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An orange ranch at the mouth of Cloverleaf Canyon. "At the head of J.I.C. avenue we come to Prof. Cross' forty acre ranch, two years from the brush, in the mouth of the picturesque Clover Leaf canyon. It is a unique looking place, with a cream colored bungalow house overlooking the highway from an eminence. The windows and verandas of this home command a delicious vista of the San Gabriel valley - framed in the rugged hills which grimly guard the canyon's entrance--and majestically grand, towering, restful sweeps of hill and mountain upon the north, east and west. About fifteen acres of this charming property is planted to citrus and deciduous fruits, which are already commencing to bloom and bear. The hill land of the ranch will next winter be planted to olives, apples and cherries, and in four or five years from now Lilac Dale Ranch will be the showiest property in Monrovia. People prowling through the canyon for their health after midnight need not be astaonished or alarmed to see a brilliant light blaze midway between heaven and earth. It is not the airship, a meteor, or a sign of divine vengeance--but merely Prof. Cross perambulating the hills with a lantern in one hand or a shovel or hose in the other. Prof. Cross is one of the faculty of Southern California University." Monrovia Messenger Souvenir Edition 1897.