Litchfield Park Real Estate in Arizona
Paul first arrived in Phoenix in 1916 and became one of the executives for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He was searching for farm land where his interest was cotton. Cotton had only been available up until that time in Georgia by way of the Sea Islands and Egypt.
Goodyear had to have cotton in order to provide the needed rubber strength for the pneumatic tire. They were the globe’s largest manufacturer of this tire.
The supply of cotton on the east coast was severely depleted by the dreaded boll weevil. In addition, the supply of cotton in Africa was largely diminished as a result of the U-boat attacks by the Germans during WWI.
Mr. Litchfield came to the valley of the sun as a recommendation from the US Department of Agriculture. Paul was unable to motivate the local farming community to produce the needed cotton.
Paul Litchfield took matters into his own hands and convinced the Goodyear Tire & Rubber company to create their own company to produce cotton in Phoenix. The called it the Southwest Cotton Company.
Paul was named the president leading them to purchase 36,000 acres for cotton production. The company was located in the Salt River Valley. Five thousand of the 36,000 acres in Litchfield Park which back then was known as Litchfield Ranch.
Litchfield eventually became president of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp in 1926. He went on to become the Chairman and then retired in 1958. He spent the last few months living in Litchfield Park as a resident on Fairway Drive at his home.
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