In 1918, Marion Rufus Struble purchased our farm from the original owner, Dick Cook. Mr. Cook was part-owner of a saloon in Loomis. The ranch at that time was named Alta Vista, high view, because of the spectacular 360-degree view from the top of the hill where the farmhouse was built.
In 1934, Harold buys the farm from his father and marries his high school sweetheart, Ruth Edgell. They move into the house on the hill that had sat empty for 16 years. They raise their two sons, Bill and Jim, on the farm and live on the property for over 60 years. In 1956, Harold and two other local farmers first planted Owari Satsuma Mandarin orchards in order to diversify their deciduous fruit ranches. Currently, three generations of Struble have farmed the land in Loomis. In 1961, Harold and his sons harvest and sell their first mandarin crop. They were sold in brown paper bags out of the family garage to neighbors and friends. This tradition still continues today.
In 1976 Jim and Jan Struble move to the ranch, and in 1984, a second and larger block of Mandarin Oranges, as well as Clementine Mandarins, and Navel Orange trees were planted. Today, the farm is managed by Jim and Jan Struble. The farming tradition is continuing on into the fourth generation of Struble, as they enter their 54th citrus harvest..