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†††† For six years the Vista irrigation district has been under the capable management of Charles N. Bell, a civil engineer of high standing, who came to California from the east, having gained prominence in his profession while a resident of Pittsburgh.He is a native of Indiana and a son of C. S. and Mary (Newnam) Bell, who are now living in Oceanside, situated eight miles from Vista.The father retired from business several years ago.Charles N. Bell is one of a family of seven children.A sister, Miss Zell Bell, is teaching school in Vista.Another sister, Miss Catherine Bell, is district nurse at Escondido, California, saw overseasí service with the United States Army at the time of the World War.A brother, Uhl Bell, is a skilled mechanic and lives in the east.

†††† Charles N. Bell pursued his advanced studies in Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio, where he received the C. E. degree in 1912, and following his graduation joined the engineering corps of the American Bridge Company at Pittsburgh.In April, 1917, when America declared war against Germany, Mr. Bell enlisted in the army and served with the United States Engineers until 1919, when he was mustered out.He returned to Pittsburgh, where he was in charge of a shipyard until 1924, when he came to Southern California, and has since been engineer and manager of the Vista irrigation district.To the discharge of his important duties he brought a clear understanding of the broad scientific principles as well as the practical phases of his profession and has amply justified the confidence reposed in his ability.This irrigation district, comprising about fourteen thousand acres, has a wonderful future.It contains some of the finest avocado and citrus fruit orchards in California and also some of the finest homes.

†††† In 1910 Mr. Bell was married to Miss Ruth Armstrong, of Indiana, and six children were born to them: Malcolm P., a young man of twenty-one, who joined the Marine Corps and is now serving on the U. S. S. Pennsylvania; Raymond C., who is nineteen and recently graduated from high school; and Ruth Odette, Anita Jene, Patsy Anne and Charles M., aged respectively nine, seven, five and three years.Mr. Bell is domestic by nature, finding his greatest happiness in his home, and says that his is both a pre-war and post-war family.He belongs to the Oceanside Lodge, No. 1561, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and to Post No. 365, of the American Legion, while Mrs. Bell is a member of the ladiesí auxiliary of the Legion.Both are active in the social life of Vista, and Mr. Bellís well developed powers have carried him rapidly to the fore in his chosen field of usefulness.




Transcribed by Bill Simpkins.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 463-464, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,Indianapolis.1933.

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