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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


JOHN G. BEESLEY, an honored resident of Ontario, California, is retired from business, and is diverting the ample means acquired during his active career to the enjoyment of the many comforts presented by residence in this favorite section of Southern California.

Mr. Beesley was born at Bury, St. Edmonds, England, January 6, 1851, son of Richard and Mary Beesley. His early childhood and most of his mature career were spent in Ontario, Canada, where he completed his education, and where for several years he was engaged in building and contracting. Later he became postmaster of Marlborough, Saskatchewan, Canada, and he had been engaged in fanning there previously.

Mr. Beesley as an American citizen has affiliated with the republican party. He has held various chairs in the lodges of Masons and Odd Fellows and is a Shriner and in church relationship is a Methodist.

At Clinton, Ontario, Canada, he married Elizabeth Crosier, daughter of William Crosier. At Riverside, California, June 10, 1921, he married Aida Bell, daughter of William and Sarah Bell, her father an electrician and automobile mechanic. Mr. Beesley's children are : Arthur, of Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada ; William R., also of Moosejaw, Canada; John Wesley, of Tueford, Saskatchewan, Canada; Annie Maude, deceased ; Bertha, wife of J. R. Sparrow, of Moosejaw, Canada; Mabel, wife of Frank Miller, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Beesley reside at 311 East C Street, in one of the many choice homes of the beautiful City of Ontario. Mr. Beesley has reached the age of seventy and, while retired from business, he has the spirit and vigor of a man many years his junior.

History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011