FALLBROOK – Kathleen Stiles recently celebrated her 96th birthday with four generations of her family beside her. She has lived in Fallbrook for 60 years. Kathleen and her late husband, Paul Stiles, owned and operated Fallbrook Tractor and Equipment Co. on East Mission Road. In 1953, they moved from the LA area to Fallbrook and bought a grove on East Fallbrook Street and Morro Road.
Kathleen taught school for the old Temecula Union Elementary School District, serving as combined teacher/principal for six of the nine years. For the next 15 years, she taught for the Elsinore High School District. Paul was the “gentleman” farmer of their grove and had care of three other properties. Later, they purchased the Gravely Tractor franchise and established Fallbrook Tractor and Equipment Co.
Their two daughters attended Fallbrook schools, both graduating from FUHS. Janet and Bill Lewis and their families reside in Riverside; Kerith and Cal Graber are in business and reside in Fallbrook.