Clinton and Grace Hickok had moved to Riverside from Toledo, Ohio, where Clinton had been a piano dealer. Noted Riverside Architect, G. Stanley Wilson, designed Clinton Hickok’s 1913 Mission Revival home.
Wilson included a grand piano-shaped patio in the design of the Strong Street home. He also took advantage of a slight knoll on the property to site the home, called Ridgecourt, whose gardens featured a lush array of rare trees, shrubs, paths, and a fieldstone driveway. The Cresmer Manufacturing Company built the hollow tile home, garage, and attached gardener’s cottage.
In 1947, the Hickoks sold the home to William Boyd and his wife. Unfortunately the marriage failed, but Mr. Boyd ended up in Hollywood where he became a film star, best known for his role as Hopalong Cassidy.