwin of Los Angeles. Born Neenah, Wisconsin, March 12, 1876. Educated public schools; graduated Phillips-Andover Academy. Andover, Mass., 1893; Sheffield Scientific School of Yale, 1896; and Mass. Institute of Technology, 1899. 1899-1901 in practice of profession New York City. Then spent two years in the field. Came toLos Angeles 1903. Since 1905 member firm Parkinson & Bergstrom, Architects. Member Jonathan, California and University Clubs of Los Angeles and the Yale Club of new York City. Married 1903, Miss Nancy Kimberly of Neenah, Wisconsin.  
Benton, Arthur B. of Los Angeles. Born Peoria, Illinois, April 17, 1858. Descendant Andrew and Hannah (Stocking) Benton, Milford, Conn., 1639, and William and Annis Chandler, Andover, Mass., 1630. Educated Peoria schools; graduated 1877; student School of Art and Design, Topeka, Kansas. Began professional career in architect's department, chief engineer's office, Santa Fe Railroad, Topida; there 1887 to 1890; from 1890 to 1891 in chief engineer's office U. P. Railroad, Omaha; architect in private practice in Los Angeles since spring 1892. Governor California Society Colonial Wars; associate American Institute Architects; Secretary Landmarks Club; member California Society Sons of Revolution, University Club of Redlands, and Jonathan and Union League clubs of Los Angeles.  
Blackstock, N. of Los Angeles. Born Asheville, N.C. 1846. Educated private schools in Tennessee. Served four years as a Confederate soldier; six months 27th N. C. Calvary; three years, six months, 1st S.C. Artillery. Studied law and admitted Tennessee bar 1868; all corts California 1875 and U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.,1882. Came to Los Angeles 1875 by stage; thirty years resided and practiced Ventura. Railroad Commissioner 1905-7; resigned to become Vice President Merchants Bank & Trust Co., also Trust Officer. Three years Eminent Commander of Ventura Commandery No. 18; now member Golden West Commandery No.43 and Mystic Shriner. Republican. Member Union League and Federation clubs, Los Angeles. Married, 1868, Abbie Smith of Newport, Tenn.  
Blankenship, R. F. of Glendora. Born Jonesburg, Mo., March 8, 1873. Educated common schools. From 1901 to 1903 general storekeeper Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad. Came to California 1904, locating at Azusa, where he resided until January, 1907, when he removed to Glendora. Since 1906 has been connected with the Glendora Citrus Association and Movember, 1907, was appointed its manager. Was a delegate to California Fruit Grower's Convention at Kansas City, 1908. Mason and K. of P.  
Blinn, Lewis W. of Los Angeles. Born Dresden, Me., December 22, 1842. Educated public schools and Maine Wesleyan University, Kents Hill. Came to California and located in San Francisco 1864, and since that year has been engaged in lumber business. President of L. W. Blinn Co., Golden Gate Lumber Co., Lumber and Mill Co. of Whittier, State Bank of San Pedro and Provident Mutual Building & Loan Association; also Director of Citizens National Bank. Independent in politics and member Independent Church of Christ; also, Jonathan and Sunset clubs. Married, December, 1867, Celia Little, a native of Maine, have one son.    
Bradshaw, William G. of Los Angeles. Born Somerville, Mass., January 16, 1861; came to Los Angeles in 1882 and since 1886 has been engaged in real estate business, and identified with the growth and development of the city, being a member of the Realty Board, Chamber of Commerce and Union League Club. Promoter and largest owner of Wilshire Blvd. Hets., a high-grade subdivision situated in the western portion of the city, corner Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. Has always made a specialty of first-class residence and business property; also extensively interested in oil and mining properties. By years of square dealing has created a reputation for honesty and reliability not excelled by any one in the community.    
Brainerd, Edward R. of Los Angeles. Born St.Albans, Vermont, 1856, Graduated Middlebury (Vt.) College (A.B. 1879); A.M., 1882; received B.D. from Union (N.Y.) Seminary, 1883; member Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Psi fraternities. Came to Los Angeles 1886; Vice President Traders Bank and for past sixteen years engaged in investments and dealings in Los Angeles business property. Member University, Union League and Overland Clubs. In politics, Republican. Married, December 1, 1884, Miss Louise E. McDonald of Quebec, Canada.    


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