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WILLIAM JOHN CAMPBELL has had a highly successful experience as a building contractor, a business he has followed forty years, and is head of the Campbell Construction Company, with home offices in Ontario, but widely known throughout Southern California for its business relations.

Mr. Campbell was born at New Sharon, Iowa, September 12, 1857, son of John and Mary (Mitchell) Campbell. His parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and in 1849 removed to the new state of Iowa. Both parents reached a great age, the father dying at the age of ninety-four and the mother at ninety-two. William J. Campbell acquired his early education in the public schools of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and as a youth learned mechanical trades and subsequently engaged in the general contracting business, which he has now followed for forty years. He moved to Kansas in 1881, and from there in 1910 came to California. Twelve years ago he organized the Campbell Construction Company, now one of the largest concerns of its kind in Southern California. This company gives employment to sixty men continuously. Mr. Campbell recently purchased a large tract of land in the heart of the City of Ontario, where he intends to erect an apartment building.

Mr. Campbell while a resident of Axtel, Kansas, held the office of mayor for several years. He is a republican, and in Masonry is a past master of his Lodge, a member of the Chapter, Council, Knight Templar Commandery and Eastem Star. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is an active and honored figure in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Congregational Church.

At Axtel, Kansas, March 17, 1892, he married Miss Luella Petre. She was born in Kansas and was only a child when her father died. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have two children : John Byron, born March 19, 1893, and Lois born August 22, 1898. The son, John, had two years of service in the World war. He was overseas with the 20th Engineer Corps, and was discharged as a corporal. He is secretary and treasurer, of the Campbell Construction Company. He is a member of the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. After attending public and high schools at Axtel, Kansas, John B. Campbell took up the study of architecture, and also studied in France. Lois Campbell was educated in the Chaffey High School, Pomona College at Claremont and in the University of California.


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