Irvine is descended from one of the notable men of
James Irvine, who is regarded as one of the most active forces engaged in the development of California’s resources, received a part of his education in the public schools of Cleveland, but concluded his studies in a private school of California, being graduated therefrom in 1889. His mother having died when he was seven years of age and his father when he was about eighteen, Mr. Irvine was compelled, while still going to school, to handle important business affairs connected with the estate of his father.
Mr. Irvine inherited considerable property from his parents, but it was not in a producing condition and in addition, carried about $200,000 encumbrance. Consequently, it became his duty, when he was twenty-two years of age and just through with his schooling, to embark upon the serious work of a business man. He set about developing the property to which he had been made heir, but it was a gigantic undertaking, for soon after he assumed care of the property the country experienced one of its severest business panics, and it was not until ten years of hard work and steady application had gone by that he had the property restored to a sound condition.
that time Mr. Irvine has been steadily engaged in business enterprises of many
kinds and is to-day classed as one of the substantial men of the
Mr. Irvine has lent his time, money and brain power to a multitude of interests, including railroads, manufactures, agriculture, insurance, oil, mining and other productive enterprises, but his chief work, perhaps, has been land improvement, subdivisions and the other branches of real estate operation.
Mr. Irvine is due a large part of the credit for establishing in
Mr. Irvine has been one of the chief supporters of the beet sugar industry in
California, the leading sugar producing State of the Union, and is the
principal factor in more than one concern engaged in the beet sugar industry in
that State. The production of sugar in
important enterprise in which Mr. Irvine is connected is the Southern
California Sugar Company, which has a large sugar refinery near Santa Ana, and
in this, as in the Santa Ana Co-Operative Beet Sugar Company, he is the largest
individual stockholder. These two factories are among the largest in the State
Mr. Irvine is the owner of approximately one hundred and four thousand acres of land in various sections and ranks as one of the largest landowners of the West. Unlike many others, however, he believes in developing the land and has a large percentage of his vast holdings under cultivation.
Transcribed by Vicky Walker, 1/25/07.
Source: Press Reference
Library, Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I, Page
607, International News
© 2007 Vicky Walker.
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