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JOSEPH L. EDMISTON. During a period of twenty years one of the best known figures in musical circles of Los Angeles was Joseph L. Edmiston. For the last six years, however, he has been a follower of the rural life, and at West Riverside is the possessor of a modem and highly remunerative poultry ranch. In these widely divergent activities he has shown himself possessed of versatility and capacity for painstaking effort, while as a citizen he has never failed in those duties and responsibilities which in their performance evidence the true worth of a man to his community.

Joseph L. Edmiston was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1867, a son of Rev. Berry and Ednah (Lee) Edmiston, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of New Hampshire. Rev. Berry Edmiston, who was a minister of the New Jerusalem faith, removed to Riverside in 1878, where he resided until his death in 1912. Mrs. Edmiston also passed away here in the same year. They were the parents of three children: Joseph L. ; Charles H., of Riverside; and Rev. Lloyd H., of Riverside.

The education of Joseph L. Edmiston was secured in the public schools of Riverside, to which city he had been brought as a child. From early youth he had displayed musical talent of no small order, and, this being developed, when he was still a young man he embarked upon a musical career, which he followed at Los Angeles for some twenty years. In 1916 he gave up his musical work and returned to his boyhood home, where he purchased ten acres of land at West Riverside and started a poultry ranch. His original venture was a somewhat modest one, but each year has seen his enterprise grow and flourish. He was formerly president of the Arlington Poultry Association, and at present is a director in the Farm Bureau Poultry Division. His political faith makes him a republican, and his religious connection is with the New Jerusalem Church.

On September 22, 1904, Mr. Edmiston was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Jones,, daughter of Charles H. and Mary (Board) Jones, of San Diego, California, and to this union there have been born three children: Joseph R., Tasker L. and Constance M., all at home and attending school. Mrs. Edmiston was born at Bristol, England, where she received her education, and came with her parents to the United States about 1890, settling first at Cincinnati, Ohio, and removing later to San Diego, California. Both she and her husband are interested in worthy charitable, educational and religious projects, and give them their support on all occasions. Their acquaintance is wide and their popularity great in the community of their home.


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