One of the leading business men of Coachella is Charles McDonald, whose untiring efforts in behalf of the city's
development merit the highest commendation, his manly principles, united with a progressive, cheery spirit, having
established his popularity in the community.
Born in Ontario, Canada, October 7, 1853, Mr. McDonald spent his boyhood near Belleville, Point Ann, and upon graduating
from the common school engaged in the fishing industry on Lake Ontario. At the age of twenty six years he abandoned
this pursuit to take up lumber and mill work in Bay City, Mich., but shortly thereafter came to California, where,
after visiting various sections, in 1888 he located at Anaheim, securing employment as a carpenter and builder.
In 1895 he moved to Westminster, where for six years he operated a ranch, and at that juncture, in 1901, having
heard many favorable reports concerning Coachella, permanently located in this community. He at once entered the
lumber business, working also as a carpenter, and three years later, having erected a frame store building, opened
a mercantile establishment with E. L. Young as a partner His success was most encouraging and in 1908 he replaced
his frame structure with one of concrete, the frontage being sixty feet. Later he erected two additional buildings,
each with a depth of fifty feet, the total frontage being one hundred and ten feet, which will be utilized for
bank and drug store. For four years Mr. McDonald held the position of deputy sheriff, discharging his duties both
capably and conscientiously. In addition to his other interests he operates the Coachella livery business as well
as the lumber yard, and is also develoing one hundred and sixty acres in fruit twelve miles west of town in section
twenty, township five south, range six east.
The marriage of Mr. McDonald, which took place in 1880, united him with Miss Susan J. Maxon, a native of Bay City,
Mich., who, with her husband, enjoys the high regard of many friends and associates.
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
Riverside County, CA
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