S.B. Hampton and the 1918 Spanish Flu -
Today in our nation there are many of our citizens who are struggling with the Corona Virus. Especially hit hard is the State of New York. This Corona virus is no respecter of persons. It will attack young and old or rich and poor. Plain and simple, if you can avoid exposure to the virus, please do.
S.B. Hampton -- In October of 1918, one of Corona's most prominent citizens representing the citrus industry went on a business trip to New York.
While in New York, Mr. Hampton first caught a cold, then the Spanish Influenza which developed into pneumonia. His health deteriorated so quickly that within days, Mr. Hampton lost his life.
Loosing S.B. Hampton took a strong hit on our then little town. S.B Hampton was the founder and President of the Corona Foothill Lemon Company. At the time of his passing, the Corona Foothill Lemon Company was the largest lemon producing ranch in Corona.
Additionally Hampton was the President of the Temescal Water Company as well as President of the Exchange Bi-Products Company.
Having arrived in Corona in 1905, S.B. first came to our city as the Superintendent of the Corona Lemon Company. It didn't take long for the workers to notice that the secret of his success was to earn the respect of the workers who worked for him. Truth is that the newspapers are full of articles where S.B. Hampton was always full of energy and always was serving the citizens of Corona.
Because of the Spanish Flu, the state cremated S.B. Hampton and sent his ashes back to Corona. A service was held in the city of Whittier where he lived prior to moving to Corona. Many of our citizens attended that service.
Probably those who felt the loss of Mr. Hampton the most was his wife and three children. Although financially they were more than taken care of, they still lost a loving father, all the while our city lost one of our early pioneers.
There were no pictures of S.B. Hampton to be found, so therefore I have added as a cover photo to this post, one of S.B. Hamptons citrus labels from his beloved Foothill Lemon Company....