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  • SALAS, Eulalia

  • Los Angeles Times, Mar 6, 1932


    Events that happened more than 100 years ago were clearly recalled almost to the hour of her death by Mrs. Eulalia Salas, who, at the age of 116 years, was believed to be the oldest woman in the United States. Her son, Nolverto, 95, lives at Niles.

    She died yesterday at her home at 366 South Boyle avenue, after an illness of less than forty-eight hours, according to her daughter, Mrs. Auralia Salas Chavez, who is 66. Death was attributed by the Coroner to hardening of the arteries.

    Until a few weeks ago she had taken an active part in the housework and was accustomed to doing her own washing as well as other domestic chores. She had never worn glasses, members of the family declared.

    Mrs. Salas was born in Zacatecas, Mex., February 13, 1816, and was 25 years of age at the time the French invasion of Mexico took place.

    Age, she always insisted, was purely a state of mind and she declared she was the physical superior, at the century-mark, of most women of 40. In response to questions from members of her family and others, however, she always replied she had no hard-and-fast rule for attaining longevity. Nor did she believe anyone else possessed such a magic secret.

    "I eat what I want and when I want it," she told her questioners, "but I never make a glutton of myself!"

    Her daily diet, Mrs. Chavez said, consisted mostly of frijole soup with green vegetables eaten in moderate quantities. She ate little meat and had a horror of piles, cakes or sweetmeats in any form.

    She was born two years after the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and less than a year after his defeat by Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo.

    She was 21 years of age when Samuel Morse obtained his patent on the first telegraph instrument in 1837 and one of the prized possessions of her early womanhood was a sewing machine, invented by Howe in 1846. She remembered clearly the pride with which the gift was received and how her home became a center of interest for less fortunate women eager for a look at the remarkable invention.

    The son, Nolverto, who recently celebrated his ninety-fifth birthday anniversary at his home in Niles, is said by the Chavez family to be in excellent health and he is expected to attend the funeral services here. Arrangements for the rites had not been completed yesterday. She also leaves two brothers, Pete Salas (sic) of Salinas, and Jesus of Los Angeles. She had lived in Los Angeles for nearly a quarter-century.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SANCHEZ, Frank J.

  • Los Angeles Times, January 31, 1926

    Funeral Services for Restaurant Proprietor Conducted Tuesday

    Funeral services for Frank J. Sanchez, restaurant proprietor, whose death occurred Tuesday, were conducted from the home at 1127 Marion avenue Tuesday afternoon.  Burial was made in the Calvary Cemetery.

    Mr. Sanchez was well known in musical circles in the city and for twenty years was elevator operator at the Wilcox Building at Second and Spring streets.  He was a life-long resident of the city and had been ill but two days prior to his death.  He was 48 years of age.

    He leaves three sisters and a twin brother, Mrs. Edward Mathie, Mrs. Petra Benson, Miss E. V. Sanchez and Charles E. Sanchez, all of this city.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SANCHEZ, John B.

  • Los Angeles Times, April 12, 1920

    SANCHEZ.  April 11.  John B., beloved husband of Mrs. Rose Sanchez and father of E O and Miss C Sanchez, Mrs. R. Brooks and Mrs. R. Raphael.

    Funeral Tuesday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. from the Chapel of Cunningham & O'Connor, 1031 South Grand AVe.  Requiem mass at St. Mary's Church at 9 a.m.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.

    [NOTE:  John B. Sanchez is Juan Bautista Sanchez, son of Petronila Feliz and Esteban Sanchez;  E O Sanchez is Angel Erasmo Sanchez; Mrs. R. Brooks is Rose Sanchez Brooks; Miss C. Sanchez is Consuelo Sanchez and Mrs. R. Raphael is Frances Sanchez Raphael.]

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Andrew B.

  • Los Angeles Times, September 5, 1944


    A descendant of one of California's famous early families, who turned from the land of his fathers to boatbuilding, Andrew B. Sepulveda, 68, will be buried today in Holy Cross Cemetery following requiem mass at 8 a.m. in St. Vibiana's Cathedral.  He died Friday in General Hospital.

    He was the grandson of Don Dolores Sepulveda, who received the 35,000-acre Rancho Los Palos Verdes by grant from the Mexican Republic in 1822.  His father was Don Juan Sepulveda, who presented the bells to the Plaza Church, and he was a cousin of the late Roman D. Sepulveda.


    Born on the Palos Verdes Estates and baptized and confirmed at the Plaza Church, Andrew Sepulveda was a superintendent of construction for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and later worked for 20 years with Garbutt and Walsh, boatbuilders at San Pedro.  Seven years ago he retired and moved to Perris.

    He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Shipman Biegler of Burbank, a brother Juan of San Pedro, and two grandchildren, Maryanne and Susan Biegler.

    Rosary was recited last night at the Pierce Bros. Mortuary at 720 W. Washington Blvd.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Carolina Oden

  • Los Angeles Times, January 21, 1927


    Descendant of One of State's Oldest Families Will Be Buried in Inglewood Cemetery Tomorrow

    Funeral services for Carolina Oden Sepulveda, whose death Wednesday night severed another link with the State's historic past, will be conducted tomorrow morning from the Catholic church at Wilmington, where solemn high mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.  Interment will be in Inglewood Cemetery.

    It was more than forty-eight years ago when Carolina Oden, belle of Southern California, and Roman D. Sepulveda, descendant of one of the State's oldest Spanish families, braved parental displeasure over their extreme youth and drove to Los Angeles to be married.  The ceremony was performed at the Old Plaza Church on February 10, 1879.

    Carolina Oden Sepulveda was born in Los Angeles on February 3, 1861.  Her father was George V. Oden, who came to California from Virginia.  Her mother came of the Spanish family of Machado, which had its casa grande at Viona (sic) Rancho, now The Palms, near Culver City.

    Roman D. Sepulveda, at the time of the romance, lived at the home of his father, Diego Sepulveda, near the old German settlement at Wilmington.  The picturesque adobe mansion, which stood until a few years ago, had been built by Ignacio Sepulveda.

    For a time the couple lived at the Sepulveda homestead, removing to San Pedro forty years ago.  The Sepulveda home is at 438 West Fifth street, San Pedro.

    Mrs. Sepulveda died Wednesday night from a cerebral hemorrhage.  At her bedside were her eight children and their families:  Albert, William, Louis, Benjamin and Philip Sepulveda, all of San Pedro, and Mrs. Nicholas Kokkopolis [aka Kokkinopolos] and Mrs. George Contos of San Pedro, and Mrs. Silas E. Snyder of Los Angeles.  Also present were her sisters, Mrs. E. F. Harriman of San Pedro and Mrs. Bert Ihrig of Glendale, and her brothers, J. M. Rocha and James, George and Mason Oden.

    She also leaves her husband, San Pedro capitalist and authority on the early Spanish history of California, and his sister, Senora Rudicinda de Sepulveda de Dodson of San Pedro.  Among the sorrowing friends were representatives of almost all the old Spanish families, including the Avilas, Machados, Estudillos, Dominguez, Verdugos, Yorbas and de la Guerras.

    Mrs. Sepulveda was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Charles P.

  • Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1909


    The funeral of Charles P. Sepulveda, who died Saturday at Ventura, will be conducted at 2 o'clock this afternoon at No. 819 Summit avenue.  There will be services at Plaza Church.  He leaves a widow and two children.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Constantino Y

  • Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1934



    Funeral services for Constantino y Sepulveda, pioneer Los Angeles fireman, who died at Whittier Tuesday, will be conducted from the Mission Church at the Plaza tomorrow at 10 a.m.  Rosary services are scheduled tonight at 8 o'clock in the Alvarez and Moore chapel 500 Court street.  He was the last living son of the late Joseph L. Sepulveda of Palos Verdes.  He leaves a son, Frank, of the city engineer's department.  Rites at Calvary Cemetery will be in charge of the Los Angeles Fire Department Relief Association, of which he was a charter member.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Dona Josepha

  • The Los Angeles Times, Jan 8, 1899


    Dona Josepha Sepulveda died on Friday at her residence, No. 811 Kohler street, at the advanced age of 65 years.  This lady formed a link between the olden days of Mexican rule in California, and the modern, bustling times of a more aggressive civilization.  Her husband, Rafael Sepulveda, in early days owned the Los Feliz and San Vicente ranchos, comprising in round numbers, about 70,000 acres, but at the time of his death about fifteen years ago, the larger part of this acreage had passed into alien hands.  Dona Josepha was the mother of twenty-two children, the ex-secretary of the American legation at the City of Mexico, Judge Sepulveda, being a nephew.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Gregorio N.

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 18, 1887

    Gregorio N. Sepulveda died on Saturday, aged 36, and was buried yesterday from the Plaza Church.  He was an uncle of Mrs. W. S. Maxwell, Mrs. W. S. Moore, Mrs. I. L. de Cook and Miss Rowena Lanfranco.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Herlinda

  • Los Angeles Times, Mar 10, 1921

    Mrs. Herlinda Sepulveda to be Buried in Old Cemetery at Santa Barbara Mission.

    Where monarchs have trod within the hushed walls of the little cemetery of the Santa Barbara Mission, the remains of another whose name is entwined with the romantic pioneer days of California are to be laid to rest, for Mrs. Herlinda Sepulveda died yesterday afternoon.  She was the widow of the late Judge Ygnacio Sepulveda and the mother of Mrs. Charles C. Chapman, with whom she had just returned ten days ago from a visit to Mexico City.  She was stricken last Sunday at the family residence, 1457 Dana street.

    The funeral services are to be held at high mass this morning at St. Agnes Church, Vermont avenue and West Adams street, but the burial will take place in the quaint little cemetery of Santa Barbara Mission, within the shadow of her birthplace and beside the remains of her husband.

    Mrs. Sepulveda was 63 years of age and was a descendant of one of the oldest Spanish families of Southern California, which traced its line from Jose de La Guerra, who came to California 110 years ago, and who was one of the wealthiest of Spanish dons, having owned at one time 500,000 acres of land.

    The late Judge Sepulveda died four years ago.  He was well known as a jurist and lawyer and served as Charge d'Affaires for the United States in Mexico City for two terms.

    Besides her daughter, who was formerly Miss Conchita Sepulveda, Mrs. Sepulveda is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Bert Rico, Mrs. Anita de la Guerra, Mrs. Georgia West and Mrs. Maria Yndart; and three brothers, Juan, Santiago and Hannibal de la Guerra.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Mrs. J. G. de

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 8, 1899

    DE SEPULVEDA - Mrs. J. G. de Sepulveda, at No. 811 Kohler street, aged 72.

    Funeral from her late residence in this city, Monday, January 9, at 9 o'clock, at the Cathedral, Main street, between Second and Third streets.  Friends are invited.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Pedro

  • Los Angeles Times, May 12, 1916:



    One of the Last of Past Regime, Pedro Sepulveda Leaves Sixty Descendants, Including Sons and Daughters, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren

    Don Pedro Sepulveda, one of the last of the old Spanish dons of California, died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Benjamin, No. 1329 West Thirty-fifth place.  Senile decay was the cause of the death, the old man having passed the 88th year of life.

    In early days here, Don Pedro was on of the wealthy land owners.  His father bequeathed him considerable property, which now comprises portions of Los Angeles and other nearby communities.  Don Dolores Sepulveda, who came from Spain and Mexico, with Don Jacinto Reyes and Don Demesio Dominguez, owned a vast territory stretching from Calabasas almost to Ventura, and from the mountains on the east to the Pacific on the west.

    The man who died here Wednesday was father of a large family.  He had six sons and five daughters, all of whom are residing in or around Los Angeles.  In addition to the daughter, at whose home he lived during the declining years of his life, his other daughters are Mrs. J. Ruiz, Mrs. Y. Valdez; Mrs. H. Smith and Mrs. J. Ballard.

    The sons are Deputy Sheriff J. S. Sepulveda, P. J. Sepulveda, Henry, Vicente, Simerse and Luis Sepulveda.  Thirty-six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren are also descendants of the dead man.  the body of Mr. Sepulveda is at the undertaking parlors of Robert sharp and Son on South Flower street.  Funeral services will be conducted at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from the Cathedral of St. Vibiana.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Ralph F.

  • Los Angeles Times, Apr 20, 1941


    Life Span of 83 Years, Covering Southland's Growth From Village to Great Metropolis, Ended by Death

    A live span of 83 years, covering the growth of Southern California from a group of large Spanish land grants to a thriving metropolitan area, ended with the death yesterday of Ralph F. Sepulveda, member of one of the city's earliest pioneer families.

    Sepulveda, who lived at 145 N. Burlington Ave., died at General Hospital after an illness of several years.


    Five years after his grandfather, Francisco Sepulveda, was given a grant of 30,000 acres, Ralph was born in the adobe house in the center of the estate.

    The Sepulveda ranch house, which stood until six months ago at the bottom of a hill between the shopping center of Westwood and the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, was originally the center of the former village of San Vicente.

    This same house was torn down to be re-erected for historical purposes on the U.C.L.A. campus.  A few lines of adobe are still remaining on the site.

    The son of Jose del Carmen Sepulveda, one of the sons of Francisco, Ralph grew up and aided with work on the rancho.  There were 15 brothers and sisters in his own family, four of whom are still living.


    The brothers and sisters still living, all in Los Angeles, are Lula Sepulveda, Mrs. Josephine Bacon, Fred J. Sepulveda and Joseph A. Sepulveda.

    More than 50 years ago, Ralph Sepulveda went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad and remained with it for more than 25 years.

    Thirty-one years ago he became one of the official court interpreters for the county.  He remained in that capacity until ill health forced him to retire in 1935.

    Six months ago his wife, the former Delphine Varales, who was a member of another pioneer Los Angeles family, died.

    The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel of W. A. Brown, 1815 S. Flower St.  High Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Tuesday at Old Mission Plaza Church.

    Interment is to be in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Rosalinda

  • Los Angeles Times, Jan 9, 1899

    SEPULVEDA - In this city, Saturday, January 7, Rosalinda Sepulveda, daughter of Sostenes Sepulveda, aged 10 years.

    Funeral from the residence of her father, No. 1230 [?] East Ninth street, Monday, January 9, at 1:30 p.m., Cathedral 2 p.m.  Friends invited.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

  • SEPULVEDA, Tranquilina

  • Los Angeles Times, Dec 28, 1931:


    Funeral services will be conducted this morning for Senorita Tranquilina Sepulveda, last surviving member of the immediate family of Don Jose Andres Sepulveda, who died after a short illness Christmas Eve at the home of her grandnephew, Laurence Vander Leck, in Altadena.  Short services at the Cunningham and O'Connor chapel, 1031 South Grand avenue, at 9 o'clock, will be followed by a requiem mass at the Plaza Church at 10 o'clock.  Interment will be in the Mott family vault at Calvary Cemetery.

    Senorita Sepulveda was born here eighty-two years ago and was baptized at the Old Plaza Church, the event being the occasion for a week of festivities, for she was a veritable princess of early day California, being related by blood or marriage to almost every prominent Spanish family in Southern California.

    Her grandfather, Francisco Sepulveda, came here in the service of the King of Spain and was the grantee of the Rancho San Vicente, extending from the Pacific Coast at Santa Monica to what is now Beverly Hills.  Her father was the grantee of the Rancho San Joaquin, now Irvine ranch in Orange county, and was a leading citizen of his time.  The late Judge Ygnacio Sepulveda, father of the Princess Pignatelli and one of the first judges to sit on the Superior Court bench in Los Angeles county, was her brother, and her sister was the late Mrs. Thomas D. Mott, long prominent in the social life of the city and still remembered for her activity in charitable and church work.

    Upon the death of her parents, Senorita Sepulveda became a member of the household of Mr. and Mrs. Mott, and when they passed on she took up her residence with her niece, Mrs. Henry Vander Leck at San Juan Capistrano.

    The pallbearers at her funeral today will be Thomas D. and John G. Mott, nephews; Laurence Vander Leck, grandnephew; Lorenzo Palanconi and John O. Forster, cousins, and Isidore B. Dockweiler, who had been her friend for more than sixty years.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett

    NOTE: In 1912 the VANDERLECK Family moved to old 1812 south wing of The MIGUEL YORBA Adobe  (north portion built 1778)  on (now) Camino Capistrano. VANDERLECKS  were the original owners - est. 1948- of the rather famous El Adobe Restaurant.

    Submitted by: Rita Avila

  • SERRANO, Nicolasa Navarro de

  • Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1882


    SERRANO - Los Angeles, Cal., May 1, 1882, Nicolasa Navarro de Serrano, aged 89 years.
    Funeral to-day at 9 A.M. from the Catholic Church, opposite Plaza.

    Submitted by: Karla Everett