History of Ventura County, California

 

With
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Oakland, Cal.
Thompson & West, 1883.

(A Transcription of the Section on Ventura County.)

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Chapter XXXVI-Condition and County Organization

(Pages 349-360)

Old Families - Don Ygnacio del Valle - American Residents - Fourth of July, 1860 -
Wet Winter of 1861-62 - Dry Season of 1864 - Town Surveys, etc. - Inhabitants of
San Buenaventura - High Water in 1867 - Division of Ranches - Fourth of July
Celebration - Building the Wharf - Desire for a County - Newspaper Established -
Statistics in 1871 - Passage of the Act - The Law Creating the County - Boundaries -
Building of a School House - Number of School Children - Water Companies -
Santa Clara Irrigating Company - Farmers' Canal and Water Ditch - Political Affairs -
Organization of the County Government - Townships Formed - Supervisor Districts -
Election Precincts - The First Election - Republican Ticket - Democratic Ticket -
Voting Places - County Officers, 1873 - Dr. Cephas L. Bard - City Council - Road
Districts - County Bonds Issued - Settlement with Santa Barbara - Court House
 
 
(Pages 360-367)
Bradley Retires from the Signal - Retrospection - Murder and Lynching -
Land-holders - Regular Election of 1873 - Year of Prosperity - Bank of Ventura -
Trotting Park - Low Fares - Shipments of Produce - The Fourth of 1874 - Hon.
Walter Murray - Local Option - Nativity of the Settlers - Chief Tax Payers in 1874 -
Excessive Rain-fall - Fire Company - Ventura Gas Company - Ventura Planing Mill -
Newspaper History - Free Press - Newspaper War - Political Affairs in 1875 -
People's Party - Election Returns for 1875 - L. F. Eastin.

Chapter XXXVIII - Politics and Progress

(Pages 367-380)

Loss of the Kalorama - The Centennial at Various Places - County Officers of 1876 -
Presidential Election - Heavy Tax-Payers - W. S. Chaffee - Drought of 1877 - Loss of
the Wharf - Petition for a Breakwater - Bard and Murphy - Election of 1877 - Election
Returns - Town Officers - Judiciary Elections - Progress - Casitas Pass Road - Hook
& Ladder Company - W. E. Shepherd as Editor - Political Matters in 1879 -
Democratic Convention - Candidates - Election Returns in 1879 - Agricultural
Statistics - Mysterious Affair - A Wild Ride - Commercial Affairs in 1880 - Matters
in 1881 - Garfield Obsequies - I.T. Saxby - W.J. Walton - Election Returns of 1882 -
Present Condition of Affairs - Furniture Factory - Machine Shop - Societies -
Newspapers - "Signal" - F.W. Baker - "Free Press" - Thomas Clark, of the Ventura
Mill Company - Edwin Mill's Hotels - Halls and Places of Resort - Ventura Bank -
Churches - Congregational Church - The Presbyterian Church - Methodist Church.

Chapter XXXIX - Eastern Portion of the County

(Pages 380-393)

Rancho La Colonia - First Cultivation - John Scarlett - P.B. Hawkins - John G. Hill -
Edward R. Benchley - Hueneme War - Artesian Wells - Growth of the Town - Good
Templars - Hueneme in 1880 - Shipments of Grain - The Light-House - James Fenton -
Guadalasca Rancho - W.R. Broome's Estate - Las Posas Rancho - Peter Rice - Simi
Rancho - Tapo Rancho - Springville - J. B. Palin - Independent Baptist Church -
Wm. A. Hughes - The Calleguas - Juan Camarillo - The Conejo Rancho.

Chapter XL - Central Portion

(Pages 393-408)

Santa Clara Valley - John Mears, Joseph H. McCutchan - Fruit-raising - Abner
Haines - San Miguel Rancho - Raymundo Olivas - George G. Sewell - Santa Paula y
Saticoy Rancho - Rev. S. T. Wells - Briggs' Orchard - Settlers in 1867 - Michael
Fagan - Other Settlers - N. W. Blanchard - Orange Orchard - James A. Day - G. W.
Faulkner - Pork-raising - John F. Cummings - Towns - The Farmers' Canal - Chrisman
and Willoughby - Good Farmers - M.D.L. Todd - John McKenna - Santa Paula -
S. P. Guiberson - Saticoy - Geo. F. Rotsler - Santa Clara del Norte - New Jerusalem -
Sespe Rancho - Scenega - B. F. Warring - The Camulos - San Francisco Rancho.

Chapter XLI - The Western Part of the County

(Pages 408- 420)

San Buenaventura Valley - Ex-Mission - San Miguelito - Green B. Taylor - Rock
Soap - Canada Largo o Verde Rancho - Ojai Rancho - Robert Ayers - W. S. McKee -
Other Settlers - Theodore Todd - Disagreeable Visitor - Statistics of the Ojai -
Schools - Quality of the Soil - As a Sanitarium - Joseph Hobart - Roads to the Ojai -
Nordhoff - Frank P. Barrows - Private Houses - H. J. Dennison - Views Near the
Upper Ojai - Poetry - John Montgomery - Cloud-bursts - Glacial Theory - Liability
to Cloud-bursts - Is There Any Help? - Santa Ana Rancho - Colonization Project -
Matilija Sulphur Springs - Other Parts of the County - M.S. Dimmick.

Chapter XLII. - Miscellaneous Matters

(Pages 420-431)

Oranges - Grapes and Wine - Raisins - Olives - Mineral Soap - Agriculture - Gold
Mining - Silver - Sulphur - Petroleum - Local Character - Geo. S. Gilbert -
Wonderful Springs - The Standard Oil Company.

Chapter XLIII. - The Murder of T. Wallace More

(Pages 431-442)

Libel Suit - Ill-Feeling - The Crime - Traces of the Murderers - Development of
Facts - New Evidence - Trial of F. A. Sprague - Sentences - Jones' Defection -
Great Excitement - Jones' Second Affadavit - Case Reviewed by the Governor.