About Durfee

History of Durfee School 

James R. Durfee, successful rancher and realtor, and a native son of El Monte, was born January 22, 1874. He is the son of James D. and Diantha (Cleminson) Durfee, well known early pioneers of El Monte.

 James R. Durfee engaged in general farming and raised vegetables, grain, and fruit. Later, he grew walnuts,  which proved to be very successful.  The Durfee grove was widely recognized as one of the finest in the state. 

 Durfee contributed much to the betterment of the community and his courage and far-sighted initiative have given him a place among the most progressive and successful men in El Monte. He served as a trustee of the Temple School and vice-president and director of the First National Bank of El Monte.

 Mr. Durfee extended his interests beyond the promotion of his ranch activities, engaging extensively in the real estate business in and adjacent to Los Angeles.