California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
GEORGE H. LONGMIRE was born in Washington County, Tennessee, September 27, 1869, and the following spring his parents, William and Julia (Brown) Longmire, moved to Kansas. His father was of German descent and his mother of an English family, both were born in Tennessee and both are now deceased. His father spent his active life as a farmer. George attended public schools in Kansas, and for several years he gave unflagging attention to the duties of the family farm. He completed his liberal education with his graduation from the Central Normal College of Great Bend, Kansas, in 1901, with the A.B. degree. The following year he remained as an instructor in the Normal College, then established and conducted for a year a business school at Hutchinson, Kansas, after which he taught a year in the Iowa City Business College at Iowa City, Iowa.
Mr. Longmire has had an active part in the life of San Bernardino since 1903, when he came to take charge of the old San Bernardino Business College. He was manager of this institution for three years for its owner, Mr. Zinn, who owned another school in Riverside. At the end of three years Mr. Zinn sold the school, and Mr. Longmire then entered the service of the San Bernardino National Bank as bookkeeper, with which he remained five years.
In the meantime, in 1907, Mrs. Longmire had started the Longmire Business College at 415 H Street. In that location this school has prospered and grown and in 1911 Mr. Longmire joined her in the management. In 1919 he gave up his college duties to take charge of the Santa Fe Building & Loan Association, in which he was a large stockholder, but after a year, owing to the ill health of his son, he resumed his work in the college, since it gave him more time at home.
The original building used by the Business College was a small one. It has been enlarged and now occupies a ground area 50x100 feet. The school has all the facilities of equipment and teaching staff for the most thorough instruction in commercial and shorthand branches. Between 125 and 135 pupils are enrolled yearly^ and the number has been steadily increasing. Approximately fifteen hundred students have had the benefit of training under Mr. and Mrs. Longmire since the school was started, and these former pupils include many men prominent in business and professional life in San Bernardino and elsewhere.
Mr. Longmire is a member of the Rotary Club, the Modern Woodmen of America and the First Methodist Episcopal Church. He and Mrs. Longmire have had unbounded faith in the future of San Bernardino, and their surplus has been invested in city property until they are owners of valuable land in several sections of the city.
Mrs. Longmire was formerly Miss Mabel Kelly. She was born in Iowa, daughter of Louis Kelly. As a young woman she taught district school near Dodge City, Kansas. She was married to Mr. Longmire August 30, 1899, and they pursued their course in Central Normal College together, Mrs. Longmire graduating with the Bache lor of Science degree. They have a daughter, Floy, wife of M. R. Irwin. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Longmire died at the age of seven years.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011