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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


CECIL N. FUNK. —The interests and activities of Cecil N, Funk as an orange grower have been a factor in the development of the Riverside section of the state for upwards of twenty years. The name Funk is one of deserved prominence in this county, due both to the work of Cecil Funk and also that of his father.  

Cecil N. Funk was born at Chesterhill, Ohio, August 13, 1879, son of Joseph J. and Ruth Ann (Nichols) Funk, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. A more complete review of J. J. Funk appears elsewhere in this publication.  

Cecil Funk had a grammar and high school education, and spent most of his youth as well as his mature manhood in Riverside. He was a member of the Riverside High School class of 1899. The United States entered the War with Spain while he was in high school, and he left his studies to enlist in Company M of the Seventh Regiment, California Volunteers. During the period of the war he was stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco. Following his discharge he engaged in the orange business, and that has been his chief interest ever since. He bought five acres on Sedgwick Street from C. F. Marcy, later selling it to D. C. Corlett. He bought two other orange properties of ten acres each, one on Center Street at High- grove and the other near Colton Avenue on the Merrifield tract. The latter he retains and now has about twenty-five acres in oranges besides other property interests in and about Riverside.  

In 1915 Mr. Funk removed to Idaho, and for four years was in the wholesale fruit and produce business at Idaho Falls. Once a resident of Riverside no one is completely satisfied with any other place of residence, and Mr. Funk was only too glad to arrange his affairs so that he could return in 1919. Since that year in addition to his private interests he has been manager of the Riverside Heights Orange Growers Association and is one of the directors of the association.  

Mr. Funk is a citizen who keeps in touch with everything affecting the welfare of Riverside, is willing to work for its improvements and progress, though in formal politics he has had no part beyond voting the republican ticket He is a member of the Kiwanis and Present Day Clubs, has been affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for twenty-one years and is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the United Brethren Church.  

He married Harriet Jean Wolf September 9, 1908. Mrs. Funk came from Johnstown, Ohio, being a daughter of J. W. Wolf. They have two daughters, students in the Riverside schools, Louise Josephine and Esther Ruth.

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