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SILAS A. DUDLEY may well be considered one of the pioneers and representative citizens of Corona, Riverside County, where he has a well improved orange and lemon grove and an attractive home which has been his place of abode since 1895, when he purchased the property, at 3010 Main Street. That he has full claim for pioneer distinction is evident when it is stated that he hauled the lumber for the construction of the first house at Corona, which was originally known as South Riverside. Mr. Dudley came to Riverside County in 1885, and in his independent activities in the growing of citrus fruit he has met with well merited success, his present fruit grove comprising twelve acres and the property being exceptionally well improved.

Mr. Dudley was born at Mendon, Massachusetts, July 5, 1857, and is a scion of a family early established in New England, that gracious cradle of much of our national history. He is a descendant of Governor Dudley of the Massachusetts Colony, and of Edward Rawson, secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Company. His parents, Edward and Mary (Ellis) Dudley, passed their entire lives in Massachusetts, and the father devoted his active career to farm enterprise.

Silas A. Dudley gained his youthful education in the public schools of his native place and thereafter was associated with the work and management of the old home farm until 1885, when he came to Riverside County, California, where he has been associated with the splendid development and progress that have marked the intervening years. He has had no desire to enter the arena of practical politics but is loyally aligned in the ranks of the republican party, and as a citizen has ever shown deep interest in community affairs of public order.

On August 28, 1895, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Dudley and Miss Carrie V. C. Jordan, daughter of Simeon L. and Emma E. (Sparks) Jordan, at that time residents of Milford, Massachusetts, Mrs. Dudley having, however, been reared and educated in the State of New York. She was born in Newburg, New York, November 5, 1874. Of their three children it may be recorded that Miss Ruth, a teacher in the Lincoln School of Corona, remains at the parental home; Edward A. is, in 1921-2, a student in the University of California; and Charlotte, a Junior in High School, is the youngest member of the parental home circle.

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