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MEYER L. SCHOENTHAL, the vigorous and popular manager of the Hammond Lumber Company at Blythe, Riverside County, claims the old Keystone State of the Union as the place of his nativity, his birth having occurred at Washington, Pennsylvania, on the twelfth of August, 1883. He is a son of Henry and Helen Schoenthal, his father having been a prominent merchant and manufacturer at Washington, Pennsylvania, for many years, with specially large interests in the manufacturing of glass, besides which he was influential in civic and political affairs in that section of Pennsylvania. He is now retired from active business, and he and his wife maintain their home in New York City. Of the three children the eldest is Miss Hilda Schoenthal, a woman of exceptional talent and fine professional attainments, she being at the present time an active member of a leading firm of chemical-patent attorneys in the City of Washington, D. C. Lee Schoenthal, the second of the children, was born and reared at Washington, Pennsylvania, and has become a prominent representative of the china and glass business, in which he is associated with the well known house of Gimbel Brothers of New York, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

The public schools of his native city afforded Meyer L. Schoenthal his early education, and after leaving school he gained most valuable experience through his association with his father and older brother in the china and glass business and the manufacturing of glassware. With these lines of enterprise he continued his active connection at Washington, Pennsylvania, until 1907, when he was called to Belleville, Illinois, to assume charge of the promotion of a theater enterprise. He remained there one year, and met with success in effecting the erection and equipment of a modern theater, and for the ensuing two years he represented New York manufacturers in .the Middle West. In 1910 he married, and in the same year he and his wife established their home at Los Angeles, California, where he engaged in the general investment business and where he remained until August, 1916, when he came to Blythe, Riverside County, at the time of the completion of the railroad into this section of the county. Here he became manager of the Palo Verde Lumber & Trading Company, and it was, in a large measure, due to his progressive policies that the concern grew from one of modest order into one of major importance in its field of enterprise, the company having established well equipped headquarters both at Blythe and Ripley.

In April, 1921, the Hammond Lumber Company, the largest wholesale and retail lumber concern in the West, purchased the Palo Verde Lumber & Trading Company, together with the Dolge Lumber & Feed Company, and Mr. Schoenthal was retained as general manager of the consolidated yards. The Hammond Lumber Company maintains complete stocks of lumber and other building material both at Blythe and Ripley and the trade of the concern extends throughout the entire Palo Verde Valley. The company handles lumber, sash and doors, wallboard, lime, cement and builders' hardware, and a fleet of automobile trucks makes prompt delivery assured on all orders from the wide territory covered. The yards and offices of the company are conceded to be the best in arrangement and service in Southern California, and Mr. Schoenthal has gained a secure place as one of the most vital and progressive business men of the younger generation in the beautiful Palo Verde Valley. He is an active member of the Blythe Chamber of Commerce, in the organization of which he was influential and of which he served three consecutive terms as president. He is a member also of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Riverside County, an organization formed primarily for the promotion of the civic and material advancement of Riverside County, and his loyalty and public spirit are to be counted upon in connection with every enterprise and measure projected for the benefit of this splendid valley. Mr. Schoenthal is affiliated with Blythe Lodge No. 473, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons  Riverside Chapter No. '67, Royal Arch Masons; and Blythe Lodge No. 340, Knights of Pythias. He assisted in the organization of El Solano Country Club, and continues as one of its popular members. He is a member also of the City Club of Los Angeles, the Aero Club of Southern California, and of the local council of the Boy Scouts. He has had no desire for political activity or preferment, but is a staunch supporter of the cause of the republican party.

Mr. Schoenthal suffered the great loss of his first wife, who was before her marriage Miss Mary McKinnie, her death having occurred at Blythe on the 24th of December, 1918. She was the gracious and talented daughter of J. R. McKinnie, who was one of the empire builders of the West and prominently identified with large and important enterprises in Colorado and California. He maintained his residence at Colorado Springs for a term of years and finally came to Los Angeles, California, where he is now living, retired.

At Los Angeles, California, on the 19th of October, 1921, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Schoenthal and Miss Carolyn S. Holgate, daughter of Thomas Holgate of Lawrence, Massachusetts, a prominent figure in the textile industry. Mr. Schoenthal spent her childhood in her native city, Lawrence, but came to California with her father in 1914, establishing a home at Riverside. Mr. Holgate has since returned to Massachusetts, where he has again associated himself with one of the large manufacturies of that state. Mrs. Schoenthal is an active member of the Women's Improvement Club of Blythe and is a popular figure in the b_t social life of the Palo Verde Valley and Riverside County.

 

Source:
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