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            Although Earl Montgomery Cranston’s useful career was ended at the comparatively early age of sixty-nine, he was widely known and beloved in this section of Southern California. At the time of his death, June 3, 1933, he was president of Homeland Acres Company and the Escondido Land and Town Company in San Diego county, which has there been in active operation for a period covering forty-six years. He was born in Middleport, Ohio, in December, 1863, his parents being Bishop Earl Cranston and Martha (Behan) Cranston. The father, a bishop of the Methodist Church, lived to the advanced age of ninety-two years, and died on a farm near Cincinnati, Ohio, August 18, 1932. The mother died in the ’seventies.

            Earl M. Cranston was graduated graduated (sic) from the University of Denver in Colorado in 1885 and the following year received the degree of LL. B. from the College of Law of the University of Cincinnati. In 1886 he began the practice of law in Denver, Colorado, where he continued in the work of his chosen profession for a third of a century with marked success. He was elected to the Colorado legislature in 1888, also served as county attorney of Arapahoe county in which Denver was located, and as United States attorney for Colorado. It was in December, 1920, that he came to Escondido and on the ground continued his duties as president of the Escondido Land and Town Company, in which he was a stockholder for more than twenty years. The company originally laid out over twelve thousand acres now comprising the town and adjacent territory and in times of prosperity and depression alike has carried forward the work of development during the past forty-six years. The splendid Escondido fruit and farm district is evidence of the foresight and courage of the promoters and officials of the company, which is the largest stockholder of the Escondido Mutual Water Company which distributes water for its stockholders in the water district.

            In 1891, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Cranston was united in marriage to Miss Florence T. Pitkin and they were the parents of four children, three sons and one daughter, as follows: Frederick P., assistant city attorney of Denver, Colorado; Dr. Earl Cranston, professor of history at Colgate University of Hamilton, New York; John M., who was graduated from the law department of Stanford University of California in 1932, and is now with the law firm of Gray, Cary, Ames and Driscoll, of San Diego; and Florence, who is Mrs. G. G. Wilkins, of Solana Beach, California. Mrs. Cranston resides at Montview, the beautiful family home, two miles out of the town of Escondido.




Transcribed by Marie Hassard 04 May 2012.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 367-368, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

© 2012 Marie Hassard.