FRED H. CRONWELL
A successful business man of Los Banos who is now serving his township as justice of the peace is Fred H. Cronwell.
A native of Illinois, he was born in Rockford, Winnebago County, on September 9, 1884, and attended the public
schools of his city until he was eighteen, when he made up his mind he would strike out for himself and see something
of the West. He arrived in San Francisco in 1902 and soon secured work as a clerk in the Russ House; thereafter
he followed hotel work for several years in California, Oregon and Washington. He finally located in Healdsburg,
Cal., and engaged in the tailoring and cleaning business, later removing to San Francisco where he carried on the
same kind of business until 1916, when he came to Merced County and located in Los Banos. Here he opened a tailor
shop and also deals in men's wearing apparel and furnish tugs, and does a cleaning and repairing business in connection,
being now accounted one of the leading business men of the town.
Mr. Cronwell was united in marriage with Miss Nell Jones, of Healdsburg, and they have a daughter Ida May. Mr.
Cronwell is a member and ex president of the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce. Fraternally he belongs to Mountain
Brow Lodge No. 82, I. O. O. F. and to Los Banos Lodge No. 312, F. & A. M. Mr. Cronwell was appointed by the
board of supervisors to the office of justice of the peace to fill a vacancy and at the regular election in 1922
he was a candidate to succeed himself, was elected by a good majority and continues to fill the office to the satisfaction
of his many friends.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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