Carlock Family of Bakersfield, California


Larry McCart is the son of Pearl McCart; Larry is a grandson of Jess and Mae Carlock; Larry is a nephew of Evelyn, Betty Jane, and Mary Ann; and Larry is a cousin of Paula, Nick, Madona, Joan, Teddy, Jimmy, and Virginia.  The Bakersfield Carlock family  is represented by persons of high intelligence and fine moral behavior.  Jess Carlock came to Bakersfield in 1915 to continue his work with the Santa Fe Railroad.  How lucky he was to have such interesting and productive work, and work that would  provide him with an excellent income even during the Great Depression of the 1930's.  He was able to afford the best private school in Kern County for his four daughters.

Jess Carlock was born in 1876 and was the eleventh child in an upper class family in the State of Arkansas.  The Carlocks owned a great amount of land, and had a profitable ranching and farming business.  Jess left home at a young age, and was a teenage cowboy in Texas before working for the Santa Fe Railroad.  Jess worked at one of the biggest cattle ranches in Texas.  He told us about the great cattle drives north to railroad towns such as Abilene, Kansas.  On the way to Abilene the cowboys  would fight wild Indians, outlaws, and whatever else got in their way as they drove a herd of 10,000 north.  The gun fights against his opponents, the challenge of keeping the herd going no matter what, and the thrill of victory at the end of the drive provided much enjoyment for young Jess.

Jess later became a locomotive engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. 

Jess Carlock had a reputation for being the fastest train engineer at Santa Fe, and almost always got his train to it's destination ahead of schedule.  One day while high-balling at full speed down a section of track in the mountains of Colorado, he took a turn a little too fast, and the train crashed.  He was injured, but he just about fully recovered.  After that the Santa Fe Railroad sent him to New Mexico for a while, and then to Bakersfield to be the day-time hosler.  The hosler is the train engineer who takes over a train from the regular engineer and who does the complex maneuvers as it passes through the yard.  Jess loved his work at the Santa Fe, and worked there until 1948 when he retired at the age of 72.

The one disappointment of his railroad career was during the early 1930's when the majority of his fellow workers allowed a union to represent them.  He said it was not so bad in the beginning when the union did not control wages, but later as the union gained power it became obvious that this was a communist effort to gain control over a great and wonderful company that had paid fair wages and that had done an excellent job helping employees improve the quality of their lives.

Larry remembers Jess as a "real person" who was very much in touch with reality, and who was friendly and helpful.  As an expert on steam engines, the Santa Fe Railroad would send Jess to steam engine shops in Detroit, Michigan, to look for ways to improve steam engine performance.  One result of these trips was a close friendship between Jess and Henry Ford.   At that time Henry was known as an excellent steam engine mechanic and a dare-devil race car driver.

This was about 5 years before Henry started Ford Motor Company.  Through the following years

Jess and Henry remained good friends, and Jess always talked in a positive way about Henry, and said that Henry meant good for all people, and only said and wrote what he believed to be the truth.  Adolf Hitler, the Leader of Germany from 1933 to 1945, thought so much of Henry Ford that he wrote in his most popular book that Henry Ford was a great man.

Mae Carlock (sister of Fritz Dempewolf) was the wife of Jess Carlock, and was an especially wonderful person and helper to the Bakersfield Carlock family.  She was very loving to her grandchildren, and would give generous money gifts to the grandchildren she loved so much.  She was a very sweet and loving person who seemed to always be there to help and support.  She was an excellent housekeeper, and also excelled at sewing and clothes making.

Larry's Carlock relatives came to America from Germany mainly in the 1700's and 1800's.  Carlock is an anglicized version of the German name Gerlach.  Prominent Gerlach relatives in Germany include Walther Gerlach, a first class physicist.  Walther Gerlach specialized in gravitational physics.  He earned the Nobel prize with his Stern-Gerlach experiment, considered to be one of the three most important experiments in the development of modern physics.

Walther Gerlach was the nominal head of the German atomic bomb research program, and was the leader of the team that successfully tested a tactical nuclear weapon in March 1945, five months before the first successful US government test of a nuclear weapon.

Walther Gerlach was a leader in the SS research program that developed a power system for German anti-gravity rotational machines.  By 1945 it was reported that quite a few of these machines were flying, some of them armed with particle beam weapons.  It was reported that German anti-gravity rotational machines armed with particle beam weapons were used to defeat the British Navy as German forces relocated to South America in 1945 in a successful effort to prevent a European nuclear holocaust. 

One of Larry's Carlock relatives in America  was a mechanical engineer in the State of Virginia who was a good friend of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.  John Carlock and George Washington designed, engineered, and supervised the building of a number of bridges in the State of Virginia.

One of Larry's Carlock relatives was married to a Cherokee woman who also is one of Larry's relatives.  Larry's grandfather was 1/8 Cherokee, his mother was 1/16 Cherokee, and Larry is 1/32 Cherokee.  Some of Larry's Cherokee ancestors probably were in America 10,000 years ago, and according to some historians crossed an ice bridge or land bridge between Siberia and Alaska before 8,000 B.C., and probably came from central or eastern Europe.

The brother of Larry's great-great grandfather was one of the most respected and well-known Southern Baptist Ministers in the State of Arkansas during the 1800's.  The Reverend Paul Carlock was proclaimed to be one of the most knowlegeable men in America concerning the Holy Bible.