California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
W. H. JAMESON. — It is difficult for a traveler through the wonderful citrus-bearing territory of the San Bernardino region to realize the heartbreaking problems which confronted the pioneers into this part of California. To those who appreciate the extent of the work accomplished, and its value to the country, some idea comes of the broad vision, the optimism, the willingness to work unceasingly and the kindly, neighborly interest for all, which almost immediately created community action, possessed by those who had the courage to go into the dry mesa and through individual and concerted action bring about a change which is nothing short of miraculous. Throughout the two counties of Riverside and San Bernardino there are to be found many instances of what has been accomplished through the efforts of these workers in the front ranks of those engaged in blazing the way in agricultural development, but nowhere are they more apparent than at Corona, early known as the South Riverside Colony. Here much of the credit for the remarkable and gratifying progress is given to George L. Joy and his son-in-law.
VV. H. Jameson, and their early endeavors are being ably continued by Joy G. Jameson and W. H. Jameson of the third generation.
George L. Joy was born at Townsend, Vermont, in 1832, and died at Corona, California, in 1896. He was one of the originators of the South Riverside Colony, now Corona, and from 1888 until 1896 served as president of the South Riverside Land & Water Company. Before coming to Corona he had been a successful business man of Saint Louis, Missouri, and Sioux City, Iowa. His characteristics were optimism, foresight and enterprise. He did much to change the dry and barren mesa into a well-watered and prosperous colony, which he loved as a community of his own planting, and never ceased to labor for its further development. A man of broad sympathies, he did not confine his interest to his own holdings, but felt the same chagrin in the failure of an investor as he would in his own, just as he rejoiced over another's success.
W. H. Jameson, son-in-law of George L. Joy, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1846, and died at Corona, California, in 1912. In 1880 Mr. Jameson left San Francisco, California, where he had begun his business career, and went to Saint Louis, Missouri, which continued the scene of his labors until 1887, when he came to Corona, during that period conducting a successful wholesale lumber business. On his arrival at Corona he began planting citrus groves, and demonstrated his belief in the future of the colony by making practically all of his investments in this locality. He was interested in the greater part of the public utilities of Corona, with which he was associated almost from its beginning, having come to the colony soon after its establishment as superintendent of the Temescal Water Company. For many years thereafter he battled with the numerous problems common to pioneers in a new enterprise of this nature, and took pride in being able to solve the majority of them.
The W. H. Jameson interests at Corona are looked after by the two sons of the family, Joy G. Jameson and W. H. Jameson, both of whom are in all projects for securing the welfare of the community. Joy G. Jameson is giving largely of his time and efforts to the different cooperative enterprises of Southern California and Corona, including the Temescal Water Company, the Queen Colony Fruit Exchange and the Exchange By-Products Company, and is president of all three concerns. His brother, W. H. Jameson, is a graduate of the College of Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and has been largely influential in building up the dairy interests around Corona, as well as being associated in the management of the citrus orchards and packing house connected with his father's estate, which are among the largest in the community. During the World war he held the rank of captain of the Twenty-third Machine Gun Battalion. Both young men are recognized as worthy successors to their grandfather and father, and enterprising and capable young business men of this region.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011