Oral Histories

Interview of Arthur James McFadden

Director of the Irvine Company and member of the University of California Regents.
Recollections of Arthur James McFadden
Urban Planning and Land Use
Biographical Note:
Director of the Irvine Company and member of the University of California Regents.
Schippers, Donald J.
McFadden, Arthur James
Place Conducted:
McFadden's home in Santa Ana, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Processing of Interview:
Donald J. Schippers edited the interview.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Uncle's arrival in Orange County, 1868; father follows in 1870; family's land holdings around Santa Ana; inner Newport Bay landing takeover; small ships able to enter bay at high tide; development of Newport Wharf and Lumber Company; Newport area populated by three families in 1880s; railroad built from Santa Ana to Newport; Irvine Ranch and Newport Bay; coastal ship traffic; Southern Pacific Railroad Company; Pacific Electric Railroad built to Newport; early education in Santa Ana; higher education at Pomona College and Harvard Law School; Wilfred Williston; brief legal practice; return to farming; history of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, and other towns in portion of Los Angeles County later designated Orange County; citrus, walnut, and grape growing; political influence of Southern Pacific Railroad; conflict between Irvine Ranch and South-ern Pacific Railroad; role in California Walnut Growers Association, California Fruit Exchange; Agriculture Council of California; California State Chamber of Commerce; president, California State Board of Agriculture, 1943-49; member, University of California Board of Regents as result of presidency of Board of Agriculture; promoting development of University of California, Davis, campus.