Biography of Harry M. May
Riverside County, CA Biographies





HARRY M. MAY
The fact that the district of Riverside has been prosperous to an unusual degree is attributed by many to the adaptability of its soil to orange cultivation and by many to the patriotic loyalty and civic devotion of its citizens. In a degree both of these causes are responsible for the attainment of the desired result. The presence of a large proportion of energetic, resourceful and capable young men has been most helpful to the increased prosperity of the district. Their energies have promoted the local welfare and their enterprise has fostered local progress. Not the least prominent among these progressive young men is the secretary of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, for some years a well known resident of the city and the promoter, through his official capacity, of movements for the direct upbuilding of the place. Since he was chosen to fill this position, in June of 1907, he has been a leading factor in civic enterprises and has aided in promoting the growth of a town noted as a law abiding, prosperous and contented community, whose commercial interests are important, whose churches and schoolhouses are unsurpassed and whose moral conditions indicate culture and a high plane of living.

Born in the city of Rochelle, Ill., January 18, 1878, Harry M. May is a son of Henry R. and Ida M. May and received the best educational advantages his native place afforded. After his graduation from the Rochelle high school in 1893 he matriculated in the University of Illinois and began a thorough course in the department of electrical engineering, from which he was graduated in 1898 with a high standing. Going to Chicago he secured employment with the Western Electric Company as installer and telephone engineer, which work he carried forward with recognized ability as long as he remained with the company. For a time after he came to Riverside in 1902 he was not connected with the company, but in 1906-07 he served with their telephone sales department in San Francisco. Upon his return to Riverside after twelve months in the northern part' of the state he was elected secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and since then has filled the position with devotion and signal success. Mr. May is also serving as secretary of the Riverside Realty Board and of the Riverside County Humane Society.

The marriage of Harry M. May and Miss Frances Howard was solemnized in Milan, Ill., September 18, 1900, and was blessed with two sons, David and Bruce, now (1912) eight and six years of age respectively. The family hold membership with the Presbyterian Church and form an acceptable addition to the working element of the local congregation, whose maintenance they assist in assuming and whose charities are promoted by their ready assistance. While a student in the university Mr. May held fraternal relations with the Tau Beta Pi and in the latter circle of activities he has been similarly characterized by genial temperament, companionable disposition and kindly generosities. Ever since he attained his majority he has voted the Republican ticket in general and local elections and has been warmly attached to the principles of that organization, yet always sinking the demands of partisanship beneath the claims of a high minded, impartial citizenship.

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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