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ARTHUR PRESTON CRIM Romances deal with imaginary characters and often impossible situations deftly placed in an environment to arouse a reader's interest. Seemingly it would not be a difficult task for even a tyro to pen a romance with its setting in beautiful and opulent Redlands. It is not necessary, however, to call in romance when truth .serves well, and the sturdy, sterling people of this favored community find interest enough in the simple, straightforward stories of quiet achievement that reflect credit and honor on neighbors and friends. One of the prosperous and representative orange men of Redlands who has spent almost two decades here is Arthur Preston Crim, a self-made man who has built up a large business in the growing of oranges and citrus fruits, and made his name well known in the industry through his careful and intelligent methods.

Arthur Preston Crim was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1871, the second in a family of four children born to John Ralston and Elizabeth Crim. His father was born in Pennsylvania in 1844 and died there May 5, 1901. His mother was born in the same state February 18, 1841. and survives, her home being at Kittanning, Pennsylvania. John Ralston Crim was a carpenter and became a contractor. In early years he not only prepared all the lumber he used but even went into the forest and cut down trees in order to obtain logs, but he lived to see mills and machinery doing the hand work over which he had labored so strenuously in his youth.

Arthur Preston Crim had educational advantages in his own county and was a member of the class of 1900 in Grove City College, having previously taught school and also, from his twenty-first year, worked with different business firms as an accountant and bookkeeper. In the meanwhile he had made plans for the future that included a home in California and engaging in the business in which he has met with so much success, and these plans he carried out following his marriage.

On September 3, 1902, Mr. Crim was united in marriage with Miss Emma Heffelfinger, who was born in Pennsylvania, December 27, 1871. Mrs. Crim is a highly educated lady and a talented musician, and before marriage was a teacher of music. Mr. and Mrs. Crim have three sons : Arthur Preston, Jr., who was born December 4, 1903, is a student in the high school at Redlands, class of 1922; Clifford Jackson, who was born November 17, 1906, is in the high school, class of 1923; and Wilbur Roscoe, who was born September 1, 1909, is also a student of Redlands high school, class of 1925. Mr. Crim and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

It was on November 5, 1902, that Mr. and Mrs. Crim reached Redlands, California, with the intention of settling here permanently. Capital was not plentiful and of necessity hardships were encountered and years of hard work followed. Mr. Crim immediately went into the culture of oranges and citrus fruits on the south side of the city, and the family home continued there until August, 1920, when he purchased an exceptionally fine tract of land comprising ten acres located on the southwest comer of Colton Avenue and Nevada Street. In 1922 he purchased thirty acres of oranges, of which ten acres are in full bearing valencias and twenty acres in navels, at the northwest corner of Lugonia and Nevada Streets. Here he has opportunity to give his groves the attention and observation that he believes necessary in order to make the business a really profitable one, and is always on the lookout for added knowledge on the subject. Although never particularly active in politics, Mr. Crim is known to be a watchful, interested citizen, in every way anxious to promote the welfare of Redlands. During the World war he gave liberally and was foremost in local patriotic undertakings. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, affiliated with the Royal Arch Chapter No. 77, of Redlands, with Redlands Commandary No. 45, and Valley Chapter and is junior warden in the Blue Lodge and warden in the Commandery. For some years he has belonged to the Order of Elks, and is quite prominent in the order of Knights of Pythias, of which he was chancellor commander for two years. He is not only a leading business man here but commands public confidence and enjoys universal respect.


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