Biography of Pembroke S. Dinsmore
Riverside County, CA Biographies





PEMBROKE S. DINSMORE
The era of activity, represented by a residence and commercial identification of more than thirty years places Mr. Dinsmore in the forefront of the men who have contributed to the prosperity of Riverside. In the line of his specialty, that of handling town and country properties in this vicinity, it may be stated with justice that few men are more conversant with values than he and none is more fitted by sagacity and experience to carry through to successful consummation transactions in lands representing large investments. At the same time, while managing realty transactions, he keeps posted concerning all movements affecting the welfare of the city. In policy he is progressive, believing that the highest prosperity cannot be attained by any city or county that adopts a niggardly principle in public enterprises, and while extravagance should be avoided, so also should be avoided the penurious system that discourages every attempt at improvement.

Upon coming to this state and city Mr. Dinsmore was within a few months of forty years of age, his arrival here dating from June 14, 1880, while his birth occurred November 11, 1840. A son of Francis It. and Sophronia (Tuttle) Dinsmore, he was born at Skowhegan, Somerset county, Me., and received a public and high school education at Hartland in the same county. During 1860 he taught school in Aroostook county in the northern part of Maine and later engaged in the lumber business there. Upon selling out in 1868 he began to travel through the New England states as a book salesman and continued in that work for three years. Next he established headquarters at Enfield on the Penobscot river and engaged in the manufacture of rafting wedges until 1878, when he sold out. During the last year he also acted as station agent on the Maine Central Railroad. From that time until 1880 he was connected with an express business.

For one year after his removal to the west Mr. Dinsmore engaged in horticultural pursuits, buying ten acres, which he planted in orange trees and grape vines. On selling out the tract he moved into the city of Riverside and since then has followed the real estate business. While making his home in Enfield, Me., he was united in marriage, in June. of 1873, with Miss Anna M. Treat, who was born and reared in that part of the state and who had received fair educational advantages in the local schools and completed in a private school for girls at Foxcroft, Me. Three children blessed their union, namely: William T., who holds a position as assistant cashier of the Security Savings Bank of Riverside; Fred E., employed as searcher of records for the Riverside Title & Trust Company, and Mrs. May Louise Chapman, of Riverside. The family are Baptists in religious belief. Charitable movements have received their kindly helpfulness and they have been interested particularly in all enterprises for the upbuilding of their home city. The political opinions of Mr. Dinsmore bring him into sympathy with Republican principles and always he has supported that ticket in national elections. Fraternally he holds membership with the Independent Order of Foresters.

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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