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††††††††††† Lieutenant Colonel Roy Wilson Ashbrook, an officer of the United States Army who has been awarded a number of citation and medals, is the owner of Rancho Felicidad, a ten-acre orange grove on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.He was born in Somerset, Ohio, January 12, 1875, his parents being Aaron P. and Margaret (Saine) Ashbrook, also natives of the Buckeye state.The father fought in the civil ware with the Seventeenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.He was active as a farmer, miller and stock raiser prior to his removal to Kansa City Missouri, where he took up his abode in 1879 and embarked in the real estate business.Aaron P. Ashbrook was a member of the Baptist Church, and both he and his wife are deceased.Their family numbered then children, five of whom survive.

††††††††††† Roy W. Ashbrook, the ninth in order of birth in his fatherís family, supplemented his early educational training by attendance at the University of Kansas and Kansas State Agricultural College.At the time of the Spanish-American War, in 1898, he enlisted in the Third Missouri Volunteer Infantry and three hears later, in 1901, was commissioned second lieutenant.He served with the United States Armey in the Philippines for six years with the Fifth and the Seventeenth Infantry and subsequently was stationed at Fort McPherson, Georgia, for five years.During nine months of the year 1907 he was in Cuba and during the succeeding four years was stationed at Columbus Barracks, Ohio.Subsequently he was connected with the Blackstone Military Academy at Blackstone, Virginia, for one year and then spent a similar period at Washington State College as professor of Military science and tactics.Thereafter he did examination work at the officers Training Camp of Boise, Idaho, whence he assigned to the Fourteenth Infantry at Camp Lewis, Washington, there remaining until 1917.In that year he was sent to Fort Lawton, Washington, in command of the Fourteenth Infantry, subsequently served as division machine gun officer, Fourteenth Division at Camp Custer, Michigan, where he continued until the close of the World War and was commissioned lieutenant colonel.He was afterward placed in charge of military training at the Polytechnic High School of Riverside, California, where he now indulges his hobby of horticulture in the cultivation of an orange grove comprising ten acres, known as Rancho Felicidad.He has retired from active military life and resides in a beautiful home at 9225 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside.A member of the American Legion, he was chosen vice-commander for the year 1931.

††††††††††† In 1906 Colonel Ashbrook was united in marriage to Miss Louise Adams, of Zanesville, Ohio, daughter of James and Annie Adams, who were pioneer residents of that city.Colonel and Mrs. Ashbrook are the parents of four children:Margaret Louise, Roy Adams, Mary Ann and Barbara Durfee.The religious faith of the family is that of the Episcopal Church.The Colonel has membership in the National Exchange Club and fraternally is affiliated with the Masons, belonging to Lodge No. 635 Riverside.



Transcribed By:Michele Y. Larsen on May 2, 2012.

Source: California of the South Vol. II,by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 345-346, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,Indianapolis.1933.

© 2012 Michele Y. Larsen.