Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Escondido Land and Town Company Records,
Date (inclusive): 1886-1944
Collection number: 292
Creator: Escondido Land and Town Company
12 oversize boxes
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Earl Montgomery Cranston (1863-1933) was born in Middleport, Ohio. He received his law degree at Cincinnati Law School and
practiced law for 30 years in the Denver firm of Cranston, Pilken & Moore. He bought stock in Escondido Land and Town Company,
later becoming the company's president. The collection consists of by laws, account books, minute books, stock certificate
books, record of instruments, bills, receipts, etc. for the Escondido Land and Town Company.
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of John M. Cranston, 1959.
[Identification of item], Escondido Land and Town Company Records (Collection 292). Department of Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Earl Montgomery Cranston was born December 3, 1863 in Middleport, Ohio; his family moved to Colorado when he was 14; BA, Denver
University; received his law degree at Cincinnati Law School; practiced law for 30 years in Denver firm of Cranston, Pilken
& Moore; served two terms as U.S. district attorney at Denver; bought stock in Escondido Land and Town Company, later becoming
the company's president; he was instrumental in developing Home Land Acres, a large citrus subdivision; director, Escondido
Mutual Water Company; retired in Escondido, 1920; died in 1933.
Extended Biographical Narrative
The elder Cranston was born in Middleport, Ohio, December 3, 1863. Parents: Bishop Earl and Martha (Behan) Cranston. Died,
June 3, 1933, at Escondido, Calif. Father was a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he died in 1932, at the age
When young Earl was 14 years old, the family moved to Colorado. Earl graduated from Denver University, B.A., and tock his
law at Cincinnati Law School, where he was a classmate of Charles G. Dawes. After practicing law for thirty years in Denver
in the firm of Cranston, Filken & Moore, his interest was drawn to Southern California.
In 1909, he bought stock in the Escondido Land and Town Company, and there in Escondido, he retired in 1920. He became president
of the company and was instrumental in developing Home Land Acres, one of the big citrus subdivisions in the area. He also
became director of the Escondido Mutual Water Company.
While a resident of Colorado, he served as legislature member, and two terms as U.S. District Attorney at Denver. He married
Florence T. Pitkin, daughter of Frederick W. Pitkin, former governor of Colorado for two terms.
His son, John M. Cranston, has given to UCLA the records left from the Escondido Land and Town Company; he has also agreed
to confer with his brother in Colorado, concerning the disposition of the residue of Cranston's papers.
[The Colorado Historical Society has obtained the papers mentioned here].
Scope and Content
Collection consists of by laws, account books, minute books, stock certificate books, record of instruments, bills, receipts,
etc. for the Escondido Land and Town Company. Also contains a few records of the Home Land Acres Company. Earl M. Cranston
directed both companies.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Proceedings and minutes of board of directors, stockholders and executive committee meetings (Boxes 1-3).
- By laws and loan ledger (Box 3).
- Account ledgers & cash book (Boxes 4-5).
- Record book of lots and blocks & trial balance books (Box 6).
- Certificates of shares (Box 7).
- Stock ledger, transfer journal, cash book and general journal (Box 8).
- Record of instruments (Box 9).
- Account ledgers, certificates of shares, additions book with correspondence (Box 10).
- Stock ledger (Box 11).
- Bills, receipts, bank statements (Box 12).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cranston, Earl Montgomery, 1863-1933--Archives.
Escondido Land and Town Company--Archives.
Home Land Acres Company.
Real estate development--California--Escondido.