Biography of William J. Rime
Kings County, CA Biographies





WILLIAM J. RIME.
Among the officials of Kings county, none has had a more commendable record and none enjoys to a more marked degree the confidence and respect of the community than William J. Hime, sheriff of the county. He is a native of Bedford county, Tennessee, born on the 4th day of October, 1878. He was educated in the common schools and followed farming until 1902, when he came to Hanford. His first employment here was in a fruit packing plant, but he later went to Fresno county and worked in the coal and oil fields. However, he returned to Hanford and for a time resumed his work in the packing house. He relinquished that work to enter the employ of the Hanford Gas & Power Company as a helper and was successively promoted until he became superintendent of the plant, holding that position until 1916, when he was appointed deputy city marshal of Hanford, being assigned to night duty. At the beginning of 1917 he was appointed city marshal, but resigned in July, 1918, in order to make the race for sheriff. He had two opponents, Lyman Farmer and Frank Blakely, but he was successful in the final election, winning by a majority of nine hundred votes. He took the office on January 1, 1919, and was reelected in 1922. In the last primary he had three worthy opponents, J. C. Griswold, Charles Llewellyn and M. S. Reed, and lacked four hundred votes of having as many as his opponents combined. In the final election he was elected by sixteen hundred and thirty nine votes. He has so conducted the office of sheriff as to win the heartiest commendation of all who are familiar with his work. He employs four paid deputies and through his efforts a number of criminals have been captured. The finger print system has been established and every effort is made to conduct the office in an up to date and effective manner.

On October 13, 1903, Mr. Hime was married to Miss Lottie Reeves, a native of Tennessee, and to them have been born three children: Edwina, aged twenty years; and Donald and Delano, twins, aged ten years. Mr. Hime is a splendid example of the virile, progressive, self made man who believes in doing well whatever is worth doing at all, a man of keen discernment and sound judgment, and because of his industry, right living and faithful performance of duty he stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow citizens. Mr. Hime is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Knights of Pythias.

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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