Will Celebrate and Honor the Wohlford Family – an Escondido Family with a Heart for the Community
I wonder if you always thought Lake Wohlford was named after the owners of the property on which it was located? Guess what! I learned that is not the case. Lake Wohlford was named after the engineer who laid the plans in the late 1800’s and created an intricate system of flues designed to provide water for agriculture from Lake Henshaw clear to Lake Hodges . That engineer was a fellow named Alvin W. Wohlford and he was the grandfather of Escondido Rotary’s own Burnet (Tig) Wohlford.
It is a remarkable family. In addition to engineering Lake Wohlford , Alvin was a founder of the Bank of Escondido that stood in what is now known as the Crone building. His wife, Sally, was one of the founders of the Escondido Women’s Club. In the 1920’s Alvin and his son, Burnet F. Coleman (“Wully”) Wohlford started planting citrus groves.
“Wully” founded Escondido Mutual Water Company, to provide irrigation for the growing agricultural community of North County . In the 1930’s the lemon packing house was established. In the 1950’s avocado groves were added to the Citrus groves.
Throughout the decades the Wohlford family has continued to be active in the North County Community. In addition to carrying on the family’s consistent championing of agriculture in North San Diego County, Tig and Elizabeth have contributed their time and resources to the Boys and Girls Club, Wild Animal Park, and United Cerebral Palsy- and, Rotary.
The family’s latest venture, Eureka Springs, is a residential community which strives to honor and merge the rural traditions of North County with the needs of our current and future residents.
Eighty years ago, in 1928, Wully Wohlford was president of this Escondido Rotary Club. It seems only fitting that this family is honored at Coeur de Cuisine 2008.