Biography of John W. Kishlar
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JOHN W. KISHLAR
One of Riverside's early settlers, who materially aided in its general development, was Mr. Kishlar, a man of unquestioned honor and progressive, generous principles, active in his work as a prominent orchardist and as a devoted citizen until his death, May 14, 1901. Born in Rochester, N. Y., February 20, 1837, he received a thorough public school education, and upon completion of his studies secured a position as station agent in Marshall, Mich., which he retained until 1860. The following year he opened a farming implement establishment in Brookston, Ind., which he successfully conducted until 1872, then removing to Warren, Ohio, where he became a manufacturer of carriages. Four years later he entered the dry goods business in Goodland, Ind., but disposed of his business in 1888 to locate in Riverside, Cal., having long desired to make a home in the west. Purchasing fifteen acres in Riverside which he set out in oranges he thereupon devoted his time and attention to orange culture, conducting also a fertilizing business with profit.

Mr. Kishlar was married November 6, 1862, in Marshall, Mich., to Miss Frances G. Cook, who was born in that city. A member of Goodland Lodge, K. of P., he also holds membership in the Masonic lodge at Goodland, Ind., and was a Republican, with well defined political opinions. Considerate and kindly with all who were privileged to know him, he was widely recognized as a man of high ethical principles and noble character, his memory being sacred to his many friends and associates. Mrs. Kishlar, a woman of rare attainments and womanly sympathies, resides in the home place at No. 475 Lemon street, surrounded by her friends, who find both help and inspiration in her companionship.

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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