Biography of George J. Yong
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GEORGE J. YONG
A citizen of business experience and since the year 1905 a resident of the vicinity of Elsinore, George J. Yong has built two wineries and set out two vineyards and has successfully demonstrated the adaptability of this section of Riverside county for grape growing. A native of the state, he was born in Anaheim, November 10, 1876, a son of George and Marie Yong, natives of Switzerland and France respectively. George Yong, Sr., came to this state in an early day and is now a resident of Orange county.

George J. Yong received his education in St. Vincent's College, Los Angeles, and at the age of eighteen he became his father's assistant on his ranch near Santa Ana. Four years later he struck out for himself, going to Santa Barbara, where he worked for two years, from there going to Temescal and engaging in horticultural pursuits. His next move was made about three years later to De Luz, San Diego county, where he set out a vineyard and erected a winery. Coming to Riverside county in 1905 he first settled about three and a half miles from Elsinore and here he set out a vineyard and erected a winery. After he had put the place on a paying basis he sold it and in 1909 removed to his present place, where he bought a tract of raw land that was covered with brush. Here he has erected a comfortable house and cleared part of the land, now having about forty five acres in wine and table grapes of a fine variety. Some of his land is devoted to nursery stock, including a fine grade of orange trees, and the balance of his seventy nine acres is rapidly being cleared and set to vines. His winery on this place has a capacity of sixty thousand gallons and is equipped with all modern appliances. The entire ranch shows the thrift of its owner.

Mr. Yong has been twice married, the first marriage taking place in Los Angeles in 1897 and uniting him with Louise Norman of Oxnard, by whom two children were born: Walter, born in 1898, and Emma, born in 1901. In 1909 he was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Thomas, a native of Indiana. A stanch Democrat, Mr. Yong is intelligently interested in political affairs, though he never has desired office at any time, preferring to devote his attention to the conduct of his own affairs and is untiring in his efforts toward the progress of the community. He is a member of the Eagles and Native Sons of the Golden West, and is much respected by his neighbors and friends as a progressive citizen of Riverside county.

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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