A. B. BELKNAP.
A. B. Belknap has spent practically his entire life within the borders of Kings county, and his commendable efforts
have benefited himself and the community alike, for he has always had deeply at heart the well being of his locality.
He is the scion of an excellent old pioneer family and has always stood earnestly for the best things in the community
life. Mr. Belknap was born in Lemoore on the 25th of August, 1891, the son of J. W. and Pauline (Gonzales) Belknap,
the former a native of Missouri and the latter born and reared in Alameda, California. J. W. Belknap came to California
in the early '80s and for many years was engaged in ranching, in which he met with fine success. He is now retired
from active business and is living at Lemoore, where he is the owner of the Belknap building. To him and his wife
were born two children: Wesley, who died at the age of nineteen years; and the subject of this review.
A. B. Belknap was graduated from the high school at Lemoore, after which he took a course in Heald's Business College.
He then entered the Bank of Lemoore, now the First National Bank of Lemoore, and has remained with that institution
since 1912 with the exception of two years when he was away from the bank because of ill health. When, in April,
1919, the Stratford Branch of the First National Bank of Lemoore was opened, Mr. Belknap came from the head office
as manager and in this capacity he has continued to the present time.
Mr. Belknap was married to Miss Vera Lung, a native of Nebraska, who was a bookkeeper and accountant prior to her
marriage. They are the parents of two children: James and Marie Pauline. Mrs. Belknap takes an active interest
in church work and is president of the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Belknap is a member of
the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World, a charter member of the secretary of the Stratford Chamber
of Commerce and is a deacon of the Presbyterian church. He is public spirited and a stanch advocate of every movement
which tends to the betterment of the community.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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