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FRED 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 merchandise business.  

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 County.  

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.

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