James Harvey Irvine, Sr., the son of James Irvine, also referred to as James Irvine II and by his initials, ‘J.I.,’ inherited the ranch on his 25th birthday in 1892. He made the Irvine Ranch into one of the most productive agricultural ranches in California. He married Frances Anita Plum, a San Francisco socialite, in 1892. On June 4, 1894, he incorporated the ranch holdings into the Irvine company. J.I. was fond of bird shooting, and kept Irish Setters and English Pointers, which can be seen in several of our historic photos. A portrait of one of his favorite Irish Setters, Mike, can be found hanging in the Katie Wheeler library. J.I. died in 1947 at the age of 79 years old. His surving son Myford became the next president of the Irvine company until his death in 1959.

An interesting bit of trivia is that the Irvine Co. sold Balboa and Lido Island for $35,ooo in 1910.

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