Oxnard Sugar Beets: Ventura County's Lost Cash Crop by Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt

By Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt

within the early Eighteen Nineties, farmers Albert Maulhardt and John Edward Borchard stumbled on Ventura County�s favorable stipulations for a hugely ecocnomic new funds crop: the sugar beet. now not lengthy after inviting sugar rich person Henry T. Oxnard to the world, building all started on a $2 million sugar manufacturing facility able to processing thousand a whole lot beets day-by-day. the ability introduced jobs, wealth and the Southern Pacific rail line. It grew to become one of many country�s greatest manufacturers of sugar, and similar to that, a city was once born. regardless of the industry�s loss of life, the town of Oxnard nonetheless owes its identify to the guy who brought prosperity. A fifth-generation descendant, neighborhood writer and historian Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt info the increase and fall of a strong firm and the entrepreneurial workers who helped create a city.

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