LEO. F. DOUGLASS. — A highly progressive rancher who has spent most of his life in the vicinity of Orange and not only has come to be intimately acquainted with the development of this part of California, but has himself, in his own skilful handling of his ranch, contributed toward the enriching of the commonwealth, is Leo F. Douglass who was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on October 26, 1892, the son of B. R. and Lillie M. Douglass. His father was an Iowa farmer, and came west to El Modena, Cal.. when our subject was eight years old. And there, for a number of years, he owned and ran the El Modena store. Leo attended the common schools of EI Modena and also the high school at Orange, and later took up ranching with his father on 160 acres in San Bernardino County. At the end of the year, they sold out; and then his father moved back to Orange and made that town his home. With his father, Mr. Douglass then purchased forty-five acres in the Katella precinct between the Santa Ana River and Placentia Avenue and together they cleared the land, graded and leveled it, and set it out to Valencia oranges, which are well watered by a private pumping plant having a capacity of eighty inches flow. Since then the elder Douglass has sold off ten acres, leaving thirty-five in the ranch. On September 22, 1914, Mr. Douglass was married to Miss Gertrude Perry, a native of Nebraska, where she was born near Maynard. the daughter of V. W. and Hattie Perry. Her father came to California and purchased an orange grove on Collins and Tustin avenues, and there Mrs. Douglass was living at the time of her marriage. Two children blessed the union, Herbert P. and Theodore R. Douglass. Mrs. Douglass is a member of the Orange Methodist Church, and as such takes pleasure in participating in whatever makes for the uplift of the community; and Mr. Douglass, as a loyal Republican and a still more loyal American, endeavors to elevate the standard of citizenship.