Biography of Richard Wilks, Sr.
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RICHARD WILKS, SR.
For the past twenty five years a prominent, factor in the development of Riverside county, Mr. Wilks fully merits his present prosperity, as well as the general good will which his honorable methods and kindly personality have inspired among his many friends throughout the vicinity of Wildomar.

Born in Oxfordshire. England, in 1853, Mr. Wilks was bereft of his father ten years later, whereupon the entire responsibility of the household fell upon the brave and unselfish mother, who continued to devote her life to her children until all became independent. Her death occurred in Hook Norton in 1897. Upon completion of his education in the schools of Banbury and Charlbury, Richard Wilks became a rancher, later receiving the appointment of guardian of Worininghall, and in 1873, having secured a good start in life, married Miss Fanny Kimball, an English girl. To their union four children were born: Richard, Jr., a large rancher and stock man; Thomas H., a successful rancher and stock man, whose history will be found in this volume; Mary Elizabeth, who resides with her parents; and Valentine John, whose young life was cut short in August, 1910, near Elsinore, Cal., by a shot intended for a deer. All of the children are living at Wildomar

In 1887 Mr. Wilks immigrated to the United States, settling in Michigan, where he remained with friends. Subsequently he was with his wife's brother and family in Kansas, and from there came to California. Settlement was made in San Diego county, but by subdivision of that county the locality became a part of Riverside county, and here he has resided ever since His first home was in Marietta, where he rented a house until be built his homestead at Wildomar. To the original eighty acres he has added from time to time, until his present property aggregates two hundred and five acres, which he devotes to fruit, hay, grain and poultry raising. He also has a herd of seven Jerseys, and disposes of his cream in Riverside.

Maintaining a keen interest in civic movements of worth, Mr. Wilks has contributed not a little to the progress of the community in which he has so long resided and is conceded to be one of Riverside county's most able and influential citizens.

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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