Biography of Henry T. Parker
Riverside County, CA Biographies





HENRY T PARKER
That energy of character and force of will usually bring to their fortunate possessor a fair degree of financial success finds illustration in the life and activities of Henry T. Parker, president of the Newberry-Parker Company and one of the leading business men of Riverside. It is not too much to say that the present commercial standing of the city and its popularity as a trading center are due in no small degree to his wise efforts to enlarge the local business interests. Side by side with the progress of the company has been the development of the civic commercial possibilities until now there is a common sentiment of pride concerning the local advancement. The leaders of thought and men of sagacity to whose united efforts may be attributed the present gratifying condition are reaping the reward of their concentrated labors, while in addition the entire population enjoys the results of their progressive spirit.

The well known business man whose name introduces this article came to Southern California from Illinois, where he was born at Pecatonica, Winnebago county, October 17, 1858, a son of George S. Parker. During boyhood he was a pupil in the public schools of Rockford, Ill., but at the age of eighteen years he relinquished his studies in order to move to the west and enter upon the task of earning his own way in the world. First settling in the vicinity of Los Angeles, he assisted an uncle on a ranch. Two years later he gave up farm pursuits and entered upon railroading, after which for seven years he worked as an engineer with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Desiring an occupation less hazardous, he resigned as engineer and settled in Los Angeles, where he engaged in general merchandising for nine years. On selling out the business he became connected with the Newberry Company, wholesale and retail grocers, for whom he acted as manager with such sagacity, energy and versatility that he won substantial recognition. During 1900 he was admitted into partnership with Mr. Newberry and four years later he came to Riverside to take charge of the branch store at this place.

Upon the incorporation of the company Mr. Parker was chosen to occupy the president's office, which responsible position he has filled with conspicuous efficiency. At the time of inaugurating the business in Riverside the company occupied one store and employed only three men, transacting in the first month business aggregating about $1800. At this writing they have three stores and furnish steady employment to forty four persons, carrying on successfully a business approximating ten times the amount of its original volume and including a general line of wholesale and retail trade. With justice it may be stated that the fine financial standing of the company and the large volume of its trade are due in large part to its president, who has displayed unusual ability in the handling of large enterprises. To him business stagnation is not permissable. Progressive policies are pursued in every department and his keen vision neglects no detail that will contribute to growth.

With his mind and energies concentrated upon business affairs, Mr. Parker has yet found leisure for participation in the activities of various prominent societies, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Independent Order of Foresters, the Woodmen of the World and the Bankers' Association. Although not aggressive in political views, he is stanchly Republican in principle and at all national elections casts his ballot for the party policies and candidates. While making his home in Los Angeles he met and married Miss Emma Robinson of that city, their union being solemnized in 1888. They are the parents of three sons. The eldest, Ernest, a capable young man of twenty one years, acts as manager of the Newberry-Parker Company. The second son, Irving La Rue, is a student in the high school, while the youngest boy, Gail DeWitt. now twelve years of age, is a pupil in the grammar schools of Riverside.

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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