Whittier Citrus 
and the beginings of 
citrus in the family


Harmon and Louisa moved and finally rooted in southern California. Great-Great Grandfather Reed planted lemon orchards in Whittier and thus began the "citrus roots" of the family tradition.

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Special thanks to Whittier Public Library for use of images from their Historical Photograph Collection.

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The County Road

In 1876 the railroad reached Southern California, the next year the first shipment of California oranges left the Southern California area bound for St Louis, Missouri. From the 1880’s through World War II, the citrus industry was the driving force behind California’s economy and ‘had passed the cash returns from gold’. By 1900 California was the leading producer of fruit, surpassing Florida, and has been described by some as the “Orange Empire’.