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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


JOSHUA CLINTON DRAPER. In the passing of Joshua Clinton Draper, November 6, 1918. San Bernardino lost a citizen who was a valuable factor in both the business and social life of the city. He will be long remembered not alone by his friends, but by his business associates, for he was one of the few men who seem to radiate good will and kindness, and he made life brighter and happier for all with whom he came in contact. To know him was to be his friend, and his friendships he kept inviolate. No one, either in the professional or business circles, had more real, sincere friends than Mr. Draper.

In business he stood very high and his reputation for uprightness and integrity was second to none. The traveling men were all his friends also, for he had a keen sense of humor and the rare gift of being able to appreciate a joke when it was on himself. They also knew that he lived up to his high ideal of honor, and also that he was always willing to lend a helping hand to any one who needed it.

Mr. Draper was born in Middletown, New York, September 6, 1880, the son of Edward Holt Draper, of New York, and May (Taylor) Draper, also a native of New York. His father was a stock dealer who came to San Bernardino and entered into the garage business with his son, Joshua Clinton Draper. He died in San Bernardino in 1916, his wife having passed on in Arizona in 1907.

Joshua Clinton Draper was educated in the public schools of San Bernardino, graduating from its high school in 1899. He at once started to learn the machinist trade in the Santa Fe Shops, and in the fall of 1906, in October, he started the garage business, which he conducted until his death in November, 1918. He had the Ford agency also for the city, being the first agent here for the Ford car.

Since his death Mrs. Draper has carried on the garage business and has given it her personal supervision. She certainly has qualified as a business woman, as is shown by the success that has attended her management.

Mr. Draper married in 1906 Miss Mabel Murray, a daughter of F. A. Murray, of Reno, Nevada, and Delia (Dolan) Murray. They became the parents of one child, Murray Draper, born in 1907, a student in the San Bernardino High School, class of 1924.

Mr. Draper was a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 178, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; of San Bernardino Lodge No. 836, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and of San Bernardino Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles. In politics he was a republican, and he was affiliated with the Episcopal Church.


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