LILBURN SMITH WINGROVE.
Among the successful and substantial citizens of Tulare county, L. S. Wingrove occupies an enviable position. His
career as an enterprising merchant, efficient postmaster and for many years secretary of the California Hot Springs,
Incorporated, has brought him prominently to the notice of the public and he enjoys a well merited popularity wherever
known. He is a native of West Virginia, born on the 24th day of August, 1866. His parents were O. P. and Margaret
(Scott) Wingrove, the former of whom was of English birth and the latter born in West Virginia and a member of
an old southern family. In 1876 the family moved to Kansas, where the father followed farming until 1910, when
he went to Hemet, California, and there farmed up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1912. His wife died
Lilburn Smith Wingrove was educated in the public schools and remained at home until attaining his majority, when
he came to Tulare county. He became assistant railway station agent in Porterville, but was later transferred to
Lindsay, where he remained for ten years, serving as railroad and townsite agent. He sold town lots there until
1900, when he came to Hot Springs, where he had bought the California Hot Springs property in 1889. In the year
he came here he was appointed postmaster and has held that office continuously since, a period of twenty five years.
Mr. Wingrove promoted in 1906 the California Hot Springs, Incorporated, and the company engaged in the mercantile
business, in which it has met with splendid success, due to the fact that the firm carries a large and well selected
stock of goods and gives careful and courteous treatment to every customer who enters its store. Mr. Wingrove also
owns considerable land here. Recently he laid out fine golf links, which he leases to the California Hot Springs,
Incorporated. He is president of the Ducor Telegraph and Telephone Company, which he assisted in organizing in
1911 and of which he has been the official head continuously since. Since 1906 Mr. Wingrove has been secretary
of the California Hot Springs, Incorporated, and for years manager.
Mr. Wingrove was married in January, 1924, to Mrs. Cora Savage, a native of Indiana. Mr. Wingrove has a son by
a former marriage, Meredith, of San Francisco, who has just graduated from law school. Mr. Wingrove is a member
of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, being a charter member of the lodge in Porterville.
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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