Edwin T. Earl, a successful native son of California, established the E.T. Earl Foundation at Pacific School of Religion in 1901 in order to assure that Berkeley heard Christian scholars on an annual basis. Born in Red Bluff in 1858, he made his millions from the invention of a refrigerated railway car that was used to ship California produce to the East coast without spoilage. At one point he was a member of the First Congregational Church in Oakland although most of his life was spent in Southern California. He invested in real estate in Los Angeles and purchased the Los Angeles Express (1901) and the Los Angeles Tribune (1911). He was a member of the Good Government League (derisively called "Goo Goos") in Los Angeles. He died on January 2, 1919 in Los Angeles.
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