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E. J. CRANSTON during his residence in Southern California in the past dozen years has been a leading banker, and achieved his early recognition in financial circles during his residence in Minnesota. Mr. Cranston is president of the First National Bank of Hemet in Riverside County.

He was born at Madrid, St. Lawrence County, New York, April 14, 1869, son of John and Mary Ann Cranston, both of Scotch ancestry. His father was a New York State farmer. His mother was born in Scotland and her fourth birthday occurred while her parents were on the voyage to this country. She was born in Scotland at Ayr, not far from the old home of Robert Burns.

E. J. Cranston as a boy lived on a farm in New York and attended common schools, and on leaving that state went west to Minnesota, where for eight years he was a teacher at Stillwater. Then after a year of travel he identified himself with the business affairs of Big Lake, Minnesota, where on January 2, 1905, he became president of the local bank and for part of the time while there was president of two banks.

When Mr. Cranston came to California in 1910 he located at Tustin in Orange County, where he organized and was cashier of the First National Bank. He was active in his duties as a banker there until March 19, 1917, when he moved to Hemet and became president of the First National Bank. He was deeply interested in all matters of general interest to the community and in large measure has been responsible for the present prestige and influence of the Hemet Chamber of Commerce. He is a republican in politics, and has long been active in the Presbyterian Church, being now elder and a member of the Board of Trustees and superintendent of the Sunday School of the Church at Hemet.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1899, he married Miss Madge E. Moore of Big Lake, Minnesota. Seven months later while on a visit to his old home Mrs. Cranston died. Three years later Mr. Cranston married her sister Miss Bennie E. Moore. They have two daughters, aged fourteen and twelve years respectively, and now attending the Hemet public schools.


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