Biography of John T. Jarvis
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JOHN T JARVIS
There are probably few men more familiar with the values of city real estate and horticultural property than John T. Jarvis, who has been engaged for many years in the buying and selling of lots and acreage tracts and who in the course of a long business career has handled many of the highest priced properties in Riverside county. The extension of towns, the subdivision of groves into lots and the enormous increase in valuations of all lands. all these things he has witnessed with the eager interest of a participant. Coincident with the increased *prosperity of the locality has been his own personal advancement from poverty to a competence. Neither luck nor fortuitous circumstances are responsible for his success, which is to be attributed to his own integrity in all dealings, energy in business and sagacity in investments.

A son of Jonathan and Eliza Jarvis and a descendant of an old Canadian family of local prominence, John T. Jarvis was born in Ontario, Canada, March 10, 1847, and attended the public schools between the ages of six and thirteen, leaving school in order to take up the struggle for self support. Beginning as an errand boy in a grocery, he soon was able to wait upon customers and while still a mere lad he was made manager of the business, a fact testifying to his honesty and intelligence. In 1869 he resigned from the store in order to join his father in business, the two carrying on a dairy and engaging in the manufacture of cheese. That section of the country was famous for the fine quality of its cheese and the industry was fairly profitable, but entailed upon its participants an enormous amount of hard labor. The wearisome round of constant work and the discomfort of a rigorous climate caused him to relinquish his business interests to others and in 1880 he came to California, settling in Riverside county and embarking in business as a horticulturist.

The raising of oranges and the carrying on of a nursery engaged the attention of Mr. Jarvis until 1887, since which time he has carried on a real estate business, at the same time acting as agent for various fire, life and accident insurance companies All movements for the permanent well being of Riverside have his support and he is pre eminently progressive in spirit. Politically he gives his allegiance to the men and measures of the Republican party. Various social and fraternal organizations receive his wholehearted support and warm cooperation, notably the Masonic Order, in which he has risen to the Commandery degree; also the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with which he became connected during the year 1884 and to which he has since rendered loyal support. While still living in Canada he established a home of his own, his marriage to Miss Dundas being solemnized in Ontario in May of 1869. Of this union eight children were born, four of whom are living. The eldest, John, follows the occupation of a gold miner. The older daughter, Lelia, is the wife of M. O. Pann, of Riverside. The youngest children, Constance and William M., are graduates of the high school and reside with their parents, brightening the pleasant home with the sunshine of their presence. William M. is giving his attention to surveying and intends to make a specialty of that line of work. In religious connections the family hold membership with the Episcopal Church.

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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