Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 14
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Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
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of many adventurers In the old days of reconstruction, during which time ho made several fortunes nnd lost, them again, only to once more take up the burden and strike out, to success. Today he owns one of the splendid ranches of the Irwindale district In the San Gabriel valley. A man getting on In years, going down the western fildo of life's journey, he IH still vigorous as young men of twenty, directing the work on hi.s big, profitable ranch of <,ranges, and deciduous fruits, successful and willing to tell any one who asks that he has found this valley lo be the Ideal homeland of any place he has ever lived In during his long pilgrimage, Fleneath great, spreading shade treeK near the Soul hern I'ficlfic station, his dwelling house stands, giving forth an atmosphere of peace and comfort, while around him are his carefully fender acres. lying below the mourn of the canyon. On our twenty acres we use all the water necessary, and It never costs us more than twenty-five dollars per year. So that our water bills are not bugbears to us In Jrwlndale as they are in some sections of the state. And again, the soil is much more moist than can be found even a few miles from our section, and artificial application of water Is not necessary so often." Mr. Reynolds, In his statement, on the water supply only voices the opln- I ion of every one In the district. The splendid Orange Crest orchard of Val- enclas and navels is an exemplification of good management tinder perfect, conditions, and the beautiful Reynolds home lends much to the attractiveness of this fertile valley. Besides caring for their own acreage, Mr. Reynolds has many ranches in this vleln- Mr. Aschenbrenner was raised In Illinois and spent, twenty-two years farm- Ing In Iowa and later several yearn In Oregon, but. he says that, the San Gabriel valley Is the homeland. Mr. Aschenbrenner's home Is a pleasant one, surrounded by heavy-topped shade trees, and everything about the ranch has the atmosphere of comfort, and prosperity. PUBLIC-SPIRITED CITIZEN. On the property of Daniel Reichard there Is a grove of trees which are easily among the oldest orange frees in the section. I.Ike the grove of his neighbor, Mr. K. R. Coffman, they point, to what can be done In cultivation arid care, and these trees, giant ones of their species, yield heavily each season, and besides being profitable, are beau'iful additions to the general attractiveness of this town. Edgar R. Coffman, the serene-minded pioneer of the section now known as Irwindale. Mr. Coffman, now In the pleasant afternoon of his 'Ife, after years of unremitting toil and endeavor In a new country, ripeaks of his home surroundings with pride, and justly so, for he has been one of the most prominent in making it the splendid community it Is today. Mr. Coffman came to California In 18CI. when the transcontinental railroads were not thought of. He Is familiar with (he entire state, but saves his best praise for the San Gabriel valley, and as he looks from the windows of his comfortable home toward the distant water-sheds of the Sierra Ma fire mountains, he gives thanks for the Inscrutable Providence that directed him to this garden spot, where he has made his wealth and experienced the finest years of his long life. It was In 1870 that be bought 105 acres of land, which (s now the place which he calls home, and at times he lias sold a portion of it, until now he owns '.'A acres, 2.'! acres of which is In oranges and the remainder in alfalfa. Mr. Coffman was one of the foremost to develop the water resources of the country. He is a charter member of the Azusa Irrigating Company, organized in 1880, and until recently held a directorship in the Irwindale Citrus association, resigning In favor of his son, C. H. Coffman, who 'will take up the work in his father's place. Mr. Coffrnan Is president of the company which operates Camp Rincon, one of the popular resorts in the San Gabriel canyon, and together with H. D. Briggs, holds a principal share of the stock. Under the Umbrella Tree. (A January Afternoon at the Home of G. T. Brown.) "If I am lo !><• asked lo say anything In your iiriicle," said Mr. Brown, "I wiinl lo cllncii the argument about Hie bcsl place to selt.le In this stale by my own experience:. | (tin Kal.lHlled here. | do not know of any place In Hie world where a imm ran build HIK;)I a Din- home under such good Hiirronnd- lm,'H as In Irwindale. 1 came here when the lands were barren plains. 1 have lived lo nee It covered wllh the tines! groves In Hie world. It has been ii for I iiiiMle Investment for me. and would he. the Hauie lo any one who de- Hired iti mak(' a home here." I). C. MoiiHlng'H holdings In I he fr- windiilc section were originally sixty ncrcH, bill at limes he has sold n portion of lilw ranch until he now owns lilt acres, '!'.', of which lire nl (he present lime In oranges arid (he remainder In ti I fit I I'd. Mr. Mf'ii.Hing IIUH boon i.-i tills name spot since IKH2, and lias seen the country struggle up from Ihe bare plains milII he now Is surrounded by ranches of oranges nnd alfalfa, all an prosperous and proill-bcarltig as bin own well-eared for ncrett. Mr. Mensing wan among I lie flrsl lo planl oranges, ami through his efforts II was proven thai I be country, no! only was adapted lo the raising of this fruit, but was the very cream of (lie orange count ry. "Kor ii long time we were obliged to Mull! iigniiiHl prejudice In Irwindale," nays Mr. Mem-ling. People goi (he Ide.i thai only alfalfa and such crops could be rained lo a prolll In our country, bill when |hey HIIW Ihe results a few of us obtained, there was a rush lo acquire lands. Ho Hint today It Is hard lo find any rancher who Is willing to sell unless he gels a very good profit for bis labor through the years when I lie country was young." lly on bis II.Ht.s for sale, belonging, some of thorn to non-resident owners who bough I for purposes of specula- lion. There are not many of the established ranchers of tills district, who care lo sell," Mr. Reynolds stales; "but I here is no country where real estate In not (o lie found on Ihe market." Mr. Reichard Is a settler among four or five who came here In the early eighties. His large holdings have been made smaller from time to time through selling tracts, which have since been made a part of the general orange-growing industry and the small fruit business. Mr. Reichard has always believed In the investment of mor'cy in real eiit'ile in Uio we.s!, am) He wan born In Bortetort county, 1837. which makes his age 71 years at the present time. He looks back In reminiscence to the oid days when his father was a slave-owner on the large plantation of this southern state. On March 19, 1808, he.married Miss Virginia A. Treace, and throughout his whole life she has been his companion in adversity or good fortune. Of this union the children are: Charles H. Coffman, Edgar T. Coffman, Mm. K. E. W.ishburn and Etta May Coffman. ARMSTRONG'S NURSERIES. The largest grower of nursery stock I in Covina and vicinity is .1. W. Arm i strong, who owns and operates Ihe j Covina Nurseries. Mr. Armstrong'? plantation is outside the city limits below Double avenue, and his big lath house, where a large portion of h stork is kept, is at 222 East College street. This house contains among other stock, a half million eucalyptus trees, ready for planting. Mr. Armstrong makes a specialty of eucalyptus trees this year, but has also sold a large number of orders of citrus trees, and deciduous fruit trees, such as the apple, plum, apricot, peach and other well-known fruits. The ornamental line is a well stocked one in this nursery, a specialty being made of the best varieties of palms. Palms may be set out at any time of the year, Mr. Armstrong states, providing the trees have been properly balled In dirt after being taken up, and kept in this condition until thoroughly established, or rooted. This method of establishing the palm settings takes about two months. One of the popular varieties of the palm la the Phoenix Canariensli, or Date palm, which is not the edible, but the best ornamental tree. Some splendid specimens of these palms are to be found In private grounas in Covina. and throughout Southern California. Another varletay Is the Chanaerops Excelsea, or Windmill palm, for which Mr. Armstrong has a heavy demand. The Washing- tonia Robusta, or Pan palm is the variety put out by the Covina Nurseries for universal street planting. This variety, Mr. Armstrong says, is not the han palm, (Washington Filifira), but Is the kind which is advocated by all landscape gardeners and architects for beautiful street effect. The Dracaena palm is also grown In large quantities by the Covina Nurseries. Mr. Armstrong purchased the business of H. D. Blanchard and has built up a paying industry, supplying many large growers and firms with nursery stock throughout the Southern portion of the state. He has recently bought fifteen acres in Ontario, where a large part of his stock will be raised, but all business of sales will be transacted from Covina. Peaches, plums and other deciduous trees are planted from January to June, as a rule, and the nursery Is well stocked at the present lime for this trade. The Eureka lemon tree is also grown In big quantities. Mr. Armstrong has been in the nursery business in Southern California for nineteen years, and is an authority on the growth and propagation of many lines of fruits and ornamental shrubs. At the present time he has the largest single setting of Eucalyp i tus trees in Southern California. ARMSTRONG'S COVINA NURSERIES-Ornamental and Orchard Stock Home of Daniel Reichard. A BUSINESS VENTURE. "I ciime into the Covina orange dis-, al I lie present lime holds large possessions In other tofili! le •( besides ,,,,, ,.,• ,,„, Sll)) (:., t ,,.| ( .| valley. The trie! eight years ago from O. egou," i |, T iuat |,, K H ys'en>s cf Ui said Mr. William Aschenbrenner, "imd, fo |, n | H 0 , ln .f,,i I,,, K -,,,M •; I Imve made more money In the last eight years than I made during lhe vO'ey have Intlrence on lll( . directing boards for many years, ., s W el| as the fruit packing assocla- Drugs and Stationery Watch My Space "Satisfied Wit h Life." Pioneer Seedlings and Home of Pioneer E. R. Coffman. WATER IS KING. "Water for our lands in the Irwindale .section is alu.ost a gil'i." says Mr. Jerome Reynolds, of the twcnly-ac'ic Orange ('rest ranch which lies in the heart of itiih beautiful district. The A/iisa Irrlguting Company lias solved Ihe prnblciii of cheap water in a manner i hiit it can lie supplied ilie year around for less money (ban in any oilier place in the valley. Irwindale lies directly .south of the San (iabriel canyon, from which comes the water! supply for Ihe whole valley ll i.-; { a simple mailer to water tliest- lumls ! whole lit'ty-live yours before." Mr. Aschenbrennor was engaged iu prunes and grain in Oregon lions. Tlie undeniable wealth to lie pollen I'rum land-holdings in this <lis irici has made lui.i :i pulilir-spti iu-d lull was induced to come to California man, alxxaxs in tau>: •>i; ,;! 'be .i.-. made In' •u-c'.cd Icl n horn-' ami buy au orange ranch here. Since ttiai time he has bought ,seu-rai raiiehes. Inn i lie pri'sem one upi.n which In- is mailing hi.s home consisis of iiuir'eeii acres of valcncias and navels in the height of bearing. He consider.-, it worth ilii.nim. or a little uver Jlunii |i,.r acre. The land is kept in tin 1 best condition Unit constant cultivation can Ueep it. ami the t n-es i are among ihu thriftiest in the \al!cy.j I llul 1.1" a l. enminiiU ' I > ill liuinc. Kcccni IliniSeir ,1 lieail ili of A PIONEER'S PRAISE. i M me. ins 10 >ce a co'.iini> prospi ill', nnd population li:ill cciiliirv. chan.nini; Irom n plain lo thousands n?' acivs iearini; tiee*. in.i> lie (old b> "TOURING the coming year, I shall USE my space in this paper. It mill be LARGER. Different ei)ery tfeek. Something of interest to YOU. Something from one of the departments belotf. Something rtith a reputation for quality, marked rtith a fair price. Formal, Informal and Business Stationery "For eOery taste, for eOery purse, a satisfaction." Christopher's Ice Cream "The Cream of Quality" School Books and Supplies 'Ki>erythiny the Kiii Needs" Hot Water Bags Atomizera Fountain Syringes "Quality Counts" EDISON Phonographs "The Universal Entertainer" Hear the Nen> Four-minute. AMBEROL Records Lortney's Creams "Dainty Nibbles for Candy Lowers" Post Cards and Souvenirs "Nen> Ones Every Day" Toilet Articles Soaps Perfumes "NtOtr Disappoint" Accuracy, Qualityof Ingredients and Square Prices Rule this 'Department

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