Biography of William T. Dinsmore
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WILLIAM TREAT DINSMORE
Important as were the labors of the pioneers of Riverside and comprehensive as were their utilitarian projects, in many instances these have been equaled or surpassed by the achievements of their descendants. The city maintains a just pride in the talents of the young men who, reared within her borders and content to devote their abilities to her material development, are adding honor to family names and prestige to civic ideals. None perhaps is accomplishing more in the short span of a business career than William Treat Dinsmore, who is well versed in the law, in finance and in realty, and in any department of commercial progress or professional importance proves himself the possessor of extended information and sagacious judgment.

The genealogy of the Dinsmore family shows their early identification with the development of Maine, where William T. Dinsmore was born March 17, 1876 His father, P. S. Dinsmore, was born and reared in Maine and there married Miss Anna M. Treat, likewise a native of that state. Descended from a pioneer family, she numbered among her family relations Hon. Charles H. Treat, one of the most influential men of his day and a statesman whose worth was so universally recognized that he was called to Washington, D. C., to aid the national administration in an official and executive capacity, and served for many years as treasurer of the United States. In the service of the nation, as in his own private business and professional affairs, he proved himself conspicuously able. The heritage of his fame has descended to his posterity.

For some years P. S. Dinsmore conducted business affairs in the state of Maine with more or less success. During 1880 he came to California and settled at Riverside. From the outset he was pleased with the country. As a permanent location he believed no place could offer superior advantages. The real estate business and orange growing have kept him busily occupied throughout the thirty two years he has made this his home, and he still takes an active interest in his business affairs. William T. Dinsmore entered the public schools at the age of about six years and continued with successive promotions until he had finished the school course. Later he received business training in commercial and business colleges in this city and a course with the American School of Law of Chicago. One of the first enterprises in which he engaged was the promotion and organization of the People's Abstract & Trust Company, of which he acted as secretary and manager for over ten years. During his leisure hours, while in charge of the abstract office, he devoted his time to the study of the law and prepared for an examination that would give him admission to the bar. This knowledge of the law has been most helpful to him in his varied activities, although he has never entered upon active professional practice.

The name of William Treat Dinsmore is connected especially with the Security Savings Bank of Riverside, which was organized by the stockholders of the Citizens National Bank and commenced business on July 1, 1907. Ever since the bank was opened for business he has served as secretary and assistant cashier and his efforts have been helpful in the increasing of the bank's business. A steady growth has been enjoyed from the first. The institution has proved conservative and cautious in investments and loans, but accommodating to customers and helpful to the general interests of the city. A reputation has been established for safe and courteous dealings and depositors repose the utmost confidence in the resources of this banking institution.

In addition to his business interests Mr. Dinsmore has participated in horticultural enterprises, having owned three different groves of oranges, and now owns a thrifty bearing grove of navel oranges, comprising nine acres on Lincoln Heights, known as "Vista Hermosa Grove." Some years ago he purchased a lot in Riverside on Rubidoux Drive, now known as "Bankers' Row," and there he erected a commodious residence, now occupied by his family, the home place being known as "Sierra Vista," meaning Mountain View. June 8, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Nelson, daughter of Austin Nelson, and a native of Nebraska, where she was reared and educated. Three children bless the union, Julia, Helen and William Treat, Jr. The family are prominently identified with the First Baptist Church of Riverside and greatly interested in its work and maintenance, Mr. Dinsmore being the treasurer of the church. Fraternally Mr. Dinsmore holds membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Riverside. A progressive Republican in political views, he served as vice president of the Governor Johnson and Wallace Club, has acted as treasurer of the Riverside County Republican Central Committee and maintains a warm interest in campaign work, local elections and civic matters.

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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