Mr. Albert William Hitz, former Taft resident, succumbed Friday, February 24, at Avenal. He was 72 years of age. Mr. Hitz came to the West Side in 1908 and for a number of years worked in the Maricopa area, for the Union Oil Company. In 1917 he went to work for what is now the Standard Oil Company and for several years was located at Wheeler Ridge. Following a period of employment near Taft he was transferred to the Standard Oil Lease at Kettleman where he continued to work until his retirement in 1946. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock in the Presbyterian Church in Avenal under the auspice of Taft Lodge 426, IOOF, of which he had been a member for the past 39 years. Graveside services will be held at the West Side Cemetery, the same day. Mr. Hitz is survived by tow brothers residing in Ohio.