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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


PRESSBURY W. LORD has been a Californian for nearly forty years. He was born at Quebec, Canada, May 23, 1863, being a son of Henry Lewis Lord and Mary Jane (Cross) Lord. His parents were also natives of Canada, his father being of English ancestry and his mother's people from the North of Ireland.

His early years were spent on his father's farm. He enjoyed the benefit of the good schools of the country, the latter two years being spent at Inverness Academy. At the age of twenty he and his brother, the late Loren C. Lord, came West to British Columbia, then to California, and for ten years they engaged in mining operations in Sierra County, California. Mr. Lord still has mining interests there. From Sierra County he moved to Los Angeles and then to Pasadena, where he was engaged in business for ten years. In 1902 he came to Riverside, where he was associated with William Elliott in the business of promoting the "Elliott Springs Mineral Water." The success of this enterprise led naturally to the establishment of the Riverside Soda Works, which he and his brother developed and operated, their products being distributed over all Southern California. The most famous of these beverages is the Rubidoux brand of Ginger Ale. He is now retired from active business, but still retains an interest in the business at Riverside. Mr. Lord is a republican. He has worked conscientiously and whole-heartedly in the interests of his party and good government. In November 1918, he was elected to represent the Fourth Ward in the City Council, which office he filled satisfactorily and he has been re-elected for another term.

On May 28, 1902, Mr. Lord was united in marriage with Rebecca M. Muir, a native of Nova Scotia and a daughter of Capt. John and Mary Muir. The older daughter, Phyllis Arline, is a graduate of Pomona College at Claremont, and is teaching art in Pasadena. Miss Lilla Dale, the younger daughter, is at home with her parents. She is engaged in secretarial work with the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company.

On July 6, 1921, Phyllis Lord married Kenneth Morgan, engaged in electrical engineering with the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company of Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Pomona Collie, and his technical knowledge was acquired at the Massachusetts School of Technology.


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