Biography of Sidney E. Potter
Riverside County, CA Biographies





SIDNEY E. POTTER
Among Riverside's rising young commercial men is S. E. Potter, who by perseverance and wise judgment has succeeded, in the face of most adverse circumstances, in establishing a successful business in his chosen profession, plumbing and heating, his future prosperity appearing amply assured.

Born December 28, 1878, in Spartanburg, S. C., Mr. Potter remained with his parents, Dock and Mary (King) Potter, natives of South Carolina, until the age of fifteen. Upon completion of his grammar school studies he removed to Clifton, S. C., where he spent five years learning the trade of cotton weaving, and in 1898, his apprenticeship having expired, he became a clerk in a furniture store in Atlanta, Ga. Three years later he engaged in weaving in Pacolet, S. C., but in 1903 resigned his work to fulfill a long cherished desire to establish a home in the west, locating in Riverside, Cal., where he secured a situation with M. T. Cunniff, McCormack, Orman & Company, plumbers. Later he served in a similar capacity with A. H. Schanck, plumber, relinquishing his duties in July, 1904, to accept a position as plumber with the Wilcox-Rose Construction Company, of Pasadena, Cal. September 1, 1904, the company transferred him to San Dimas, Cal., where he remained until November, going thence to Tuba, Ariz., in which place he worked at his trade for several months. In July, 1905, he located in Los Angeles, Cal., and was employed as a plumber with Newell Brothers until November, then transferring his services to A. Peasley, plumber, and in June, 1906, returned to Riverside, immediately securing a situation with McCormack, Orman & Company. In September, 1908, he formed a partnership with H. D. Knight, the firm being known as Potter & Knight, since which period both himself and associate have devoted their best efforts to their rapidly growing and most successful enterprise, their work including general plumbing, heating and ventilating.

Mr. Potter is a Republican, with a stanch and well defined political principles, and maintains a deep interest in municipal affairs in general. He is a member of Riverside Lodge, No. 112, K. of P. and ranks among the city's most progressive and highly esteemed business men.

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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