Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 15
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 15

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
Page 15
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LA PUENTE THRIVES Shipping Point for 30,000 Acres of Cereals. Monster Warehouses Border Railroad Lines. The "Lucky" Baldwin Ranch and Its Peculiar History. La Puente translated means "The Bridge." Uke all the history surrounding the Spanish settlement of this country, there can be but vague explanation of many, things. The old Spanish settlers to be found In different portions of the San Gabriel valley, themselves like flotsam flung out of the way of the American tide, live on j in their own inscrutable way, undisturbed by the feverish spirit of the new world, offering no Impetus to it, an;l caring little, so long as they are left with their dreams of the past, bos Angeles was a Spanish pueblo once. The future history of La Puente will be that, of hundreds of other localities, inasmuch as when a sufficient number of years have passed, the inception of this town will have been lost sight of altogether, just as the residents now have no idea of the reason for calling their community "The Bridge," when rolling hills and pasture lands. Crawl- Ing up the hillsides, one sees thrifty vineyards, where another product of Puente is raised. Grapes and wine are added to its land productions, Came the American. John Rowland, and his trapper partner, William Workman, while at work at their trade in New Mexico, heard of the immense Spanish grant In Southern California, which was to be given away practically, by the Spanish padres, providing the ones to whom it was deeded would stock it with cattle and livestock. They fought their way through hostile bands of Indians to U\IK country. A sort of imaginary lino was drawn embracing what proved afterwards to be about 48,000 acres, and this was taken up by Workman and Rowland, and in 18(17 the ranch was divided equally. Thousands of cattle and sheep began to cover the still standing some of the old adobe buildings built by the Indians. The Indians keep the secret of adobe walls, and It will die with them. The imitations of white men are never successes. Recently Judge Hudson employed an old Indian, one of the last of his race, to build him a wall and to cover It with that curious plaster which Is also a secret of the dead past. The Indian did the work, but mixed his materials In private. Baldwin the Lucky. j Conflicting stories are told of tho j manner in which 1C. J. (Lucky) Itald; win acquired the vast holdings known : as a portion of Iho groat La I'uenle jrnnoho. Haldwln's mining speculations in tho early days brought him j money without stint, and he bought the j holdings In Southern California at a time when they were not. valued as they are now. Of this ranch he still Combined Harvester and Separator of Grain no bridge, natural or made by man, has ever been evident. The Spanish settlers had a reason for so naming it, a reason which has been lost sight of as inconsequential. Is Shipping Center. La Puente has become the big hay and grain center of shipping in the valley. Here is where fine horses are raised on the hills, sheep in bands of thousands are driven down to be shorn of their fleece. Cattle range the hills on the great ranches. La Puente, a pueblo once, has taken on the American spirit. Through the town the Salt Lake and Southern Pacific railroads have stretched lines that connect this hills, and the two Americans waxed wealthy under the kindliness of the Land. Descendants of the Rowland family are the wealthy ranchers of the vicinity today. William R. Rowland, son of the pioneer, is the owner of a vast ranch covered with walnuts and oranges, with hundreds of acres of grain. He is president of the Li Puente Oil Company, an organization producing immense quantities of crude and refined oil as the result of the discovery of free-flowing wells in the mountains of the Rowland ranch. The original Rowland homestead is now occupied by Judge J. W. Hudson, holds 30,000 acres of the finest grain and hay lands, which is fast being subdivided into small ranches from twenty to 100 acres, and the story of irrigation is told on these ranches when their prosperous condition is seen. It is predicted that within the next decade this monster tract of land will be subdivided into villages and towns, green with orchards and alfalfa fields, and the prediction is true, as any visitor to Southern California will agree. Land can be purchased here from $160 to $250 per acre, and will raise water to the surface, which Is all that Is necessary. Mountain* of Grain. The largest warehouse in the town is the one managed by George E Cross, Puente's most enterprising citi zen, who has charge of it for a cor poration. It is built of brick, and has a capacity of 45,000 sacks of wheat or barley. Each year it is piled to the roof with the products of the surrounding ranches. Mr. Cross is also a heavy grower of small fruits, especially tomatoes. This product brought $8.25 per ton delivered to the Los Angeles canneries. Several ranchers in Puente, including Judge Hudson, re- BRICK WAREHOUSE PUENTE BI DART BLOCK PUENTE ROWLAND PUtMTC PUttPING PLANT NEAR PUENTE allzed from $150 to $175 per aero in growing this crop in the past year. On the "Lucky" Baldwin rnncho Is situated one of the finest thorough- ired horse farms in Southern California, whore runners and trotters for he tracks of the United States have .icon raised. Since the recent law prohibiting book selling on running races, the horse farm has gone Into tlio business of raising fine saddle liorses, and any day there can bo BOOII several hundred bead of young stock and brood mares ranging the hills, or enclosed in the wire fence paddocks near tho farm headquarters. Mr. Hald- wln has done much to improve his vast, acreage in tho past, ton years. Recently he subdivided a largo tract and placed roadways about it in systematic fashion. Ho has stated that deep wells are to be installed on the same plan that is being followed out In Walnut Center and Dassctt, for the purpose of raising alfalfa for Ills Immense stable of horses. Several hundred head of mules are also to bo raised on this ranch onch year. A journey along ono of tho roadways leading through this ranch In the summer IM like being afloat on a sea of yellow flame. No person of Iho oaHl- orn Htaton can have nny conception of the wonderful sight of (liousandH of acres of wheat. In tho process of coming to maturity, RoKlloHH, at tho command of the slightest puff of air, swaying incessantly and tho move- ment accentuated by tho undulating tendencies of the land, the sight Is that, of a golden ocean, stretching to tho farthest points of tho horizon. Raising tho eyoa toward the north, tho blue-purple Sierras are seen standing out agnlnnr fhw sky, Jealous guardians of tho valley, making of It by their protection, tho natural hot-bod Hint brings tho paradise of vegetation. He- Iwoou tho grain and tho mountains are Iho dark green orange trees of Co- vlna, over creeping out nearer and nearer to Iho heart of tho grain fields, filching a portion each year, until eventually tho grain will disappear oven :IH the cattle wore obliged to go when Iho grain came—victims of Iho coming of a more profitable crop. Peanuts as Intermediate Crop in Walnut Grove. (Ranch of Arthur Yarnell.) Dedication of St. Joseph's Church, Puente village with every important market in the United States. Quiet In Its everyday demeanor, La Puente does a business of a size that would surprise even the residents on its borders. Great warehouses are built along the railroad lines, and enormous stacks of baled hay in the open, covered with canvas, greet the eye of the tourist whirling through on the overland trains. A glimpse of the prosperous little village beneath the pepper trees, like an oasis in a desert of brown stubble, greets the eye with an effect of relief from the scenery of who has 1,000 acres in cultivation and grazing. The old house was among tho first brick buildings erected in I-os Angeles county, boguu in IKfJa by John Rowland. For years aft or the pioneer's death it. remained dismantled and unoccupied, and the Rowland family occupied a modern homo near it, but of late years ltn present, owner, Judge Hudson, has rehabilitated the structure, HO that it is one of the imposing mansions of the San Gabriel valley, reminding one of tho ancient homes of Now England, and of the ones across Iho water. Hero on thin ranch are The Firm rtith the Orange Sign RIGHT WHERE YOU GET OFF THE CAR IN COVINA Headquarters for Citrus Grotfes When you receive this paper you will probably make up your mind to investigate California's resources. You will want to know what a comfortable home can be purchased for. You will want to know terms. You will want to sell your property in the East, perhaps. Then, the thing to do is to inquire by letter or postal of e Sanders Real Estate Co. COV/NA, CALIFORNIA Write immediately to us for information about Covina property, Covina homes, schools and everything pertaining to home life here. Honest inquiries answered in an honest manner. Orange lands for all prices, lemon lands, walnut lands. City property and exchanges. Come to California, and when you get here come right to Covina. You will make no mistake. THE SANDERS REAL ESTATE Co. CoVina, California The Firm rtith the Orange Sign San Gabriel Vilify Milling Compdiiy Whtre the Grain Is Hdndied \

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