California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
W. FRENCH. — After a broad and general successful business
experience in the East Fred W. French came to California with his family
in 1911, and after a few years entered the real estate business.
He is now senior member of
French-Spangler Realty Company at San Bernardino.
Mr. French was born at
Paulding, Ohio, November 20, 1865^^ son of Andrew Y. and Lottie B.
French. His father had to his credit a record of four and a half years'
service as a Union soldier in the Civil war. He first enlisted when
about fifteen years of age. Fred W. French grew up at Paulding,
graduated from high school there in 1882, and took a commercial course
in the Valparaiso Normal School of Indiana. For ten years he had the
experience of a bookkeeper and stenographer in Chicago. Returning to
Paulding in 1893, he was in the newspaper business there three years,
and for seven years conducted a mercantile establishment. In 1904 Mr.
French removed to Defiance, Ohio, where he was again in the general
When he came to California
in 1911 he located on an orange grove at Rialto, but in 1914 moved to
San Bernardino and became associated with C. M. Dalldorf in the real
estate business. Their partnership was dissolved in June, 1916, and
since then Mr. French has been associated with Preston A. Spangler in
the firm of French-Spangler Realty Company, real estate, loans and
insurance. It is one of the leading firms of the kind in San Bernardino
Mr. French for many years
has been a Knight Templar Mason and Elk and is a past exalted ruler of
the Elks. He became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Ohio, but
after coming to California transferred his membership to the
Congregational Church at Rialto and later to the Congregational Church
at San Bernardino. Mr. French resides at 332 Magnolia Street, with his
two children, Cecil S. and Kathleen French Chapin, both of whom are
employed in the business life of San Bernardino.
Cecil S. French, born in 1890, at Paulding, Ohio, has lived in California since 1911, and for the last four years has been in the employ of the Santa Fe Railway Company. Kathleen French Chapin was born in 1895 at Paulding, graduated from the Defiance, Ohio, High School in 1911, and in the same year came to California. She completed a commercial course in a business college in 1915, and has since been connected with the Farmers Exchange National Bank of San Bernardino.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011