The Morris Philbrook family came from England to New
Hampshire. They moved with their family to Denver Colorado, then on to
Lakeside in the middle 1800's. They settled on what is now Willow
Road, east of Barona Road. Besides the parents, there were five
children: Myrtle, Ira, Essie, Grover, and Irene. Ira Philbrook later
built a home on the hillside west of Barona Road which is still there
today. Highway 80 was at that time called Lee Highway.
The Ira & Harriet Philbrook Ranch
looking towards the south. c.1915
Ira Morris Philbrook married Harriet Butterworth
Wilkinson. They were married in 1910 in Lakeside, and later had
nine children: George, Kathryn, Robert, Leonard, Louise, Stephen,
Howard, Alice, and Richard.
All of the Philbrook children attended local
schools. George and Kathryn attended the first Lakeside school on
Woodside Avenue. They were always pleased when their grandmother
Wilkinson, a School Board member and Trustee for many years, gave them
special recognition when she visited the school.
During the year of 1927, Ira and Harriet moved their
family to Eagle Point, Oregon to live. Their entire household and
farm equipment was transported in a railroad boxcar. Their
children Alice and Howard were born in Oregon. In 1929 the family
returned to the same farm in the Willow Road area that they had left two
years before. Ira was a Southern California farmer raising corn,
melons, potatoes, and other vegetables and fruits. He was an
accomplished bee keeper as well.
Ira Philbrook passed away in 1957, and Harriet
Philbrook died in 1969.