California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
H. PINE. — On other pages are recounted the experiences of that
energetic and stalwart pioneer Samuel C. Pine, Sr., in the San
Bernardino Valley. One of his sons, Edward H. Pine, is one of the oldest
surviving native sons of this region, and his life has been on a par
with his father's in point of substantial worth and influence.
He and his brother Edwin
are twins and were born July 28, 1860, in old San Bernardino, on the
noted Cottonwood Row. Edward H. Pine had his first conscious
recollections of frontier times when the first settlers had located in
this vicinity. He recalls when there were no stores between Los Angeles
and San Bernardino and no roads, only sand blown trails. He recalls the
incidents, recounted elsewhere, where his father made a hurried exit
with his family from the mill in the San Bernardino Mountains on account
of Indian depredations. Mr. Pine had limited school advantages, but has
always kept in touch with the life of his vicinity and the world around
Him. His career has been that of a rancher, and he now owns and occupies
a portion of his father's original claim at Rincon. This has been
greatly improved, and his business is farming on an extensive scale.
On September 5, 1883, Mr.
Pine married Miss Ella C. Walkinshaw, who was born in San Bernardino
June 24, 1863, daughter of Thomas B. and Jeanette (Henderson)
Walkinshaw, also numbered among the early settlers of this vicinity. Her
parents were born in Scotland and came to America in early youth. The
Henderson and Walkin- shaw families crossed the plains with ox teams and
settled in San Bernardino during the early Mormon occupation of the
early '50s. Edward H. Pine and wife had six children : Mamie, born
August 10, 1884, is the wife of Frank Wall and has a family of six
children; Roy Edward Pine, born February 18, 1889, married Ruth McGuire,
and is the father of three children; Jennie, born October 17, 1892, is
the wife of John Ramey and the mother of three children ; Willie Samuel,
born October 11, 1895, married Blethen Reynolds and has three children ;
Margaret, born June 25, 1898, died November 24, 1898 ; Lillian W., born
December 14, 1899, is the wife of William D. Johnson and has a daughter,
Geraldine, born November 6, 1921. All the children of Mr. and Mrs. Pine
were born on the Rincon ranch in the Chino Valley.
The title to their home has
never passed out of the family name since his father acquired it as a
pre-emption. Mr. Pine is a member of Corona Lodge No. 291, Knights of
Pythias, he and his family are members of the Christian Church, and he
takes pride in the fact that he has always voted the republican ticket
in national elections and is a stanch upholder of that political faith.
During his early youth he and his older brother and father would
sometimes take a team and go across the desert to the foothills for
wood, carrying a rifle for every axe in the equipment to protect
themselves against Indians and outlaw Mexicans. It was a three days'
journey to purchase and bring home supplies from the nearest store at
San Bernardino, and there was not a house between Rincon and that town.
There were no railroads, goods being hauled in wagons drawn by mule
teams. Mr. Pine is hospitable, generous and honest, absolutely fearless,
and a fine type of pioneer character, and is everywhere known for his
integrity and personal worth. He was among the first to develop a supply
of artesian water in his district.
Walter Shearing knew the
country around Redlands before there was a Redlands townsite, and in his
long experiences here he has met and overcome many obstacles to success
and has prospered apace with the country and has helped in the
developments that constitute the real history of this county.
Mr. Shearing is a native of
England, and was three years of age when his parents moved to Canada. He
grew up in Canada, being one of a family of four sons and three
daughters, and is the only one in California. In 1887 he came West, and
for the first six years was ranch foreman for Doctor Craig at Crofton.
In 1892 Mr. Shearing
married Miss Louise Durston. She was born in England June 25, 1861,
daughter of Giles and Martha Durston. Her father was a miner in England.
Mrs. Shearing was the third in a family of four sons and two daughters.
The family came to the United States and located at Boston in 1881, and
in 1888 came to California and to San Bernardino. Her father was
employed as a landscape gardener until his death in July, 1892. Mrs.
Durston lived with her daughter, Mrs. Shearing, at Redlands, until her
death in 1921, at the age of eighty-seven years.
After their marriage Mr.
and Mrs. Shearing, leaving Crofton, went to Moreno and acquired ten
acres of land, which they set out to fruit. They remained there eight
years, at the end of which time frost, drought and grasshoppers had
devastated their orchard. Coming to Redlands and subsequently selling
their Moreno property, Mr. Shearing engaged in ranching, and fourteen
years ago bought a ten acre grove of Washington navel oranges on West
Colton Avenue. He still owns this, and it is a splendidly productive
property. In May, 1919, he bought his modern home at the corner of East
Colton Avenue and Sixth Street.
Mr. Shearing knew this country when the nearest railway was at Colton and the only irrigation system was the old Zanja, built in Indian times. There were no oil roads, and the highways were dust and dirt thoroughfares filled with chuck holes and bumps. Mr. and Mrs. Shearing accepted their lot in that period with contentment, and enjoy their present prosperity all the more for the hardships they passed through. Mr. Shearing, secured his naturalization papers as soon as possible, and has always acted and worked as an American citizen. He is a stalwart republican is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Redlands and attends the Christian Science Church, while Mrs. Shearing is a Baptist. Mr. Shearing left Canada and came to California to benefit his health, and for many years has enjoyed robust, good health. Mr. and Mrs. Shearing have two children: Milton was born March 15, 1898, was educated at Redlands and is in the employ of the Pacific Electric Company. He married Miss Inez Ramsey, of Colton. The daughter, Martha A. Shearing, born November 9, 1896, attended the Redlands High School and in June, 1919, was married to Lawrence E. Williams, an orange grower in the Redlands district
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011