Biography of Peter Milliken
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PETER MILLIKEN
Few citizens of Riverside county have taken a more active part in the development of the San Jacinto and Perris valleys than has Mr. Milliken, a man of exceptional attainments and conservative business judgment, well known throughout the county as the former efficient editor and proprietor of the Hemet News, and now a resident of Perris, where he is editor and proprietor of the Perris Progress.

Mr. Milliken's birth occurred February 8, 1849, in New York City His parents, who were natives of Scotland, moved to New York state about sixty five years ago. Upon completion of his public school studies and his graduation from the grammar school in New York, the son took a course in Nugent's College, Brooklyn, N. Y., and later he entered the College of the City of New York in 1863, graduating five years later in the class of 1868 with the degree of A. B., and receiving also the second prize in mathematics, as well as being chosen to deliver the third honorary oration. The graduating exercises were held in the Academy of Music, New York City. In October, 1868, Mr. Milliken came to San Francisco and shortly thereafter was appointed tutor in mathematics in Union College, an Episcopal school. He gave private instruction also and for several years served as principal teacher in the Presbyterian Mission school. After continuing his professional duties for several years he became an accountant in the employ of the L. P.'Fisher advertising agency. In 1878 he accepted a position in the business department of the San Francisco Bulletin, a service which he continued for many years. Subsequently he became business manager of the San Francisco Evening Post, later returning to the employ of the San Francisco Bulletin and continuing with that paper until his removal to Winchester, Cal., in 1889. Previous to his removal he had purchased land there, and for the following ten years he devoted it to grain raising. In 1893 he assisted in the organization of Riverside county and contributed in many ways to the progress of this section, serving also from 1894 to 1898 as deputy county assessor. In 1893 he was chosen director of the San Jacinto and Pleasant Valley Irrigation district and for a term held the position of secretary and superintendent of that corporation, besides serving as secretary and director of the Florida Water Company, with offices at Valle Vista. In 1896 he was elected justice of the peace of Diamond township, Riverside county, and resigned in 1899 to enter newspaper work. In March of that year he leased the Hemet News, which he subsequently purchased, acquiring the site also, and later he erected an additional building in which he installed new machinery.

Mr. Milliken is a member of several fraternal lodges, belonging to the Masons, Elks, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. He is also a member of the Riverside Commandery, K. T., and is a Shriner, belonging to Al Malaikah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Politically he is a staunch Republican, and besides taking an active part in local affairs in his party, has also served as delegate to various county conventions, as well as to state, congressional and senatorial conventions. To the Episcopal Church of Hemet, in which he holds membership, he lends material aid, maintaining at all times a deep interest in the welfare of his fellow men, and through the medium of his paper contributes prompt assistance to all worthy civic movements, his courage and progressive spirit having won the commendation of the entire community.

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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