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FRANKLIN H. HEALD, who is living virtually retired from active business at his beautiful rural home of 2,400 acres on the Corona-Elsinore road, thirteen miles distant from Corona, is one of the substantial and honored citizens of Riverside County and has been a liberal and influential force in the civic and material development and progress of this favored section of California.

Mr. Heald was born at West Branch, Iowa, on the 10th of July, 1854, and is a son of Wilson and Sarah (Macy) Heald, who were born at Massillon, Ohio, and who gained pioneer honors in the state of Iowa where the father became a member of the famous underground railway system, and one of Old John Brown's men who escaped the gallows. He was a representative citizen of Cedar County. The parents came finally to California to join their son at Elsinore.

The public schools of Hawkeye State afforded Franklin H. Heald his early education, which was supplemented bv a course in the Bryant and Stratton Business College in the City of Burlington, that state. Thereafter he was for one year engaged in independent farm enterprise in his native state, and he was an ambitious and self-reliant young man of twenty-five years when, in 1879, he came to California and became identified with orange growing at Pasadena. In the spring of 1883 he purchased the Laguna Ranch and other lands, including what is now Alberhill, of 20,000 acres, and on this extensive tract he platted the towns of Elsinore and Wildomar. He became a leading exponent of the wonderful climate of San Diego County, and through the development of his own properties he contributed much to the advancement of the county along both civic and industrial lines. In 1894 Mr. Heald engaged in mining enterprise in the vicinity of Randsburg, Kern County, where he continued his operations until 1901, when he established his residence at Los Angeles. In 1912 he removed to San Diego County, and upon his return to Riverside County he located at Prado, which continued to be his place of residence until 1920, when he removed to his present attractive home. Mr. Heald has been an omnivorous student and reader, has covered much of the best in literature and is himself the author of a work entitled "The Procession of Planets," which was published and found most favorable reception. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and his human faith is that of the Society of Friends, of which he is a birthright member.

September 20, 1874, recorded the marriage of Mr. Heald and Miss Anna M. Hoover, daughter of John Y. Hoover, West Branch, Iowa, who lived but a year after their marriage and passed away during one of those terrible Iowa winters. on the 6th of January, 1876, leaving Mr. Heald an infant baby daughter, who is now Mrs. Edna McCoy, of Elsinore, California. In 1881 Mr. Heald married a Southern woman of Los Angeles, and she is survived by one son, David W. Heald, now a resident of the State of Washington. A younger son, Franklin H., Jr., died in early childhood.

On the 5th of September, 1914, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Heald and Miss Ida Louise Meyer, of Oak Grove, San Diego County, she having been born at Richmond, Indiana. She was a college girl, received her degree A. M. at Wittenburg in 1898, and taught in her native city for a number of years. Mrs. Heald is the popular chatelaine of the pleasant home and delights in extending its hospitality ta the many friends whom she and her husband have gathered about them in Southern California.


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