No officer of government is called upon to perform duties so serious in their possible consequences to the lives,
liberties and property of their fellowmen as those employed in the performance of judicial functions. Appreciating
this fact, the people of Kings county have abundant reason for satisfaction in the incumbency of the important
office of justice of the peace by such a man as Edgar Irwin. He has spent all his life in Kings county, and was
born in Hanford, August 27, 1837, the son of Rowen and Mary (Deardoff) Irwin, who now reside in Kern county, this
state. Rowen Irwin, at the age of nineteen years, made the arduous and dangerous journey across the plains from
the east to California: He first engaged in teaching school and soon became favorably known in his community. He
was elected justice of the peace, then district attorney and was also elected to the state legislature. Later he
was elected district attorney of Kern county and still practices law there.
Edgar Irwin, after completing his elemental education in the public schools, went to the Polytechnic School at
Oakland, California. He then was appointed official stenographer of the district court of Kern county, so serving
for four years, and was then employed in a like capacity by the law firm of Emmons & Johnstone at Bakersfield
for two years. Later he was stenographer under Judges Covert and Brown in Hanford. In 1913 Mr. Irwin established
in Bakersfield the Kern County Collection & Adjustment Company. This business he later sold to T. F. Allen,
and in August, 1923, he was elected to a four year term as justice of the peace of Lucerne township, Kings county.
Mr. Irwin has abundantly proven his fitness for the office, discharging his official duties to the eminent satisfaction
of the community.
Mr. Irwin was married on May 27th, 1913, to Miss Marsha Champlin, a native of Kings county and a popular member
of the circles in which she moves. Mr. Irwin is a democrat in his political affiliation, though in local elections
he assumes an independent attitude, voting for the men whom he considers best fitted for the offices sought. He
is deeply interested in everything affecting the welfare of his community and his support is always found on the
right side of every moral issue. He is a lover of outdoor life, hunting and baseball being his favorite recreations.
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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