EM Sheridan early days of Ventura

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a in .it -J -J 90 a-way a-way is on as in last had get of the no and soid not the of fai wfl high a The the and year. , ; — — E. M. SHERIDAN TELLS LIONS CLUB f » * * » * » • » » » :» About Early Days in the County of Ventura E. M. Sheridan, dean of Ventura :ounty newspapermen, told an interesting interesting story of the early days in Ventura Ventura county to members of the Ventura Ventura Lions club gathered at their weekly luncheon at which a number of Oxnard Lions were .present. Sher idan's stories ot this county are ai- ai- vavs well received and are wen worm ■eproducing. This story follows: Ran Buenaventura, The Mission, Ventura— by all these names has our dear old town been called. Lhnsten-rvl Lhnsten-rvl Lhnsten-rvl San Buenaventura, after the patron saint. San Buenaventura,, and. still, "we a™ nlraseri to sav, known legally officially by that name ami peiu«pa er to be known, officially, by any other, is now generally known to the s Ventura, wincn is me name of our county, and a beautiful ana musical name it is. Home 01 on. home folks are inclined to become : bit facetious over tlie calling of tin town— the city— by any otner name than its baptismal name, San Buena- Buena- vcntnra, itself a real melody in one's mouth. But when we. stop to consider that the very people themselves, in the gold old days, who most loved the name called the place ine mis-' mis-' mis-' in speaking of it, why we should not cavil. Let us rather be thanKtui mr hearts that there is no jazzy combination of the several names luai. ever distort the name into Berdoo, He was not in need of money. No one acemed to be in those old days in these parts. There was no laying up provision lor the winter, tor taere was no winter: and all.ilfe being summer summer there seemed to be no idea of laying up for any future time. But the rather nerrous and energetic Don Arnaz (father, by the way 01 Ventura, living on the hillside above the town), seemed to be Jnst a little different from his teUow-foms. teUow-foms. teUow-foms. anted to do things, and did. He laid out a ton-n ton-n ton-n on the site of this city. in the west end. where he owned a lot of land— all the tract where the Hogue-Kellog Hogue-Kellog Hogue-Kellog house now stands, ana where the Arnaz town home was located— he got up a plat- plat- He sent this to .New York's Leslie's Weekly and the Scientific American, with advertising advertising matter. Ho had it printed. Iii the 'advertisement he offered lots free to purchaaei's, as an inducement. He sent out capers, of which a large number were forwarded to him, but no one bought, no one came. In 1S46. the east was not thinking so much of California as now and San Buenaventura Buenaventura wa3 too tar away. Don Jose might really be termed the first real business man ot this city. And fancy .the city in 18b4. Even afer the spnnKlvng icans came and haft the tow San i porated in 1S6.4. there had been few r instance. Then, think ot ji'musra, u^*^* » •Frisco.' What a lucky es-'of es-'of es-'of the less changeful race which had ro having when we stop to! been here so long The Americans think it over. We should feel very ta^ki «u ^ ^ . , content, contento, as the Spanish man otherwise. ild say, over our good fortune in rcwiuo «.i « „„„;„«. ag able to side-step side-step side-step a nick-name nick-name nick-name tie Spanish town of 1864 A quaint mt=-ht mt=-ht mt=-ht enoujth place which jnight be, said to make our teeth grit, give us a sour extend iroxn wcai -«^stomach -«^stomach or leave a bad taste in the westward tome veniuni nna. 0qu« ..lomdcu uj leave adobes, with red-tiled red-tiled red-tiled roofs, cov- cov- moutli- moutli- _ . , _i . ... „loat„ Hflri ,f,in(>ri fn nas- nas- t was a sleepy old place this town «™ — ^ Ventnra(. San Buenaventura) In. the tels o£ blue, brown and P^^inU cood old days, sleepy in its life, its ana wiiu.ue ™ " . business, whicli is fbe lite of towns. !«Jng above them a n It was not con- con- 1U< : nidered meet to built ones house say, 101 fiance 11 ; .. nan ^ H(JUBe ot God, That ning by ten years, there is a good record. The town was incorporated present dimension, and extended from iMaih to Meta street, from Spruce to Coltimbo. The oM olive trees at the old courthouse grounds were in the orchard. It was filled with walnut and fig trees and deciduous fruits. Two nf ihe old Dalm trees otthe three of early days are still standing. The Native Dautfhters have parKeu tnese two and they are cared for. By the way, once npon a time this town nan. still another name. From these palms sometimes called the "mini planted early in the life of the place, City." How old are the palms, no one knows. It is likely they were for it was the Mission fathers who, when they set out from Mexico, usually carried with them the neces- neces- Kary seeds and plants to start growing growing in the new countries. It was a I long way from Mexico and people com ing made their visits tar apart, ao the palms must be very oid, indeed. , Even the oldest inhabitant win ten ; •ou that they have always been the i same size as now and looked the same. Ramon Ortega, famous as a bear hunter in olden days, wiiom i in-: in-: in-: terviewed twenty years ago. and who ! then seventv, and whoso latlier ; had had charge of the orchard, said ! that in his memory the palm trees seemed always to have been as at ; that time. They probably had their | full growth in twenty years or so and ; then just continued standing. One of the three was blown down in 1S7G, and 1 note .that one is now leaning con-; con-; con-; siderably. It was a dusty little village in i&b-v i&b-v i&b-v for sprinkling was unknown. Imagine tt with a strong western trade wind ; blowing during the summertime. Now to bi: • • H.-'a.i H.-'a.i H.-'a.i tills list Ot- Ot- leading citizens and you will get an | idea of who were the business men ot that old San Buenaventura: Ysidro Obiols, Angel G. Escandon, .Victor Ususaustegui, Jose Arnaz, Francisco Menchaca, Apohnano Ayala, Tadeo Sanchez, Pacifico Sanchez, Sanchez, Salomon l-'igueroa, l-'igueroa, l-'igueroa, Ygnacio Hod-riquez, Hod-riquez, Hod-riquez, Fernado Tico, Egmidio Ortega, Ortega, Bautite Ysoardy, Pedro Constancia Constancia and Jose Salmeron. The lat- lat- the only man of all these liv ing today, an inmate of the County Hospital and pretty well at 97. in that year and the section was, for ears afterwards, still a pan 01 Santa Barbara county. In this matter of the making 01 a wn let me say here that, while it as rather a sleepy place, even as early as 1S64, and when there were no Americans to speak of, there lived a modern-day modern-day modern-day boomer here in the person person of one of the leading Spanish citizens, citizens, Don Jose Arnaz, who has been called a Yankee-Spaniard, Yankee-Spaniard, Yankee-Spaniard, or a Span- Span- , . .... .„'.„ \, " ,,.n to Feraud's corner. That it. He was a doctor of medicine as ! was ten feet high, of adobe, mounted real Spanish don, and gave | at tne top wun uie iu lthout tee, [rains, i ms "»-uaiu "»-uaiu "»-uaiu i.^.^ ■ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ taKing up iuur uiuvm u» would never do. Some of the houses were of flat and tarred roofs. These latter were called mansard roofs. Where they got this name no one knows. They were Just called that. There were two uneven rows of these low houses, the more pretentious making no in ground space what they lacked in height, depending on the size and standing of the family occu pying the place. Just two straggling. rows with a sort of a roadway, really a bridal path between, with the old. Mission orchard wall largely filling one side from the present Palace an well as his services to the sick by the way, whenever called upon), teen WHAFS IT To Be Continued Monday. John Treher, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Treher of Hueneme has suffi- suffi- tly recovered from his siege of pneumonia as to be able to leave St. John's hospital today. He went to Camp Bartiett where he will spend a month recuperating. He was m the hospital just one month. "Jim's Idea of Say Jim, SPEAKING you ever hear the story CORN? Yep 1 head it. Say did today? He was in. town, William* with him from fire acre* in Virginia I says Eamie, "What "1

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  1. Press-Courier,
  2. 21 Jul 1923, Sat,
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