Biography of Alton L. Alderman
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ALTON L. ALDERMAN
Known throughout Riverside county as a man of sterling character and excellent business ability, Mr. Alderman has been a resident of California since 1875, and of Riverside county since 1893, and by his untiring energy and progressive spirit has aided materially in the progress of the state and county. He was born August 28, 1868, in Ashtabula county, Ohio, of which locality his parents and grandparents were natives His paternal grandfather served in the war of 1812, and his great grandfather in the Revolution, while Albert N. Alderman served three years in the Civil war. Upon his honorable discharge the latter returned to his native state, continuing his trade of carpenter until 1875, when he brought his family to Orange county, Cal., where he farmed for a time in Tustin. Purchasing a ranch of twenty acres planted to oranges and walnuts, he erected a comfortable home and successfully operated his orchard until 1908. In 1887 he lost his wife, who prior to her marriage was Miss.Elizabeth Brainard, a native of Ohio, her parents, who died when she was young, having been early settlers of that state. In 1908 Mr. Alderman took up his residence with his son Alton in Hemet, where he passed away in 1909, aged eighty three years. He is survived by three of his children: A. L.; Arlington R., of Los Angeles; and Lillian, now the wife of C. W. Sheats, of Santa Ana. His eldest son, Heber, passed away in Tustin in 1904.

Alton L. Alderman received his education in the public schools of Orange and Tustin and upon completion of his studies engaged in mining in the southern part of California and in Arizona. He continued in that field, however, despite attendant hardships working at various occupations during a low run of luck and for six years was employed as stage driver between Hemet and Idyliwild. In 1909 he purchased in Hemet two and one half acres upon which he erected a commodious residence beautified by a large lawn and an abundance of flowers and surrounded by shade and fruit trees. In addition to his other interests, he owns four valuable mining properties, one of which is situated within thirty miles of Hemet and which has been in operation for the past two years, showing richer deposits as developed. He also owns a bee ranch in the mountains, his apiary consisting of several hundred stands.

The marriage of Mr. Alderman, which occurred in Hemet, February 9, 1907, united him with Miss Bertha C. Scanland, whose birth took place in Brown county, Ill., the daughter of Dr. F. W. Scanland, a prominent physician of Hersman, Ill. Politically Mr. Alderman is a Republican and maintains at all times a deep interest not only in civic matters, but in the welfare of his fellow citizens.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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