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Dr. Orvis of Hereford Haven
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Apparently hard work and diverse interests brought long life to Dr' C' B. Orivs. He was a community leader with many business connections. He was a loyal rooter for basketball, baseball, and football games. His grandsons made gridiron history: Jim Orvis at California Polytechnic, San Louis Obispo, and Bruce Orvis at Stockton's University of the Pacific.

The grandsons, now married, also have homes on Snow Ranch. The Orvis dynasty is embodied in the cattlemen at Hereford Haven.

Old Snow Ranch has been expanded and now has units in other regional areas. There is a real, Old West atmosphere in the Snow home place, with its log corrals, barn facilities and the commodious residence that designates it as the original hearthstone of the ranch. It is located on the hills between the coast and the sky lined Sierra Nevada mountains.

It has shaded area, water, grazing, and green fields. The firm's Bear Ranch unit is reserved for summer pasture near Lake Alpine, over six thousand feet above coast level. Grass and cooler climate at this altitude makes for sturdier bull development and builds weight in spayed heifers.

Dr. Orvis lived to exhibit the fine Hereford cattle that he helped to develop to near perfection level by continuous breeding research. , His carefully kept records of blood lines and promotion efforts, have achieved the Orvis standard that is rated high in fair and stock show competition and at the Snow Ranch auction sales. The breed favors the Vance Domino 34 line.

At the six-month age a calf is judged for registry breeding or for disposal. A poor type heifer calf is spayed and channeled for a buildup of weight at Bear Ranch and the ride to market. The cows Charles and breeding heifers summer on the lower ranches with the herd bulls. It is here that one might see a thousand head of registered Herefords in one bunch. The Extension Service and the Livestock Association tours-of-ranches regard a Snow Ranch visit as one of the most interesting and informative stops on the trip.

Dr. Orvis made many experiments of great value to farmers and ranchers. He imported seeds from other lands to experiment with in California. In the early Thirties, during a drought season, Dr. Orvis planted 1500 acres to demonstrate the value of Ladino clover as a stock food. It has since become a farm and rancher standby.

The Stockton community knew him well. Dr. Orvis was an early day Director of the Stockton Bank of America, also the Savings and loan Association. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Stockton and the local Lions Club.

For many years Dr. Orvis was Mr. Lion of California. In 1939 he was made honorary president of the Lions Club of Stockton. In 1948, when Dr. Orvis was celebrating his 90th birthday, he was considered the oldest living Lion in America.

Mrs. Orvis passed away some years before her husband. Dr. Orvis died in 1955 at the age of 97.

When Dr. C.E. Orvis was nominated for a place in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame the Western Livestock Journal, Anaheim, California, made this comment: "There is no man more highly respected and beloved in the California Livestock fraternity, nor one who has lived to see so many changes in a lifetime, and had so much to do with the improvement in the livestock business in the Golden State as the late Dr. Bruce Orvis." 

Old Corner Saloon - 2002