Biography of Alva R. McCarty
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ALVA R. McCARTY
Alva R. McCarty, a resident of San Bernardino county, is the only man in that county who is living on a United States grant of land, he having a patent to seventy three acres that was signed by President Grover Cleveland in 1885. Mr. McCarty was born in Mason county, Ill., in 1858, and at the age of eleven years he moved with his parents to Dallas, Tex., and after a stay of seven years in the Lone Star state the family moved to California and settled in San Bernardino county. Mr. McCarty's father bought one hundred acres of land and also that number of acres near Compton and eighty acres in Temescal. Mr. McCarty now owns two hundred acres of as fine land as can be found. His ranch was the first in the county to have pipe lines and plenty of water. On this land beets, hay, oats, grain, alfalfa and fine stock for the market are among the commodities raised.

Mr. McCarty married Margaret Walkenshall, a native daughter of California, born in San Bernardino, and four children were born to the union, of whom three sons are living. They were all born on the ranch, the house, in which their advent took place still being intact. Mr. McCarty's father and mother were born in Ohio and Indiana, respectively, the former; Cornelius McCarty, died at Temescal. The sons, who assist their father with the work of the ranch, are good citizens and men of honor. Clarence is a member of the Odd Fellows and William of the Redmen. Their father does not belong to any orders, but was at one time school trustee.

Mr. McCarty is a stanch Democrat. He started in life with practically nothing, but by dint of careful management and hard work has arisen to a position of honor among his fellows and has accumulated a competency.

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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