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CHESTER T. JOHNS is one of the prosperous ranchers and horticulturists of the Ontario district, owning and managing the property which his father, the late Lloyd G. Johns, bought and developed. Mr. Johns lives in a modem town home at 201 East H Street, in Ontario.

He was born at Seward, Nebraska, June 24, 1887, only child of Lloyd G. and Mary R. Johns. Lloyd G. Johns moved to Los Angeles in 1895 and paid four thousand dollars for a ten-acre grove of Mediterranean sweet oranges at Vernon, a suburb of Los Angeles. At that time fruit had a restricted market, and his crop for a season or so was sold to the Earl Fruit Company for about ten dollars a ton. After selling the grove Lloyd Johns engaged in the mercantile business at the comer of Seventh and Broadway in Los Angeles, and continued this successfully for several years. He then sold out and bought acreage of wild land in the Ontario district, the land being covered with sagebrush and greasewood. He cleared and graded and planted the tract to deciduous fruit and vineyard, and successive purchases brought the ranch up to its present area. This is the property now owned and operated by Chester T. Johns. The father died in 1909. The mother is still living.

Chester T. Johns was eight years of age when the family came to California and in 1907 he graduated from the Chaffey High School and at once became actively associated with his father on the ranch. He is a practical fruit grower and though living in town keeps in close touch with his orchards and ranch.

In 1910 he married Miss Mary Rowe, who was born January 11, 1891, at Cucamonga, where her parents were pioneer settlers. Her father died in 1903 and her mother is still living. Mrs. Johns is a graduate of the Chaffey High School and is deeply interested in educational affairs. Mr. and Mrs. Johns have four children, the first three born at Cucamonga and the last at Ontario: Henrietta, born September 1, 1913; Mary E., born November 2, 1915; Mildred Virginia, born March 8, 1918, and Lloyd Edwin, born February 19, 1919.

 

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