Biography of John H. Schain
Riverside County, CA Biographies





JOHN H. SCHAIN
One of the substantial and successful ranchers of the San Jacinto section of Riverside county and one who has ever had the best interests of the county at heart is J. H. Schain, who was born January 11, 1849, in Kur-Hessen, Germany, and accompanied his parents, Casper and Mary (Boath) Schain, both natives of that province, to America when he was four years of age. The family settled in Ohio in 1853, but in 1856 removed to Cass county, Iowa, where they resided until their deaths, aged seventy three and seventy five years, respectively. Three of their children reside in Cass county.

The oldest of the family of four children, J. H. Schain, was educated in the common schools of his home county in Iowa near Lewis, and his boyhood was spent on the farm. After reaching manhood he still continued farming but on account of ill health he came to California in 1871, and during the following eighteen months remained in this state, returning then to Iowa and resuming farming. However, in 1874, he again came west and was employed at ranching near Anaheim. He could not break the ties that bound him to the east and in 1877 we again find him in Iowa. It was not until 1881 that the call of the west became so strong that he decided to dispose of his holdings and take up a permanent abiding place in Southern California, when he located near the limits of San Bernardino city. Two years later he came to this section and located in the San Jacinto mountains, where he engaged in raising cattle and hogs and in the growing of apples. So successful was he in the last named business that in 1904 the exhibit he sent to the World's Fair at St. Louis (consisting of Parmains, Ben Davis, Smith Cider and Winesaps) received a gold medal for the finest display of Southern California apples. His industry and skill demonstrated the ideal soil and climate for the successful raising of fruit. Selling this ranch in 1905 he bought twenty four acres near San Jacinto, which he has improved and put into alfalfa, making his home in town. By well directed efforts he has placed his ranch among the best of the locality. It is watered by wells and they are equipped with a pumping plant with a capacity of thirty inches.

In 1874 Mr. Schain was united in marriage in Cass county, Iowa, with Miss Ann Sevilla Armentrout, a native of Iowa. They became the parents of eight children, viz: R. Paul; Nellie, wife of William Barton; Belle, who married Lee Pope ; M. Fred; G. Carl; Frances; Allen C., and H. Stanley, the three eldest born in Iowa and all educated in the schools of California. The second marriage of Mr. Schain, in 1908, united him with Mrs. Ruby (Dillon) Hewitt, a native of New York state, as were her parents, who spent their entire lives there. Her first trip to California was made via Panama and she located near Stockton, Cal.

Mr. Schain is a social member of the M. W. A., and maintains an active interest in all public enterprises of worth. He is deeply interested in educational matters and served as school director in the Benedict district. For many years he voted the Democratic ticket, but is now a believer in Socialism, and prompt to lend his aid in betterment of social conditions. When he first located in this place Hemet was not in existence and but few claims had been taken up between Riverside and San Jacinto. He has at all times advocated the fact that the best conditions are to be found here for all purposes and has done all in his power to induce settlers to come to this locality for homes.

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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