Biography of N. G. Perkins
Kings County, CA Biographies





N. G. PERKINS.
The man who starts in the world unaided and by sheer force of will, controlled by correct principles, forges ahead and at length reaches a position of honor among his fellow citizens, achieves a success that cannot be understood or appreciated by those who have not passed through such an experience. To a considerable extent N. G. Perkins is a representative of this class - a class which has furnished much of the bone and sinew of the country and added to the stability of our government and its institutions. N. G. Perkins was born on the 10th day of April, 1886, at Russeville, Kentucky, the son of N. G. and Safronia (Scruggs) Perkins, members of old southern families. N. G. Perkins, the father, was a farmer by vocation and a number of years ago retired from active life, moving to Wynnewood, Oklahoma, where he lived for several years prior to his death, which occurred in 1922, at the age of eighty nine years. The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch - Reuben Scruggs, is still living, at the advanced age of one hundred years. During the Civil war the father and grandfather of N. G. Perkins, the younger, served in the Confederate army, as did nine of his mother's brothers - a most unusual record.

Owing to the slender finances of his family N. G. Perkins was thrown upon his own resources at an early age and when ten years of age he was polishing shoes in a barber shop. In young manhood he began working in garages and became an expert automobile mechanic. During practically all of his life since then he has been identified with garages, working all through the south, middle west, Rocky Mountain states, Washington and California. In 1917 he and Alvin Yoder were employed in the same garage in Bakersfield and they finally decided to go into business together. Selecting Corcoran as their location, they opened the Corcoran Garage and have been eminently successful in this enterprise, now enjoying their full share of the local patronage. Energetic and enterprising, painstaking and conscientious in their work, they have earned the confidence of the people and prosperity has rewarded their efforts. Mr. Perkins is also the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land, which he has developed into a fine dairy, alfalfa and cotton ranch. He is a member of the Kings County Cow Testing Association.

Mr. Perkins was married to Miss Ursa Davis, a native of Chico, California. She is a lady of fine accomplishments and gracious personality and is a popular member of the Thursday Club of Corcoran. Mr. Perkins is a Mason, and belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order. of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He has been president and is now vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and has served on the city council, being now on his second term. Mr. Perkins is public spirited and gives his unreserved support to all movements for the betterment of the public welfare. Because of his accomplishments and his splendid character he enjoys to an unusual degree the respect of all who know him.

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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