Biography of Edward Bridson
Riverside County, CA Biographies





EDWARD BRIDSON
Whatever degree of success may have been achieved by Mr. Bridson and whatever the extent of his prosperity, it may be attributed wholly to his unaided exertions, for he lacked the prestige of influential friends or even a high school education to aid him ash he to earn his own livelihood in an indifferent world. Life to him was not a smooth sailing ship gliding peacefully over the blue waters, but a stormenwrapped vessel hurled to and fro by the somber tempests that darkened the vast ocean of existence. In spite of discouragements neither few nor small, he has worked his way forward to a comfortable position financially and an enviable standing socially, while at the same time he is regarded as one of the capable horticulturists of the community. When he came to West Riverside, his present location, the neighborhood was sparsely settled and the land that he purchased was covered with brush, presenting an aspect radically different from its present orderly and prosperous appearance. The change is due to his unceasing efforts and wise supervision which have made the wild land a productive estate.

The earliest recollections of Edward Bridson cluster around the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where he was born December 2, 1856, and whence he removed in 1867 to Detroit, Mich. Thrown upon his own resources for a livelihood, he was deprived of educational advantages and of the other opportunities enjoyed by more prosperous lads. For a time he lived in Oakland county, Mich., and for nine years he worked as an assistant to James Wilson, a farmer, whose daughter he afterward married. From Michigan lie came to California and settled in Solano county, spending eight busy seasons in that region, and in Fresno county. His next step was to take up a land claim in Oklahoma. After he had proved up on the property he sold out and returned to Oakland county, Mich., where, March 27, 1891, he was united in marriage with Miss Elma Wilson, who was born, reared and educated in. that county.

Immediately after his marriage Mr. Bridson brought his wife to California and settled at West Riverside, where he bought ten acres of raw land. Later he bought three acres adjoining, which he devotes to alfalfa and vegetables. Seven acres of the original purchase have been planted to navel oranges of the choicest varieties and all of these are now in bearing. One acre is under cultivation to lemons and an equal area is devoted to akricots. In 1909 he sold three tons of dried apricots and these he had gathered from ninety-seven trees, the whole forming a crop of unusual magnitude and value. The first cottage which he built was quite small, but it has since been remodeled and enlarged, so that it forms a pleasant home for the family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Bridson and their three children, Ruth C., James W. and Lois. The older daughter attends the Riverside high school. In religion the family are identified with the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. By precept and example Mr. Bridson gives the temperance cause his support, and politically he votes with the Prohibition party whenever a candidate is brought forward by that organization. While in Michigan he became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and served his lodge in various official capacities, including noble grand, but since he came to Riverside he has not continued his fraternal activities. It has been his privilege to witness the development of his neighborhood, which at the time of his arrival was sparsely settled and wholly unimproved, but which now is a center of pleasant homes and prosperous horticultural activities.

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


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Riverside County, CA
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012