Claiborne  Vaughn

          Claiborne Vaughn  -- ... is one of the well-known ... horticulturalists of his section.  He came to the Azusa in 1872 and took up a Government claim of [80] acres in the Outside school district of Azusa, about [2.5] miles southeast of ... Azusa City, and one mile northwest of Covina. ...  He [has] made many improvements ... in horticultural pursuits and seeking a water supply for irrigation ... he has [40 acres] in a fine state of cultivation, having ... [13] acres of Washington Navel oranges, and ten acres in lemons. ... he has ten acres ... in apricots, ... peaches, apples, prunes, etc.  Six acres are producing large yields of alfalfa.  He also has some [3.5] acres (among his young fruit trees) which are producing strawberries.  This land ... was entirely wild and uncultivated, and he has devoted years in bringing it to its present productive state.  It is well watered from the Azusa Water Development and Irrigation Company's ditches.
          Mr. Vaughn was born in Shelby County, Indiana in 1832.  His father, James Vaughn, was a native of Virginia, who, in childhood, accompanied his parents to Kentucky, where he was reared until he reached manhood, and then became a pioneer of Shelby County, Indiana.  There [James] married  Miss Mary Williams, a native of that state.  [Claiborne] was reared to farm life upon his father's farm, receiving but a limited education.  With the exception of four years spent in Southern Illinois, [Claiborne] lived in the county of his birth until 1859.  He married [there] in 1854, Miss Lewis, a native of Indiana.  In the spring of 1859 he took up his westward march, intending to locate at Pike's Peak.  This journey was performed with ox teams.  Not being pleased with the reports ... of the Pike's Peak country, he continued his emigration to California. ... in the fall of that year he took up his residence in Sonoma County, about one mile from Petaluma, where he engaged in farming.  He spent [13] years [there], and was ... engaged ... in the city of Petaluma, grading and paving streets, etc.  In 1872 he came to Los Angeles County, and ... obtained employment with Batemen & Buell, having charge of their ditches in the San Gabriel Canyon. In the fall [of 1872], he took up his present residence [and has] devoted himself to ... horticultural pursuits ... and developing the resources ... of the San Gabriel Valley.  He served as the water commissioner ... from 1875 to 1880 ... Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn have no children.  They  adopted a son, Frank White, who is now (1889) a resident of Washington Territory.  They have also reared from early childhood  Gertie M. Williams, the daughter of  George and  Alice (Williams) Williams.  Her mother died in Sonoma County, and her father is a resident of Indiana.
From pp. 664-5 of An Illustrated History of Los Angeles County, California, Lewis Publishing Co., 1888

Condensed and submitted by Don T. Mitchell.  This bio was found by Kathy Bargerhuff, a Vaughn descendant.

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