Bakersfield Californian 15 Oct 1948 p 13 c 1
Liked Job, Fellow Workers, Now to Retire After 54 Years Interesting work, the "fairest bunch of fellow workers to be found anywhere," and the feeling of having having a part in building a better Bak- «rsiield kept William R. Dumble, 77, on the same job for 64 years. At his 509 Niles street home today, today, Mr. Dumble summed up more than a half century of service with the 'Kern County Land Company. He retires October 31 at the end. of a month's vacation. A resident of Bakersfield for 75 Surgeon Enters Practice in City Dr. Leonard C, Hallendorf, surgeon, surgeon, recently arrived in Bakersfield, Bakersfield, where he is now associated with Dr. Robert F. Foote, 1304 Chester avenue, it was disclosed today. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Hallendorf came here from Muscatine, Iowa, where he had practiced as a surgeon for the past two years. Prior to entering private practice in Iowa, the doctor for three and « half years studied at the Mayo Clinic,- Rochester, Minn., where he qualified for membership in the American Board of Surgery. He has written several articles on surgery, the latest of which appeared In the August edition of the medical journal, Surgical Clinics of North America. He married the former Lorraine Elder, of Des Moines, and has two children, Terry Jean, 3, and Lenny, 2. The family has established residence residence at 223 Cypress street years, Mr. Dumble went to work for the land company as a sheet-metal worker in November, 1894, after studying engineering in technical schools in Oakland. Wins Promotions In the mechanical department, where he remained during his entire time with the company, Mr. Dumble was soon promoted to shop foreman foreman and in 1924 to superintendent. He supervised installation of water lines, pumps and electricity on company property throughout the west. "One had to be qualified to do almost everything." he reminisced. "I worked and supervised work on company projects all over. I covered covered a lot of territory." He outlasted four company managers. managers. The fourth, Hugh S. Allen, retired only a few months ago, Had Own "Business Before joining the company, he operated a business of his own, a hardware store and plumbing «hop here. After that, his first task was installation work for the old Electric-Water Company, a subsidiary subsidiary of the Kern County Land Company, Company, later absorbed by the Cafi- fornia Water Service. In those days, company headquarters headquarters were at H and Twentieth streets. Then the company opened a main office In the old Southern Hotel at Nineteenth street and Chester Chester avenue. About 1893 It moved into present quarters at 1700 Nineteenth Nineteenth street. "There's been a lot of transformation, transformation, quite a lot," Mr. Dumble observed. "It was just a matter of spreading out and improving everything everything aa you went along."