Hello. Since I posted the query I have found his obituary thanks to a helpful genealogist. All I know about his life in California is just what was in his obit. When he passed away, his estate (very large) was divided up among his family. Nieces and nephews even got a sizable sum. My grandmother was one of his nieces and got enough so that the family could purchase a small home. I had always heard that he made his money building houses but after the obit I now know that he built some whiskey houses. Hmmm. Let me know if you find anything about this. Also, if I can be of some help to you in his earlier background, I'll try to help. Thanks.