VERNON W. HENLEY.
In a survey of the various institutions and agencies which have contributed to the development and welfare of Lemoore,
the Chamber of Commerce will be quickly recognized as of paramount importance and value. Much of the activity of
this body naturally emanates through the office of the secretary, who is the personal representative of that organization
in its dealings with the public. The present efficient secretary of the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce is Vernon W.
Hanley, who was born in Douglas county, Illinois, on the 26th day of October, 1874. He acquired his education in
the public schools of that locality and after leaving school went to Charleston, Illinois, where he became apprenticed
to learn the printing trade in the office of the Charleston Plain Dealer, at a wage of one dollar and fifty cents
a week. From "printer's devil" he became master printer and in 1898 he went to Decatur, Illinois, where
for twelve years he was employed in the job printing department of the Review Printing & Stationery Company,
first as foreman of the composing room and during the last eight years as superintendent of the plant. Desiring
a change, Mr. Henley went to Colorado and for one and a half years was engaged in ranching in the San Luis valley.
In December, 1910, he came to Kings county and developed a forty acre ranch, located south of Lemoore, where he
still makes his home. The ranch is devoted mainly to apricots and vineyard. He gave the improvement and development
of this ranch the same careful and painstaking attention he gives to everything he does and it is now one of the
best improved and most attractive ranch homes in this vicinity.
In 1924 Mr. Henley was elected a director of the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce and in November of that year was chosen
secretary of that organization. He is also vice president and appraiser of the Lemoore Association of the Federal
Farm Loan Company. In his business as in his private life, Mr. Henley is controlled by the most rigid rules of
business ethics and by his conception of man's duty to man. He is a public spirited citizen and withholds his cooperation
from no movement which is intended to promote public improvements. What he has achieved in life proves the force
of his character and his steadfastness of purpose, for by his own efforts he has advanced to a position of credit
and honor in the community where he lives. Fraternally he is past master of Welcome Lodge No. 256, A. F. &
A. M. of Lemoore and is now its secretary; also of the Chapter at Hanford, and Hanford Commandery No. 46, Knights
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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