California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
PETER MUNRO has pursued his trade and business as a mason contractor in many sections of California, but a great many years ago he yielded to the fascination exercised over him by Riverside, established his home here, and has had and still conducts a successful business.
Mr. Munro was born in 1853 in Falkland County of Fife, Scotland, son of James and Susan (Kilgour) Munro. His mother spent all her life in one village, where she died at the age of eighty-six. His father was a Scotch Highlander.
Peter Munro began earning his own living away from home at the age of ten, and at the age of sixteen he crossed the ocean to America. On reaching Chicago he realized the handicap he was suffering from his imperfect education and while putting in a full day's work he attended night school and acquired a substantial as well as practical education. For twelve years Mr. Munro worked at his trade as mason in Chicago and was there during and after the fire. He had listened attentively to many stories concerning the Golden West, and on leaving Chicago he came to California, and for several years worked at his trade in San Francisco, Sacramento and other cities. Thirty-seven years ago he established himself permanently at Riverside, and has been doing a profitable business as a contracting mason ever since.
Mr. Munro is independent in politics, a member of the Masonic Order and he and Mrs. Munro are Presbyterians. In Chicago in 1878 he married Miss Annie Christie. They have three children, James, Annie and Archie. James, born in 1881, has been in business for twenty years in Los Angeles; Annie, born in 1884 is married and living m Los Angeles; Archie, born in 1889 is in the brick contracting business with his father.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011