California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
AIVA R. MCCARTY has been a resident of California, since early youth, and is now one of the substantial landholders and representative farmers of San Bernardino County, where he gives special attention to the dairy enterprise. Mr. McCarty was born in Mason County, Illinois. January 16, 1858, and is a son of Cornelius McCarty, who was born in Ohio and who became a farmer in Mason County, Illinois, from which state he removed with his family to Texas and turned his attention to stock growing. In 1876 he came to California and bought a Government claim in Temescal, San Bernardino County, where he died about two years later.
Alva R. McCarty attended the public schools of Temescal, San Bernardino County, and initiated his independent farm enterprise by homesteading a tract of seventy-three acres, which constitutes his present home, five miles Northwest of Corona, where he and his sons are now the owners of a valuable and well improved farm estate of 560 acres, devoted to diversified agriculture, the raising of live stock and the maintaining of a fine dairy with the best grade of Holstein cattle. Mr. McCarty and his sons are recognized as among the most vigorous and successful dairy farmers and stock growers in San Bernardino County. The sons now give valuable assistance in his extensive ranch enterprise. Mr. McCarty is a democrat in politics, and, while not a seeker of public office, he has shown his civic loyalty in his effective service as a trustee in his school district, a position which he held for several years. On October 6, 1881, is recorded the marriage of Mr. McCarty and Miss Margaret Walkinshaw, who was born and reared in San Bernardino County, California. She is a daughter of Thomas Walkinshaw. Of the four children of this union three are living, Clarence William and Jesse. The only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McCarty died in childhood. Her name was Ona.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011