Biography of Adoniram J. Twogood
Riverside County, CA Biographies





ADONIRAM JUDSON TWOGOOD
An association with the development of Riverside covering a period of more than forty years entitles Mr. Twogood to a rank among our early settlers. In the early era of his residence here he accomplished much pioneer work and labored with such incessant activity and such intelligent application that financial independence rewarded his exertions. The comforts that are his, the friends that surround the afternoon of his existence and the high standing he has attained in social and commercial circles, cause him to experience a profound satisfaction in the impulse that led him to the west and especially that brought him to Riverside as a permanent citizen. Upon the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of his birth, February 17, 1911, he was treated to a surprise party by a number of other pioneers and a delightful time was experienced by the entire group in relating anecdotes concerning early days and in renewing associations that always had been congenial and uplifting.

The Twogood family traces its genealogy to the colonial history of the new world, its first settlers having become identified with the north. Simeon Twogood, a native of New York state, was born near the city of Albany December 17, 1792, and throughout his entire active life he engaged in farm pursuits. In young manhood he took up a raw tract of land in Onondaga county, N. Y., and the development of the same into a productive farm occupied his industrious attention for many years. Agriculture continued to be his sole occupation until he died in the year 1870. Among the children born to his union with Harriet Hoag there was a son, Adoniram J., whose birth occurred in Onondaga county, N. Y, February 17, 1831. From childhood he displayed mental alertness, which led to advantages being given to him superior to those enjoyed by most farmer boys of the period. After he had completed the studies of the common schools Ain 1849 he was sent to an academy and there diligently prosecuted the regular course of study for three years. His excellent education enabled him to teach school with considerable success and for a few years he followed that profession in the winter months, while the intervening summers were devoted to work on the home farm.

Coming as far west as Iowa, in the year 1855, Mr. Twogood took up an undeveloped tract of land in Benton county and began the difficult pioneer task of transforming the area into a productive farm capable of profitable cultivation. The months passed rapidly as he followed his chosen work and nothing was allowed to interrupt his agricultural activities until the Civil war brought its storm of anxiety and concern to the people of the entire country. Offering his services to the Union cause in 1862, he was accepted and became a private soldier in Company I, Sixth Iowa Calvary. During the three years he was in the service he acted as commissary sergeant and at different times commanded his company. With his regiment he went to the front and took part in various engagements decisive in character and perilous to the participants. It was during his enlistment that he went home on a furlough and while there he sold his farm and engaged in the grain business with his brothers and after he had received his discharge he returned to Benton county, Iowa, and took up the business with his brothers and continued there until he came to California.

It was as a tourist that he first came to California in 1870 with Judge North and Dr. Greves. They were looking for a location for homes and townsite and their choice fell on Riverside. Returning to his home Mr. Twogood disposed of his holdings and in the spring of the next year. 1871, we find him a pioneer in the new colony and engaged in farming. With others he raised the first crop of wheat in this district; he then engaged in horticulture, although the first steps were purely of an experimental character. In 1873 he set out almonds, walnuts, limes and oranges, but the latter were the only fruitful trees and the others were dug up as unprofitable. They would grow to be fine trees, but were not producers. He met with success in the orange business and owned one of the finest groves in this section. He was interested in the first packing house that was operated for the public and connected with the pioneer orange growers' associations. With others who had the good of the locality at heart he experimented with various kinds of oranges to see what would be the most profitable to raise and those best suited to the local conditions. With his brother in law, D. C. Twogood, he made a specialty of packing oranges for market in San Francisco and their fruit always brought the best prices in that market, from $1 to $1.50 more than many others.

During the year 1886 with former Governor Merrill of Iowa and S. H. Herrick, Mr. Twogood founded the East Riverside Land Company and became one of its directors and he is still connected with the enterprise as vice president and general manager. This is one of the leading concerns of its kind in the vicinity. Mr. Twogood has always been ready to foster any movement that has had for its ultimate object the development of the interests that advance Riverside with its sister cities of the state. Realizing the development of water has ever meant prosperity he has aided those who have devoted time and labor to that end and feels well repaid for his efforts thus expended.

While a resident of Benton county, Iowa, in October of 1866, Mr. Twogood was united in marriage with Miss Alice Coddington. They are the parents of an only son, Fred, now engaged in the kodak and curio business in Riverside. Their only daughter, Louie M., died in 1908, aged thirty nine years. The Baptist Church receives the generous support of the family and its doctrines have their warm allegiance. By no means a politician and never displaying partisanship in his opinions, Mr. Twogood yet has positive convictions concerning public questions and is an earnest supporter of the Republican party. The Grand Army of the Republic has in him an interested worker in the local post and its philanthropies receive his liberal contributions, his interest never waning in those veterans who, like himself, served faithfully in the great war, Nit who, unlike himself, have been defeated in the stern battle of life.

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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