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WILLOUGHBY MCKINLEY, whose attractive home is at 340 North Riverside Avenue, in the beautiful little City of Rialto, is one of the pioneer orange-growers of this district and has played an active part in the civic and industrial development of this community.

Mr. McKinley was born in Wayne County, Iowa, November 30, 1875, and is a son of John R. and Hannah ( Davis) McKinley, who were born in Ohio and who became pioneer settlers in Iowa, where the father took up Government land and reclaimed the same to cultivation, he having developed one of the fine farm estates of Iowa, where he became the owner of several hundred acres. He and his wife endured the full tension of trials and hardships incidental to the pioneer era, but with the passing years substantial prosperity rewarded them. They continued their residence in the Hawkeyc State until the spring of 1894, when they came to California and established their residence at Rialto, where Mr. McKinley had purchased in the preceding year a tract of twenty acres of land. On this tract he planted and developed one of the first orange groves in the district, and here he continued his residence until his death, September 11, 1917, his wife having died in 1898. They were numbered among the honored pioneers of the community and well merited the unqualified esteem in which they were held.

Willoughby McKinley passed the period of his childhood and early youth on the old Iowa homestead farm which was the place of his birth, and he supplemented the discipline of the public schools by attending the Iowa State Normal School at Humeston. He has been actively identified with productive enterprise along agricultural and horticultural lines throughout his entire career, was eighteen years of age at the time of the family removal to San Bernardino County, and thus had the satisfaction of aiding his father in the development of the pioneer orange grovt at Rialto. He is the owner of valuable real estate in this section of the county, and in all of the relations of life is well upholding the prestige of the family name. Mr. McKinley recalls the packing of the first carload of oranges shipped out from Rialto. The packing was done in an old shed, the bushes were trimmed by hand, and the fruit when packed was hauled by wagon to the railroad car.

On January 16, 1901, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. McKinley and Miss Anna Klophenstein, who likewise was born in Wayne County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Hackethom) Klophenstein, the father a native of France, born near Paris, and the mother was born in Ohio. The father came to the United States when nineteen years old, locating in Iowa, where he was a farmer. He came to Ontario, California, in the autumn of 1900, and afterward lived retired. He died there May 30, 1907. The mother came to Rialto, where she died February 7, 1920. The two children of Mr. and Mrs. McKinley are: Randolph, born January 27, 1910; and Pauline, born June 27, 1916.


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