Biography of Robert P. Cundiff
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ROBERT P. CUNDIFF
During his thirty five years' residence in Riverside county Mr. Cundiff has gained, by his unfailing perseverance and sterling integrity, united with most progressive methods, his present position of honor as county commissioner of horticulture, his opinion on that subject being widely sought throughout the state. His father, Richard N. Cundiff, was born in Danville, Ky., April 15, 1825, was there educated and later he engaged in farming and stock raising in St. Francois county, Mo. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Second Missouri Cavalry, under Gen. Sterling Price, and was honorably discharged just before the close of the war on account of sickness. Returning to his farm near Farmington, Mo., he passed away soon afterward, February 2, 1865.

Robert P. Cundiff was born December 14, 1854, in St. Francois county, Mo., his mother having been prior to her marriage Miss Agnes Blue, of Tennessee. For a time the son attended private school at Charleston, Miss., graduating in 1871, and thereupon entered Oakdale Academy, Coffeeville, Miss., completing his studies in 1873. In January, 1874, he came to California, arriving in Sacramento. For a year he mined and also farmed, then in January, 1875, came to Riverside, where he became associated with G. D. Carlton, nurseryman. That same year he purchased ten acres in Brockton Square which he planted to trees, and in 1890 disposed of the property. In the meantime, in 1887, he engaged in the book and stationery business, in which field he was most successful. In 1895 he sold his store, later being appointed county inspector of horticulture, and in 1899 he received his present position, to which each succeeding term, he has been reappointed.

Mr. Cundiff is a member of all branches of the York Rite in Masonry. He has been for the past twenty two years secretary of Evergreen Lodge, No. 359, and is also affiliated with Magnolia Camp, No. 91, W. O. W. Politically his principles are Democratic and though having long been prominent in local politics, he has never desired office, preferring to devote his interests to his business and his home, including, also, a share in the work of the Riverside Congregational Church, of which both himself and wife are active members.

Mr. Cundiff was united in marriage November 17, 1880, in Lowell Hill, Nevada county, Cal., with Miss Etta W. Wilkinson, a native of Hamilton, Canada. Five children were born to them: Frank S., fiscal agent for the United States reclamation service at Yuma, Ariz.; Mrs Alice Small and Mrs. Edna Smith of Riverside; Leota, a graduate of the Riverside high school; and Stanley M., a high school student.

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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