Portrait of Robert Orton, the 10th sheriff of Santa Cruz County. He was first elected sheriff in 1871, and held the office for eight years. Before being elected, he was a miller in the Watsonville/Corralitos area. After his tenure as sheriff, he bought a grist mill in San Luis Obispo and moved his family there. His obituary appears in the Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel on May 23, 1901, p. 3 col. 3.
Sources of Information: Notes on back of photo; Sentinel 5/13/1872 p.2 c.1, 4/8/1882 p.3 c.3, 5/23/1901 p.3 c.3; Articles on this website, see link below
Original size: 3 1/2" x 5"
This photograph is the property of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, California.