Biography of Ellington H. Record
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ELLINGTON H. RECORD
Among the successful ranchers of Riverside county none is more highly esteemed than Mr. Record, who resides three miles from San Jacinto. Starting with a capital of but $500, supplemented, however, by ambition and enterprise, his finances have so greatly improved that today he is regarded as one of the most prosperous citizens of the community. His father, Jonathan G. Record, whose' ancestors came from England to America in the Mayflower in 1620, had also the distinction of being a cousin of Benjamin Franklin. He was a farmer by occupation, actively conducting his duties until his death in San Jacinto, in October, 1902, aged eighty two years His wife, formerly Miss Lucilvia Irish, of Maine, was a daughter of Hon. William Irish, a Republican, who for two terms served as Maine's representative in the state senate. Mrs. Record, among whose relatives was the illustrious Daniel Webster, is making her home adjacent to her son's, and at the age of seventy five years is enjoying good health.

Born July 15, 1866, in Aroostook county, Me., Mr. Record there attended school until sixteen years of age, then removing to Coddington county,. S. Dank., where he assisted his father in breaking up the prairie land and improving a farm. Coming to Riverside county in 1893 he worked at various occupations for a time and then went to Ventura county and worked as a farm hand. Three years later he purchased in West Riverside a. fourteen acre orange grove. After disposing of this he came to San Jacinto and for some time rented a dairy farm, after which he bought. in Riverside a ranch upon which he resided for eighteen months. Returning to San Jacinto, he purchased forty acres on Central avenue, which he sold two years later and shortly thereafter departed for the Colorado desert, which is now included in Imperial county, and where he remained four and one half years, during which time he improved and sold several ranches. Upon the sale of his property in 1908 he removed to Riverside, and after eighteen months purchased the ranch upon which he now resides, and which at that time was virgin land. His untiring and well directed efforts toward its development, however, have placed the major portion under cultivation and today its worth is conceded to be at least $25,000 Besides a general farming and dairy business, Mr. Record raises hogs, the proceeds from his live stock having been $1,000 in 1911.

March 13, 1898, Mr. Record was united in marriage with a cousin on his maternal side, Miss Grace E. Blodgett, of Aroostook county, Me., whose parents, George R. and Evangeline (Perry) Blodgett, were also natives of the county. Since the death of his wife, who was a descendant of the well known Capt. John Barbour, Mr. Blodgett, who is a farmer by occupation, has continued to make his home in San Jacinto valley. Mr. and Mrs. Record have one child, Evangeline, whose birth occurred September 13, 1899. A self made man, who has mastered his difficulties with patience and optimism, Mr. Record has never lost sight of his duty to his fellows and deservedly enjoys the sincere regard of his many friends and associates.

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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