BOYNTON, Edgar “Sonny”

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BOYNTON, Edgar “Sonny” (b. 1926), Santa Cruz Island employee several different times: first in the summer of 1940 aboard the schooner Santa Cruz; a second time for a year in about 1942; and a third time from 1952 to 1958 when he and his wife, Rose, lived at Christy Ranch most of the time. Sonny's brother, Richard (1922-1997), had worked aboard the schooner in the late 1930s and also as a cowboy at the main ranch.

After WWII, Sonny worked for Edwin Stanton in his oil fields at Signal Hill for four years, after which Stanton transferred him to the island. Sonny was in charge of maintaining all the equipment and also helping with the sheep operations.

“I left the island in '58, so it must have been about '54 or '55, someplace in there, I convinced Ed Stanton that I could catch the sheep, and he didn't believe me, because everyone else had been trying. I built the first successful trap at the island's west end. There was a very distinct difference as to where the sheep came from and how they handled, as to what country they came from. The worst came from up there in Diablo. In two and a half years I moved 22,000 head off the island. Swift packing house in Los Angeles paid $5-$7 per head.” [October 10, 1999 SCIF Oral History excerpts].

Sonny and Rose Boynton moved off the island in 1958 after Carey Stanton came to live and work on the island.