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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


MATTHEW MOSES MORE, business man of San Bernardino, is not only a Native Son of California but the son of a pioneer and the grandson of a pioneer. His father and grandfather went through the strenuous early days and did much to aid in early development. He has lived nearly all his life in his birth place and was educated here.

Mr. More was born in San Bernardino September 23, 1876, the son of Matthew and Abbie (West) More. His father came to California with his father and mother in the early fifties and located in San Bernardino. They crossed the plains in the prairie schooner drawn by oxen which was the best mode of conveyance at that time and they underwent all the trials and discomforts of the hardy pioneers of that age. Matthew More was a teamster by occupation and in following that line of work was killed accidentally in San Bernardino June 30, 1881. The mother was also a native of San Bernardino, born near City Creek. She is still living in the old home place. After the death of her husband she married again, Charles A. More, a business man of Colton.

Both the father and grandfather of Matthew Moses More lived and died on the old home place which is very dear to the family and which is still in their possession, and still a home for the mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew More were the parents of four children, Minnie, wife of Z. T. Bell, secretary-treasurer of the Citrus Belt Gas Company of San Bernardino : Jim, a blacksmith of Colton City ; the next a son is deceased; and Matthew Moses More, of this sketch.

Mr. More was educated in the public schools of San Bernardino and then took to the trade of horse-shoeing which he has since followed. He worked for others for a time and then in 1904 he opened a shop in Redlands which he conducted until 1914 when he returned to the city of his birth and opened his present shop which he has since placed on a very secure basis.

Mr. More was united in wedlock in Pasadena in 1902 to Delia Roach, a daughter of Tames I. Roach who came from Wisconsin in 1880 and located in San Bernardino County. Mrs. More has lived in San Bernardino County since she was four years old, except for a short residence in Pasadena. Mr. and Mrs. More have two children: Harold and Gladys. Mr. More is associated with a number of fraternal organizations being member of the Knights of Pythias. the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Woodmen of the World and The Women of Woodcraft, and of Arrowhead Parlor No. 110, Native Sons of the Golden West. In politics he is independent, selecting candidates he considers best qualified regardless of party affiliations.


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