Olive Through the Ages

Olive residents: Biographies

Citizens and their homes | Biographies | Memories

Here are some of the residents of Olive who shaped the community, from the boomtown days of the 1880s to the citrus industry era that followed in the earlier part of the 1900s.


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Louis Schorn Louis Schorn

Louis Schorn, an entrepreneur in Olive - Ever on the move, Louis arrived during Olive's boomtown days, became president of the Olive Milling Co., established the Olive Heights Hotel, and later worked for the Anaheim Union Water Company and as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Barbara Oldewage The Danker family

The Dankers, pioneer ranchers in Olive - Barbara Oldewage, a member of the Danker family who were pioneer ranchers in Olive, shares her memories of growing up in the Olive area, and the changes in Olive and Orange over the years. Included with her story are recollections by her late Uncle Ernest who was born in Olive before the turn of the 20th century.
Charles P. Taft Charles P. Taft

Charles Parkman Taft, Olive's award-winning horticulturist - Charles P. Taft arrived in the area before Orange County was formed, and for many decades experimented with semi-tropical fruit trees on his ranch in Olive. Charles was credited with contributing to the advancement and commercial success of the avocado and loquat.

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