Charles C. Trowbridge, the head of the firm of Trowbridge & Maynard, was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1864, and was reared and schooled in that city until 1876, when he came to San Francisco. The first five years in that city was spent in the University College and Trinity School, and at the age of seventeen years he entered into mercantile pursuits in the well-known house of Cunningham, Curtis & Welch, and remained in their employ until he came to Riverside in the fall of 1887, and the next spring entered into the present business. Mr. Trowbridge promptly identified himself with Riverside’s interests and people, and is liberal in supporting such enterprises as will advance the city in her march of prosperity. He is a first-class businessman, and by his able management has placed the firm of Trowbridge & Maynard in the ranks of the leading and substantial firms of Riverside, and his courteous and genial manner has gained him a large circle of friends. In 1888 lie was appointed Deputy County Clerk; politically, he is a Republican. In 1889 Mr. Trowbridge was united in marriage with Miss Edith S. Sharp, the daughter of William Sharp, a prominent and well-known capitalist of San Francisco.
Trowbridge & Maynard Among the business firms of Riverside, there is none more worthy of mention in the history of the enterprise of that city than that of Trowbridge & Maynard, the popular booksellers and stationers. The firm is composed of Charles C. Trowbridge and Duff G. Maynard. These young men from boyhood have been brought up and schooled in the business in which they are now established, and for years were trusted employees of the largest stationery house in San Francisco. In March, 1888, they established their business in Riverside, first opening their store on Eighth street, east of Main, and in February, 1889, moved to their present commodious store in the Cunningham block, corner of Eighth and Main streets, where they greatly enlarged and increased their business, until they now have an establishment that is not excelled in the character and variety of the stock and appointments by any in the county. Besides dealing in everything pertaining to books and stationery, they devote their attention to fancy goods. They have the agency for the celebrated Kan-Koo Company of Los Angeles, and thus present to their patrons a complete and varied stock of Japanese goods. They also have the agency for the Mexican phosphate and sulphuret fertilizers, and Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines. They are enterprising and progressive, well trained in business, and their dealings are characterized by a liberality and honesty which have gained them both the patronage and esteem of the community.