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  • LAUTERIO, Frank

  • Los Angeles Times, Mar 11, 1919

    Frank Lauterio had been Prominent in Local Politics

    Frank Lauterio, for the last sixty years a resident of Los Angeles and Southern California, died yesterday at the County Hospital, where he had been for a month suffering from chronic nephritis.  He had long been a prominent figure in north side politics, and had worked for years in various county offices as a process server and attache.  He was born in Mexico sixty-seven years ago.

    Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the chapel of Draper and Dellenbaugh, 1125 South Grand avenue, and there will be a mass at the Plaza Church.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • LIBBEY, Mary Refugio Garcia de

  • Los Angeles Times, Oct 14, 1930


    Mrs. Mary Refugio Garcia de Libbey, One of Few Remaining Descendants of Old Families, Passes

    SANTA BARBARA, Oct. 13. - Bringing to a peaceful close a colorful chapter in the story of Santa Barbara that witnessed during her eighty-five years the rise of a beautiful American city from a rambling Spanish pueblo, Mrs. Mary Refugio Garcia de Libbey, one of the few remaining direct descendants of early California's proud grandees, died in her home early last evening.

    Born the daughter of Eugene and Polina Pico Garcia, Mrs. Libbey was baptized in the old mission in 1845 as Mary Refugio Garcia.

    In 1860, a senorita of but fifteen years of age, she married Capt. Charles Douglass Libbey of Boston, a sea captain who settled in Santa Barbara.

    Ten children were born to the pair and the six now living reside in this city.  They are Mrs. Isabell Flint, Mrs. Mary Pfleiging, Mrs. Della Mullary, Mrs. Eugenia Nebla, Mrs. Josephine Walden and a son, Charles F. Libbey.

    The wedding of Capt. Libbey and Mary Refugio at the Catholic Church in 1860 is still recalled by pioneer residents here.  For days prior to the ceremony, the Garcia mansion, long since wrecked, but then near the Presidio in De la Guerra Plaza, was the scene of a fiesta.  The wedding itself was a colorful affair with the proud Spanish and the merry Yankees joining into the spirit of the event.

    Following the marriage, Capt. Libbey and his bride took the home at 200 Gray avenue, where last night Mrs. Libbey died.  The captain continued his sailing until his death in 1883 at the age of 45 years.

    Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Charles T. Holland Funeral Chapel.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • LOPEZ, Francisco

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 21, 1900


    Francisco Lopez Succumbs to Infirmities of Old Age

    Francisco Lopez, one of the oldest residents of Los Angeles, died late Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. S. de Cummings, No. 1700 Michigan avenue, in his eightieth year.  The deceased was born in what is now San Diego county in 1820 and was a family of early settlers, his grandfather, Claudio Lopez, having come to this country during the last century with the priests who founded the San Gabriel Mission.  Such was the service of this pioneer that after his death his body was buried inside the mission and a tablet in his memory is in the mission today.

    Francisco Lopez was at one time one of the largest property-owners in this section of the country.  His vineyard interests were very extensive and covered districts in this and surrounding counties.  He married early in life and his family consisted of nine children, five of the survive him. They are Mrs. John Lazzarevich, Mrs. M. S. de Cummings, Miss Rose Maldenez and R. Bilderrain of the City of Mexico.  His wife died in 1875.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock and the interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • LUCERO, Pardo

  • Los Angeles Times, Oct 25, 1898


    Mexican Who Lived a Century and a Quarter.

    (Associated Press Night Report.)

    SALIAS [Salinas?], Oct. 24. - Pardo Lucero, alias "El Vaquero," whose age, as shown by the records of the Mission of Los Angeles and Soledad, was 125 years, died at the County Hospital today.  He came from Sonora, Mex., and for the last seventy-five years was well known in this part of the State.  He worked as a sheep herder for David Jacks, the Monterey millionaire, for about forty years.  He leaves a sister in Mexico and some property on the Yaqui River.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • LUGO, Mercurial

  • Los Angeles Times, Dec 10, 1933


    Rites for Old Southland Family Descendant Will Be Conducted Tuesday

    SANTA MONICA, Dec. 9. - Mercurial Lugo, 75 years of age, descendant of one of the Southland's oldest families, died today after a lingering illness.  Death came in the Lugo home on West Jefferson Boulevard at Slauson avenue near Culver City.  The site of the home was once the center of the old La Ballona rancho.

    Lugo was born in Los Angeles but when 10 years of age moved to the old homestead.  Mrs. Francisco Lugo, his mother, whose maiden name was Vicenta Machado, was connected with some of the first families to settle in Southern California.

    Besides his widow, Mrs. Rita Lugo, he leaves six sons, all of whom reside at the Lugo homestead, and one daughter.  The sons are Frank R., Antonio R., John R.., George R., Lucky R. and Charles R. Lugo.  The daughter is Miss Vicenta Lugo.  Two sisters are Mrs. E. Carrillo of Los Angeles and Mrs. Francisca Pena of this city.

    Rosary will be recited at the residence at 8 p.m. Monday.  The funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine's Church in Culver City.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • LUGO, Don Vicente

  • Los Angeles Times, Feb 26, 1890


    Death of the Aged Don Vicente Lugo.

    Yesterday morning, at Rancho San Antonio, Don Vicente Lugo died after being confined to his bed only a few weeks.  He was aged 80 years, and is about the last of the big family of children left by old Don Antonio M. Lugo.  Away back in the fifties Don Antonio was considered the wealthiest man in California.  The old Don came here from Spain when quite a boy as a soldier, and when he left the army he made up his mind to settle in Southern California.  He belonged to a wealthy family in Spain, and as he was a good business man he soon acquired large land interests, and at the time of his death, in 1860, it is said he could start out from San Diego on horseback and sleep on his own land every night between that point and Sonoma, a distance of over six hundred miles.

    The family home was Los Cuerbas, where Compton now stands, and it was there that Don Vicente was born and raised.

    In 1854 Don Vicente built the old two-story adobe house on the Plaza, that is now used as a Chinese restaurant.  When built it was considered the finest building in Southern California, and if its walls could speak they would tell some queer stories.

    Don Vicente has been very careful in business transactions during the past few years, and it is believed that he leaves a large estate.

    He leaves several children and quite a number of nephews and nieces.  The funeral announcement has not yet been made, but it will probably take place tomorrow.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    [NOTE: It was stated that his father Don Antonio Maria Lugo was born in Spain. This is incorrect. Don Antonio Maria Lugo was born in 1772 at Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon, California. His father was Francisco, a soldier, born in Sinaloa, Mexico. - Jim Hicks]