ABNER JAMES OVERSTREET.
In these days of intensive living, one of the most prominent features of which is the tremendous development of
the automobile as a means of transportation, the regulation of traffic on the public highways has become one of
the big problems of the day. An important factor in the proper handling of this traffic is the force of highway
police, or traffic officers, who now patrol the main or arterial highways, safeguarding the thousands who daily
pass to and fro on business or pleasure. As captain of motor traffic officers in Kings county, Abner James Overstreet
has won an enviable reputation for faithful performance of duty under any and all circumstances, and is regarded
as an unusually efficient public servant. He was born at Whiskey Diggings, Sierra county, California, on the 30th
day of August, 1879, the son of Lawrence D. and Emma (Rankin) Overstreet. Lawrence D. Overstreet was a native of
the state of Illinois, but in 1865, in young manhood, he became a pioneer to the Pacific coast, locating in the
gold region of Sierra county, California, where he spent a number of years. Eventually he returned to Illinois,
where his death occurred. He is survived by his widow, who resides in Rockford, that state.
Abner James Overstreet received his education in the public schools of Illinois, graduating from high school. His
first employment was in connection with the manufacture of hosiery, with the production of which he became thoroughly
familiar in every phase, having served in every position from knitter to foreman. In 1920 Mr. Overstreet returned
to his native state and for two years was with the San Joaquin Light & Power Company. He then became a state
traffic officer and, later, when the patroling of highways was taken over by the counties, he was retained on the
local force, with the rank of captain. While his force is not a large one it is one of the most efficient and capable
traffic squads in the state, and to the wise direction of Captain Overstreet is given the credit for this high
standing. He is liked by the men under him and because of his accomplishments in this line of duty, he has won
the respect and confidence of the public.
Captain Overstreet was married to Miss Alice Garey, who was born and reared in Rockford, Illinois. Because of his
sterling honesty, his courage and public spirit, he is eminently deserving of the popularity which he enjoys throughout
Kings county. Captain Overstreet is a republican in his political affiliation and is a member of the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks. Fond of hunting and fishing, he is a firm believer in outside recreation and in the benefits
derived from personal familiarity with Nature.
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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