Note: AND COUNTY CALIFORNIA BY WILLIAM A. SPALDING VOLUME III 1931 Page 298
For over sixty years Arthur C. Harper has been a resident of LosAngeles and is numbered among its enterprising, able and successfulbusiness men, being president of the Consolidated Pipe Company, ofBakersfield, this state.
He was born in Columbus, Mississippi, March 13, 1866, son ofCharles F. and Martha W.M. (Mullen) Harper, the former a native ofNorth Carolina and the latter of Mississippi. His father enlisted inthe Confederate army at the outbreak of the Civil War and servedthroughout, taking part in some of its most important battles andcampaigns. After the close of the war he moved to New York, butshortly afterwards came to the Pacific coast. He located first in SanFrancisco, where he remained until May, 1868, when he came to LosAngeles and engaged in the hardware business, to which he gave hisattention up to the time of his death, which occurred in September,1915. His wife passed away in 1922, and they are buried in Inglewoodcemetery this city.
Arthur C. Harper received his early education in the public schoolsof Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California.During the past quarter of a century he has been engaged in themanufacture of pipe, under the name of the Consolidated Pipe Company,the headquarters of which are at Bakersfield, California. Thiscompany supplies most of the pipe material for the various oilcompanies of Kern county and has been very successfully operated underthe able management of Mr. Harper. He is also the owner of a fine,well improved farm of four hundred acres in Kern county, all of whichis in cultivation.
October 25, 1887, in Los Angeles, Mr. Harper was united in marriageto Miss Minnie Hamilton, who was born in Georgia, daughter of ColonelJames C. and Julia (Stokes) Hamilton, the former a native of NorthCarolina and the latter of South Carolina. Colonel Hamilton was anofficer in the Confederate army and served in a number of importantbattles, in one of which he was wounded. He owned a large plantationand many slaves, but after the war he turned his attention toeducational affairs, teaching at the university at Calton, Georgia,and later becoming a professor in Wilson College, Wilmington, LosAngels county. He died in 1907 and his wife in 1914 and they areburied in Rosedale cemetery, Los Angeles.
Mr. and Mrs. Harper are the parents of five children, three sonsand two daughters, namely: Oscar Hamilton, who is superintendent ofthe Western Pipe and Steel Company, married Miss Stella Black; CharlesFranklin, who is superintendent of the Bakersfield Consolidated PipeCompany, married Miss Zita Olcese, whose father, J. V Olcese, is aprominent banker in Bakersfield, and they have a son, Arthur O.;JosephHamilton, married Mary McGrath, and still resides at home; LucileHamilton is the wife of P. M. Gregoray and they have a daughter,Doris; and Marjorie Hamilton, who is the wife of David Lovell, Jr.,and the mother of two children, Margaret and Thomas.
Mr. Harper is a strong Democrat in his political views. He waselected mayor of Los Angeles in December, 1906, and took office inJanuary, 1907, and served the city two full years. His religiousfaith is that of the Church of Christ, Scientist. He is a member ofWestgate Lodge No. 335,A. F. & A. M.; Los Angeles Consistory, A. A. S.R.; Los Angeles Lodge No. 99, B.P.O.E.; the Jonathan club, the KernRiver Country club, and the Bakersfield club. Mr. Harper has longbeen greatly interested in the commercial and civic development of LosAngeles, has shown himself a capable and progressive business man, andabundant success has crowned his efforts.
California and Californians: Volume 2
THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN CALIFORNIA POLITICS. To understand the swift progress of the progressive movement in theState it is necessary first to present a brief summary of thepolitical renovation of the two greatest municipalities. Reference ismade on other pages to the notorious Ruef-Schmitz r�gime in SanFrancisco and to the unsavory administration of Mayor Arthur C. Harperin Los Angeles; municipal reforms in these centers had a profoundinfluence throughout the commonwealth. The San Francisco �graftprosecutions,� in particular, served to enlighten and arouse thepeople, as well as to bring the leading prosecuting attorneys, FrancisJ. Heney and Hiram W. Johnson, prominently to public attention.
California and Californians: Volume 2
GREATER LOS ANGELES AND THE SUNNY SOUTHLAND By an overwhelming majority the recall provision was incorporated inthe charter in 1903. its leading proponent being Doctor John R.Haynes; this provided that. The holder of an elective office may beremoved at any time by the electors qualified to vole for a successorof such incumbent. The first real test of its effectiveness came in1909 in the recall election against Mayor Arthur C. Harper.
Harper was openly charged with the protection of vice. Hisappointment of the chief of police as a member of the Board of PublicWorks over the protest of civie organizations especially at the timewhen $23,000,000 was to be spent in building the Los Angeles Aqueduct,precipitated the recall proceedings. Within a fortnight nearly 11,000electors had signed the request for the recall election.
"Uncle" George Alexander. then three score years and ten, wasnominated as the citizens' candidate to oppose Harper. The Socialistsnominated Fred C. Wheeter. On the evening of March 11 Los Angeles wasastounded to learn that the mayor had formally requested thewithdrawal of his name from the ballot and had submitted hisresignation. This action was stated to be due to threats to exposecertain damaging evidence in the possession of the Evening Express.
The city was then without a mayor and in turmoil. Legal opinion as tothe correct procedure was sharply divided. The city attorney, however,held that any person appointed mayor by the city council could holdoffice only till the person elected by the people on March 26 hadqualified.
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