Biography of Philip A. Gunsolus
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PHILIP A. GUNSOLUS
Not far from the shores of Lake Ontario in the district of Hastings several successive generations of the Gunsolus family lived and labored and the present generation, scattered through various portions of the United States, exhibit in temperament and character the traits that distinguished their Canadian progenitors as far back as the records can be traced. Devoted as he is to the land of his birth and the scenes of his childhood, Mr. Gunsolus entertains no desire to return to the bleak climate with its extremes of cold and snow and since he completed a common school education he has earned his livelihood on this side of the line His residence in Riverside dates from February 21, 1883. More than twenty nine years have brought their changes to the country since he first beheld its inviting environment, but in all of that period his loyalty to his adopted locality has never wavered, his interest in local progress has never lessened.

Andrew and Eliza Gunsolus, the parents of Philip A., were born and reared in Hastings, Canada, where they continued to live after marriage and where their son was born November 17, 1849. During 1871 the father moved to Michigan and settled in St. Clair county, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. After four years he sold his farm and went into Brockway Center (now Yale), St. Clair county, where he embarked in the grocery business and also acted as postmaster. Retiring from business in 1880, he remained in Michigan for five years and then came to California, joining a son in Amador county and taking no part in business activities. During 1888 he returned to the east and settled at Connellsville, Ohio, where his remaining years were quietly passed and where in 1909 his useful existence came to an end.

Primarily educated in Hastings, Canada, and later a student in the public schools of Brockway Center, St. Clair county, Mich., Philip A. Gunsolus in 1870 took a course of study in the business college at East Saginaw, as

Immediately after leaving school he secured employment as a day laborer in a lumber yard in Michigan, where he remained until 1876. In that year he removed to Illinois and rented land in Knox county, but farming proved uncongenial and was relinquished for other occupations. At first he was salesman in a general mercantile store in Illinois, but soon a desire to see the west led him to resign the position and he thereupon removed to California, settling at Riverside. Until 1886 he was employed as a bookkeeper with the Riverside Land & Irrigating Company, after which he spent two years as a clerk in the dry goods establishment of E. Rosenthal & Co., and then one year as salesman with the dry goods firm of Wilbur & Reynolds. Subsequent employment as bookkeeper with the Pioneer Lumber & Mill Company was followed by a clerkship with the mercantile house of McBean & Co., where he continued for three years. A period of four years was devoted to the work of horticultural inspector and a similar period was spent as night watchman at the courthouse, after which he was elected to his present position as city treasurer of Riverside, this being his second term.

For a considerable period after coming to Riverside Mr. Gunsolus remained a bachelor, but he established domestic ties May 24, 1894, on which day he married Miss Hattie B. Lyon, of this city. They are the parents of an only child, Hobart, born June 20, 1896, and is now a pupil in the public schools. Partisanship makes no appeal to Mr Gunsolus, but he is firm in his political convictions and ever since he became a voting citizen of our country he has supported the men and measures of the Republican party. In fraternal relations he is active in Masonic circles and is a member of Evergreen Lodge No. 259, F. & A. M., past high priest of Riverside Chapter No. 67, R. A. M.; and past eminent commander of Riverside Commandery No. 28, K. T., and is also a member of Riverside Lodge No. 282, I. O. O. F. He is a devoted believer in the philanthropic work of these organizations and as near as possible lives to the tenets of the Golden Rule.

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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