The same kindly Dame Nature that smiled upon the soil of Southern California and kissed the flowers into radiant
beauty, gave also to this favored land the mountains with their mist enwrapped, snow capped summits and with their
picturesque foothills adorned with orange groves or exhibiting the presence of valuable ores and native metals.
Diversity of products gives rise to variety of occupations, not the least important of which is that of mining,
a pursuit identified with the history of the state from the period of the earliest American occupancy up to the
present time No occupation has presented greater fascination nor has any rewarded science and skill with larger
returns, while withholding its secrets from the obtrusive curiosity of the uninformed. Many of the most capable
and intelligent citizens of the coast country have been attracted to mining as a permanent occupation and have
made good in its pursuit through the possession and exercise of the qualities of energy, sagacity and industry.
Prominent among these mining men may be presented the name of Harwood Robbins, owner of the Crescent copper mine,
president of the Continental Mines Development Company and manager of the Reliance gold mine.
A resident of Riversiae since the year 1901 and a participant in mining activities for the same period, Mr. Robbins
claims Ohio as his native commonwealth, Cincinnati as his native city and January 18, 1868, as the date of his
birth. Passing his boyhood years in the home of his parents, Edward and Harriet Robbins, and in attendance upon
public and private schools, he learned the lessons of prudence and honor indissolubly associated with The truest
success. When he had completed his schooling he entered upon the active duties of life and as early as the age
of eighteen he was learning the principles of business. For a considerable period he engaged in the flour and grain
commission business for himself in Cincinnati, where in 1899 and 1900 he owned and conducted a large book store.
Upon disposing of the latter business he came to Riverside, where he now has his office in the First National Bank
building. Throughout the entire period of his residence in the west he has engaged in the mining of gold, silver
and copper. In the meantime he has come to be regarded as an authority on the subject. The Crescent copper mine,
of which he is the sole owner, stands in the Ironwood range and comprises a vein of ore extending three miles.
The product is of a high grade and brings from $50 to $100 per ton in carload shipments. It is the intention of
the owner to add to the equipment an oil burning reverberatory furnace for smelting the ore and blistering the
copper. In these furnaces the ore is exposed to the action of the flame, but not to contact with any fuel. The
method thus employed has stood the test of time and is regarded as almost ideal in its results.
Upon his removal from the east Mr. Robbins brought with him his wife and daughter and son. While living in Cincinnati
he had been united, May 6, 1891, with Miss Maria W. Davenport, member of an old family of that city. Their only
daughter, Harriet C., is now a student in Vassar College, and the son, Harwood, Jr., attends the high school in
Riverside. The family hold membership with the Baptist Church and contribute generously to denominational activities
as well as to general philanthropies. It has not been the policy of Mr. Robbins to identify himself with politics
and he has taken no part in local campaigns aside from casting a ballot for Republican candidates. As a citizen,
however, he displays a loyalty to the city and a devotion to local progress characteristic of public spirited men,
who deem no service onerous that will promote the prosperity of the home of their adoption and no duty irksome
done in the interests of their community. Such citizens form the bone and sinew of every prosperous locality and
their presence is sufficient indication of the stability of local enterprises.
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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