Greater Los Angeles 1906 – 2272 S Harvard Blvd – Thomas E Gibbon (Demolished)
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Thomas E Gibbon Residence (Demolished, current site of First AME Church)
2272 Harvard Blvd
West Adams Heights, Block 2, Lot 6
Train and Williams
Here is Train and Williams at their best, with an American Craftsman house on the order of the Ultimate Bungalows. Completely sheathed in shingles, it was originally desribed as English or Elizabethan. The Homes and Gardens of the Pacific Coast, published by the Beaux Arts Society in 1913, described the house as: "This is a pleasing home showing many features of the Elizabethan period. The interior is harmoniously and richly furnished. Many rare and beautiful works of art make this a home of great beauty and attractiveness." www.flickr.com/photos/kansas_sebastian/5398954112/in/set-…
"HON. THOMAS E. GIBBON. Probably one of the busiest men in Los Angeles is the gentleman whose name appears at the be-ginning of this sketch, and whenever a new enterprise or improvement for the city or vicinity is attempted, he is certain to be one of the first consulted, and, whenever he finds that he can devote any time, attention or means to the furtherance of the project, he can be safely relied upon to do all within his power. His prominence in many of the great undertakings effecting this region, notably that of the improved harbor at San Pedro as a seaport for Los Angeles, has made his name a familiar one to the general public, and his noble, disinterested services on behalf of the city and state which he loves so sincerely renders him highly esteemed and admired.
Now in the prime of manhood, Thomas E. Gibbon was born May 28, i860, in Monroe county. Ark., to which state his father. Dr. W. R. Gibbon, had recently removed from Virginia. The latter, a son of Thomas Gibbon, was a native of the Old Dominion, where, having completed his literary education, he was sent to the Virginia Military Institute. During the Civil war, his sympathies naturally being with his native state, he fought in the Confederate army, and suffered throughout the long struggle which followed. Having obtained a degree as a physician and surgeon, he then commenced the practice of his chosen profession in Arkansas, and, some years subsequently, turned his entire attention to the management of a plantation which he purchased.
Thomas E. Gibbon did not have as excellent advantages in his youth, perhaps, as he would
have possessed if a resident of a state nearer the educational centers of the east, but he was a
student by nature, and when he was twenty-two years of age he went to Little Rock, where, by
application and hard work, he mastered the intricacies of the law, at the same time meeting
his own expenses by teaching in the public schools. In 1883 he was associated with W. L.
Terry, who has been for several years past a member of congress from Arkansas, and for a
period of four years he worked indefatigably to build up his practice and serve the interests of
his clients. In the meantime, the young lawyer’s rare ability to handle the affairs of the public
became known, and in 1884 he was elected to represent Pulaski county in the state legislature
of Arkansas, where he enjoyed the honor of being the youngest member of that august body. The
double responsibility which rested upon him, of attending to his professional duties and to the
interests of his constituents, proved too great a tax upon the young man at that time, for he was
not robust, and long years of persistent study and application had made gradual and almost imperceptible inroads upon his health. Accordingly, he wisely decided to abandon work and for several months he traveled, care-free, upon the continent and through England. Then, returning
home, he resumed his interrupted hibors, only to find that he must seek a permanent change of
After due thought, Mr. Gibbon determined to cast in his lot with the inhabitants of Southern California, and, for more than a year subsequeut to his arrival here, July 17, 1888, he spent most of his time in the open air, drinking in health and vigor from nature’s reservoir. He opened an office in Los Angeles, and before long had gained the confidence of the local public, and from that time onward he has found little leisure time. He has chiefly been engaged in corporation law, and is past master in everything pertaining to the law as applied to business enterprises. That he is looked upon as an authority in this line may be seen from the fact that he has been called upon to serve as the attorney for so many local corporations and organizations. Among others, it may be mentioned that he is thus retained by the Los Angeles Lighting Company, the Los Angeles Electric Company and is not only counsel but also vice-president of the Los Angeles Terminal Railway Company, and vicepresident of the Herald Publishing Company.
In his devotion to his professional duties, Mr. Gibbon never neglects his duty as a citizen, and
strives to advance the welfare of his community in every manner. He has been a member of the
board of police commissioners of this city, whose business it is to look after the proper protection of our citizens and their property, and is one of the directors of the League for Better City Government; is also a director of the Fiesta Association.
As a member of the Free Harbor League, he accomplished grand results for the deep-sea har-
bor at San Pedro, so long and earnestly desired by the majority of Southern Californians, and,
having been honored by being made chairman of the committee which was to attend to the matter of settling the subject of the new harbor in the proper light before congress, he has gone to Washington seven or eight times, and has nobly battled for the rights of San Pedro and clearly demonstrated to the various committees the urgent need of this great enterpri.se, which is destined to materially increase the desirability and wealth of this region. He is a member of one of the com mittees of the Chamber of Commerce, and in the summer of 1S97 he was sent as a delegate from Southern California to the Trans- Mi.ssi.ssippi Commercial Congress at Salt Lake City, where he urged upon that body, chiefly representing the western states, the necessity and untold importance of their using every po.ssible influence toward the constructing of the San Pedro harbor, so long delayed. In summing up his career, it may be said that few men of twoscore years possess such ripe, keen judgment, such rare sagacity and clear mental grasp of the leading issues of the day."
Mr. Gibbon married Mi.ss Ellen Rose, daughter of Judge U. M. Rose, of Little Rock, Ark., and they have one son, William Rose Gibbon. Historical and Biographical Record: www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/james-miller-guinn/histori…
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