LAKESMART: Geoff and Patricia Hargadon

Patricia Hargadon

The China Lake Smart Volunteer Program is happy to present to the Hargadon family members the LakeSmart award. Their ownership goes back to the late 1800s when their great-grandfather, Wilmont Rufus Jones, and a handful of colleagues fell in love with it. Wilmont Jones built the house that is called The Leaning Elm along with a red boathouse at the southern end of China Lake.

Five generations later (soon to be six), South China remains their family’s touchstone. Although the families currently live in various parts of the country, they can always count on getting together at their summer home.

This family has a long history with the lake. The concern for the health of China Lake has been carried forward through the generations. Their comment to share is, “We are thrilled at the apparent turnaround China Lake is in the midst of, and grateful for the work so many have put into it. Our grandfather would be pleased as well.”

If you would like to have a LakeSmart volunteer come to your lake front property to see if there are any suggestions they could share with you to protect the lake, please contact Marie Michaud at Let’s keep this valuable program going.

If you feel that your property is ready for a LakeSmart Award sign, please contact Marie as well.

See also:

LAKESMART: Jeanne Marquis and dad, Carl J. Stenholm


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