By Charlie Musser
In line with legend, the identify San Marcos could be attributed to a bunch of Spaniards who, whereas out on a undertaking to seize suspected horse thieves, accidently stumbled upon a stunning little valley at the ceremonial dinner day of St. Mark. This little valley may stay moderately populated for future years, as a Mexican land supply tenanted via vaqueros, an agricultural salvation for homesteading early Californians, and the positioning of small cities that might approximately disappear among the pages of historical past. With the arriving of the Santa Fe Railroad, eventual respectable incorporation in 1963, and non-stop development at the present time, San Marcos has shaped an identification as a prospering and growing to be group that also keeps the texture of a rural small city.
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The workforce, from left to correct, is made of prepare dinner Claus Wehrmann, Bert Fulton, unidentified, John Hanson, Charles Fulton, Henry Mahr, unidentified, Henry Huchting, and August Huchting. fifty seven Around 1916 whilst this photo used to be taken, many neighborhood farmers practiced dry farming, a strategy utilizing no irrigation permitting vegetation to take deep roots to discover latest moisture buried deep beneath the topsoil. Otto Grauskamp, a employed hand of the Merriam relations, holds a field of tomatoes, a dry-farmed crop that may turn into considered one of San Marcos’s principal exports. as well as tomatoes, noticeable right here in abundance at the Merriam estate, neighborhood farmers grew citrus, apricots, plums, olives, or even watermelons. Grapes, used to make wine, brandy, and raisins, turned a number one crop. earlier than baby exertions legislation, in the course of the summer time young ones labored in raisin drying operations. a young person with dexterity may perhaps method a hundred trays in a single day and internet $3. fifty eight Six Silk, Milk, Chickens, and conflict In April 1926, Donly grey (left) begun planting mulberry trees—the nutrition resource of silkworms—on the lately bought 367-acre colossal Bend Ranch close to project street and Mulberry force with the rationale of creating a silk plantation. With monetary backing from a bunch of businessmen led by means of Glenn Hurst, a 50,000-square-foot silk mill used to be outfitted, and commencing day was once an occasion crowded with urban officers and picture stars. fifty nine By January 1927, traders had shaped an organization less than American Silk Factories Inc. , forcing Donly grey out of the corporate. Upon finishing touch, the mill housed a nursery of as much as 200,000 mulberry timber and over a hundred staff tending to silkworms, birthed from eggs imported from France, Turkey, Egypt, and Sudan. The chamber of trade that 12 months positioned out a brochure proclaiming San Marcos “the land of silk and sunshine. ” The left facet of the manufacturing unit used to be a hatchery, that includes 3 huge incubators. at the correct have been four-by-two-foot sliding trays stacked 5 excessive, the place worms have been fed 24 hours an afternoon until eventually they spun cocoons, which have been then oven baked to kill the butterflies inside of, keeping the silk. It was once claimed that the sound of silkworms chewing on mulberry leaves will be heard in the course of the partitions of the manufacturing unit over a mile away. 60 By 1930, the manufacturing facility was once unable to compete with less costly silk from Europe and Asia and the improvement of rayon as an alternative. In 1933, the corporate was once declared bankrupt and the mill was once close down. all of the mulberry bushes as soon as positioned on Mulberry force have been declared lifeless in the course of international conflict II while the government inquired approximately reopening the manufacturing unit for construction of silk powder baggage. paintings Tobin (left) used to be the landlord of the Tobin Hatchery, a bird breeding facility. The hatchery consisted of 4 electrically powered incubators with a capability of 45,000 eggs, and 7 battery-powered brooders, heated enclosures used to elevate chook, that could take care of 4,000 chicks at one time. at the correct, Betty Lou Astleford and Ward Rousch deal with newly hatched child chicks.