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GEORGE A. HERDEG, a resident of Riverside for over twenty years, is a practical orange grower and is local representative of the Agricultural Chemical Works. Mr. Herdeg is a splendid type of a business man, regarding his business as essentially a public service, and he has worked untiringly to demonstrate the value and broaden the use of fertilizer as one of the indispensable elements in profitable citrus fruit production. He had to overcome a great deal of apathy and frequently downright prejudice, since the average orange grower and agriculturist generally everywhere declines to use fertilizer so long as it is possible to make a bare profit without it. Several cases have afforded striking testimony to the value of fertilizer application in and around Riverside, and fertilized groves have shown a capacity to resist or recover from the destructive freezes and other adversities that enter into the horticultural game. There have been other instances where worn out and profitless groves have been brought back to a high state of production through the scientific application of fertilizer.

George A. Herdeg graduated from the high school of his native city in 1882, and for several years was in the hardware business at Buffalo, New York. He is an old timer in Southern California, having been located at Pasadena in 1887. He became secretary for the California Commercial Company, and in 1899 removed to Riverside to become local agent for the Agricultural Chemical Works. During most of these years he has been directly interested in citrus growing on his own account. He and F. A. Speich are the owners of a grove of fourteen acres of oranges in the San Jacincto Land Company's tract at Arlington.

Mr. Herdeg is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Maccabees and Elks, and Rotary Club and is a republican. Some years ago he bought a beautiful home with large grounds at 872 West Tenth Street and with so many ties to connect him with Riverside he is readily enthusiastic in every plan projected for its general welfare and improvement.

At Pasadena June 10, 1889, Mr. Herdeg married Miss Anna Lush. She was born in Wisconsin. They have three children: Helen L., is a graduate of the University of California and is a high school teacher; Harold L., the only son is also a graduate of the University of California and is now a teacher of the Smith-Hughes System of Agriculture at the Citrus Union High School of Azusa and Glendora. During the World war he was a lieutenant in the Medical Corps and spent one year with the American Expeditionary forces in France. The youngest child, Mary C, is the wife of Richard Garstrang of Los Angeles.

 

Source:
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