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WILLIAM LOEHR, SR., is one of the venerable and honored citizens of Bloomington, San Bernardino County, and has maintained his residence in California for more than forty years. He was born on the Rhine River in Germany, September 5, 1847, and is a son of Ludwig Louis and Catherine (Muller) Loehr, who passed their entire lives in their native land. Mr. Loehr gained his early education in the excellent schools of his native province and as a youth he there learned the trade of cabinet maker. In accordance with the governmental regulations of Germany at that time he served four years in the German army, and in this connection took part in the Franco-Prussian war, he having been wounded in the right arm at the battle of Haerient, and the injury having prevented use of the arm for five years. His objection to the military rule in Germany led him to immigrate to the United States in 1880, and he worked at his trade in various cities, including Chicago and Taylor, Texas, in which latter place, in 1886, was solemnized his marriage to Miss Barbara Elizabeth Blum, who was born in Hessen, Germany, and who was sixteen years of age when she came to the United States, and whose death occurred at Bloomington, California, January 17, 1918. In 1889 Mr. Loehr came to Los Angeles, California, and engaged in the work of his trade, besides which he developed a prosperous contracting business. In 1890 he came to the Bloomington district of San Bernardino County and purchased ten acres of desert land, on which sagebrush, cacti and rattlesnakes were principally in evidence. Op this tract, now at the comer of Larch and Bloomington avenues, Mr. Loehr set out orange and pear trees, and with the passing years he developed it into one of the valuable properties of the Bloomington district, in which he is a pioneer. On his property he has erected five houses, which he readily rents to desirable occupants. Upon coming to Bloomington he paid $100 down on his land, this representing his entire cash capital at the time. The little house which he erected was destroyed by fire, with no insurance, but this was but one of many hardships he here encountered in the early days. As a skilled workman he has erected all of the five houses on his land, and their superior construction causes them to be much in demand, even the doors and windows sash having been made by him. Mr. Loehr has much inventive talent and has patented a process of making fiber for the manufacturing of rope cordage from the Spanish digger or corthis. He has spent years in the study of chemistry and has made extended experiments in the production of a synthetic composition in imitation of marble, a work in which he has been remarkably successful, as his process produces an article equal to the best natural marble in appearance and durability and of distinct commercial value, the cost of production being remarkably low. Mr. Loehr is a man of broad mental grasp, a natural student and scientist, and is one of the honored pioneer horticulturists of San Bernardino County, where he has won substantial prosperity through his well-ordered activities. Of his eight children the eldest was Catherine, who was born at Taylor, Texas, January 9, 1887, and who was educated as a trained nurse, in hospitals at Riverside and Ramona. California. In a professional way she entered Red Cross service when her native land became involved in the World war and she was preparing to go to France in war service when her death occurred, at San Bernardino, November 19, 1918. William, Jr., was born at Los Angeles, February 8, 1889. June 21, 1911, he wedded Mary Belle Wilson, who died November 5, 1918. September 2, 1919, he married Mary McClaren, and they have three children : Elmer William, Walter Stanley and Louise Mary. Louis was born in Los Angeles, April 29. 1891. On the 10th of October, 1917, he married Mary Baker, of Rialto, and they have two children: Eleanor and Dorothy Marie. The family home is at Rialto. John was born at Bloomington, January 19, 1895. July 27, 1921, recorded his marriage to Miss Ruby Robert. He is a student in the State Agricultural College of Oregon. Barbara, born November 27, 1898, was united in marriage February 4, 1920, to Russell Davis, and they reside at Victorville, San Bernardino County. Ferdinand, born October 7, 1900; Frederick, born May 29, 1903, and Elsie, born December 13, 1906, remain at the paternal home.

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