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CHARLES SUMNER HAMILTON, a prosperous orange grower at East Highland, has been identified with the citrus fruit industry in its various phases in this section of San Bernardino County since boyhood and is widely known over the county.

Mr. Hamilton was born near Quincy, Illinois, in February, 1886, and was about two years old when brought to California. His parents were John Watson and Charlotte (Edwards) Hamilton. His father was an Illinois farmer. The mother in seeking restoration of her health paid a visit to California, and this visit resulted in the family moving out to the State in the fall of 1888. John W. Hamilton acquired a ten-acre tract of wild land on Water Street in what is now East Highlands. He brushed and leveled this tract, set it to orange trees, half in seedlings and half in Washington navels. Later the seedlings were budded to navels and in after years John W. Hamilton enjoyed many successively profitable seasons from his efforts as an orange grower. He died in 1919, and his wife in 1905. He was a Knight Templar Mason. Of the three children Charles Sumner is the oldest. George Edwards, who was born in October, 1888, married Miss Mollie Cram of the pioneer Cram family of Highland, where she was born, and they have two sons. The third, Miss Irene May Hamilton, was born at Highland in May, 1898, and is a graduate of the high school of Omaha, Nebraska, also of the University of Southern California at Lx)s Angeles, and is now teaching in high school.

Charles Sumner Hamilton took his preparatory course in the University of Southern California and spent one year in that university, since which time his efforts have been directed in the orange industry.

In 1909 he married Miss Carrie Bush, a native daughter, who was born in 1887 and was educated at Watsonville. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton have one child, Jene, born December 26, 1915.

For seven years Mr. Hamilton was foreman of the Gold Buckle Orange Packing House, but resigned that office in 1920 to assist his brother in caring for their groves in East Highlands. He is known as an alert, progressive young orange grower, a son of pioneers of the industry in this section of the State and a man of unqualified good citizenship. He is a Knight Templar Mason, being affiliated with Redlands Commandery No. 45, and is also a member of Lodge No. 583 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Redlands.


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