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            Arthur H. Anthony, a leading grower of avocados in Fallbrook, San Diego County, was born in Illinois in January, 1871, a son of Humphrey and Sarah (Andrews) Anthony.  He first came to California in 1883 with his mother, who hoped to be benefited in health by the western climate but who passed away in Pasadena the following year.  Returning to the east Mr. Anthony devoted his attention to farming pursuits in that section of the country until 1908, when he took up his permanent abode in California.  It was in 1923 that he came to Fallbrook and began the growing of avocados, in the cultivation of which fruit he has been a recognized authority for a number of years.  His fine ranch embraces eighty acres of land, about thirty-five acres of which are planted to avocados and ten acres to grapefruit.  He has been remarkably successful in locating water on his ranch and now has three wells which furnish an ample supply of water for irrigation purposes.

            The following interview with Mr. Anthony was printed in the “Fallbrook Enterprise,” published at Fallbrook, California, under the date of June 17, 1932:  “With approximately two hundred acres planted in avocados, the industry is a fast growing and prosperous one in the Fallbrook community.  Eighty per cent of the present acreage is in Fuertes, with a mixture of the older varieties.  When the industry first began here, many different kinds were tried.  Among them are Anaheims, Panchoys, Mayopans and Pueblas.  The newer plantings are almost all in Fuertes and Nabals as these have been found to be the best commercial varieties.  Irrigating is done by the basin system.  It takes fifty per cent more water for avocados than it does for citrus groves.  At the present time, the water is supplied by private dug wells, and the water problem is left for each individual grower to solve for himself.  The majority of the growers market their fruit through the Calavo Association, whose headquarters and packing house are in Los Angeles.  The individual growers pick the fruit and ship it to Los Angeles by truck, and from there it is packed and most of it is sent to the eastern markets.  The Calavo Association maintains an information and advisory bureau for the convenience and aid of the growers.  All advertising of the fruit is done through this association directly.  When time requires, and that time will probably be in a year or two, a packing house will be built and maintained at Vista to serve the needs of increased business that is anticipated in northern San Diego County.

            In 1913 Mr. Anthony was united in marriage to Miss Lotta I. Crawford, of Los Angeles, who is a university graduate and has figured prominently in the work of the University Club as an organizer of the Fallbrook-Vista district.  Mrs. Anthony is president of the Fallbrook Woman’s University Club.  By her marriage she has become the mother of two children, Donald and Betty, who are eighteen and seventeen years of age, respectively, and graduated from high school in 1932.

            A worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masonic fraternity, Mr. Anthony belongs to the following bodies:  Lone Tree Lodge, No. 36, F. & A. M., Central City, Nebraska; the Chapter, R. A. M., Grand Island, Nebraska; Commandery, K. T., Omaha, Nebraska; Consistory,  A. A. S. R., and Tangier Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Omaha, Nebraska.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 399-400, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,  Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  V. Gerald Iaquinta.