Biography of M. R. Whiffin
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M. R. WHIFFIN
Cosmopolitan culture acquired through contact with the people in various portions of the world predominates among the traits that impress a stranger concerning Mr. Whiffin's striking personality. His privilege it was to enjoy the broad educational advantages offered by old England, his native country and the home of his ancestors as far back as the genealogical record can be traced. It was further his privilege to acquire a vast fund of information concerning Indian lore and people while carrying on special work in that distant land. Later he came under the old flag in Canada. where he experimented with the raising of wheat and other small grains in Manitoba. Eventually, and this he considers his most fortunate move, he came to Southern California and settled at Riverside, where success has crowned his resourceful activities and a competency rewarded his painstaking efforts.

A son of Henry E. and Jessie Whiffin and descended, as before mentioned, from an ancient English family, M. R. Whiffin was born in the shire of Surrey near London September 9, 1868, and during boyhood received educational advantages of the usual character. After his graduation from the local high school in 1884 he matriculated in the United Services College in England and there carried on the regular course of study, graduating in 1886. Immediately after the completion of his studies he went to India and embarked in the raising of indigo utilized for dyeing purposes, but a brief experience with the occupation and the climate convinced him he would find a more satisfactory environment elsewhere. Crossing the Atlantic ocean in 1888 he went to Canada and took up land in Manitoba, where he engaged in general farming and in cattle buying. The rigorous climate proved very trying and led him to seek a home further south.

At the time of his arrival in Riverside in April of 1898, Mr. Whiffin had very limited means and it was necessary for him to secure employment without delay. His first occupation was that of laborer with the Arlington Heights Fruit Company. Later he became foreman of the orange pickers and from that position he rose to be superintendent of the Prenda paoking house, said to he the largest of its kind in the entire world. During October of 1910 he received a further promotion, being appointed general manager of the four packing houses owned by the company. Two of these buildings are utilized for the packing of lemons and the others are for oranges. Employment is furnished to two hundred and seventy five persons, all of whom come under the direct supervision of Mr. Whiffin and work under his instructions. The leading brands in the fancies are the Golden and the Squirrel oranges, while in choice grades a specialty is made of the varieties known as Palm Tree and Prairie Chicken. The most scrupulous care is exercised in the picking and packing of the fruit. The process of sorting is carried forward rapidly but so efficiently that grades of different kinds are never found in the same box. In no plant has the work been maintained at a higher standard than in the one owned by this company.

In addition to the general management of the large business Mr. Whiffing holds a position as vice president of the Riverside Development Company. Movements for the benefit of the city receive his steadfast support, whether along educational lines, religious activities or civic affairs. Since he became a citizen of our country he has allied himself with the Republican party and has been pronounced in his adherence to the principles of that organization. During boyhood he became a communicant of the Church of England and his faith in its doctrines remains strong to the present day, so that he gives generous support to its missionary measures and contributes also to its general maintenance. At the time of coming to California he had not established domestic ties, but two years later he founded a home of his own, his marriage in Los Angeles uniting him with Miss Vivian Lovelock of that city and being solemnized in June of 1900. They are the parents of two daughters, Maxine and Virginia, who form the joy of the home as well as the delight of a large circle of friends.

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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