New York lawyer was in the village some time ago in connection with
the estate of Richard Stevens, civil engineer, whose death occurred
in San Diego, California, during the summer.
An old friend, H. B.
Stringer, was able to furnish the lawyer with considerable data
which simplificd his work in connection with settling up the estate.
Mr. Stevens, a good
architect, surveyor and civil engineer, and an artist of no ordinary
ability, came here with his parents from England when he was 11
years old. He acquired considerable landed property in this county,
California and Mexico.
His property at the head of
Silver Lake was almost a bleak hillside when he acquired it, but
now, owing to his judicious tree planting, it is one of the beauty
spots of the village.
He wrote extensively and one
of his pamphlets stating that both oil and natural gas should be
dound in this neighborhood was amply verified several years before
his death, for both minerals have been found in considerable
quantities with the village limits.