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JOSEPH D. MERIWETHER has for a number of years been a successful nurseryman in Ontario, and acquired his early training in the world's greatest nursery, at Louisiana, Missouri, where he was born August 30, 1873.

Mr. Meriwether is a son of Joseph and Laura M. (Turner) Meriwether. The Meriwether family is of noted Virginia ancestry, one branch of the family being represented by the Meriwether Lewis, who was one of the famous Lewis & Clark expedition to the Northwest.

Joseph D. Meriwether received a public school education in Louisiana, attended McCune College there, and immediately after leaving school he entered the service of Stark Brothers at Louisiana, said to be the largest nursery in the world. He was with Stark Brothers for eighteen years, and then removed to California, and is now with the Armstrong Nurseries. He owns and occupies a handsome bungalow at 215 East G Street.

Mr. Meriwether is strictly a business man, and outside of his business he finds his enjoyment in home, much of his leisure being taken up with reading, particularly history. He has never aspired to hold any public office of any kind, votes as an independent, and has held several chairs in the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

At St. Louis, Missouri, March 14, 1894, he married Miss Laura Seamens, daughter of Albert Seamens. They have/ three sons, Albert J., Edward W. and Leslie S.


Source:
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