Occupations | Rancher (Citrus)

David S. West

Birthdate: May 1, 1847

Birthplace: Ohio

Occupation: Rancher (Citrus)

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David S. West was born in May of 1847 in Ohio to Calvin B., a school teacher, and Elizabeth (Hudson).  The 1850 census lists the value of West’s real estate as $1,000.

The 1860 census shows the West family living in Oregon, but Calvin is not listed on the census.  So it is unclear if he moved with the family to Oregon and then died or died before the family left for Ohio.  Elizabeth West was left well off with her real estate valued at $1,000 and her personal estate at $850.  Her son David is recorded as being a farmer.

David West married Merit Emily Wright in Oregon in 1873, and it doesn’t seem as if they ever had children.  However, Merit’s nephew Lester and niece Esther Pearl Wright lived with them for a long time.

Though David West started off as a farmer, by 1900, he was working as the city recorder for the city of Roseburg, Oregon.

Sometime around 1909, David, Merit, and Esther Pearl came to Monrovia.  They either bought or inherited property at 127 E. Lime Avenue (Lot 19, Block B, Town of Monrovia) from Adaline F. Wright.  However, they lived at 147 N. Magnolia Avenue.  The 1916 California voter list shows David West’s occupation as a rancher.  In Monrovia where there are many citrus orchards, being a rancher would have meant working in agriculture rather than with animals.

The West’s niece moved away and perhaps because the Wests no longer needed a larger house, they moved to their property at 127 E. Lime Avenue between 1917 and 1919.  David West died in 1921 and is buried at Live Oak Cemetery.

His wife, joined by her niece Esther Pearl, continued to live in the house on Lime Avenue into the 1930s.  She died on January 8, 1942, in Orange, California.

Occupations | Rancher (Citrus)

George Croxon

Birthdate: 1862

Birthplace: England

Occupation: Rancher (Citrus)

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George Croxon arrived from England to the United States in 1888 or 1890.  He gives two different dates for his arrival on the 1920, 1930 and 1910 census records.  He married, date unknown, Edith Mary Nicoll , born 23 Feb 1878 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She reports in the 1910 census that she arrived in the United States in 1900, but she is listed as a passenger arriving from Victoria, British Columbia in 1907.

From 1910 to at least 1923, George Croxon raised citrus fruits which was the main industry in this area.  The 1920 census lists him as owning his property (orange grove) which was mortgaged.  His ranch was in southeast Monrovia on Mountain Avenue between Central Avenue and Huntington Drives.  The 1924 city directory lists George's occupation as "watchman."  Since his ranch had been mortgaged, he may have sold it and remained on as watchman over the property.

Soon after that, he retired from raising fruit and moved to 267 N. Myrtle Avenue with his wife and two sons, Frederick George Croxon and Norman Nicoll Croxon Senior.

We have been unable to find a reliable source for a death date for George Croxon.  His wife Edith continued to live in the house at 267 N. Myrtle Avenue until the early 1950s when she moved in with her grandson, Normal Nicoll Croxon, Junior, in his house right next door to hers at 271 N. Myrtle Avenue.  She died September 28, 1963, probably in Monrovia.

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