Biography of Ralph R. Walbridge
Tulare County, CA Biographies





Ralph R. Walbridge, district manager of the affairs of the Southern California Edison Company, light and power, with headquarters in Porterville, one of the best known men in Tulare county, is a native son of California and has been a resident of this state all his life, connected with the operations of the Edison company since 1911. He was born in the city of Santa Ana, Orange county, July 30, 1888, and was reared in that city, acquiring his education in the local schools. Upon leaving school he became employed in the offices of the Wells Fargo Express Company in Santa Ana, there gaining a practical experience in bookkeeping and auditing that later was to prove valuable to him, and he continued that employment until 1911, when he transferred his services to the Southern California Edison Company, going on as bookkeeper in the office of that great public service concern in Long Beach. Presently he was sent back to Santa Ana as cashier in the office of the Edison company in that city and in due course was made chief clerk in that office.

In 1917, when the Mount Whitney Power Company's plant and affairs were taken over by the Edison company Mr. Waibridge was sent to Tulare county to install the Edison system of accounting in the books of the power company, preparatory to transferring its affairs to the Edison company. In the next year (1918) he was stationed in the company's general office in Los Angeles, on a special accountancy detail there, and was thus engaged until January 1, 1920, when he was promoted to the position of manager of the affairs of the Edison company in this district, with headquarters in Porterville, and he has since been stationed in this city with offices and headquarters at No. 208 Mill street, not only in direction of this public service concern's affairs throughout this district but actively interested in the general affairs of the community, an earnest advocate of all measures and movements having to do with the promotion of this region's general interests.

On January 14, 1919, in Riverside, Mr. Walbridge was united in marriage to Miss Mira Knupp, who was born in Visalia, the county seat of Tulare county, daughter of the late V. D. Knupp and a member of one of the pioneer families of this section of California. Mr. and Mrs. Walbridge have one child, a daughter, Constance E., born September 27, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Walbridge are members of the Tulare County Golf and Country Club and take an interested part in the community's general social activities. Mr. Walbridge is a charter member of the locally influential Porterville Rotary Club and was president of that organization during the term 1923-24. He is a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and takes a proper interest in the affairs of that popular fraternal organization.

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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