California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
FRED J. MUELLER is secretary and general manager of the Corona Citrus Association, the oldest and most important fruit-packing concern in the Corona district of Riverside County, the enterprise dating its inception back to the year 1893, when the Queen Colony Fruit Association was incorporated with a capital stock of $10,000 and with the following named citizens as incorporators and directors : E. B. Alderman, George L. Joy, David Lord, Ambrose Compton, R. B. Taylor, J. S. Jewell and T. P.
Drinkwater. The packing house of this original association was erected by Frank Scoville and T. P. Drinkwater at the intersection of Sheridan Street and the tracks of the Santa Fe Railroad at Corona. In 1896 the Queen Colony Fruit Exchange was established, with the same corps of officers and directors, and under this title the business was continued until 1905, when a reorganization was effected and the title of the Corona Citrus Association was adopted. Of the corporation the present officers are as here noted: F. M. Bender, president; S. A. Dudley, vice president; Fred J. Mueller, secretary and general manager ; and the First National Bank of Corona, treasurer. The association gives employment to 100 persons, its packing house affords 43,000 square feet of floor space, and the capacity of the same is for the output of 250 carloads of fruit a year, both oranges and lemons being shipped through this effective medium. The association is a co-operative organization made up of representative fruit-growers of this district, and there is made no attempt to gain direct profit from its operations.
Fred J. Mueller was born at Ney Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, on the 28th of December, 1882, and is a son of Jacob and Frances (Schultz) Mueller. He received his youthful education in the public schools of his native city and those of Indianapolis, Indiana, and thereafter attended the celebrated Shattuck Military Academy at Faribault, Minnesota. In 1906 he graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, from which institution he received the degree of civil engineer. For the ensuing two years he was employed as a civil engineer in connection with the Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati & St. Louis (Big Four) Railroad, with headquarters at Indianapolis, Indiana, and then, in 1908, came to California. In August of that year he purchased stock in the First National Bank of Corona, and of this institution he continued the efficient and popular cashier for three years. He then sold his stock in the bank and became actively identified with the citrus fruit industry in this district as the owner of a producing orange and lemon grove. In 1917 he became manager of the Corona Citrus Association, and as its secretary and general manager he has done much to make its service effective in promoting the the best interests of the fruit growers interested in the co-operative organization.
Mr. Mueller is influential in the local councils and campaign activities of the republican party and is, in 1921-2, a member of the Republican Central Committee of Riverside County. He has served one term as a member of the City Council of Corona, is a loyal member and a director of the Corona Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Queen Colony Fruit Exchange, is a member of the Corona Country Club, is affiliated with the Phi Gamma Delta college fraternity, and in the Masonic fraternity he has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is affiliated also with the Mystic Shrine.
December 9, 1908, recorded the marriage of Mr. Mueller and Miss Flora Keely, who was born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her early educational advantages included those of the State Normal School. She is a daughter of J. H. and Harriet Keely; Mr. and Mrs. Mueller have one daughter, Marjorie.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011