Biography of E. F. Wolever
Riverside County, CA Biographies





E. F. WOLEVER
Among Riverside county's successful business men is E. F. Wolever, manager of the Sugar Loaf Orange Growers Association with offices at Highgrove. Since 1882 Mr. Wolever has been a resident of this section, his judicious and honorable business methods having secured him his present position of trust and responsibility. He was born August 26, 1863, near Lafayette, Tippecanoe county, Ind., where his parents, Elias and Esther (Brown-miller) Wolever, natives of Pennsylvania, located in 1855. In company with other brave pioneers of that period they worked with a will to bring into a more habitable state the wild country in which they had chosen to build their home. To that end they cleared away the heavy timber which was an original characteristic of that section of Indiana, and erected a modest little house in which they passed the remainder of their lives, the father passing away in 1902 and the mother in 1905. The following children, all of whom attained maturity, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wolever: E. F., Aaron P., a physician of St. Louis, Mo.; Joseph T., a business man of Monticello, Ind.; Rev. John E., who now has charge of the Medicine Lodge (Kans.) Presbyterian Church; and five daughters, all of whom are married.

After receiving an elementary course in the district school E. F. Wolever entered the high school of his native stated, from which he graduated with class honors. He remained in the parental home until 1882, when he joined friends in Riverside, Cal., where he engaged in ranching for a few years, then entered a commercial college in San Francisco. Upon the completion of his course he became agent and operator for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, serving in various towns, including cities in Nevada. In 1904 he returned to California, where he became agent and operator for the Santa Fe Railroad Company, but after two years located on a ranch near Highgrove which he had purchased while in the service of the Southern Pacific. Upon the sale of this property he bought a highly improved orange tract of ten acres upon which his present artistic and modern home is situated.

Mr. Wolever was the chief promoter of the Sugar Loaf Orange Growers Association, which was incorporated in October, 1908, and of which he was chosen manager. This association controls approximately seven hundred acres of oranges and lemons, the packing and shipping of which are under Mr. Wolever's jurisdiction. The association is made up of selected foot hill orchards and has an annual output of about two hundred cars of the finest quality of oranges, lemons and grape fruit.

The marriage of Mr. Wolever and Miss Hattie L. Newlen occurred in Riverside September 10, 1894, and they have one daughter, Anita Blanche. Mrs. Wolever is a daughter of August Newlen, a prominent business man of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Wolever was one of the organizers and also a member of the board of directors of the Highgrove Bank, in which he is still interested. Politically he disregards partisanships and lends his support to the candidates whom he believes best fitted for the duties in question. Though many times urged to accept public office he has steadfastly refused, wisely choosing to devote Ms best energies to Ms business interests and to his home. Both himself and his wife are active and consistent members of the Highgrove Methodist Episcopal Church and are held in high esteem throughout the community.

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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