Biography of William W. Poole
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WILLIAM W. POOLE
One of Riverside's most successful young men is W. W. Poole, who, since his arrival in the city, January 3, 1906, has proven his ability and manliness. He was born in Yuma, Ariz., March 19, 1876, a son of William and Sarah (Williams) Poole, natives of Scotland and England, respectively. The father went to sea when a lad and followed that calling for many years and in 1852 landed in San Francisco from a vessel of which he was mate. Leaving the ship he went to the mines and later worked at various kinds of employment and in different parts of the state for some time. He then went to Yuma, Ariz., where he Cade his headquarters and became captain of a vessel that plied a trade on the Colorado river, carrying passengers and supplies for that section from the gulf, as well as transporting ore from the mines, down the river. During the Indian troubles in that territory he carried the soldiers who were sent to quell the disturbances. He remained in that section until the railroad was built through Arizona in 1878, after which the services be was rendering were no longer necessary. In the above named year he removed to San Francisco and entered the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, becoming captain of the ferry boat Solano, running between Port Costa and Benicia and later was captain of the Piedmont, running between Oakland and San Francisco. During his many years of service on these boats he contracted rheumatism and retired from active work, being in poor health for about nine years before his death, which occurred in 1904. The mother is still living in San Francisco.

William W. Poole, after completing his studies in the grammar school in San Francisco in 1889, took a thorough engineering course in the Van der Nailen School of Engineering, from which he was graduated. He served some time in the drafting room of the San Francisco Tool Company after having served an apprenticeship in the shops, during which time he attended a school of drafting, nights. He finally rose to the position of superintendent of the shops of the Krogh Manufacturing Company, successors to the San Francisco Tool Company, remaining there until he entered the employ of the Henshaw Buckley Company as chief engineer, and while he was in their employ traveled extensively throughout the west. In 1900 he accepted a position with the Southern California Cement Company and spent five months in the east studying the cement plants in various localities, after which he returned to California and located in Riverside, where he took charge of construction of the plant of that company, now the Riverside Portland Cement Company, and later being promoted to the position of general manager, which position he still occupies.

This plant, which was designed to produce three thousand barrels per day, now turns out five thousand daily and also supplies a commercial product of crushed rock which is used extensively throughout the city and county of Riverside in general concrete and road work. The Los Angeles highway commission also used a large amount of this material throughout Los Angeles county. The stockholders of the Riverside Cement Company own the Crescent City Railway, running from First street, Riverside, to Bloomington, a distance of nine miles. This road was built under the supervision of Mr. Poole. This company adds materially to the welfare of Riverside, giving employment to about five hundred men. Their holdings approximate about two thousand acres of which four hundred acres are planted to oranges.

Mr. Poole was united in marriage, in San Francisco, November 1, 1900, with Miss Gertrude F. Austin, a native of that city. Two children have been born to them, Bernice M. and Worth Tyler. Mr. Poole is a member of Oriental Lodge, F. & A. M., and Mission Chapter, R. A. M., in San Francisco. He is also a member of Riverside Lodge No. 643, B. P. O. E., of the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles and the Victoria and Country clubs of Riverside. In politics he is a Republican and thoroughly in touch with political developments, and is a member of the Riverside Episcopal Church.

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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