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  • GARCIA, Domingo E.

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 1, 1892


    The funeral of Domingo E. Garcia took place from the family residence, No. 818 Botiller street, yesterday.  The floral tributes were very elaborate.  The members of the Los Angeles Catholic Beneficial Association, mustering over 150 strong, led the procession.  At the Cathedral the ceremony was very impressive.  Very Rev. P. Adam, V. G., officiated, and the choir, with Prof. Gardner at the organ, intoned the solemn responses.  At the conclusion of the services the funeral cortege resumed its march to the Catholic Cemetery, where the remains were consigned to the tomb.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Edubijes M.

  • Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1916

    Death Notice

    GARCIA - January 11 - Edubijes M. Garcia, aged 67 years, beloved mother of Mrs. Luz Chavez, Mrs. Adelina G. Ortiz, Mrs. Edubijes G. de Garcia, Mrs. Lottie G. Lugo, Miss Josefina Garcia, Miss Rosa Garcia, Vicente, Luis, Patricio and Antonio Garcia.

    Funeral from No. 2633 Rowena avenue, Ivanhoe, Thursday, January 13 at 10 a.m.  Requiem mass at the Glendale Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m.  Garrett and Company directors.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Espiridon F.

  • Los Angeles Times, Oct 6, 1943

    Espiridon F. Garcia

    The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in Pierce Bros. Mortuary for Espiridon F. Garcia, 88, of 434 Castellar St., who died Monday after a short illness.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.  Garcia was a son of Matthew Duarte Garcia who once owned much property in the vicinity of the Plaza and in the Los Feliz district.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Francisca

  • Los Angeles Times, Dec 26, 1894


    GARCIA - In this city, December 24, 1894.  Miss Francisca Garcia, aged 68 years.

    Friends invited to attend the funeral today (Wednesday) from the parlor of Robert L. Garrett and Co., No. 330 North Main street, at 9:45 a.m., thence to the Church of Our Lady of the Angels, where services will be held.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Francisco Ignacio

  • Los Angeles times, Mar 20, 1897


    Trouble Between Daughter and Servant Over Furniture.

    When old Francisco Ignacio Garcia died last Tuesday at the ripe age of 117 years, he left behind him some small effects in the shape of furniture and clothing at his house, No. 629 New High street.  His daughter, Senora Dolores de Aguilar, having consulted the landlord of the house, J. S. Redona, went yesterday to take away the things, but was met there by a Mexican named B. Guzman, who had waited on old Garcia for several months previous to his death.  Guzman claimed that half of the effects were his, given him by his late master for his services.  Redona, the woman's adviser, just then came in and constituted himself the woman's champion.  Hot words followed and Officer Fowler stepped in just as the two combatants were about to slaughter each other in the old Castilian style.

    A partial peace was restored, Guzman departed from the house, and Senora de Aguilar went to consult a lawyer about getting letters of administration for the meager estate.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Hilaria Sanchez Reed

  • San Francisco Evening Bulletin, 17 February 1868, page 3.

    "In this city, Feb. 16, Hilaria S. R. de Garcia, a native of California, aged 54 years. Marin County Journal please copy. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at 10 o'clock to-morrow, (Tuesday,) from St. Mary's Cathedral."

    Submitted by: Julia Christy

  • GARCIA, Jose Maria

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 17, 1889 [partial]


    Jose Maria Garcia, an Old Resident and a Matador.

    Last evening about 7 o'clock an old Mexican named Jose Maria Garcia, for many years a resident of this city, was run over by a hack on Main street, opposite the Pico House, and so badly hurt that he died in a little over an hour from the time the accident occurred.  Garcia had been drinking in the saloon on Main street opposite the Plaza, and had started across the street.  He was very much under the influence of liquor, and had got only a few yards from the curb when he was struck by a hack, knocked down, trampled by the horses and run over by the vehicle.  The hack was going at a very rapid pace, and never checked up a moment to ascertain the extent of the old man's injuries, but, on the contrary, the driver whipped up his horses and made off.  The streets were filled with people, and in a few minutes a large crowd had collected about the place, and, after a few minutes delay, Fireman Vignes and one or two others picked Garcia up and carried him into the saloon.  Here he remained until the patrol wagon arrived, and he was taken to the police station, where Drs. Choate and McGowan were called in, arriving a few minutes later.  An examination showed that nothing could be done for him, as he was even then dying . . . a few gasps for breath and he was dead.  The Coroner was immediately notified, and the body was removed to Orr and Suten's undertaking rooms on Spring street, where the inquest will be held today.

    Garcia was about 60 years of age, and a native of Mexico, where his family still reside.  In his younger days he was a bullfighter, and had some reputation among old residents of this city, who saw him in the earlier days, when bull-fighting was the proper thing in the way of sport.  Of late years Garcia worked as a laborer, and was so engaged at the time of his death.

    Immediately after the death of Garcia, officers started out to look up the hack driver, and about 9 o'clock Detective Glass found him on first street.  He was placed under arrest and locked up, charged with manslaughter.  He gave the name of Harry W. Thompson, and says that the man must have been drunk and staggered directly in front of the team.  Thompson denies that he was driving at an unusual rate of speed, and says that he has the reputation of being a very careful driver.  He does not explain why he did not stop and see whether the man was injured or not.  The case will be fully investigated at the inquest today.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Laura and Mary

  • Los Angeles Times, Jun 12, 1924


    "Pick Lilies for Me and Sister," Says Girl, "for We Are Going;" Both Die

    Two pure white lilies were blooming Tuesday in the garden of Mrs. Teresa Garcia at 617 Imperial street.  Yesterday the stately flowers were gone, fulfilling a strange request and a stranger prophesy.

    The lilies were seen and admired Tuesday by Mrs. Garcia's 17-year-old niece, Mary Garcia, 664 Imperial street.

    "Pick me one," Mary told her aunt, "and pick one and send it to my sister."

    "Why do you wish it?" asked Mrs. Garcia.

    "I want it to lay across my breast tonight, for I am going to die."  she said.  "The other is for my sister."

    This brought terror to Mrs. Garcia.

    That night at 9:45 o'clock Mary passed away.  Fifteen minutes later word came to Mrs. Garcia that Mary's 22-year-old sister, Laura Garcia, had just died at her home at 739 Oak street, Watts.

    Side by side in a darkened room of the Alvarez and Moore Undertaking Company last night the two bodies lay.  On the breast of each was a lily.

    Death was unexpected in both cases, Mrs. Garcia said.  Although both girls were not in good health both did not take to their beds until shortly before the end came.

    The mother of the girls is dead and their father, said to be a former judge in a New Mexico town, was not here at the time of their death.  An effort was being made last night to locate him.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Manuel

  • Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1940


    Civil War Fighter Leaves Many Relatives

    Ninety-nine years ago on Rancho La Jolla near what is now Santa Barbara, Manuel Garcia was born.

    Today at 9 a.m. he will be buried at the National Military Home in Sawtelle, with honors befitting a veteran of the Civil War.  Three sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter will mourn him.

    Garcia was a member of the Stanton Post No. 55, Grand Army of the Republic. He was one of the first volunteers for the first company of cavalry in the Civil War.

    He leaves his sons, Angel, Ramon and Pat Garcia of Ventura, and two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Rhoades and Mrs. Victoria Lopez.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Patrick

  • Los Angeles Times, March 31, 1953

    Death Notice

    GARCIA, Patrick M., beloved husband of Augustina Garcia, father of Eleanor Franco, Esther Lauterio, Patrick M. Jr., Theodore and Patricia Garcia, also survived by 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

    Services Wednesday, 10 a.m., in the Church of the Recessional.  Directed by Forest Lawn Mortuary.

    (Note:  Augustina was the second wife of Patrick Garcia, his first wife having been Eva Moreno.  Children listed in the death notice are the children of Eva Moreno Garcia.)

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • de GARCIA, Tomasa Romero

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 26, 1902

    Death of Mrs. Garcia where She Was Born.

    SANTA BARBARA, Jan. 25. - Mrs. Tomasa Romero de Garcia died at her residence at De la Guarra and Anacapa streets, early yesterday morning, after a severe illness extending over a period of several days.  Mrs. Garcia was 70 years of age, and was one of the oldest inhabitants of this city, having been born in this vicinity.  She married Mr. Garcia shortly after his return from the South, where he went as a soldier with the Mexican troops to check the invasion of Gen. Fremont and his forces in 1847.  She leaves a widower and several children.  The funeral will be held at the Parochial Church on Sunday at 2 p.m., and the remains will be interred in the Catholic Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Ygnacio Francisco de la Cruz

  • Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1896

    A Centenarian - - Long Life of a Man Appearing in Yesterday's Parade - - Ygnacio Francisco de la Cruz Garcia, the aged Mexican who appeared in the fiesta parade yesterday, will be 115 years old, if he lives until the 1st day of May. He was born in Sonora, Mex., in 1781, from two to forty years before twelve of California's twenty missions were built, and three months before the first colony arrived to found the Pueblo de Neustra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles. To corroborate this statement the old man carried in his pocket a translation of his certificate of baptism, certified to by an official of Sonora, that it is a correct copy of the original: also by a notary public of this city. It reads as follows: "At the parochial Church of San Jose de Garcia on the fourth day of the month of May, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-one, I solemnly baptized a child three days old, whom I named Ygnacio Francisco de la Cruz Garcia, said child being the legitimate son of Don Jose Garcia and Dona Mariana Gonzales, both from Spain. The godfather of said child being Don Felipe Carpena and the godmother Dona Serafina Carpena." - - When Francisco was 27 years old he was a soldier under Carlos IV of Spain, when Mexico was beginning to chafe under the yoke of the mother country. In 1825, in company with Don Juan Maleriu, a friend of his father, he came to Los Angeles. It was then a small pueblo built around the old plaza, which lay southwest of the present one. The pobladores were then worshiping in the small chapel that stood between Buena Vista and New High street before the present Plaza church was completed - - In 1838 Francisco returned to Mexico, one of a company of thirty-six people. On this journey they had some hair-breadth escapes from the Indians; himself, wife and a man were captured and held prisoner eleven days, their lives being saved by command of the chief. He thinks he left Mexico the same year for California by way of the Colorado River. In the Santa Feleciana Canon, some forty miles northwest of Los Angeles, he and Francisco Lopez and another man discovered the first placer gold found in the State, though this date does no coincide with that given by Don Abel Stearns and others. It would no be surprising, however, that there should be a lapse of three our four years in the memory of a man of his age. He is especially fond of having once been a miner worth more than $30,000, but with a miner's luck he lost all his money and is now a pensioner on the county. The old man narrates excitedly that he was a fine horseman in his younger days, with the national fondness for racing, and that he could make the trip to Mexico on horseback in one month and sixteen days. He was also, the says, a fine dancer, and loved to dance the old Spanish dances. - - Don Francisco lives alone, in one of the old adobes on Buena vista street, and walks from there in to the business part of the city every day, and back later in the day, never neglecting to stop for devotions in the old church where has told his beads for so many years. His memory is better than that of most men fifty years younger; his eyesight and hearing perfect enough to recognize his friends in passing without hesitation; his hair, though white, shows no baldness on the head, and he still retains his third set of teeth. - - Last year he rode in the fiesta procession with the caballeros, but this year, to his great grief, he was overlooked. On Tuesday he toiled up the stairs of the Chamber of Commerce with an interpreter and asked the privilege of riding with the horsemen, because he was centenarian and had been a resident of Los Angeles "mucha anos." He was given an order for the much coveted suit and sombrero and assigned to ride in a carriage, and no one who observed his red bandana waving in the wind could fail to see that the occasion was one of the proudest days in Francisco's long life.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GARCIA, Ysabel

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 27, 1943


    Mrs. Ysabel Garcia

    Mrs. Ysabel Mason Garcia, 90, daughter of the late Luz Figueroa, early Los Angeles settler, died yesterday at her home, 1441 W. Palomares St., La Verne.  Solemn requiem mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the La Verne Catholic church by Rev. Jose Gargolla.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pomona.  Married when she was 15 to Esperidion (sic) Garcia at the Plaza Church here in June, 1868, Mrs. Garcia and her husband settled in Pomona.  They built an adobe home on the present site of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds.  Garcia died in 1918.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GELABERT, William

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 28, 1882


    STOCKTON, Feb. 27. - William Gelabert, a native of Spain and a pioneer of Stockton, died this morning, aged sixty years.  He served in the navy and was with Commodore Sloat at the capture of Monterey in 1846, and was one of the party that raised the first American flag at Monterey.  The funeral will be conducted by the Pioneers.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GILBERT, Florestina

  • Los Angeles Times, Mar 23, 1955


    Born in 105-Year-Old Vicente de la Osa Adobe, Now Part of Historical Monument

    Mrs. Florestina Gilbert, descendant of Spanish dons who came to California in the 18th century, died Monday at her home, 1375 W. 25th St.

    Mrs. Gilbert was born in the Vicente de la Osa Adobe in Encino. The 105-year-old adobe, now a part of the Los Encinos State Historical Monument at Encino, was built by Mrs. Gilbert's father, Don Vicente de la Osa, who came to California from Spain in the early 1800s.

    Don Vicente purchased a 5500-acre estate in the Encino area from three Indians during the 1840s.

    Envoy of King.

    Mrs. Gilbert's grandfather, Don Jose de la Osa, Don Vicente's father, was sent by the King of Spain as a special envoy to Alta California, present-day California, during the 1790s.

    Dona Eulalia Perez de Guillen, famed nurse and teacher of San Gabriel Mission during the first half of the 19th century, was Mrs. Gilbert's grandmother.

    Dona Eulalia was one of the most famous of early-day Californian women. Easter Day of 1827 she was rewarded for her many meritorious deeds with a grant of 14,000 acres that included much of the present area of South Pasadena.

    Married in 1887

    Mrs. Gilbert and the late Harlow Gilbert were married in San Gabriel in 1887. Gilbert operated a marble and stone business for many years in Los Angeles. He died in 1920.

    Mrs. Gilbert was active for many years in the Native Daughters of the Golden West. One of her proudest moments was when the Vicente de la Osa Adobe was set aside as a Southern California historic landmark by the Los Angeles chapter of the organization in 1950.

    Extremely alert despite her advanced years, she insisted a few weeks ago that members of her family promise not to disclose her age.

    Chooses Pallbearers

    Realizing that death was near, she hand-picked several of her nephews to be pallbearers. "They are to be the best dressed and handsomest members of my family," she told her daughter, Miss Inez Gilbert.

    Mrs. Gilbert leaves in addition to her daughter, a son, Vernon Gilbert, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in the Los Angeles area.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GIRALDO, Vincent

  • San Mateo Times, 20 June 1951, page 17

    Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Vincent Giraldo, 92, who died at the home of his daughter, Gertrude Leendertsen at 147 Twelfth avenue, San Mateo, Monday.

    Descendant of historic California families, Giraldo as a young man was sheriff of San Benito and Monterey counties.

    He was a descendant of the Castro and Pico families, who were among the early California settlers.

    Besides Mrs. Leendertsen, he is survived by a son, Eugene Giraldo, president of the United Nationalities of San Francisco, and another daughter, Lillian Masters of San Francisco.

    A requiem high mass will be celebrated at 9:30 o'clock tomorrow morning at St. Kevin's church, Cortland avenue and Ellsworth street in San Francisco.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are being made by the James H. Riley & Co. mortuary.

    Submitted by: Christine

  • GONZALES, Mrs. Francisca

  • Los Angeles Times, Aug 22, 1928


    Mrs. Francisco Gonzales, Representing Old Family, Buried at Redlands

    ORDWAY, Aug. 21. - Four generations of one family living on the old Gonzales ranch in San Timoteo Canyon, were cut to three today when Mrs. Francisco Gonzales was buried in Hillside Cemetery in Redlands.  The funeral services were held at the Church of the Sacred Heart this morning and attracted Spanish people from all parts of the Southland.  The pioneer woman, born a native of Los Angeles of a native Los Angeles father and mother, was of the famous Livalda and Bermudas families.  The Livaldas held the Spanish grant for all that land between Redlands and Moreno, Bryn Mawr and Beaumont, including the whole of San Timoteo Canyon, which was then a great cattle ranch.

    At the ranch lived Mrs. Gonzales, two of her sons, grandchildren and also great-grandchildren.  She was fond of telling the grandchildren of the early days when her father was a Union soldier and her mother drove an ox-cart loaded with meat from the ranch all the way across the Cucamonga desert and to Los Angeles.

    At the funeral today five brothers were among the pall bearers.  They were Joe, Ramon, Martin, Daniel and Cris Velasquez.  The other pall bearer was Epifanio Albanez, all of pioneer Spanish families.

    Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1928


    ORDWAY, Aug. 20. - Mrs. Francisca Gonzales, who was born in Los Angeles seventy-six years ago and who had been a resident of the  San Timoteo Canyon for more than half a century, is dead at her home on the old Gonzales ranch near here.  She had been in poor health for a year.

    Mrs. Gonzales was born in Los Angeles when it was just a village.  She and her husband soon came to the San Timoteo Canyon and acquired the ranch which had been her home so long.  San Bernardino was the only town in this section then; Redlands was not dreamed of and Riverside was only a village.

    She was the daughter of a man who was born in Los Angeles and who was a Union soldier in the civil War.  She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. N. Castillo of Olive, and three sons, George of San Bernardino; M. O. and L. F. Gonzales of San Timoteo Canyon.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GUIRADO, J. F. "Pancho"

  • Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1886


    Gone to Meet the Commander-in-Chief.

    Major J. F. Guirado, generally known as "Pancho" Guirado, died suddenly of disease of the heart at his residence, on Castelar street, at half-past 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The deceased had been to the funeral of an old friend, and had not long returned. Whilst washing his horse in the yard he was taken sick with pains in the left side and in the palms of his hands. He suddenly turned black in the face, after which he never spoke again, and quickly died, his illness not having extended over twenty minutes. Dr. Reed was called in, but Major Guirado had already ceased to breathe. Coroner McFarland was called and impaneled a jury, and they quickly reached a verdict of death from natural causes. It is presumed that the Major died of the rupture of an aneurism. Deceased was a brother to the wife of ex-Governor J. G. Downey, who perished in the great Tehachepi disaster. Major Guirado had served during the Civil war with the rank which his title implied, in the First Battalion! of Native Cavalry of California. He was a native of the State, only 45 years of age and leaves a wife. He was a member of Frank Bartlett Post, G. A. R., who will bury him, but the time of the funeral has not yet been fixed.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • GUYER, Mrs. Ana Josefa Dominguez de

  • Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov 1907


    Death of Mrs. De Guyer Was Not Unexpected

    Daughter of Manuel Dominguez and, With Her Five Sisters a Great Heiress, She was the Toast of Gallant Cavaliers in Old Mission Days.  Funeral is on Saturday.

    Mrs. Ana Josefa Dominguez de Guyer, a famous belle and beauty of the old Spanish days of Los Angeles, died last evening at her home, No. 937 South Alvarado street.  She had been sick for some time and was 79 years old.  She was born in San Diego February 1, 1828.  She was the daughter of Manuel Dominguez, one of the foremost men of California in the old Mission times, who owned immense tracts of land.

    Miss Dominguez and her five sisters, were the toasts of all the gallant young cavaliers of those days and the family home, near Dominguez on the Long Beach car line, was the scene of many festivities in the old California fashion, when the front door was always open and every guest was doubly welcomed.

    Miss Dominguez was married first to Judge William Dryden, one of the pioneers and early judge of the local court, but after his death married Charles de Guyer.  Mrs. de Guyer was always one of the leaders in the exclusive Spanish society of Los Angeles and San Diego counties, though during the last years she lived a simple, retired life.

    Upon the death of her father, Manuel Dominguez, Mrs. de Guyer and her sisters inherited the greater part of the old Rancho San Pedro, from which the harbor city of San Pedro takes its name, but which is better known now as the Dominguez Ranch.  Since then the six sisters have always resisted every inducement to subdivide their great holdings, but have held the family acres in common.

    At one time thousands of head of half-wild cattle roamed over the unfenced acres of the rancho, but with the growth of the county and the increased value of the land between Los Angeles and the sea the range cattle have mostly disappeared and in their place have sprung up many smaller dairy farms tenants of the sisters.

    Just what the value of the lands held by the sisters can be, is something of a problem, but as there are over 25,000 acres still left them in the big ranch, beside other property, a conservative estimate places it at over $10,000,000.

    There are many branches of this old Dominguez family in Southern California, but the immediate relatives of Mrs. de Guyer are her five sisters, Mrs. John F. Francis, Miss Guadalupe Dominguez, Mrs. M. D. Watson, Mrs. G. de Lamo and Mrs. Victoria Carson.

    The funeral will be held at the family home at No. 937 South Alvarado street at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, and at 10 o'clock there will be a solemn requiem mass at St. Vibiana's Cathedral.  Burial will be in the family vault in Calvary Cemetery.  The pall bearers will be named today.

    ( del Amo )

    Submitted by: Karla Everett