OSCAR L. HEMPHILL.
Oscar L. Hemphill, deputy horticultural commissioner for Tulare county, California, was born in St. Clair county,
Missouri, April 28, 1890. On August 5, 1900, his parents, James A. and Mary C. (Brown) Hemphill, landed in Tulare
county. They lived in Visalia for about two years, but early in July, 1902, they removed to Porterville. There
the father took up citrus fruit culture and still has an orchard near Porterville, which yields handsome returns.
After attending the Porterville schools, Oscar L. Hemphill matriculated as a student in the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Los Angeles. He soon gave up the study of medicine, however, and became associated with his father
in growing oranges. Later he was connected with the management and care of orchards, the property of non residents.
In 1919 he took charge of the Parr & Shippy lemon and grape fruit orchard of seventy acres, but remained there
only a short time, as in July, 1919, he was appointed inspector under Charles F. Collins, then county horticultural
commissioner for Tulare county.
While employed as inspector Mr. Hemphill prepared himself, took the examination required by the laws of California,
which he passed successfully, and was then appointed deputy county horticultural commissioner under Frank R. Brann,
which position he still holds. As deputy commissioner he has done effective work, especially during the spring
and summer of 1924, while the hoof and mouth epidemic was at its height. Uniformly courteous, yet firm and conscientious
in the performance of his duties, he has won the respect of the horticulturists of the county, who regard him as
an efficient official.
On May 12, 1913, Mr. Hemphill was married to Miss Rosalie Cox, a native of Missouri, and they have two children,
James Philip and Betty May. Mr. Hemphill resides in Visalia. He became a member of Porterville Lodge No. 303, F.
& A. M., while a resident of that place, and he also belongs to the Royal Arch Masons. Since becoming a citizen
of Visalia he has joined the Visalia Pyramid No. 26, Order of Sciots.
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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