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LUTHER MARVIN PERSONS had a scientific as well as a practical training in agriculture in the State of Wisconsin, and for several years has been one of the prosperous fruit ranchers in the Corona District, his ranch being located two miles north of that city, on rural route No. 1.

Mr. Persons was born at Sun Prairie, Dane County, Wisconsin, November 13, 1871, son of Agustus Franklin and Melvina (Tyler) Persons, his father a native of Vermont and his mother of Wisconsin. A. Franklin Persons spent his active career as a farmer and died in Wisconsin in 1904, the mother passing away in 1890. A. Franklin Persons was active in public affairs in his home county in Wisconsin, served several years as township clerk, was clerk of the school district, and had a record as a Union soldier, having enlisted in November, 1864, in the 18th Wisconsin Infantry, served as a private and was mustered out in 1865. After the war he became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, was a republican in politics, a member of the Methodist Church, and was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his wife had seven children: Tyler Stephen, of Pomona, California; Flora B., wife of J. A. Hawthorne, of Riverside; Augustus F., Jr., of Los Angeles; Luther M.; Orrin Elsie, of Pomona; Ernest M., of Calexico; and Melvin Royal, of Long Beach, California.

Luther Marvin Persons grew up on his father's farm, attended public schools, spent one year in the Whitewater State Normal School, and took the agricultural course in the University of Wisconsin. After finishing his education he was associated with his father on the farm until 1908. Then for a year he was at Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and from there came to Corona, California, and bought his ranch two miles north of Corona. He has developed one of the best managed fruit propositions in that vicinity. Mr. Persons has served on the School Board, is a republican and a member of the Methodist Church.

September 22, 1915, he married Mrs. Cora Aylworth, of Long Beach, California. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, was educated in public schools at South Haven, Michigan, and came to California with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Persons have one son, Marvin Luther, born August 8, 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