Who Was Iva???
Iva Jane Robinett was born in 1855 in Walnut Township, Ohio. She married Melvin L. Lacey and they moved to San Dimas, California in 1906. She had three children - Arthur, Archie and Harry. She passed away on June 23, 1918.
The Lacey family were heavily involved with the citrus growing and packing industry. Many family members worked for the San Dimas Fruit Exchange. The Iva Orange Fruit Crate Label was a stock crate label that was named after Iva Lacey. It is not actually what Iva looked like.
Here is a photo of Iva and Melvin:
A little History about San Dimas, California:
The early settlement that preceded San Dimas was called Mud Springs and, briefly, Mound City. According to local legend, Don Ygnacio Palomares, who received the Rancho San José as part of a Mexican land grant, kept some of his cattle in a corral in the so-called Horsethief Canyon. After Native Americans repeatedly ran his horses off, he prayed to St. Dimas, the crucified thief who begged forgiveness for his sins and later became patron saint of thieves. Soon the canyon in question was renamed San Dimas Canyon by Spanish settlers, and when the town was laid out in 1887, founders appropriated the name, which sounded better than "Mud Springs" and would therefore be more likely to attract new residents.
Below is a photo of AA Neher's grocery store on Bonita Avenue in San Dimas (which still stands today) The gentleman in the wagon is Arthur Lacey.
Below is a photo of the A.O. Lacey Boarding House (AKA the New Hotel) in San Dimas. Arthur Lacey is holding the horses at the side. Mattie Lacey is standing on the right side of the porch holding baby Grace Lacey.
Arthur established a teamster business in San Dimas and hauled citrus seedlings to plant in the first citrus groves. Mattie ran the hotel (boarding house).
Arthur later owned a citrus grove at the corner of 5th and Benson in Ontario. They moved there in 1926 and lived there until Arthur's death in 1941. Their "ranch" in Ontario included their home, fifteen acres of oranges and garages to house equipment used in the orchard spraying business.
The blue and orange enamel "SUNKIST" sign was at the edge of the grove. During this time Arthur dealt with San Antonio Fruit Growers Exchange.
ASIT would like to thank and acknowledge Grace Lacey Cubbage for providing us with this information!!!
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