Biography of John C. Leggett
Kings County, CA Biographies





JOHN COOPER LEGGETT.
Among the "old timers" of Hanford, who have been a witness of and active participant in the splendid growth and improvement which has marked this section of the country, is John C. Leggett, who for nearly a quarter of a century has rendered efficient and appreciated service as superintendent of streets. He was born in the state of Tennessee, on the 13th day of April, 1863, a son of John Calvin and Elizabeth (Musgraves) Leggett, both of whom are deceased.

The family were in but moderate circumstances and John Cooper Leggett did not have much opportunity for an education, his services being required in helping to support the family. The schools of that day in that locality were rather primitive anyhow and those who were able to attend the sessions held in rude log schools, with their split log benches and other rude equipment did not receive very advanced training. In 1879 the Leggett family came to California, but returned to their former home a year later. In 1881, John Cooper Leggett came back to the Golden state, locating in Visalia, where an uncle lived. A short time afterward he came to Hanford, which at that time was a village of about five hundred inhabitants. Here he engaged in draying, which he followed for about nine years, and then went to work for the city. Four years later, in 1903, he was appointed superintendent of streets and has held that position continuously since.

Mr. Leggett has witnessed a great transformation in the physical make up of Hanford since he first came here. At that time all the buildings were of wood, there were no pavements of any sort and at times Seventh street was such a mire of mud that it was almost impossible to cross it. There was but one street leading out of the city to the north and Mr. Leggett superintended the opening of most of the streets, pulling up grape vines and tearing down wire fences and other obstructions. During the intervening years he has faithfully endeavored to keep the thoroughfares of the city in the best possible condition at all times and his efforts have not failed of appreciation by his fellow citizens.

Mr. Leggett has been married twice. He was first married to Miss Lizzie Jones, of Hanford, and to them was born a son: Sidney, who now lives in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Leggett's second wife was Miss Lucy Gilstrap of Selma, California, before her marriage. Politically, Mr. Leggett is independent, preferring to cast his vote according to the dictates of his conscience. He belongs to the Woodmen of the World and is a popular member of the circle in which he moves.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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