California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
J. WESLEY SHRIMP is one of the fortunate young business men of California whose destiny it has been to grow up and find his interests and activities in the fair City of Riverside. He is one of the officials of Riverside's great industry, the Cresmer Manufacturing Company, and has been liberal with his time and helpful co-operation in several phases of the city's advancement and welfare.
He was born at Elsinore, California, July 12, 1890, and the following year his parents moved to Riverside, where his widowed mother is still living. His father, Lawrence C. Shrimp, who was of an old English American family of Revolutionary stock, was born in Kentucky and was a carpenter by trade, moving to California in 1885 and living at Elsinore for the first six years.
J. Wesley Shrimp had his first conscious recollections of the City of Riverside when it was comparatively new and in the earlier period of its development. The first home in which he lived was a little house whose site is now occupied by the Riverside Milling & Fuel Company. He attended the grammar and high schools, spent one year in Zinn's Business College and on leaving school his first regular employment was with the firm of Godfrey & Stewart and later with the Miller Planing Mill. In 1908 he entered the service of the Cresmer Manufacturing Company and since January, 1917, has been secretary and treasurer of that industry, which is described in more detail on other pages.
Mr. Shrimp is also manager of the Riverside Military Band, a notable organization in the life of the city, also taken up in an appropriate place elsewhere. He has been manager of the band for seventeen years, and is drummer and trap man in the organization.
Mr. Shrimp has copper mining interests in Riverside County, near Blythe, and is secretary and treasurer of a company that has been organized to develop this property. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World and in politics is a republican. He and his family attend the First Christian Church.
July 15, 1912, Mr. Shrimp married Miss Grace Carr, who was born at Grand Terrace, California, daughter of E. G. Carr, the first zonjero of the old canal. Mr. and Mrs. Shrimp have one daughter, Dorothy Louise.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011