California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
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
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011