Biography of George W. Garcelon
Riverside County, CA Biographies





GEORGE W. GARCELON
George W. Garcelon was one of Riverside's pioneer settlers and ranked among the leading practical horticulturists of the county. He was born in New Brunswick in 1832, and was reared and schooled in his native place until twenty years of age. In starting life on his own account he decided to establish himself in the United States, and in 1852 located in Lewiston, Me., and was there employed as a clerk in the drug business. In 1856 he established himself in business as a druggist in that city. He married, in Lewiston, Me., in 1858, Miss Mary F. Tobie, daughter of Edward P. Tobie.

Mr. Garcelon conducted his business until 1872, when he sought a home in California and located at Riverside. Soon after his arrival he purchased a two and one half acre block between Vine and Mulberry and Sixth and Seventh streets and entered upon horticultural pursuits, and the following spring erected the first plastered house in the colony. He also purchased a twenty acre tract on Brockton avenue, at the corner of Bandini avenue. He entered heartily into his new calling, growing his own nursery stock and planting citrus and deciduous trees. He had unbounded faith in citrus fruit growing in Riverside and spent time and money in advancing the industry.

The history of the citrus fairs of the world dates its first effort to the spring of 1877, when the orange groves of Riverside submitted their products to the inspection of the horticultural world in the parlor of Mr. Garcelon's modest home. It was the birth of the Citrus Fair Association.

Mr. Garcelon early saw the possibilities of the lemon growing industry in this section, but the great problem to be solved was the proper curing and preserving to enable the producers to successfully compete with the foreign lemons imported into the country. He spent years in study and experimental research and after ten years of time and labor his efforts were rewarded by success and he had added another source of untold wealth to the citrus fruit growers of Southern California. He erected a storage warehouse and lemon curing establishment on the corner of Brockton and Bandini avenues, but his process and means of curing are not known to the public. Mr. Garcelon did not allow his horticultural pursuits to lessen his interest in other industries that have built up the city and county and meritorious enterprises found a liberal supporter in him. In political matters he was a stanch Republican. In 1888 he was prevailed upon to become a candidate for supervisor from his district and was elected for a four year term. He was a member of the board of trade and in 1886 was one of Riverside's representatives to the Chicago fair and had charge of the exhibit. He was for many years a member and trustee of the Congregational church here; also a member of Riverside Chapter No. 68, R. A. M:, and Riverside Commandery No. 28, K. T. Mr. Garcelon passed away on March 9, 1905.

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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