Biography of Joseph Simpson
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JOSEPH SIMPSON
Well known as a successful business man and rancher of the Hemet section Mr. Simpson has been a resident of the San Jacinto valley since 1893. After coming to this locality be made other investments, but it was not until after disposing of his interests in Seattle about 1906 that he was able to give his entire time to his San Jacinto valley property. Here he owns twenty five acres, of which, during the year of purchase, he planted thirteen acres to olives.

Mr. Simpson was born June 18, 1846, in Vaduriel county, Quebec, where he spent his youth. In 1867 he located in Nevada, where he engaged in lumbering and mining for about fifteen years. He removed to Seattle, Wash., in 1882 and was employed on a railroad and also worked in the timber until 1893, when he came to San Jacinto valley and purchased the property upon which he now resides. In 1905 he erected a comfortable home and other buildings and continued to develop his tract, planting ten acres to apricots, one to oranges and a portion to peaches and other fruits, his orchard now ranking among the finest in the valley.

March 4, 1890, Mr. Simpson was united in marriage in Seattle with Miss Gertrude Marsh, a native of Wisconsin, whose parents came to California (where she was reared) and later located in Washington.

Mr. Simpson was one of the promoters and is a director of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Hemet. He is conceded to be a man of conservative business methods and unquestioned honor. A Democrat, maintaining an active interest in political movements, he has never cared for public office, preferring to devote his attention to his home and his business. Fraternally he is allied with San Jacinto Lodge, No. 338, F. & A. M., and Hemet Lodge K. of P.

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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