The Mathews and the Coeys
Mabel Coey moved to Yucaipa from Chicago on April 12, 1911, with her family. Their entrances was made in buggy and high-sided wagon through Sand Canyon and down into the Dunlap area. She saw the Chinese Gardens along the way.
Mabel delighted in the beauty of the vista and the floral vegetation, especially in the Dunlap, which was lush – the area was bright with yellow violets, paint brush and poppies.

The Mathews moved to California from Michigan where his mother had become critically ill. She lived 23 more years after her arrival.

Both families had heard of this area through the advertisements by the Redlands Yucaipa Land Company’s Dike and Logie touting the agriculture and climatic wonders of the locality.
When they arrived, there were only scattered farm homes and tent houses.

David Coey, Mabel’s father, promptly planted his 40-acre tract on Fremont Street with apples, peaches, cherries and pears.

Mabel married George Matthews in 1914 and her wedding dress and photos are featured today in a display at the Mousley Museum of Yucaipa history. Mabel was very involved in the first apple shows, and George was the manager of them.

The couple lived in their home on Acacia Avenue had their fruit business in Yucaipa Boulevard where today’s Big Lots shopping center is located until the 1960s. Mabel was a charter member of the Yucaipa Woman’s Club.

Those were the days, when the only road from Redlands was the Sand Canyon route.
The Mathews peach orchards planted by George’s father Joseph up on Pendleton Drive did very well. By 1919, hundreds of boxes of peaches were transported the Los Angeles market. That same year, the Rivers Bros. packing house in Dunlap packed and shipped 6,000 early fruits. “The climate is the best there is,” said Joseph in 1915.