LYMAN L. FOLLETT.
Wonderful indeed has been the transformation of the territory comprised in what is now Kings county since it was
first beheld by Lyman L. Follett, whose residence here covers a period of fifty years, and during this period his
family had an important and leading part in its development. He was born in Mahaska county, Iowa, on the 21st day
of August, 1869, son of Granville W. and Lucy (Abell) Follett, both of whom were born and reared in the state of
Ohio. The Follett family arrived in what is now Kings county in 1875, settling on the present site of Lemoore.
The father and two other men owned squatter sites adjacent to the land on which the city is now located. Later
they turned the land over to the railroad. At one time Granville Follett was the owner of three sections of land
here and he took an active part in the early development of the locality. He erected the first store building in
Lemoore and operated the first store. He also operated a threshing machine over the district and rendered efficient
service for eight years as assessor of Kings county. He died in 1911, leaving two sons - Lyman L., the immediate
subject of this sketch; and Claude W., of Tuolumne county, California.
Lyman L. Follett was but six years of age when brought by his parents to this district. He secured his education
in the public school which was early established in Lemoore and in the Boys high school in San Francisco. His first
employment was at mechanical engineering, which engaged his attention for fifteen years, and then for three years
he served as deputy assessor under his father. In 1911 he was appointed city clerk of Lemoore and held that position
continuously until the spring of 1924, earning the commendation of his fellow citizens for his faithful and conscientious
performance of the duties of the office.
In 1911 Mr. Follett engaged in the insurance business and has during the subsequent years built up one of the largest
clienteles in this line in Kings county. He sells insurance of all kinds, writes indemnity and assurance bonds,
and other business of like character. He represents the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, the Hartford Insurance
Company and the Aetna Insurance Company, as well as other strong and responsible companies and is an energetic
and efficient representative of these companies. Few men are as widely acquainted throughout the district as is
Mr. Follett and he is familiar with practically every detail of the history of the district for the past half century.
He remembers when Tulare lake came within three miles of Lemoore and when steamboats plied its waters. The present
site of Lemoore was in the early days one of the favorite feeding grounds for wild geese and he has seen them here
in thousands He is an interesting conversationalist and his accounts of events of the early days would make the
best sort of material for the historian.
Mr. Follett was married to Kate L. Esrey and they became the parents of the following children: C. Granville, Laverne,
Mrs. Eileen Blaksley, and Ernest. The mother of these children died November 20, 1908. On June 26th, 1915, Mr.
Follett was married to Mrs. Ila Elder, by whom he had two children: Weston and William, Jr. In 1922 Mr. Follett
was married to Mrs. Rose E. Hammer. Mr. Follett is notary public and does most of the work of this office in Lemoore.
Mr. Follett is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, and of Hanford Lodge No. 1259, Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks.
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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