MELVIN M. RANDALL
The late M. M. Randall who had been a resident of Riverside county since 1892, was the owner of a valuable and
well kept ranch of eleven acres on Magnolia avenue. He was the son of John and Esther (Adams) Randall, the former
a native of Knox county, Ohio, and the latter a descendant of former President Adams. Mr. Randall grew up in Ohio,
but in 1852 moved with his family to McLean county, Ill., opening up a new farm near Bloomington. They were among
the first families to settle in that community. M. M. Randall was born in Knox county, Ohio, March 18, 1849, and
was but three years of age when the family moved to Illinois. He spent his boyhood days on the farm with his father
and received thorough training along agricultural lines. He was practically a self educated man, living on the
farm until he was fifteen years of age and then he learned the carpenter trade and worked at this for several years.
In 1877, in Ellsworth, McLean county, Ill., Mr. Randall married Miss Viola J. Dunlap, the daughter of Calhoun Dunlap,
one of the pioneers of McLean county, having settled there in 1857. For several years Mr. and Mrs. Randall made
their home there on a farm. They then purchased and improved a farm of one hundred and twenty acres near Carthage,
Barton county, Mo., an undertaking that proved remunerative, but on account of poor health they were forced to
leave that locality and in 1892 came to California. They located in Corona, where Mr. Randall engaged in working
in the orange groves and also worked at the carpenter's trade for some time. In 1903 he purchased the home place
where he spent his last years. The place was under cultivation to alfalfa, and he further improved the property
by building a good house and by erecting suitable outbuildings. In addition to carrying on the ranch he conducted
a dairy and was the owner of some of the best Jersey stock in Riverside county. Besides the home place he also
had other real estate, owning a lot on North Main street, Riverside, and one in the Boulevard tract in Corona.
Mr. Randall was satisfied with his quest for health, fully recovering in this salubrious climate.
Mr. and Mrs. Randall became the parents of three sons and one daughter. The oldest son, Cecil B. Randall, resides
in Corona, Cal., is married and has two children. Belle Randall is .the wife of A. H. Larrabee, of Corona. Charles
C., who is also married, is living in Riverside and is employed in the office of the Portland Cement Company. The
other son, Raymond F. Randall, is employed in the traffic department in Santa Ana.
Politically Mr. Randall was a Republican and was proud of the fact that he cast his first vote for U. S. Grant,
and that he never missed using his right of franchise, except once, that being at the time of his removal to California.
Mr. Randall was a director of the Riverside Water Company. Both Mr. and Mrs. Randall were members of the Corona
Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mrs. Randall has served
through the chairs of the Rebekahs and is past matron of the Eastern Star. Mr. Randall died December 1, 1911.
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
Riverside County, CA
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