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Philbrook Ranch c.1915

The Ira & Harriet Philbrook Ranch looking towards the south. c.1915

The Morris Philbrook family came from England to New Hampshire. They moved with their family to Denver Colorado, then on to Lakeside in the middle 1800's.   They settled on what is now Willow Road, east of Barona Road.  Besides the parents, there were five children: Myrtle, Ira, Essie, Grover, and Irene.  Ira Philbrook later built a home on the hillside west of Barona Road which is still there today.  Highway 80 was at that time called Lee Highway.

Ira Morris Philbrook married Harriet Butterworth Wilkinson.  They were married in 1910 in Lakeside, and later had nine children: George, Kathryn, Robert, Leonard, Louise, Stephen, Howard, Alice, and Richard.  

All of the Philbrook children attended local schools.  George and Kathryn attended the first Lakeside school on Woodside Avenue.  They were always pleased when their grandmother Wilkinson, a School Board member and Trustee for many years, gave them special recognition when she visited the school.

During the year of 1927, Ira and Harriet moved their family to Eagle Point, Oregon to live.  Their entire household and farm equipment was transported in a railroad boxcar.  Their children Alice and Howard were born in Oregon.  In 1929 the family returned to the same farm in the Willow Road area that they had left two years before.  Ira was a Southern California farmer raising corn, melons, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits.  He was an accomplished bee keeper as well.

Ira Philbrook passed away in 1957, and Harriet Philbrook died in 1969.

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