Sausalito News, Volume 35, Number 2, 11 January 1919 — EDWIN T. EARL DIES IN SOUTH [ARTICLE]
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EDWIN T. EARL DIES IN SOUTH
Prominent Publisher and Financier Passes Away at Los Angeles
Los Angeles.—Edwin T. Barl, owner md publisher of the Los Angeles Evening and Sunday Express, and a well-known financier of California, died at his home here late January 2.
Heart trouble was assigned as the cause for death. Earl was ill ten days, but had recovered sufficiently to be up and about the day of his death. He suffered a relapse.
A pear orchard planted by him in the Antelope valley, about seventy-five miles north of here, is said to be one of the largest in the country.
Earl is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emily J. Earl, three yoHng sons and a brother, Guy Chaffee Karl, an attorney of San Francisco.
Edwin Tobias Earl was born on a fruit ranch near Red Bluff, Cal., on May 30, 1858. His father was Joseph Earl and his mother, Adelia Chaffee. He married Emily Jarvis of Louisville, Ky., in Los Angeles on April 30, 1902. Pour children were born of the unlon-^Jarvis, Edwin, Emily and Chaffee.
After receiving a high school education he engaged in the fruit shipping business. His first experience in this line was with the ordinary ventilated cars provided by the railroads. This
experience demonstrated to him the impossibility of the successful marketing of California fruits in the East in ordinary ventilated box cars.
In 1890 he invented a combination ventilator-refrigerator car, and, the
railroad refusing to build such cars, he went into the business of building and operating them, organizing the Continental Fruit Express and investing $2,000,000 in cars. The operation of the cars proved more successful than the shipping of fruit. It is claimed that the cars revolutionized the fruit shipping Industry and have been one of the most essential factors In building it to Its present enormous proportions. In 1901 Earl sold out all his fruitshipping and car-line Interests to Armour & Co. of Chicago, retiring with several million dollars. After eight months of inactivity, however, he bought the Los Angeles Express, which he operated until the time of his death. In 1911 he purchased the now defunct Los Angeles Tribune. Earl has lived in Los Angeles since 1885 and was one of the heaviest investors in real estate in that city. He is a Mason and a member of the California Club, Jonathan Club, City Club and Bolsa Chlca Gun Club. During his newspaper career Earl passed through a mass of libel litigation. He vigorously fought racetrack gambling and other vices for years.