Biography of Daniel C. Twogood
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DANIEL C. TWOGOOD
As a pioneer of Riverside, Mr. Twogood has lent invaluable aid towards its development, his well directed enterprises and unwavering faith in the future of the community having encouraged his fellow citizens to confine their efforts to the opportunities presented in that field. He was horn December 14, 1835, in New Orleans, La., where his father, Donald H., a native of New York state, was engaged in contracting. His mother, Eliza (Edwards) Twogood, also a native of New York state, died in Upper Alton, Ill., in 1839, while the family were en route to the north. Daniel was then but four years of age. The father continued to New York state, where he placed his children in the care of a relative and he then returned to New Orleans to continue his business and while there met his death a few years later. This son was reared to young manhood and obtained a common school education at Lansingburg, near Troy, N. Y. In 1856 he went to Marion, Iowa, where he secured employment as a clerk in the mercantile store of Parkhurst & Marion, resigning one year later to engage in farming near Belle Plaine, Iowa, where he had previously bought a quarter section of land. He continued on this place until 1864, when he sold the farm and moved into Belle Plaine, and with his brother established a grain elevator business which was successfully carried` on until 1870, when it was sold and he started for California.

After arrangements had been made Mr. Twogood started by rail for the coast, traveling to San Francisco, then a five days' trip. From there he went to San Pedro by boat, thence to Los Angeles by rail and finally by stage to San Bernardino, where he was obliged to wait three days ere an opportunity, in the form of a loaded lumber wagon, enabled him to proceed to Riverside, his destination. While he stopped in San Bernardino the people there tried to discourage him in coming to the new colony, saying there would never be any water in that part of the country, as it was never known to run up hill, for this section of the county was higher than the then countyseat. However, he had determined to locate in Riverside and their pleadings were of no avail. Arriving here he was informed that he had only to pay the government price for a parcel of land that had been reserved for him by the founders of the colony. This consisted of eighty acres of land located in the southeast part of the colony.

As a shelter for his family he found a crude shack on the present site of the "Anchorage" that was occupied by the surveyors who were laying out the site of the colony. This answered the purpose until he could build. Lumber had to be hauled from San Bernardino, as it was a number of years before a railroad was projected here. Subsequently, in partnership with A. J. Twogood, he acquired an additional twenty acres which they sold in residence lots, retiring from active business in 1888, though retaining an interest in the previously established nursery in Riverside. Together they built a crude packinghouse for oranges. All of the sorting and packing was done by hand and they originated a style of packing that commanded attention by the dealers in San Francisco. One hundred cars were sent out, all of the fruit having to be hauled to Colton for shipment. This was the first shipment of oranges sent to the bay city. With the other pioneer settlers he bought up a water right and assisted in organizing the Riverside Water Company to get water for irrigation. Two shares of stock for each acre of land was sold to the owners of the various tracts.

In all progressive movements for the development of Riverside Mr. Twogood has taken an active interest. He has never cared for office of any kind, but has devoted his time to farming and nursery interests. In the early days horticultural work was experimental and with others of public spirit, he devoted much time and research in selecting the best kinds of stock for this locality. In the spring of 1887 Mr. Twogood went to Florida and bought forty thousand trees of wild stock and shipped them to Riverside. Being inexperienced in packing for transportation, about one third of these were lost. This was the first shipment of Florida trees into this locality.

January 1, 1859, in Marion, Iowa, D. C. Twogood was united in marriage with a cousin, Miss Lydia Adeline Twogood, who was a daughter of Simeon Twogood. She passed away in Riverside January 28, 1910. Two children were born of this union: Mrs. Carrie Belle Edwards, who was born near Belle Plaine, Iowa, and died in Riverside in 1880; and Jessie Nettie, who was born in Belle Plaine, and died in Riverside in 1885.

A charter member of the Riverside Baptist Church, Mr. Twogood's life, though bereft of those whom he loved best, is that of a consistent Christian, whose faith in the wisdom of the Divine Plan enables him to bravely continue his earthly activities until the end.

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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