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Cyrus Douglas, a successful rancher of the Lompoc Valley, was born in Vermillion County, Illinois, in 1831.

He lived at home assisting his father on the farm until the spring of 1852, when he started his ox team and prairie schooner for the Pacific slope. It was a large train, and through repeated delays they were seven months on the road. They came in through Oregon, and our subject located in Pierce County, Washington Territory, where for three years he worked at logging and in saw mills. In 1855 he came to Mendocino County, and worked ten years in logging in the red woods.

In 1867 he went to Solano County, and bought 160 acres of land and raised wheat and barley, remaining until 1876, when he came to Hollister and put in one crop. In the spring of 1877 he came to Lompoc, and bought forty acres of land, and moved his family in the fall.

His land was partly cleared, and he soon after built his house and out buildings. He also rents 200 acres across the river, where he raises wheat and barley. He has a small orchard for home use, and makes beans and mustard the principal crops. He keeps horses and cattle, but only for ranch purposes.

Mr. Douglas was married in Solano County, in 1867, to Miss Armilda F. Carter, a native of Missouri. They have seven children, all at home.

History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, California - by C.M. Gidney, Benjamin Brooks, Edwin M. Sheridan, Vol I, II. -Lewis Publ. Co., Chicago, 1917.






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