Biography of Charles R. Cawthon
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CHARLES R. CAWTHON
A public spirited and leading citizen of Coachella, having also been one of its pioneers, Mr. Cawthon has done much towards the development of Riverside county. He was born in 1872 in Los Angeles county, near Norwalk, where he spent his boyhood, receiving a public school education. Later he engaged in the nursery business, but after three years he took up hydraulic well digging in the vicinity of his home town, as well as in Orange county prior to 1899, when, in response to a call from Indio, he drilled the first hydraulic well established in the valley. The same year he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land. During that year also he drilled altogether two hundred wells, twenty two of which, under one contract, were installed on a United States Indian reservation. At the same time he raised on his ranch sufficient feed for the stock which he used in connection with his well work, and also put in a truck garden. In 1909 he engaged in hog raising, shortly thereafter drilling on his property a twelve inch artesian well twelve hundred and sixty three feet deep, developing seventy inches of water. This is the pioneer artesian well, also the largest of that section, its cost having been $6,000.

Mr. Cawthon devotes five acres of his ranch to alfalfa, a portion being in Kaffir and field corn, two acres in onions and a small tract in vegetables. He has also a nursery stock of twelve thousand orange trees set out in 1910, three acres of grapes which will bear in June or July, and three hundred date trees, his plan being to specialize on dates and oranges. In addition to his one hundred and sixty acre ranch he owns near Indio an excellent twenty acre tract, the value of which has increased materially since its purchase.

In 1898 Mr. Cawthon was united in marriage with Miss Mollie Sawtelle, a native of Illinois and later a resident of Artesia, Cal. Five children have been born to them: Edna, Ray, George, John and Eppsie. By his honorable business methods and untiring efforts in behalf of the community Mr. Cawthon has won wide commendation.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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