California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
ELMER L. HERTEL, a son of the Pasadena merchant and citizen the late Herman Rudolph Hertel, is one of the prominent young ranchers and business men of the Riverside community in the district adjoining Hemet.
He was born at Pasadena June 16, 1889, and was liberally educated, attending the grammar and high schools of his native city. He graduated A. B. from Leland Stanford University with the class of 1911. For about a year after leaving university he was in the Coalinga oil field and spent a similar time as a rancher in the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Hertel established himself at Hemet in the spring of 1914, when he bought his ranch of forty acres on the northern limits of the town. To this he has since added seventy acres, and he and his brother Herbert jointly own a ranch of 225 acres. They do a large business, their diversified industry being represented by fruit, alfalfa and hogs. Individually Mr. Hertel's chief distinction in the agriculture and horticulture of Riverside County rests upon his peach orchards. He sells and ships the peaches from these groves all over Southern California, and a large number of nursery men have budded their young stock from the Hertel trees, because of the large yield and fine quality of the fruit produced by the Hertel orchards. The entire ranch property owned and occupied by Mr. Hertel is another example of the profitable development of land from a desert condition to a degree of productiveness that none of the choicest agricultural lands in the world can rival.
Outside of his ranch Mr. Hertel is a director in the Riverside Mutual Fire Insurance Company and is one of the influential members of the Hemet Chamber of Commerce, the California Fruit Growers Association, the California Alfalfa Association and the California Prune and Apricot Association. He is unmarried, is an independent in politics and is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Zeta Psi college fraternity.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011