San Diego County
ARTHUR E. JUCH
The late Arthur E. Juch long figured prominently in the progress and development of San Diego County. The founder, developer and proprietor of the noted Anna Lou Ranch at Julian, he was the pioneer in growing apples on a commercial scale and did more than any other citizen to make San Diego County famous as an apple district. Mr. Juch was born at San Antonio, Texas, January 16, 1859, son of Albert and Ida (Putti) Juch. His father was a very able man, had a college education, was a merchant for some years, and from 1860 to 1868 was United States consul in Mexico. He removed with his family to San Diego in 1869 and died here the following year. Arthur E. Juch was the oldest of six children, and though only eleven years of age when his father died, he had to become the bread-winner for the family. For a time he acted as interpreter at San Rafael at thirty dollars a month. He learned the printer’s trade with the old San Diego paper, the “Old World.” For five years he was at Newark, New Jersey, learning the machinist’s trade, serving one year without pay. Before returning to the west he made an extended tour of eastern cities and the New England country, including Maine. After his return to San Diego he put up a cracker bakery for Joe Winter, old pioneer baker of San Diego, but in 1886 moved to Julian and preempted one hundred and sixty acres of raw land. The Anna Lou Ranch is therefore the result of the wisdom and energies extended by Mr. Juch throughout the remainder of his life. He had the faith and courage to develop a portion of it to deciduous fruits, and in time he had an apple orchard of thirty acres, besides all kinds of small fruits. No orchard anywhere has produced finer apples than this one. Mr. Juch also improved his ranch with splendid buildings and installed all the machinery for canning the by-products of his orchards. He made exhibitions of Julian apples at San Francisco and the American Apple Show at Watsonville, California, taking first prizes each time. A large number of blue ribbons, medals and other trophies were awarded at different times to the products of his ranch.
In 1886 at Julian, California, Mr. Juch was united in marriage to Miss Lula Yancey, a native of Arizona, whose biography appears on another page of this work. They became the parents of five children, four of whom survive. One son, Chester, who was associated with his father in the cultivation of the Anna Lou Ranch, passed away May 2, 1930, just three months prior to the death of his father. Albert Flournoy Juch, a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, is now an instructor in French at the Mount Tamaplais high school near San Francisco. He is a veteran of the World War, having spent eighteen months in France in the United States ambulance and aviation service. He married Miss Juddie Turner of Royston, Georgia. Stanley Juch is now connected as auditor with a firm in San Francisco, where he resides with his wife. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Anita is the wife of Arthur V. Heacock, a printing instructor in the San Diego high school. Louis Juch, who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1925, was a member of the college track and football teams and also became a member of Theta Upsilon Omega fraternity. He was active in engineering work with the water company and was also connected with the office of the county surveyor of San Diego County until the death of his brother Chester in May, 1930, when he returned to the home ranch at Julian, which he is now managing for his widowed mother. He is deputy agricultural commissioner for his district and fraternally is identified with the Ancient Order of Foresters.
Outside of his home place Arthur E. Juch bestowed his public spirit in the direction of encouraging everything for the general welfare of San Diego County. For a number of years he held the office of constable at Julian, at a time when a local official had much to do because of the presence of bad men and saloons. He also served as deputy county clerk and as county horticultural commissioner. Mr. Juch had been a resident of Julian for forty-four years when called to his final rest in August, 1930, at the age of seventy-one years, and his death was sincerely mourned throughout the community.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 295-297, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.