KERMAN, Calif. (KSEE) — Collis was the name of this town in the late 1800s for Collis Huntington, as in Huntington Beach, Huntington Lake.
William Kerckhoff and Jacob Mansar bought some land around this area and formed a community. It was all Germans and Scandinavians at the time.
First off, William Kerckhoff big-time businessman in Southern California and in the Central Valley he owned something called the San Joaquin Light and Power Company.
That later became part of Pacific Gas and Electric.
Also in Southern California, he bought an area of land called “Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.”
He tried to drill for oil, struck water instead, and instead of turning it into an oil field, he turned it into a residential area that later became known as “Beverly Hills.”
And they re-named the town for those two gentlemen.
If you take the first syllables of those two last names you get KER, MAN.