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Name: Mayhew Jr., Augustus C. (1879-1961)

Historical Note:

Augustus C. Mayhew (1879-1961) was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Theodore and Jennie (Dugan) Mayhew. In 1901, he traveled aboard a steamship operated by the Cuban-American Steamship Company to La Gloria, Cuba, where he had purchased land. In La Gloria, which came to be the largest American settlement on the island, Mayhew operated an apiary on his property, the "Bee Ranch" and exported honey.

In about 1915, Mayhew married Beulah Nevada McAbee, the daughter of American colonists who ran the J.C. Francis Store in La Gloria. Mayhew and his wife Beulah had four children: William H., Frank, Lucille Delight, and Augustus C., Jr.

During the 1930s, Mayhew purchased a 100-acre orange grove in La Gloria known as the Griffith property. Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. managed the family's orange groves after his return from serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Mayhew, Jr. married Lucille Sanderson. With their three children Clarence, Augustus C., III, and George, they lived in La Gloria until 1953 when they sold their property and returned to the United States.

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