Biography of Samuel L. Wright
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SAMUEL L. WRIGHT
Throughout the greater part of his life a resident of Riverside county, educated in its schools, skilled in the knowledge of its leading occupation and identified with its gradual development, Mr. Wright possesses a firm faith in the future of this community and ranks among those citizens whose patriotic enterprise materially promotes local advancement. Born in Ross county, Ohio, February 9, 1865, he was yet a small boy when he came to Riverside in 1873 in company with his parents, Martin and Margaret Wright. Immediately after the arrival of the family in the then small village he was sent to the public school and continued his studies until he had gained a thorough knowledge of the common branches. When he entered upon life's responsibilities he chose the calling that forms the principal occupation of the locality and ever since 1885 he has been identified with horticultural affairs in some capacity. Until 1888 he assisted his father in the management of an orange grove and from that time until 1890 he was employed as zanjero with the Riverside Water Company.

The qualities of fidelity and trustworthiness that win recognition in positions of responsibility brought to Mr. Wright frequent opportunities to assume the supervision of groves at fair wages, but in 1891, after he had worked for others from the time of leaving school, he deeided to take up orange growing for himself. Accordingly he removed to Perris, where he had bought twenty acres and where he remained for two years busily engaged in the supervision of his own grove. During 1893 he sold the property and returned to Riverside, where he again took up the management of ranches for others. As a manager he was skilled, expert and faithful and his work brought satisfaction to all concerned. Since 1899, however, he as devoted his time principally to the development of his own orange grove of ten acres, surrounding his comfortable residence at No. 343 Cypress avenue, Riverside. In addition, ever since 1904 he has acted as a buyer for the firm of Green & Speich, fruit packers.

Fraternal relations with the Woodmen of the World give Mr. Wright the benefit of the insurance privileges of the order as well as the social advantages connected therewith. Politically he has been a supporter of Republican principles ever since he attained his majority and, while not an office seeker, he is willing to aid his friends who are candidates for positions of official trust. In religious preferences he inclines toward the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church and with his family attends the services of that denomination in Riverside, contributing as occasion demands to its missionary enterprises and many charities. By his marriage to Miss Alleta Curl, solemnized at Riverside April 30, 1890, he became the father of five children, namely: George Edwin, who died at the age of two years; Samuel Leslie, sixteen years of age, now a student in the high school of his home city; Margery Mildred, twelve; Isabel, seven; and Dorothy, five, all of whom will be given the best educational advantages within the power of their parents.

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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