| Perhaps two of the most unique members of the Trussell clan in San Pasqual Valley were Franklin and Jane Trussell. Franklin suffered a hip injury while a football player at Escondido High School. One thing led to another and he ended up spending several years as a trapper in Arizona. As a result of this experience and his ranch up-bringing he developed a very high degree of self-reliance. In the late forties, he met and married Jane Largent and they made their home on the southern most piece of the original Trussell ranch. Jane taught school at the San Pasqual Union School District as well as driving the bus, serving as the librarian and any other duty required. She was also a skilled athlete. I can remember visiting their home and seeing the wall covered with her baseball trophies. In baseball circles they called her "Dutch" Trussell. There's even a baseball diamond in Kit Carson Park named in her honor.
The "San Pasqual Valley" label shown above was Franklin's trade mark. He grew organically grown vegetables and fruit, early in the season and unique in their quality. While working for Franklin, I'd guess that my brothers and I, and several of our cousins, pasted thousands of labels like this on the end of packing boxes for Franklin's plums and peaches. I know Franklin and Jane pasted many more. Many people would come to visit the valley just for the opportunity to buy fresh produce from Franklin. There were two big maple trees in front of their home and much of the packing work was done under their shade. It was there that I usually spent my lunch hour, eating Crenshaw melons and listening to the humming bird sing his silly song.