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  • PADILLO, Pedro

  • Los Angeles Times, Jul 26, 1882

    PADILLO - In Los Angeles, Cal., July 24, 1882, Pedro Padillo, a native of California, and a former member of Company D. Battalion California Volunteers.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • de PALOMARES, Lugarda Alvarado

  • Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1897


    Death of Mrs. Palomares Recalls the Early Days.

    POMONA, June 14. - The death this morning of Mrs. Lugarda Alvarado de Palomares recalls the days of the Mexican possession of California, for she was born in what is now the city of Pomona, long enough ago to have remembered the discovery of gold and the admission of the State into the Union.

    When she first gazed upon Mt. San Antonio there were not a hundred Anglo-Saxons on the Pacific Coast.  That was in 1840, the year before the first emigrant train entered the State.  She was the daughter of Ysidro Alvarado, and was subsequently married to Francisco Palomares, a son of Ignacio Palomares, to whom Gov. Alvarado had in 1837 granted the immense San Jose rancho, including a portion of this Valley.  Here and in San Diego county on the Rancho Monurrate she has passed her life, bridging the whole history of the development of the State.

    In 1891 when a cloud was thrown on the land titles of the Rancho San Jose, Mrs. Palomares cheerfully signed quit-claim deeds and was the means of wiping out what might otherwise have been an embarrassing feature of land titles.

    Her death was not unexpected, as she has for some time been in poor health.

    Mrs. Palomares leaves two sons and two daughters to perpetuate the good repute which has always been associated with the family.

    Unlike many of the old Spanish families, the deceased was at the time of her death still in possession of great real estate wealth, owning several hundred acres in and near the city and 4000 or 5000 acres in San Diego county.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • de PARADES, Elena Olivos

  • Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1940


    Requiem mass for Mrs. Elena Olivos de Parades, 79, a native of Los Angeles, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. today in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.  Rosary was recited last night at Edwards Bros. Colonial chapel.  Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

    Mrs. De Paredes, born Miss Elena Olivos in the Old Plaza section of Los Angeles in 1861, died Wednesday at her home, 928 S. Valencia St., leaving two daughters, Mrs. Hortencia Salazar and Mrs. Artemisa Saldamando, and four sons, Arturo, Roberto, Ricardo and Luis de Paredes, all of Los Angeles.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PENA, Francisca

  • Los Angeles Times, Aug 16, 1907


    Heirs of Former Owner of Santa Monica Acres Allege Fraud in Settlement of Estate.

    After living in Chile for several years an in apparent ignorance of the rapid increase in value of ten acres of land at Santa Monica, formerly belonging to the family, the heirs of Mrs. Francisca Pena have returned to this city in the hope of securing a portion of the estate, which has long since been settled.

    A petition will be filed in the Superior Court by Attorney H. H. Roser, asking that a decree of distribution be set aside and other equitable relief be granted to the alleged rightful heirs.  It is charged that agents of the Penas deliberately neglected to inform them of the real value of the land in question, and permitted its sale at a low figure.

    Frederiko, Anna, Manuela and Augustin Pena are entitled, as matters stand, to less than $100 each from an estate they assert was worth $20,000.

    Mrs. Pena, one of the Marquez family, inherited the ten acres from her mother, a member of the aristocratic Valenzuela family.  She also owns four lots in Santa Monica.  The Penas went to Chile and in that country, Mrs. Pena died in 1898.

    Either by the family's neglect, or that of its agent, the land was advertised to be sold for taxes.  Later the estate went into the hands of the public administrator.  Finally the court appointed P. M. Ballido administrator of the estate.  The property was sold in 1902 for about $1000.  After expenses of administration were paid, the sum of exactly $363.85 was left for distribution to the heirs.

    Now that they have returned to this city, they say they will not accept the beggardly little sum in the hands of the County Auditor, and they are preparing to reopen all the probate proceedings.  Fraud is alleged, and the plaintiff's attorney promises some sensational developments.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PERALTA, Bernigna

  • Los Angeles Times, 27 September 1931


    ANAHEIM.  Sept. 26 - Death yesterday removed another member from the ranks of California's real pioneers when Miss Bemigna Peralta died at the little
    settlement of Peralta in Santa Ana Canyon.  Miss Peralta was born in 1851 at the present site of Garden Grove.

    Funeral services will be conducted from the little Catholic Church at Yorba, where requiem high mass will be sung at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.  The
    rosary will be sung at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening at the same place.  Burial will be in the ancient Yorba Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PERALTA, Bethzaida

  • Los Angeles Times, 12 January 1938


    YORBA, Jan. 11. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bethzaida Peralta, grandmother of the late Don Bernardo Yorba, were conducted at the old church here this morning.  Burial was in Yorba Cemetery, where so many of her ancestors rest. She leaves two sons, J. P. Peralta and Ramon Peralta; five daughters, Nieves Peralta, Elena Peralta, Mrs. Constancia Dominguez, Mrs. Lucille Sepulveda and Mrs. Floriza Sepulveda and a brother Raymond.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PERALTA, Guadalupe

  • Los Angeles Times, Sep 6, 1890


    San Jose, Sept. 5. - Senora Guadalupe Peralta died in Santa Clara tonight at the age of 95 years.  She was the youngest of nine children of Don Luis Peralta, who in his lifetime owned a grant of land which covered Oakland, Alameda, Fruitvale and San Leandro and vicinity.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PERALTA, Joseph C.

  • Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1929


    Oakland, May 29. - Joseph C. Peralta, 81 years of age, a grandson of Don Louis Mario Peralta, original grantee of the King of Spain of most of the land now occupied by cities on the eastern slope of San Francisco Bay, died here today after a short illness.  His famous ancestor first came to the San Francisco Presidio in 1776 as a Spanish soldier, and later commanded a garrison at Pueblo San Jose, where the city of San Jose now stands.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PERALTO, Rafael

  • Los Angeles Times, 19 July 1894


    Rafael Peralto of Yorba, aged 77 years, who died Monday, was buried this morning at 10 O'clock in the Yorba Cemetery.  Mr. Peralto is one of the oldest and best known residents in that portion of the county, and he was numbered among the prominent citizens of that locality.  The funeral services were largely attended.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PONARES, Juan B.

  • Santa Cruz Daily Surf, May 19, 1890

    "Old Chepa"

    Death of a Local Character, Born with the Century.  Almost as old as Santa Cruz.  Bent and Shrivelled in Old Age but "La Mas Bonita" When Young.

    On Saturday last the death was announced of a woman of much local celebrity,  known throughout Santa Cruz as "Old Chepa."  Although the year of her birth is surrounded with considerable obscurity it seems certain, at least, that she was a cotemporary (sic) of this present nineteenth century, and was not less than 90 years old, possibly several years more.

    JOSEFA PEREZ was probably a native of Santa Cruz, and was the oldest child of JOSE MARIA PEREZ, a native of Jalisco, Mexico, and of MARGARITA RODRIGUEZ, his wife.  PEREZ was a Mexican soldier who came here shortly after the first soldiers, under Portales, had arrived. JOSEFA PEREZ was married when she attained womanhood, to SEVARIO, or
    otherwise GERVASIO, SOTO.  The Perez brothers and sisters were as follows, the names being given in the order of their ages: Josefa, Matteo, Domingo, Cornelio, Juan, Antonia, Rafaella, Simon, Ogenio, Ramona.  Of these there are still living CORNELIO PEREZ, who is 79 years old and lives on the Soquel road, Simon and Ramona, who is Mrs. Joseph Frey.  Juan, who was known as "Juan Chacha," died a here a few years ago.

    "Chepas" history, being cotemporary with that of Santa Cruz, is quite well known to the older inhabitants.  She was a good-looking woman, still in her prime, when the first Americans came here.  Early in the "forties" Fremont and a company of his soldiers camped for some time on Thompson"s Flat.  At that time "Chepa Soto" lived on Powder Mill Flat and rendered the soldiers much assistance, freely giving them food and anything that they needed. She had the name of being quite a belle when young, and the older Spanish people would say she was called 'la mas bonita de Santa Cruz'-the prettiest girl in Santa Cruz.  She spent some years in Monterey, but her relatives deny the story that the old song, "The Maid of Monterey," was composed in her honor.  The many kindnesses shown by the woman to the early American settlers were returned to her in her later days by a sort of general tolerance of the way of living into which she fell, and by a good-natured compliance with her small requests.  She, at one time, owned a comfortable home in Branciforte, but in later years she fell into dire poverty.  For twenty years al least her face and figure have borne the impress of extreme old age.  But, up to a year ago, she made her daily pilgrimage to Pacific avenue, passing up and down the street with sack and staff in hand, giving "Buenas dias" to her old acquaintances and taking whatever she liked from the goods displayed in front of the stores.  She was
    seldom refused, and even money was given her in small quantities as she asked for it.  Asking first for a bit of meat, she would afterward choose a fine onion or two, some beans, a few chilis, and a half dozen potatoes.  Then, with tobacco, enough for her "cigaritos," she would go home to cook and eat her little dish of "chili con carne," or "frijoles," and afterward spend the long day sitting on the sunny side of her cabin, smoking or dozing.

    "Chepa" had been the mother of seven children, four sons and three daughters.  She died at the residence of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Leggett, on East Water street.  She was for a time in the County Hospital.  The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon from the Catholic church and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery.

    Submitted by: Pam in Fremont

  • PONARES, Juan B.

  • Los Angeles Times, Mar 18, 1883


    Juan B. Ponares, aged 18 years, died yesterday morning.  The funeral will take place this morning at 9:30, in Evergreen cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • PRUSSO, Candelaria de Haro Prusso

  • San Francisco Call, 3 Jan 1913, page 12

    MRS. C.  DE H.  PRUSSIO, PIONEER - Santa Clara, Jan. 2. - Mrs. Candeliaria de Haro Prussio, one of the few remaining daughters of the prominent Spanish families of the early days of California, is dead at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Alexander.  Her death was due to pneumonia, after a short illness.  She was a daughter of Francisco de Haro, who was a prominent figure in San Francisco in early days, and  she was born in that city in 1834.  In 1866 she was married to the late John B. Prussio, who for many years was prominently identified in the business circles in San Francisco.

    Submitted by: Julia Christy