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  • de BARROW, Dolores Machado

  • Los Angeles Times, Sep 5, 1937

    DOLORES MACHADO de BARROW was the charming descendant of both the Machado and Sepulveda families, who gave a good patriotic, civic and social account of themselves in California for four generations.  Her recent passing on July 25, 1937, filled the hearts of her many Southland friends with a sense of deep personal and community loss.

    Dolores was born on Rancho de la Ballona, a part of the original grant from the King of Spain to Augustin Machado, her grandfather.  She attended school on a part of the estate of her grandmother, Ramona Sepulveda, in Santa Monica.  Her college degree was obtained from U.S.C.  Since education had always been synonymous with progress to her, she chose to spend several years in the United States government service in establishing our wonderful school system in the Philippines.  Back in Chicago, she took additional studies, after which she returned to Los Angeles, where her civic and club interest kept pace with modern progress.

    Her best service was devoted to the Friday Morning Cub, Women's University Club and Native Daughters of the Golden West.  She was chairman of History and Landmarks of California Parlor.  A member of the "Faculty Wives" of the University of Southern California, Women's Service Auxiliary of the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles County Medical Association, she was largely responsible for founding the latter's splendid library.  She was also State program chairman (health education) of the California Women's Medical Auxiliary.

    She married Dr. John V. Barrow, physician and surgeon, and became the mother of two sons, one of whom is attending Stanford.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • BERNAL, Rosana

  • Los Angeles Times, Aug 10, 1883

    BERNAL.  In Los Angeles, August 9th, 1883, Rosana Bernal, only child of J. A. and Costancia M. Bernal, aged eighteen months and eight days.

    Funeral from residence, No. 16 Jackson street, at 4 p.m. to-day.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • BRADBURY, Simona M.

  • Los Angeles Times, Dec 12, 1902



    Widow of the Late Millionaire L. L. Bradbury, and Owner of Valuable Property Here and Elsewhere - Sterling and Able Business Woman

    Mrs. Simona M. Bradbury, widow of the late millionaire of Los Angeles, L. L. Bradbury, died at her Oakland home Wednesday afternoon.  Her death had been expected for some time, and all her children, with the possible exception of one daughter, who is a sufferer from mental disorders, were with her at the time of her death.

    A little less than a year ago Mrs. Bradbury was stricken with an illness at her mansion in Los Angeles, Hill and Court streets, which developed later into organic heart disease.  When she realized a few months ago that her end was approaching she expressed a desire to be removed to her early home in Oakland, where she had first resided with her husband on their removal from Mexico, about 1880, and near where his remains are interred.

    Deceased leaves six children - two sons, John Bradbury and Louis Bradbury, who has recently come of age, and four daughters, Simonita, the eldest; Rosa, wife of James Winston of this city; Minnie, wife of Col. I. H. Polk of this city, and Louise.

    The passing of Mrs. Bradbury removes a unique and interesting character, and one which had been closely associated with the business history of Los Angeles, for some years.

    She was a native of the State of Sinaloa, Mex., where she was born about fifty-six years ago.  She was married to L. L. Bradbury, a Yankee from Maine, who was engaged in the merchandise business in Oregon before he went to Mexico, near Rosario, Sinaloa, while he was developing the rich Tajo mine, in which he owned a large interest.  There the children were born, and a large portion of the Bradbury fortune accumulated.

    About 1880 the family removed to Oakland, and about five years later to this city, Mr. Bradbury coming south to find relief from asthma, from which he was a great sufferer.  The present Bradbury homestead at Hill and Court streets was erected at that time.

    At his death in July, 1892, Mr. Bradbury left an estate of several millions, a third of which fell to his wife.  In his will she was made one of the executrices and a trustee under the trust created by it, and has been the main manager of the large affairs of the estate ever since.  Her chief associate in the business of the estate has been Judge John D. Bicknell of this city.  Though ignorant of the English language and of American business methods, when she came to this country, she is said to have developed a marked business ability and grasp of general affairs.

    In 1893, with her co-executors, she constructed the Bradbury Block at the corner of Broadway and third streets, one of the finest buildings in the city, and later, out of her own means, erected the Tajo building at Broadway and First street, in which the Federal courts are now temporarily located.

    The estate which she leaves is very valuable, and consists, beside the interests in this city, of large land holdings in Oakland, Stockton and near Duarte, and a large interest in the Tajo mine.

    By her chief business associate Mrs. Bradbury is spoken of as having been a woman of sterling character and marked ability.  She contributed generously to charitable purposes, especially in Catholic circles, as she was a staunch member of the Catholic church.

    Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made public.  Her sons-in-law, James Winston, her agent here, and Col. Polk, were telegraphed for and left yesterday for Oakland.

    [Did some research on the internet and learned that L. L. Bradbury was Lewis Leonard Bradbury.  According to one article I saw, the city of Bradbury was named for him.  He purchased Rancho Azusa de Duarte in 1892 and owned a smaller rancho in San Marino. The Minnie mentioned in the obituary was Minerva Josephine Bradbury who married Isaac Hilliard Polk, a second cousin of President Polk. ]

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • BROWN, Rosalia de Haro Andrews

  • San Francisco Examiner,  28 June 1901

    BROWN - In this city, June 27, Rosalia De Haro, beloved wife of the late Charles Brown and beloved mother of
    William A. Andrews, Mrs. C. B. Mahon, Amelia Brown, Mrs. F. E. Caler and Mrs. F. P. McQuinn, a native of California, aged 72 years 10 months and 23 days.  ** Friends and acquaintances are respect-fully invited to attend the funeral to-morrow (Saturday) from her late residence, 240 Dolores street, at 8:30 a. m.  thence to Mission Dolores Church, where a requiem high mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul at 9 a. m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Julia Christy

  • BUELNA, Fonificio

  • Los Angeles Times, Sep 13, 1902

    Fonificio Buelna.

    SALINAS, Sept. 12. - Fonificio Buelna, one of the founders of the town of Gonzales, died last night from prostration due to overwork in the sun.  Deceased, who was 77 years old and was born in California, had resided in Gonzales for thirty-two years.  He was married in 1849, and celebrated his golden wedding two years ago, at which there were present besides himself and wife, fourteen grown up sons and daughters, 104 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • BUELNA, Guadalupe

  • San Cruz Surf, Feb 16, 1903


    Guadalupe BUELNA died Saturday evening at his home on High Street.  He was well known being one of the oldest residents as he has continuously resided in Santa Cruz since his birth seventy-three years ago.

    He leaves a wife and a large family.  His funeral was held this afternoon from the Catholic Church.  Re. Gerald P. Gay reading the service for the dead.  The interment was at the Catholic Cemetery.

    [Note: Guadalupe's full name as I have it is: JOSE GUADALUPE DE GRACIA BUELNA.   He was the great, great grandson of Anastacio BUELNA and Maria Ignacia Josefa DOMINGUEZ.]

    Submitted by: Pam in Fremont

  • BUELNA, Mrs. R.

  • San Cruz Surf, Dec 11 1914, page 8


    Word was received today by Mrs. E. L. Van Cleeck of the death of Mrs. R. Buelna in San Francisco.

    Mrs. Buelna is a member of one of the oldest Spanish families here and after leaving Santa Cruz some six years ago to make her home in San Francisco, has spent much time here, renting a cottage each summer.

    Mrs. Buelna was 67 years of age and leaves four daughters-Josephine, Sadie, Rosa, and Mrs. Pedemonte, and four sisters-Mrs. Rodriguez, Mrs. Patton, Mrs. Swainey, and Mrs. Louise Ward.


    Submitted by: Pam in Fremont

  • BUELNAR, Rafaella

  • San Cruz Surf, Feb 24, 1891, page 3


    In the death of Mrs. Rafaella Buelnar, Santa Cruz loses one of its oldest residents and a very interesting character.  Mrs. Buelnar was born here seventy-three years ago.  She has passed her life-time here and has seen Mission Santa Cruz develop into a thriving little city.  Up to three years ago she lived on Cliff street, Beach hill, and owned property in this locality.  Three years ago she bought a lot and built a house on Clay street, near the Riverside Hotel.  She leaves five children, Guadalupe, Josephina, Dolores, Jose and Frank.  She was an aunt of the Perez brothers, who are well-known residents of Santa Cruz.  Her funeral will take place for the Church of the Holy Cross at 9"oclock this morning.

    [Note: She was the sister of JOSEFA SOTO ("Old Chepa"), the wife of JOSE RAMON BUELNA, and mother of JOSE GUADALUPE de GRACIA BUELNA.  The spelling is how it was in the newspaper.]

    Submitted by: Pam in Fremont