California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
FRIEND IVES LOMBRA, chief of the fire department of Colton and head of the flourishing transfer business he established at Colton, is one of the best examples of the self-made man San Bernardino furnishes. During the years he has lived at Colton he has not only acquired large means, but has also won and retained the full confidence of his fellow citizens, who recognize his many excellent characteristics and are proud of the record he has made both in office and as a business man.
The birth of Mr. Lombra occurred at Wallingford, Connecticut, October 23, 1881. He is a son of George W. and Ella E. Lombra. George W. Lombra was one of the original workers in the famous old box factory owned by Charles Parker, where the sanding of coffee mills and similar products was first done by machinery. In those early times the workers were afforded no protection from the injurious effects of their trade, and George W. Lombra died at the age of forty-four years from the effects of constant breathing of this fine sand dust. The grandfather of George W. Lombra was the original owner by a grant from the French Government of the land on which the City of Montreal, Canada, now stands. On his maternal side Chief Lombra, is descended from a passenger of the historic Mayflower. His grandmother's brother, Ben Robinson, was a flag-bearer in the Union Army during the war between the states, and his brother, Charles Robinson, was captured and for three years confined in Andersonville Prison.
Mr. Lombra's educational training was received in his native town of Wallingford, and was completed with a business course in the same place. Deciding then to branch out for himself, he left home and started out on what was then the long trip to California, arriving at Colton September 12, 1909, practically without funds, but possessed of ambition and the determination to conquer circumstances. Immediately securing employment, he went to work and did so well and was so economical that within a year he was able to establish himself in business as a teamster. From time to time he has expanded his business and developed it into one of the leading transfer companies in this part of the county. While he has not striven for political honors he is a zealous republican. He is now serving his second term as chief of the fire department of Colton, and is one of the best men to hold this office. For a number of years he has been a prominent Odd Fellow, inheriting his interest in that order, as his grandfather was a charter member of Meridian Lodge No. 33, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, one of the earliest lodges of Connecticut.
After coming to Colton, Mr. Lombra married Miss Carrie E. Tillen, a member of one of the old families of the North and one prominent in the Union cause during the war between the North and the South. Mr. and Mrs. Lombra are very fine people, popular with a wide circle, and he is recognized as worthy the full confidence of his fellow townsmen.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011