Biography of R. B. Singletray
Tulare County, CA Biographies





R. B. SINGLETARY.
Upon the list of fruit handlers of Lindsay, California, the name of R. B. Singletary, foreman and manager of the warehouse and packing plant of the Lindsay Orange Growers Association occupies a prominent place. He was born in Riverside, California, in 1885, a son of John Fred and Elizabeth Pickens (Glover) Singletary. His father came to California from his native state of North Carolina in 1884 and located in Riverside, where for a number of years he worked at the carpenter's trade, and where he is now actively engaged as a cabinetmaker although seventy six years of age. Elizabeth Glover was born in Alabama and both parents belonged to old southern families.

R. B. Singletary acquired his elementary education in the public schools of Riverside. After that he attended night school for three terms, thereby obtaining a good business education. When only fourteen years old he began work in a packing house and since then has been interested in the fruit shipping industry. In 1905 he came to Lindsay as an employe of the Independent Packing Company, with which concern he continued for ten years as foreman. He was then for four years foreman for the Lindsay District Orange Company. When that company was merged with the Lindsay Orange Growers Association in 1919 Mr. Singletary was made foreman and manager. Thus it will be seen that since 1905 he has been with only two employers. The plant of which he is now manager has a daily capacity of seven cars during the shipping season.

Mr. Singletary occupies a cozy home at No. 386 Samoa street. Mrs. Singletary was formerly Miss May Campbell of Redlands, California. Her father, Richard Campbell, was one of the real pioneers of Redlands, having crossed the plains in 1852. He is still living and is hale and hearty, though he has passed the age of fourscore years. Mr. Singletary belongs to the Woodmen of the World and his wife is one of the active members of the Ladies of the Maccabees. They have two children, Margaret and Thomas.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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