Biography of Henry H. Holmes
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HENRY H. HOLMES
Well fitted to be the chief executive of a municipality, Mr. Holmes has amply proved, since his election in 1908 to the position of mayor of Corona, Riverside county, the wisdom of his constituents in supporting their leader, whose absolute integrity and exceptional executive skill enable him to conduct with ease the affairs under his jurisdiction.

Born March 23, 1841, in Allegany county, N. Y., Mr. Holmes spent his early boyhood on the farm of his parents, John H. and Rhoda L. (Bennett) Holmes, natives of New York state: In 1846 he accompanied his parents to Ogle county, Ill., and in 1851 to Winnebago county. He received his education in the public schools and at the age of nineteen, upon declaration of war between the North and South, enlisted in Company G, Forty fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving faithfully until September 26, 1864, when he was honorably discharged from duty. Upon his return to his father's farm in Winnebago county, Ill., he engaged in general agriculture until 1870, when he moved to Martin county, Minn., where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres. While a resident there he served three years as one of the county commissioners, also was in some minor position during the eighteen years of his residence there. In 1885 he changed his residence to Racine, Wis., where he became superintendent of a sewer pipe manufacturing company. Resigning his position in 1888 he located in Perris, Riverside county, Cal., and served as manager of an orange grove until 1889. Moving thence to Corona, he accepted a position as foreman of the yards of the Pacific Clay Manufacturing Company, ably performing his duties until 1897, when upon the purchase of eleven acres, and later a tract of five acres, he relinquished his work to take up orange culture, in which he has been most successful. He has sold seven and one half acres at an excellent profit, retaining the remainder of his property, his orchard affording him both pleasure and profit.

For seven years Mr. Holmes served as county commissioner of horticulture. He was elected a trustee of Corona in 1906 and in 1908 was elected president of the board and in 1910 re-elected for four years. Fraternally he is connected with Temescal Lodge No. 314 F. & A. M., Royal League Circle Lodge No. 377, I. O. F., and is a member of the Rebekahs and the Eastern Star. He is also a prominent worker in Carlton Post, G. A. R., his energy and enthusiasm greatly contributing to the interest of his fellow members.

Mr. Holmes was united in marriage January 7, 1868, in Winnebago county, Ill., with Miss Marie A. Hewitt, of that state. Two children were born to them: Carrie, now Mrs. E. G. Tuthill of Corona; and Alfred, aged thirty five, who is engaged in the wholesale fruit and produce business in Los Angeles, Cal. Politically an Independent, with broad and generous principles, Mr. Holmes is closely in touch with party developments in general. As an active member of the Methodist Church of Corona, he is deeply interested in the welfare of his fellow men.

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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