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B. W. Cave, senior member of the firm of Cave & Reeves, proprietors of the Redlands livery stable, was born in Texas, in 1860, and has lived in San Bernardino County ever since he was two years of age.
His parents, John P. and Lucy Ann (Barnett) Cave, were both natives of Kentucky. They had a family of eight children. His father first moved his family to Missouri, and in 1850 left them there and crossed the plains by ox team to California, where he remained two years, at the end of which time he went back to his family in Missouri. Here be remained three years, and then moved to Texas, where for seven years he worked at the carpenter trade. In 1862 he crossed the plains via the southern route to California, and was five months on the road. On his arrival he traded his wagon and ox team for twenty acres of land one mile east of San Bernardino. He lived on this land until 1868, and in the meantime gave considerable attention to placer mining. He was the discoverer of the claim known as Texas Point. In 1868 he traded for a part of the Carpenter ranch in Crofton, which he improved and still owns.
The subject of this sketch engaged in mining for some three years, and two years ago went into the livery business. At this time he is part owner of the ranch purchased by his father, and is superintending the ranch as well as attending to the livery business.
In 1882 he was married to Miss Bertie Barrett, of Missouri, and they have one child a son Oscar. Mr. Cave is a member of the I. O. O. F., Redlands Lodge, No. 341. At the time the city government was organized he was elected one of the trustees which office be still fills. He is an intelligent and enthusiastic supporter of the Democratic party.