M. L. COLEMAN
The record of the life of M. L. Coleman shows that he is a native of Michigan, a son of William H. and Lucretia
Coleman and born in the city of Battle Creek, August 8, 1840. Primarily educated in the grammar school of that
city, he later attended the high school and eventually became a student in the Kalamazoo Business College, from
which he was graduated in 1861. Returning to his native city on the conclusion of his commercial course he made
a brief sojourn there and then settled at Lansing, Mich., where he secured employment with Joseph Mills. For eight
years he was connected with the Second National Bank as a general utility man. Upon resigning from that institution
he became a leading factor in the organization of the Lansing National Bank, of which he acted as general manager.
The concern enjoyed excellent, growth and continued to conduct a profitable business until the charter expired
in 1895, when the business was discontinued.
Seeking a home in a more genial climate than Michigan can boast, Mr. Coleman came to Southern California after
he had closed out his banking interests in 1895. A tour of inspection led him to locate at Riverside and here he
bought twelve acres of unimproved land, which he planted in orange trees. Since the grove came into bearing it
has returned large dividends, not only upon the original investment, but also upon the present valuation. Subsequent
purchase has increased the holdings of Mr. Coleman, who now owns thirty acres, all under cultivation to oranges.
The large and valuable estate represents the results of his own unaided and judicious labors and proves him to
be a man of thrift, discriminating wisely in all business matters and superintending his enterprises with an nnfailing
energy. Surrounded by an estate artistically attractive and financially remunerative, blessed with the admiration
of a younger generation and the warm friendship of associates of his own age, he is tranquilly passing the twilight
of his useful existence. Diversified activities fill his mind. Aside from the care of the property, he has outside
interest's, notably the work of the Congregational Church, to which he is a generous contributor. In a lesser degree
he maintains an interest in politics, but his partisan associations extend no further than the voting of a Republican
ticket at all general elections. While living in Battle Creek, in May of 1865, be married Miss Mary Sutton, of
that city. They are the parents of four children, of whom the eldest, William T., is engaged in the hotel business
at Greenville, Mercer county, Pa. The younger son, Frank E., is interested with his father in the growing of oranges.
The daughters are Mrs. Frank O. Atkins, of Los Angeles, and Miss Nina L., who remains with her parents to brighten
their declining days with her intelligent and helpful companionship.
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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