Biography of William C. Moore
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WILLIAM C. MOORE
Long identification with the commercial activities of Riverside has brought to Mr. Moore a position of considerable prominence in the city and the confidence of business associates as well as the esteem of people with whom the regular routine of daily affairs has brought him into contact. While, like all residents of this famous citrus growing district, he is intelligently posted concerning horticulture, he has not made the occupation his life work, but has directed his efforts toward supplying the food necessities of the people and has specialized in the meat business, owning and conducting a market that at all times is well stocked with meats all varieties. As he has made it his principle to buy only the very choicest of stock, he caters to a trade exclusive and select and numbers among his customers some of the most prominent citizens of the community.

Whatever measure of success has come to Mr. Moore may be attributed to his industry and perseverance, for from boyhood he has worked constantly and untiringly. He belonged to a family of modest means and remembers vividly the privations of youth and the discouragements of adversity. Born in Battle Creek, Mich., June 27, 1868, he was sent to the common schools of that city at the age of six years and remained a pupil there until his father, J. H. Moore, in 1880 took the family to South Dakota, hoping to gain independence in a new country. Land was preempted near Aberdeen and the boy was put to work in improving the place, where he remained until 1888. Being then twenty years of age, he decided to start out to earn his own way in the world. His first location was at Tuscarora, Elko county, Nev., where he engaged in mining and also worked on a cattle ranch. At the expiration of three years he came to Southern California and bought a tract of unimproved land near San Bernardino. After having put the land under cultivation to lemon trees and remained there for a year he sold out and came to Riverside in 1893, since which time he has engaged in the meat business, first as an employe in the Boston meat market for two years, then as a clerk in the Pioneer market for a year and since that time as the proprietor of an up to date market of his own.

In the midst of the urgent responsibilities connected with the maintenance of a progressive business and the earning of a livelihood for his family, Mr. Moore has found leisure for participation in fraternal organizations and has been a leading local worker in the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Nor has he been negligent of his duties in religion. As a member of the Christian Church he has been a contributor to world wide missionary efforts and has maintained a warm interest in the local organization. Politics has not interested him in any special degree and aside from voting the Republican ticket in national elections he has taken no part in public affairs, yet he may be depended upon to contribute his quota to movements for the upbuilding of his town and from the outset of his residence in Riverside he has been interested in civic activities. He assisted in organizing the Business Men's Association and with the exception of one year has been a member of the board of directors, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Cresmer Manufacturing Company, and one of the charter members of the National Bank of Riverside and of the City Hospital Association. Some years after coming to this city he established domestic ties, being united in marriage October 28, 1896, with Miss Mary Gerard, a native of Goderich, Canada. They are the parents of two daughters, Ethel Norene and Gladys Naomi, both of whom are students in local schools.

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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