Haywood, CA: H.W. Meek Estate.
Undated, ca, 1922. Single sheet of thin cardstock, approx. 11 x 7 inches, folded twice for mailing (this example never mailed). Small rust stain from a paperclip, otherwise very good. Appealing to city dwellers who want to "hold your city job and raise something on the side," this circular touts the Meek Estate in Hayward (Alameda County) as "the greatest land for rotating crops and one man-farming in the state of California." Prices (downpayment and monthly payment) are given for several different types of property--including enough land to raise 1,000 chickens, an existing strawberry field, and productive orchards of apricots and pears-- all with "good roads, sewers, city water, with schools, stores and electric cars close by." William Meek came to the West Coast in 1846, carrying seeds and grafted trees. He first settled in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, but moved in 1859 to Alameda County, where he purchased about 3000 acres and grew cherries, apricots, plums, and almonds. His estate passed to his sons after his death in 1880, and in the early 1920s they began subdividing the land into smaller farms--a process that would continue through the 1940s. After World War II, more people settled in the area and agricultural lands were redeveloped for residential and commercial use.