San Diego County
AUBREY C. SEARS
Aubrey C. Sears, a rancher and cattleman residing at El Cajon, is engaged in the operation of various farms and cattle ranches in the Jamul and Dulzura district comprising about five thousand acres. He is a son of George and Sarah Jane (Meredith) Sears, both of whom are deceased. George Sears, one of the pioneers and builders of San Diego County, was born in Germany but in his childhood crossed the Atlantic with his parents, who settled in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He acquired his education in the public schools and when not engaged with his books aided his father in the work of the farm. He began his independent career as a conductor on the Pittsburgh & Fort Wayne Railroad, but when he resigned this position he went to Pueblo County, Colorado, and engaged in the general merchandise business. From a humble beginning he built up a large and profitable enterprise, securing a representative patronage by reason of his straightforward business methods, his reasonable prices and his careful consideration for the wants of his customers. During his residence in Pueblo County he took up a government claim of desert land and after proving his title, farmed on an extensive scale, adding to his holdings from time to time until he owned two thousand acres of land, divided into four ranches. He gave his time and attention to the further development and improvement of his extensive holdings in Colorado for thirty-six years, becoming well known among the enterprising agriculturists of Pueblo County. On coming to El Cajon, California, Mr. Sears purchased forty acres near the town, and this property he developed along modern and progressive lines. He had other important holdings in this section, for he engaged in farming on an extensive scale at Hillsdale and Jamul Valley, where he operated fourteen hundred acres of fine land as a grain and cattle ranch. In addition he leased one hundred and sixty acres in Imperial County and upon this conducted a model dairy, keeping seventy-six high-grade cows for this purpose. The capable management of his large interests, as well as his shrewd, discriminating and resourceful business ability all contributed to his steady advancement and to the prosperity which placed him in the front ranks of progressive agriculturists and substantial businessmen. He was, however, not only ambitious for his own prosperity, but also was eager for the growth of the valley. As president of the El Cajon Valley Development Company he was a factor in upbuilding and a force in increasing the wealth and resources of this section. Mr. Sears was one of the organizers and became president of the Cuyamaca State Bank of El Cajon and had other important business interests, all of which were conducted in a progressive and able manner.
In 1872 George Sears was united in marriage to Miss Bertha A. Jones, and they became the parents of a son, Robert W., now a resident of Arcadia, California. In 1883 Mr. Sears was again married, his second union being with Miss Sarah Jane Meredith, by whom he had four children, all born in Colorado, namely: George M., a resident of San Diego, who has two children; Edna, who is the wife of Norman Russell and lives in Los Angeles; Aubrey C., of this review; and Myrtle, who is the wife of Charles Schwartz, of Los Angeles. Two years prior to his death George Sears took all of his children and their families on a world tour. Though eighty-two years of age at the time, he was hale and hearty and had perhaps more vigor and enthusiasm than some of the younger members of the party. He had purchased round trip tickets for the entire party, which on leaving California went to Vancouver, British Columbia, thence to Quebec, then Cherbourg and through the European countries of Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and England. Returning to New York, they sailed to California via the Panama Canal, thus concluding a trip none of his family will ever forget. In the passing of George Sears in 1928 at the advanced age of eighty-four years, the community sustained the loss of one of its best loved and most respected citizens, for he was a man of genuine personal worth and high moral character. He remained active in the supervision of his extensive business interests to the last.
Aubrey C. Sears, whose name introduces this review, resides on the Sears ranch at El Cajon, and as stated above, operates the various farms and cattle ranches in the Jamul and Dulzura district, embracing about five thousand acres. He is also a director in the Cuyamaca State Bank of El Cajon and in the capable control of his extensive and important interests has proved a worthy successor of an honored father. He is a member of the Rotary Club and has manifested an active and helpful interest in all civic projects.
In early manhood Aubrey C. Sears married Miss Marion Hall, daughter of D. W. Hall, a pioneer of the El Cajon valley, who is president of W. D. Hall, Inc., conducting a lumber-yard, general machine shop and hardware store. Mr. and Mrs. Sears are the parents of two children: Aubrey M., and Florence Jane, who are eleven and four years of age, respectively.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 201-203, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.
© 2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.