WINFIELD ADELBERT SCOTT
Adelbert Scott, known to his friends and intimate as “Del” Scott, has been the
capable superintendent of the water department of the city of Riverside for nearly two decades. He was born in Beloit, Wisconsin,
July 19, 1869, his parents being Winfield and Ellen (Merrill) Scott. The father, born in 1840, was a farmer by
occupation and a lifelong resident of the Badger state. He was but thirty-six years of age when in
1876 he was killed by a freight train on the Chicago & North Western
Railroad in saving the life of a three-year-old child who is now a citizen of Los Angeles. His wife passed away at the age of forty
Adelbert Scott was only seven years old when his father died in an act of heroism. He attended the public schools of his native
state but began work on a farm at the early age of thirteen and subsequently
engaged in railroading as a brakeman out of Milwaukee.
For a period of five years he was employed by the firm of Fairbanks, Morse
& Company in Wisconsin. It was in 1903 that he came to California and took up his permanent abode in Riverside. He at once obtained a position with the
Riverside Water Company, with which he was connected for ten years or until 1913,
and during the past nineteen years or more he has been a representative of the
city water department. After one year’s
service as general foreman he was made superintendent of the department, in
which capacity he has continue most acceptably to the present time, having about
thirty people under his supervision. The
splendid water supply of Riverside is piped form
deep artesian wells at San Bernardino
and is unusually pure, being so free from foreign matter that it might be used
in battery work.
has two sons: Leslie, of Los Angeles; and Donald, a resident of Riverside.
He gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party and along
fraternal liens was formerly affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Various forms of outdoor sport afford his
pleasurable recreation. He is widely and
favorably known in Riverside,
where the circle of his friends is almost coextensive with the circle of his
By: Michele Y. Larsen on May 2, 2012.
Source: California of the South
Vol. II, by
John Steven McGroarty, Pages 351-352, Clarke Publ.,
Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 Michele Y. Larsen.
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