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Among the native sons of California who have by their progressive and enterprising methods achieved pronounced success, mention should be made of Asa L, Scarlett, who today is acknowledged to be one of the best fruit growers and most public-spirited citizens of the Suisun valley district. Mr. Scarlett was born on the 17th of March, 1892, at Lathrop, San Joaquin county, California, and is a son of F. O. and Anna W. (Story) Scarlett, the former of whom was born and reared in Iowa, while the latter is a native of the Suisun valley. When our subject was about three years of age the family came to the Suisun valley where the father bought a thousand acre ranch, which had been owned and developed by W. B. Brown, an early pioneer settler of California, who died in 1925, at the age of one hundred years.

Here Asa L. Scarlett was reared, he secured his elementary education in the district schools, after which he entered the University of California, from which he was graduated in 1915. He then returned to the home ranch and in association with his brother, W. S. Scarlett, turned his attention seriously to the work of developing the farm. Their ten years of persistent and well directed labor has shown most bountiful results and today not only is the Scarlett ranch the largest in the valley owned and operated by one family, but it is also leading the way in results, due to the scientific and practical methods which have been followed by the two brothers. There are now three hundred and twenty acres of the ranch planted to fruit. Forty acres are planted to apricots, which pro duce ten tons of green fruit to the acre. One hundred and twenty acres are planted to French prunes and twenty acres to Imperial prunes, besides which eighty acres are devoted to pears. The orchard is under an irrigation system, the water being supplied from two fine wells on the ranch, Byron Jackson pumps being used to raise the water. A fine and complete dehydrating plant has recently been installed, at a cost of twelve thousand dollars, with a capacity of twenty-four tons of green fruit every twenty-four hours. It is the famous Puccinnelli dehydrator and is the only one in the valley, its installation, at great expense, being but. a sample of the progressive and up-to-date methods followed by the Scarlett brothers in their management of the ranch. They have been eminently successful in their operations and their success has given them great prestige throughout the valley.

Asa L. Scarlett is first vice president of the Solano County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Suisun Valley Farm Bureau and is president of the Suisun Valley Farm Center, while fraternally he is a member of Suisun Parlor No. 39, Native Sons of the Golden West. Mr. Scarlett is a man of influence in local affairs, being thoroughly in sympathy with any movement looking toward the advancement or betterment of his community in any way, and because of his ability, his indomitable industry and his genuine worth as a man and a citizen he is held in the highest regard throughout the community, where he has spent the major portion of his life. He is genial and unassuming and is extremely popular socially.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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