Forrest Riley, who has during the last dozen years done as much as any other one man to develop the ranch work
in Tulare and Kings counties, by improved methods and systematic operations, is a native of Ventura county, California,
born on the 22d day of May, 1891, the son of S. A. and Mary (Harper) Riley. He was reared on his father's farm
and secured his educational training in the schools of Fillmore, graduating from the high school. He has been identified
with Kings county since 1907 and soon after coming here began the operation of tractors on lake land, much of which
he acquired by purchase. In 1913 Mr. Riley branched out in his operations and began to do contract work for ranchers.
He did his work so well and so thoroughly that it brought increased business, so that in 1920 he handled twenty
thousand acres of land for different large landowners. He now owns three hundred and twenty acres of lake land,
on which he keeps one hundred and fifty head of dairy cows and four hundred hogs. He still does contract farming
on a large scale, for which he owns plenty of tractors and other heavy farm machinery, and employs from twenty
to fifty men, according to the amount of land to be handled.
Mr. Riley was married to Miss Georgia Strong, who was born and reared in Alabama, and three children have been
born to them: Hazel, Doris and Mary Frances. He is a Mason, in which order he has attained the thirty second degree
of the Scottish Rite, and also is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine and belongs to the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Riley's success since locating here, and his fine personal character, have won him many admirers. Public spirited
and progressive, his influence has been for the general uphuilding of this locality, for he has unswerving faith
in its future.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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