ROBERT H. WILLS.
The town of Goshen is very largely indebted to Robert H. Wills for the many substantial and permanent improvements
he has made in that place and for the progressive spirit which he shows in every move he makes in business affairs.
He was born in Marysville, Kentucky, on the 14th day of December, 1861, the son of Alonzo and Mary (Soyster) Wills,
both of whom were natives of the Blue Grass state. Alonzo Wills was a wheelwright and mill man by vocation, was
a self educated but well informed man, and became prosperous in his business affairs and influential in his community.
Robert H. Wills attended the common schools in his native locality and was employed at agriculture, owning a nice
farm near Marysville, which he operated successfully until 1905, when he sold out there and came to California.
He came at once to Tulare county, bought a ranch, to which he gave his attention and also dealt extensively in
cattle for several years. In 1912 Mr. Wills came to Goshen and bought a tract of land across the Southern Pacific
tracks from the townsite. There, fronting on the highway, he built a two story store and hotel building, thirty
six by seventy feet in size, there being sixteen rooms in the hotel section. He has been very successful in both
store and hotel and now owns several residences, a gas filling station and a creamery. The latter is now being
operated by the Golden State Dairy Products Company of San Francisco. Adjoining the store building Mr. Wills has
fifty five acres of land, mostly in alfalfa. Altogether his holdings here represent an investment of approximately
fifty thousand dollars.
Mr. Wills has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Amanda Fite, who was born and reared in Kentucky. To
this union were born eight children, namely: Robert, of Kentucky; Nellie, the wife of Quincy Carr of Huntington,
West Virginia; Joseph, of Long Beach, California; Mattie, the wife of William Pine of San Jose, California; Bessie,
the wife of S. King of Fresno; Clifford, of Fresno; and Alma and Anna, twins, the former the wife of Walter Baker
of Exeter, and the latter the wife of Walter Johnson of Fresno. Mrs. Amanda Wills died in 1902. Subsequently Mr.
Wills was married to Mrs. Mary Brazil, who is the mother of five children by her former marriage: Abel, John, Joseph,
Mrs. Mary Aseveda and Manuel. Mr. Wills belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. While engaged closely
in the prosecution of his individual business affairs, Mr. Wills has always taken time to perform his full part
in advancing movements for the general public welfare. Because of his upright life, his business ability and his
genial and courteous manner, he commands the respect and good will of the entire community.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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