1915 - growing 500 Hives
Nine hives of bees in 1893 started the production of comb honey. By 1915 they had up to 500 hives. A good comb honey crop in 1915 resulted in enough money to finish the large rock house they had started in 1912. In 1916 the family moved in and had a large party to celebrate.
In the early 1900s, George J. homesteaded 150 acres adjoining the original property, and Bill homesteaded property south in the canyon. They stayed on the ranch planting more pears, apples, and later lilacs, while continuing with the bees and honey.
In 1931, Rubey Kingsbury came to Acton with her brother to go deer hunting. She bagged a dear, marrying George [J.] in September 1932. They had 2 children, George Jr. and Elizabeth.
Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Ray Billet in 1953. They were blessed with 3 children: Richard, Terry, and Donald. Since late 1953, they have continued working the ranch with about 60 acres planted: 1,000 pear trees, 5,500 peaches with 3,000 of those Blum's Beauty that Ray developed, and 3 acres of lilacs. That was their family tradition that started in 1891, over 100 years ago.