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The Warren Family, consisting of Mark “Chuck” Warren, his wife Sylvia (Paine), and their eleven children, homesteaded in Morongo Valley from 1887 until 1912. No pioneering family had a greater impact on the area than the Warrens. Chuck Warren was present in the Morongo Basin at least as early as 1881 when he dug Warren’s Well in what is now Yucca Valley.
In addition to cattle ranching in Morongo Valley, the Warrens grew alfalfa and maintained an orchard. They became known for their generous hospitality. They welcomed all passing travelers to their adobe brick home with home-cooked meals and water and feed for their stock.
Charles Lewis Reche, certainly one of the more well-known of the of the early pioneers in the area, filed on a homestead in 1888 in what is now the community of Landers. On maps, the site appears as Rich’s Well –but it should be Reche’s Well. In 1896 he married Frances Eleanor Warren, daughter of Chuck and Sylvia Warren in Morongo Valley.
The incident for which he is best remembered took place in 1909, when he was shot and wounded during the manhunt for Willie Boy. Reche is credited with being the first to discover gold on Goat Mountain, not far from his homestead in Landers. He also worked as a cowboy and right-hand man for Albert Swarthout at the Heart Bar Ranch, was an alfalfa farmer, insurance salesman, and mine foreman at the Desert Queen Mine.