FAMILY FARMS, 1880s-1930s
From the 1880s through the 1930s, small family farms were scattered all around the outskirts of Santa Paula, a testament to the hard work of the early pioneer families and workers. During this time, dry land farming was practiced and families grew mostly apricots, lima beans, and walnuts. Here you see apricots being pitted before drying, lima beans being harvested, long horn cattle being roped, and a young sheepherder - Joe "Hoots" Jauregui - proudly showing his lambs. Harvesting walnuts was a family endeavor, with the men using long poles to shake the walnuts from the trees, while the women and children gathered the fallen walnuts.