Archive » May 18, 2006
Eye on Santa Barbara
By John Watson
LIVE LARGE, DIE LARGER
Larger than life, or forgotten to the ages? One of Carpinteria’s earliest settlers, this gentleman owned a 180-acre walnut farm and was recognized as one of the great agriculturists in Santa Barbara county. His adobe home, dating from the mid 1850s, has been (mostly) saved in one of Carpinteria’s public parks. While he was a lawyer, district attorney, and member of the State Assembly from both 1858 to 1859 and then again from 1887 to 1889, he considered his greatest achievement to be one of Santa Barbara county’s first public servants. This gentleman is still prominently recognized by the Santa Barbara County Department that he founded.
Born in Little Falls, New York in 1826, he married his wife, Harriet, while still in New York. The coupled moved to California with her mother Margaret Tisdale. According to the inscription on Mrs. Tisdale’s crypt, “She was for many years the only elderly lady of American birth in Santa Barbara county.”
The painting depicts the mausoleum of this “larger than life” figure of early Santa Barbara county. If you would like to know who he was, and what job he considered his greatest achievement, come to the Montecito Fourth of July Parade and Festival where his identity will be revealed.
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