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WILLIAM B. CULROSS. While almost every branch of industrial and commercial activity is well represented in San Bernardino County, it must be admitted that those connected with the production and marketing of fruits are of paramount importance, as this is especially a fruit-growing section of the country. Much stress has been laid upon the energy, foresight and aggressiveness of the men who are devoting themselves to the deciduous industry, and the half has not been told, but the same is equally true of those who afford a market for the products of the orchards and bring the producer into contact with the marts of trade. One of the men whose entire life has been spent in this line of work is William B. Culross, of Colton, who is now manager of the Colton plant of the Golden State Canneries, a man known all over this part of the state as an exponent of effectiveness and sound business methods.  

William B. Culross was born at Rochester, New York, August 27, 1882, and comes of Colonial stock on his mother's side, and of Scotch descent on his father's side. He is a son of careful parents who sent him to school at Rochester for a couple of years, but in 1890 the family came to California and settled at San Bernardino, where they spent a year, the lad attending the San Bernardino schools. In 1893 a return was made to Rochester, but in 1894 the family once more came to California, and took up permanent residence at Rialto. William B. Culross had two more years in the San Bernardino schools and a year in the Riverside Business College, and then was ready for his contact with the actualities of life. He became associated with A. Gregory, an orange grower and shipper at Redlands, as stenographer, and in this connection learned one end of the business, so that when he came to Colton it was as secretary of the Gregory Fruit Company, and he held that position until the concern was absorbed by the Golden State Canneries, at which time he was made manager of the Colton plant, and still holds this responsible position. While he votes the republican ticket, he has never concerned himself greatly about politics, but when elected to the Colton City Council rendered such efficient service to his ward and city that he has been re-elected several times and is now serving his ninth consecutive year in that body, the last seven years being the presiding officer. He is a Mason.  

In 1906 Mr. Culross married at Colton Miss Effie Gilbert, the ceremony being celebrated on the day of the San Francisco earth- quake. Mrs. Culross is a native of Iowa and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Gilbert, of Colton. Mr. and Mrs. Culross have two daughters, Ada and Bertha. The leading characteristic displayed by Mr. Culross is dependability. With it he possesses ability, persistency and sincerity, and never goes into anything unless he heartily believes in it and is certain that its successful termination will be of lasting good to the majority. He is deservedly popular, and stands very high in public confidence.

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