Covina Argus from Covina, California on March 6, 1909 · Page 2
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x GOVINA FURNITURE GO SAKKST PLACE TO TKADK FOR ANYTHING IN THE LINE OF , FURNITURE or FLOOR ((WRINGS W. Q. CUSTER, Manager P.VRON" HOT SPRINGS Within cn e y reach of Snn Frnnci-co. Wonderful curative properties of the :ir.id and mineral baths and waters. Readied from Los Angcle* through the San Joar|iiin Valley. Information at SOITHKRN PACIFIC OFFICES. TURF NAPOLEON DEAD California Argonaut Who Earned Soubriquet of "Lucky" Baldwin Passes Under the Wire. Was Owner of La Puente Rancho. Upon the Edge of which, Covina Has Become a City. Ranch-) La I'a'-nie, o!' which Covina was once a pa,:, ami which eompiv-" s Hie va: i gr-ilti seeiion of ::o,iiOii ;><•!••* on the Kfiuili arid southwest of Covliiii. cbangi'fl owner* thlri week. The IIHI/K- fer was conwurnmnie'.l at '/ o'clock on Monday morning, jusi as '!",e niorning fog-wreaths hovering iibov 1 Hie i-'an ^a.bri'.'l rivf.'i 1 were being dissipated by Hie aim. For at this hour, on Monday, March 1st, HiO!t, Ellas J. (LucV.yj Baldwin, Jidise-bree'lf'i 1 , Inrfnyin find millionaire 'if Hie old line of California Argonauts, relinquished bis dogged hold upon life upon life and upon all its; possession:-: and his; poxscHsions. The heart thai had obeyed bin dominant will for nearly XI year.;, struggled through the las! few bout.--, and stopped. "Worn out," Hie physicians, i-aid. Woi ;i fun liki an old machine, like an old iaci ibe i ruck and s line for the hist i flashed all over th< Baldwin of Callfo'tiia was ib ''Lucky" Baldwin, of whom man> graybeards now on tin- I'icilie Coa.-.i heard f;f when I hey were Hirlpllng bids on the oa:iern prairie;- 1 ,. "|,ncky" Baldwin, who threaded his way aero.':.-; a. slranr.e land of perils as a. young man, meeting and oveicoming In reality all Hie bloodcurdling adventures told of in Ihe lurid lie!ion of the west, "Lucky" Baldwin, who headed an expedition lo the coast wiieii California was a dream counlry, and who has; himself now gone on to join "lhal Innumerable caravan" which journeys Into another unknown bind. In Ihe obituary Hies of every newspaper In Hie country, column ii.fler column of life-history had been reposing for years, the life-story of Baldwin, the little Napoleon of the West. Throughout the land (his tale wan printed (his week, varying slightly In detail, but withal telling a story that cannot be equalled by those who make books for entertainment.. The truths of hlH life would make good fiction, stronger, more virile I him, I he Invention of writers. Like Napoleon he was open to honest, censure. Some of the life chapters of "Lucky" Baldwin are not a credit If) him. He was human, he W.-IH iii) Argonaut. In Ihe lime when men struggled under a code of honor established If) III Ihe conditions of Ibe times. Wilh his friends lie was staunch and true, and very little thai Is heller can be said of any man, He brought great stretches of hind In California into fruitful product Ion; he employed armies of men who might have been otherwise Idle; be established ii grcnl rncc-l nick In his declining years which opora.ic.l for Incalculable harm on Hie morals of Southern California: he gave generously lo Hie "unlucky" In his own following; he died leaving twenty millions of dollars worlb of splendid properly, which will become without doiibi of gifiil value in building up ihe destiny of Hie groatc"! stale of Ihe I'a cilic Coast, lie was a "spec!." a. pl-iyer a' Lite's i;real wheel, and alter ail has been said, a palrloiic American u hose conrai'o anil brains a-sisted In imtkin-, Ihe expansion ol' Culled Stales a po.-;- s i 1111 i i y. The Aftermath. limn >.' h;;:< had il per; isleni l> for the pasl ten yais (hal on ihe cvenl j of "Links" Baldwin's death, Innumei j able lawsuits over his propcri.v would i;ii !'• ' ill l.t.:-, All^e'l'S 'ill Ihe iii l':i'i!ii Ol I'a' Hie Kleellic V'.'i'b i be si.'iidlvit.'ii/n of ibis im- ar<a, br;t!|id i.o come within a. nhori time now, the unvn of Covina i 'vlll receive an undoubled giowth iind ] :'ni[.eiii;-i. rfiir'inn. IH Ihe logical ami! I'ciresi shipping point for this great ii:!d of bind now growing grain each year, ami Covina, with its poimlnt ion of 1!," (I 0 pe'jplc, i<s fwo lailroad iJTK-s, will ab:'.oih the growth of tiiis vast strt.tcli of land nu II H"M!e:-i up In the next fl\'f' yf-ii';'. to come. To Hie home- Mt e|;i.|- no laml In Soiiiiiein California could be more de.-drible. The slow subdivision during the hitler years of liald'.vin'M lil'e, owing to his indifference, perba.ps. will immediately spring Illlfi -in (illog'-lher dlffei'enl spirit fjf colotil/.ation. ,Mi-iady, on tills Damons rtnch, ai-e wnbfll v I.- ions to Ibe e.vienl of .MiM(i acres of land erjujilly a: diidive as i be fine oraug' 1 wllb wble'i Cf.vina Is : iirionnded. vi!h''.'e'i of YYalnu 1 Ci rile|- and ('a which have I'.piun:. 1 up I'tom Ibes division-, a i e ibi'jvlng be.vfiiid dieam of any prodlcl ion. Wal j.-reil iihundiincf 1 Iris been dls"ovi')'ei| lo lie in a siililei Tano'in lal;e thai (lows bineaili the I'.aldwln lanii; I'i'oiii the ;-;hoiis fjf ibe San (1 :brie| river. The i lam's now subdivided ar (i prosperous j oirliai'd 1 -: of wa.'nnl s, will; Ini ernieillale '. crops of all'all'a, potatoes, coi'ti and fithf:r slajile producls, making one of jibe most beautiful f-irmlng spots In j Southern California. The pos.slblllllen I for this community are easily deler- ily sulidivideil. This, in the eslin:alifin ol the real estate firm, w.'ini giealer aciivi'y in the vicinity of C'ovina than had ever before been experienced. It Is certain that horrjescekers will be af- Iriciei] lo ihiH grrnt trn/J 1 i" larger numbers ihHii f:VfM' liefore, His Early Life. sub- Ibe 111 There are niany conflict Ing fales aboui lialflwin'H early life, but, these details ate related from Ihe roininls- censes of Maj. 1). A. Shaw, who commanded the expedition with which "Lucky" crossed the plninH in 1800. Maj. Shaw and Baldwin were constant friends, ami the former says (hat. he knows the following account, of the trip Went if) be correct.; Four years after the gold excitement began, Haldwin organized a parly ami siariod, accompanied by his wife and d'Migliier, Clara, then ~j yearn old. Tiiere were three wagons In Ihe party, the one belonging lo Haldwin being lo.'ded w!»h liquors, cigars and groceries. At f')fH Mofncs, Baldwin's parly met thiil commanded by Maj. Hhaw, and they proceeded logeihor If) Council Bluffs, the last village before the long trip across Hie Rocky Mountains. A company of lliirly wagons and sixty men was organized there. Maj. Shaw was elected captain, he being Hi" only man who had made UK; trip before. ' Al lhal (lino the Mormons reigned supreme in Utah, where they had sullied In I HIT. As he had planned, Upper End of Baldwin's La Pujnte Ranch. Combined Grain Harvester and Separator, with Famous Horse-Breeding Farm in Background. The pioneei s proceeded straight; through to San Francisco. Hei'e Bald- j win began life in the new land in the' hoiel business, becoming proprietor of the Hoi el American. In Hie parlors of] this hotel Maj. Shaw was married if); a young lady whom he mel. on the; journey. Later Baldwin invented in a livery stable, and after a few years be sold; out and went to .Japan. lie returned 1 with a company of Japanese perform- j ers, and toured Ihe country wilh (hem. At Boston he abandoned this venture, and Ihe Japanese went, on If) Europe, while "Lucky" returned I.o California. Getting Rich, Baldwin could nor. be called a wealthy man until 1X72, when he invested $(1400 in Consolidated Virginia, mining stock, at from $2 t.o $3 a share. Just, before this venture ho visiled Nevada, and found thai this mine was Santa Anita, Amerieus and Los Angeles were olher f-:iUK/UK racers of Baldwin's. Rey El Santa Anita won the American Derby in \k'j~i. Americtis was solfl to,Richard Croker and has re. centlywon big money in England. Baldwin's property holdings in California are very li'i'ge today. Along in Ihe seventies lie leased the property In San Francisco upon which (he Baldwin Hole! was built. It was several years after he built the hotel thai he bought the land. Tin Baldwin was the finest hotel in San Francisco, and I lie favorite. It. was ihe mecca of business, professional men ami politicians. Up lo the lime of its dcsininHon by lire it paid handsomely. Some time ago the hotel ! md was sold for nearly SI,500,000. With this money Baldwin lemovod most, of the mortgages on his property. In Ihe later '70s Baldwin acquired by purchase and foreclosure of mortgages Ills Santa Anita ranch, situated about Knormoiis Flow nf Water for Walnut Culture on Irrigated Portion of Baldwin Ranch, near Covina ensue. There is reasonable grounds I mined win u i: i-i kno.vu that pracilc- lo believe lhal this ma\ be true, but | -illy Hie eni ire area ol' ;ii),uiii> aci os slill said thai Baldwin's will Is shrewi in a slate of dry far of ihe same nature ol land thai drawn, thai hi-; he.piesls have been Is found In ibis L-ardi-n spot which is generous, and lhal Ihe disposition of being watered and farmed. Ihe property will not be an arduous j | n a con\ersalion \\ith one u f the legal liisk of years. The very fact I hal ; uieinbei s of the linn of Service Bros. Baldwin sold all his slock of goods sa\e ivliiii he needed for liis party, to the Mormons at fabulous prices. He bad brought wilh him only what he knew I lie set.tlers needed. In I'l'ih, tin 1 party divided Into three sections, because it was a dry >ear and Iced was scarce, and each the iii'iiiiu-.,.rs o. I be ,-la,e .so many cuntesianls me expeeled to n , a | ,.. u ,iie men of Los Au^eies who proceeded lo California by a different spring up will have a deierrluu effect h am ||,. a || i|,e hinds of ihe La I'lienle i route. Eighteen persons \\ere in Baldon man) who would make fraudulent . U;,nchu. a repi esenl :ii i ve was told on win's parly, wilh four wagons and ' ihinv-iwo iiorses. u ; s ,., n „, „ . Ml)1 . mi! , 1Hi ,he islaclory adjustment ma> be arrlse,! at; i,, 1 . 1 . lilllim „, ,he dispos.llon of ibis j p , (| , v m , )V( , 1 , „„ „,„,„„.,,„„. - ; , isr,;:, H|'e''illl.\. laud until Ihe will had been opened],,,,, discover.'.!, as ,hey believed. HlO Alihout'h Baldwin's Ii,.l,liun.-; are, and tiled lor prubiile. AiihoiU'h uoili- j lviisiin ,| H . M nrm ous h:-.d been so will- sciiiiered ove,- H,e slate in many lo- i lu 1 cuu Id be a.'cii i u t el y p i v d le : ,'d . ,i i 1 1 j , |( ^ , () p;l> . Hdiculous prices for Ihe calil ies. l he port ion '\ Inch inleresis Co it was the tirm conviction ol ihe real i L . tllll | o',, ,|jj s ,|;ile as Hie four vina vii;ill> is ih.' Rancho I a I'u.-nte esi i .- mamiuers of ihe esiai, ihat Hie i ., r | lliulll .,-.; «,.,•,. passing ilirnugli ihe on ihe soui h\\, ,• .. i ui tin 1 lown, i wem > | i eiiialudei ol' ihe lands u ouhl be .-. pi ed- ! ^'a^aicli Mounlains they wi"'e ill- ; lacked by a band of Lie Imliiins. il : u:i., i ;:'hl aloni'^lde the lllllilbol.il Kh.T. not far from where the famous MI.U.II .mi Meadows mas.->:icie had oc- cu, i . d ab.Ull eleven da> •< bel'ui e. Indian Fiybtincj. Acc'M'.liiii: In i he pi. u,'" is. I lie Mor u .1:1.- wele ill Hie hahil ol .-i •! I i II •-', the 'III I In IH 1 1 poll tin 1 Ijellli!.' I l"l \eliTS, h.ullii, Ihe pl'ollls ol' the r.ii.l^ witlioul lie il,iiu:rrs. The p-i ! I .' .--IK ee. de,| in lii\in-/ Hie Indian- oil', klllin" several I i !:. i i ard i ie-n,;-. I \ i •• d i.-.j m; oil ly a . w h.ii .•• •• lii i ViX I l.ii.l ,, in had 1 1 ' ! i ' r. - ; lain 1 .. li u . • pi. ; ut . • of 1 1; i '-, ; i ',,1 -h. 1 : oni ill 1 . \\ h;. ii t he lial fabulously rich, l.aier he closed out bis holdings when the stock was selling ai from :fxun to Juno a share, clearing Ifi.nnn.niH). .lust after ibis yeniuro, Pi'esident '. Ralston, head of a San Francisco ! bank thai had failed, commit tod suicide, and Baldwin invested $^,uoo,niiu in Ihe bank lo put it on its feet again, Minis gelling control of all of Rulston's 1 holdings. ! Ever after ibis the horseman was known as "Lucky" Baldwin, anil truly ihe had ihe Midas touch for many . \ears, making over $ii,nuu,unn in stock.-; at another time through becomint; , mixed up in a financial contest with Ma. kay and Flood, who practically ruled ihe stock market, bill "Lucky" bested them. He went into all .sorts of deals, and everything turned out right uniil in ts;nt his fortune was es- limaied at :f I .~i.iniu.uuu. Baldwin declared h. was worth $L'i>.- iiuu.uuii ten years ago, and he may have I ..... II. Till he oWlled Hie ele::al): ll.llel ai Lake 'i'ahi'e. i|;e mauaiticeut Sania Ami i ranch of ,",I',.IHIII acie-; in ihe San (1:H ••! \'a||, \ . | ,<,s Angeles coiiuM : I'liusi.lerabie iiiiuin.; properly in California and \e\ada. the Baldwin Hold and oilier Matkil sired (San l''raie ci.-coi pioperiy. which alon." 1 >v,is wi.iih n\: v j:',. en. i, nun. i lie el, --ant Cail- lornia SM, .•: i, >idi m- •. while his iho;- .ni:'lilired lio: .-,•.-. could noi ha '. <• be, i, w oi t h I,----- ; h. -n >'','M .n.i i. ( I j . |>ro|»". I > six miles e.i.-:t of Pasadena, intending lo make it headquarters for Ills stable of race horses. At this lime Temple and Workman. owners of tlie Temple block, wanted jL'fiU.nuu for use in some venture, and Baldwin let them have it at IS percent inteiesi. taking as security -lo.ooo acres of land lying around the 1 original Santa Anila t aiich of IIS.OOO acres. Temple and Workman failed, and after the interest bad accumulated until the amount due B il.lwin was $-|nn,oun, he foreclosed. Then he turned his eye toward the Santa Anila ranch, held by Hellman. lie succeeded in buying il for $175,0(111, making a total of 5,'i,OiMi acres. He built Hotel Oakwood which has become a retreat for tourists, and be erected also a little ranch cottage, commodious barns and planted orchards. Later lie ; made the place bis home and tool. .active dial gi' of its nian'.igemiMit. His Wonderful Ranch. The home place comprises MMIO acres aii.I include- limn acres of orange orchard. .-Olllo of Ihe best orange trees in tin's M'dion heiim upon il. Half a ion dollars h:is been spent by Bald-, pulling in a complete water The ill i le towns of El Monte built mi the Sanci Mile Kl Motile la I Ille; s cinity. There is also city property in San Francisco and on North Spring street in Los Angeles. One of the best paying investments is the Tallac Hotel at Lake Tahoe and G500 acres of land surrounding the hostelry. The Tallac is one of California's leading summer resorts, accommodating 350 guests. The Hotel Oakwood, on the Santa Anita ranch, catches the winter tourists. In the spring the Oakwood closes, and the same manager opens the Tal- hic. On the Santa Anita ranch are 700 head of race horses, and upon different ranges are many head of cattle and some ::o,000 sheep. So the turfman is a millionaire several times over. Baldwin's marital relations were varied. He-was married four times. His first and third wives died. He was divorced from the second wife, and she was allowed $2,000,000 by the courts. She has since died. His present wife, formerly Miss Bennett, to whom he was married in Sacramento a few years ago, is a young woman under 30, who has lived for the past eighteen years at his San Francisco home, Nob Hill, California street. Two daughters were, born to Baldwin— Clara by his first wife, and Anita by his second wife. The first child was married four times, first to a man named Mc- Mathews, then she became Mrs. Snyder. In her third venture she married Bud Doble, the famous driver who drove Nancy Hanks when that horse broke the trotting record. Doble and his wife were divorced and Mrs: Doble is now married to S. A. Stocker of San Francisco, a noted baritone singer, whose stage name is Stewart Harold. Mr. and Mrs. Doble had one child, now- married to W. S. Mullender of San Francisco. Baldwin's second daughter, by his second wife, was Miss Anita Baldwin, named for the Santa Anita ranch, and she is now the wife of a San Francisco laywer, F. S. McClaughry, of the firm of Fisk and McClaughry. There are several unsavory stories connected wilh Baldwin's career. He was sued in a San Francisco court by Miss Lilian Ashley of New York, who claimed a large sum of money for the support of I heir child. The trial went against ihe wronged woman, Baldwin's defense showing that she had not been ;u i ho time of her intimacy with him all that she represented herself to be. Miss Ashley (hen took a shot at Baldwin wilh a revolver as he sat in the courtroom. Her shol wont wild, and before she could lire another shot the gun was taken awny from her. Wilh all "Lueky's" faults, he had many personal friends who loved ami admired him. He look care of many near and distant relatives and was liked by his thousands of employes. As owner of the Santa Anila and La Puenie ranches, he was best known in Southern California. The ranch has neen for many years a popular drive for tourists. Employing as It did a #wat many men, among them some Mexicans, it had also a reputation a few years ago for lively fights, cutting scrapes, and even murders. The Mexicans tin Ihe ranch were in the habit of enjoying themselves with "dago red," and almost monthly there was 'something doing" at the ranch for the constables to look after. But Baldwin himself put ;i stop lo Ibis, coming from San Francisco after his return from tiie Alaskan mining country, to take active management, of his ranch. He ruled the bad men with a rod of iron. Once two drunken fellows mixed up wiih an ax and a gun, and Baldwin coolly got the drop on then) and ordered >hem 'o throw weapons, which they did. be written upon the old soiiai encounters of this On t thel .-OU! down i heir A book could pioneer's per- viirieiy. La F'uenie ranch at this tirno i.~ a large horse f:um, two miles of Covina, where over two hun- h -l in, :'<•,<>, •>! J . e "i ....... . F.im.iu-j R.i. o Horses. ' i . : dred yearlings are in pasture with mares. In this paddock is Hie famous i Reina lie Los Angeles, the mare who won the Chicago derby twice, now obi •iml kept for sentiment rather than for U.-efullU'.-.ri. Girl-Wife's Loyalty. Two divorces out of four ma'/riaiic^ is Hie summary of Baldwin's marital c.si-"! 1 . Tlie UIiloW i 1 111,111 lie h'UV. -; '.-. .1 - !'oi ni-'i'ly of tlie name o! i vi;i el i. and v,,i~ ni \ ears ..!•! v.h'-n {[•• i;iaiiie<i !•>•;• She is now a 'A , .;n Hi ol I. -'•'.•• \\ ,ts jn.-< at. 1.1 i.. :|. i.-' li-.i'e ! li' • -,•':•...;! .:![' :ld !.•..!• ;• i. I. i - '.. i'h : .;•!•:_•:':-•. - • . ! : :.oih. o ;

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