A well known resident of Corona is Stephen Bird, who came here in 1907, and who is now a successful and progressive
fruit grower of this vicinity, owning a neat and well managed ranch of five acres. He was born in Portland, Ore.,
October 9, 1854, and there his boyhood and early manhood were spent. After completing his training in the grammar
and high schools of that city he learned the plasterer's trade and followed that occupation there for about six
years. He then sought a new field for his labors in Springfield, Ill., where he engaged in business for fifteen
years. He also resided for some time in Williamsville.
In October, 1882, at Springfield, Ill., Mr. Bird was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary M. Moyer, a widow, who had
been reared and educated in Sangamon county.
Gov. John R. Tanner appointed Mr. Bird night captain at the Joliet penitentiary and he held this post for twelve
consecutive years. After resigning the position at the penitentiary he returned to Williamsville, Ill., where
he had country and town property. His wife being in poor health he disposed of all his property in Williamsville
and came to California in 1907, coming directly to Riverside county and purchasing the orange grove in Corona where
he now lives. This fine property is located on north Main street and Mr. Bird has made considerable improvements
on it since he bought the place, fencing the entire property with woven wire fence, fertilizing and enriching the
soil, planting grapes, loquats and deciduous fruits and has become a successful fruit grower.
Mr. Bird is a member of the Corona Citrus Association. He is a Master Mason, being a member of Temescal Lodge,
No. 314, F. & A. M., and he is also identified with the Williamsville (Ill.) Lodge, I. O. O. F., in which he
has held all the positions which that lodge offers and is past grand. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias,
where he has served through the chairs and is past chancellor.
In February, 1910, Mr. Bird met with an accident in the packing house at Corona, when he had his right hand cut
by a circular saw. Blood poisoning set in and it became necessary to amputate the right thumb. He was seriously
ill for some thirteen months, during which time he had ample opportunity to train the left hand to do the work
of the right and became a fair left handed scribe. He has since somewhat recovered the use of his right hand.
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
Riverside County, CA
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