Biography of James W. Carroll
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JAMES W. CARROLL
The substantial construction noticeable throughout the greater portion of the buildings of Riverside may be attributed to the painstaking industry and intelligent supervision of the contractors. a number of whom, long identified with local activities, would rank high in any metropolis. Not least among these successful workers may be mentioned the name of James W. Carroll, whose identification with the city has been of the greatest importance to its permanent upbuilding, for always he has maintained principles of the highest honor in his building operations. To state that a structure has been erected under his oversight is equivalent to a statement that it is well built, with no detail neglected and no part however unimportant, slighted by the workmen. Buildings erected by him years ago still stand in their original strength and attractiveness, their durability proved by usage and their foundations tested by time

The Carroll family became established in the east during the colonial period of our country's history and the Morgan family, the maternal ancestors of Mr. Carroll, likewise were early settlers. Born in Romulus, Seneca county, N. Y., February 13, 1860, he was named in honor of his father, James Sr., and as soon as old enough was sent to the district schools in his native county, near a babbling brook, in a beautiful forest of oaks, etc. Later he passed the examinations for admission into the grammar school and then into the high school, where he carried on the regular course of study until 1878. On leaving school he became an apprentice to the trade of a carpenter and served his time under a prominent contractor of Rochester, N. Y., where he continued for some time, first as apprentice, later as journeyman. Coming to Riverside October 17, 1887, at the age of twenty seven years, he has since been identified with the building industry in this district. For a time he worked by the day, but as early as 1891 he began to take contracts and since that year he has been kept occupied busily in superintending the erection of buildings.

Among the contracts filled by Mr. Carroll may be mentioned those for the Covert, Regina, Tetley and Leighton blocks, the building owned by Dr. Howe, the department store building owned by George N. Reynolds, the public library, Riverside Water Company's offices, the city power plant and a large number of elegant residences in the city and surrounding country. His home at No. 485 Fourteenth street, erected some years ago, adds another to the list of the artistically beautiful homes of Riverside and in its construction furnishes added testimony concerning his skill and efficiency. In addition he erected and now owns a summer home at East Newport, where his family spend a few months every year and where, in the intervals of business, he joins them for a brief period of relaxation and a delightful vacation spent near the ocean. November 5, 1884, at Rochester, N. Y., he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret O'Brien, who was reared and educated in the east They are the parents of three children. The eldest, James V., is a graduate of St. Vincent's College, as is also John H., Margaret, the youngest member of the family circle, is now a student in the Holly wood convent. The family are members of the Roman Catholic Church and contribute generously to religious enterprises. Politically Mr. Carroll votes with the Republican party and in fraternal relations he holds membership with the Maccabees, the Independent Order of Foresters and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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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