Don Adolfo


October 29, 1864 – December 10, 1958)

    Don Adolfo Camarillo was a successful rancher, farmer, horse breeder, business man, philanthropist. I wrote about his famous white horses a while ago. He was among the first in the Valley to cultivate lima beans.  A town grew up around his ranch. It eventually became a city, and was named after him of course.   He invested heavily in his home county, Ventura County. He helped established the Peoples Lumber Company. I worked there for a while myself. He was also an investor in the Bank of A. Levy. It was an influential bank of the area for many years.

   Throughout his lifetime he invested, or donated funds for education and other community projects.  The Oxnard Union High School District was of particular interest. He also donated land for other schools in his area. He donated land to establish a high school in his town. He donated land to the state for widening the freeway that went south to the Los Angeles basin. He was a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

   In 1950 Pope Pius XII named him a Knight of St. Gregory the Great. He was a good man and lived a life well lived.



      Here is a picture of my brother Roberto. He was born in 1898 and in 1917 he married a young lady named Eloise Orette in Calexico, California. He was way too young to get married by our modern standards, however we can’t always control our heart strings. The truth is, it was not uncommon for couples to marry at an even younger age.

   It wasn’t long before they returned back to Oxnard. He started working for People’s Lumber Company. That’s him in the picture standing by one of the company trucks.

    Roberto’s bride is of interest here. She was the niece of Don Adolfo.
















About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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