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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Whittier's Orange Empire

The 1917 Whittier Chamber of Commerce’s brochure reads: "Oranges—Whittier soil is particularly adapted to the Valencia orange. Although ' the values placed upon full bearing orange and lemon groves seem exorbitant to the eastern farmer, they are determined by actual returns. The highest prices are frequently paid by old residents and experienced growers. Frequent annual returns of from $600 to $1000 per acre are recorded."