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            Among the beautiful homes in the Ojai valley is that owned by Mrs. E. F. Drumgold, who resides on the Udell tract.  She is a daughter of Marshall Prince and Sarah N. (Hopkins) Martin and in the maternal line is a direct descendant of Stephen Hopkins, who was Governor of Rhode Island from 1755 to 1768.  As a member of Congress in 1776 he signed the Declaration of Independence.  He was a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and wrote a “History of the Planting and Growth of Providence.”  Of the five children born to Marshall Prince and Sarah N. (Hopkins) Martin, three are now living:  George, a resident of Watsonville, California; Magnin, whose home is in the state of Washington; and Ellen F., the widow of J. H. Drumgold.

            Mr. Drumgold was born in Port Chester, New York, the son of a foundryman, and acquired his education in the public schools of that locality.  As a clerk he entered commercial circles and for a number of years was employed in that capacity in the east.  About the year 1894 he traveled westward to California, locating in San Francisco, where he became a jeweler and a dealer in optical goods.  He maintained a first class establishment, carrying stock of high grade, and gave to his patron’s good values for the amounts expended.  His trade steadily increased and he became one of the leading merchants in his line in San Francisco.  Having acquired a substantial competence, Mr. Drumgold retired from business at the end of twenty years and came to the Ojai valley to make his permanent home.  In 1914 he purchased a tract of land on the heights overlooking the beautiful valley and here built a fine home.  When he acquired the land it was covered with rocks, trees and brush but he readily recognized the possibilities of the site and in the course of time his judgment was vindicated, for his was considered one of the most attractive and desirable residences in the entire valley.  He was proud of his home and derived much pleasure from its beautification.  He was not long permitted to enjoy his new home, passing away in 1918, four years after locating here, but had already become recognized as a citizen of worth to the community.  Of unassuming manner, he was nevertheless a man of forceful character, and his honesty, sincerity and kindliness established him high in public esteem.  After her husband’s death Mrs. Drumgold continued the improvement of the property, planting many trees and shrubs, and in their arrangement expressing her artistic taste.  Recently she moved to a new and beautiful home on a desirable site in the Udell tract near Ojai and continues her interest in civic affairs, lending the weight of her support to all public projects of worth.  Tactful, gracious and considerate of others, she readily wins friends and is known and esteemed in this part of the valley.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 365-366, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  V. Gerald Iaquinta.