California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
WILLIAM LINDENBERG. — His life in Redlands and his association with its development for a period of time covering nearly forty years surely entitles William Lindenberg to rank with the early pioneers of that county. When he passed away the city lost one of its best citizens, one who had from the first a vital interest in its material growth and adornment, one who sought to maintain the high character of its citizenship and who left visible monuments of his love for the beautiful in which the esthetic and the practical were so deftly blended. Land which was covered with greasewood and sage brush under his careful supervision gave way to orange groves, fruit orchards and beautiful drives, and today tourists share with the citizens much that his work, supervision and care gave to Redlands.
Mr. Lindenberg was a pioneer orange grower in his district and also was considered an authority on all citrus fruits. He not only developed, but he saved from extinction many groves, and his advice was always followed and he was sought by not only the new growers, but those of long experience.
It was not alone as a grower that Mr. Lindenberg will be long remembered by the generation which was his in the city of his adoption, for he was one of the most public spirited citizens Redlands has ever known. In the early days level headed, broad minded men were needed, men who had the vision to see what the future held if they were only wise enough and courageous enough to grasp the opportunity. He was consulted on many of the early problems of the city, and his advice was accepted always, the result being success in all such undertakings. His honest, upright principles and charities made him early known as a worth-while citizen, and in his long life he stood out as one of Redland's most dependable, reliable and prominent men. He is today cited as an example of what a man may become if he is blessed with the perseverance, intellect, moral courage and hearty will possessed by Mr. Lindenberg, but unfortunately, such men are rare. He passed into eternity loved hy his family and friends, respected and honored by the city he had served so long, so freely and so well.
William Lindenberg was born in Hildesheim, Germany, January 21, 1845, and attended school there until he reached the age of fourteen, when a combination of circumstances ended his education as far as a school room went. He was, however, helped by his friends and people, and he succeeded in securing a good practical education through study and travel.
He decided to come to America when nineteen years old, and he reached America in 1864, joining an older brother who was living in St. Louis Missouri, Frederick Lindenberg. He lived in the East until 1876, when he came to California, locating in Los Angeles, but a year later he made San Bernardino a temporary home. He engaged at first in farming, but he moved to the Lugonia District, Redlands, in 1880, where he purchased twenty acres of land, determined to make it his permanent home. This land was partially set to deciduous fruit and the remainder he at once planted to oranges.
To him also is given the credit for the planting of many of the orange groves of this rarely productive section. He also worked as a reconstructionist, for he later bought groves which had been neglected and nun down, and no matter how bad a condition they were in, by his excellent constant care he always brought them up to normal and then he soll them. He also superintended the planting and care of a 100-acre tract on San Bernardino Avenue.
After a period of time Mr. Lindenberg moved to the Williams Tract leaving flourishing groves of oranges on the Lugonia tract. As soon as he moved he set out a grove and then built a modern residence, where he lived for ten years. He then purchased a lot on The Terrace, a beautiful residential district of Redlands, and he put it in fine condition, building a beautiful home and in 1903 he occupied it with his family. The grounds are most artistic and beautiful. Here he lived until his death on December 13, 1913. Financial success had rewarded him.
Mr. Lindenberg was a member of the Congregational Church. In Missouri he married on February 6, 1873, Elvira McCollough, who was of Scotch descent. They had three children: Christine, a graduate of the Redlands High School and an accomplished musician; Henry, who died at the age of eighteen, and Beatrice, who was also educated in Redlands.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011