Biography of Scott La Rue
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SCOTT LA RUE
With childhood memories pleasantly associated with scenes in Riverside county and with mature activities connected with the same locality, it is significant of the favorable impressions left upon the mind of Mr. La Rue that he should decide to remain permanently in the land familiar to his early years. Industriously and persistently laboring ever since he attained manhood, already he has reaped the benefit of his toil, for he is classed among the extensive and skilled orange growers of the district. In the care of his trees he is particularly capable. The results of his work are seen in the large yields secured and marketed, the crop for the season of 1911 being estimated at about eighteen thousand boxes of oranges, an enormous output and possible only to those who follow the most modern methods of cultivation.

A resident of California since 1876 and of Riverside county since 1877, Scott La Rue was born in Franklin county, Ind., July 19, 1874, and is a son of Seneca and Samantha (Leach) La Rue, both natives of Indiana, the former a descendant of French ancestry. (A sketch of Seneca La Rue may be found elsewhere in this volume.)

When still a mere lad Scott La Rue began to help his father in the improvement of the home place. It was not possible for him to attend school regularly. His present large fund of information comes from habits of observation and from contact with the world rather than from a study of text books. When he left home to make his own way he had no capital to assist him, but he had habits of industry to aid him and a self reliant disposition to enable him to battle with the adversities of existence. The first property he bought comprised a tract of one acre in Riverside. After he had improved and resided upon it for a few years he sold out and bought nine acres on Canal street in West Riverside. The property forms the nucleus of his present possessions, comprising forty nine acres of orange groves. At the time of the original purchase there were five acres in oranges. He planted the other four acres in trees. Then from time to time he bought adjacent orange groves until he had acquired almost fifty acres of trees of the best varieties of oranges. The residence is substantial, the outbuildings conveniently arranged, and there is an excellent pumping plant with a wind mill for domestic purposes. In addition to the management of his home place he acts as a director in the water company and has been one of its stockholders for some years.

In San Diego, this state, Scott La Rue married Miss Maude Webster September 26, 1900 Mrs. La Rue was born in Wisconsin and passed the years of girlhood principally in Nebraska. Of the marriage there are six children: Harold, Mildred, Richard, Norma, Aileen and Marion. Mr. La Rue is deeply interested in educational affairs and at this writing serves as a member of the school board of his district. It is his ambition to give his own children good advantages and he also feels solicitous that all others should have the best advantages that good schools can provide. Ever since attaining his majority he has voted with the Republican party, but his interest in politics has been wholly impersonal and at no time has he sought official honors, it being his preference to devote himself strictly to the management of his valuable property.

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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