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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


ALONZO DEWITT, who now resides on the fine ranch of his son-inlaw, P. J. Domecq, two and one-half miles northwest of Colton. San Bernardino County, is a native son of this county and a representative of one of its sterling pioneer families. The house in which he was born stood on the site of the old race track, on Mills Street, San Bernardino, and the date of his birth was December 16, 1861. He is a son of John and Nancy (Long) DeWitt, the former of whom was born in Iowa and the latter in Texas. In the early '50s the parents crossed the plains with the pioneer colonists of the Latter Day Saints who founded Salt Lake City, the wagon train having fought many hostile bands of Indians on the long and perilous overland journey. Later John DeWitt and his wife came with another band of Latter Day Saints to found a new colony in California, the journey having been made with wagons and ox teams. John DeWitt established his home on a tract of land that was later developed as a race track at San Bernardino, and there he grubbed the underbrush and cut off the timber to make the land available for cultivation. Both he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives in San Bernardino County and were upright and earnest pioneer citizens who commanded the respect and confidence of the community in which they established their home. They became the parents of five children : George, Alonzo, Jane, Nettie and Emma.

Alonzo DeWitt was reared under the conditions and influences marking the pioneer period in the development of San Bernardino County, and as a young man he married Miss Orissa F. Boren, who was born and reaped in this state, her father having come to California with ox teams and having been a pioneer settler in San Bernardino County. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt was solemnized by Judge Knox, and of this union were born five children:' William Henry, now a foreman in the Hanford Iron Works at San Bernardino, married Miss Emily DeLore, and they have one son, Arthur. May is the wife of P. J. Domecq, of whom personal mention is made in preceding sketch. Inez is the wife of J. E. Harris, and they have one daughter, Joy. Lola married Miss Eva Roberson, and their one child is a son, Elmer. Fay, the youngest of the children, married Miss Bessie Olsen, and they have one daughter, Violet Belle.


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