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Harold Lewis on horseback
Date Created and/or Issued
ca. 1930
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Trancas Riders and Ropers
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"Harold was cowboy all of his life. He worked with cattle on the ranch most every day. He was an excellent rider. He was born in 1910 at an Oxnard doctor's home. His family first moved to Carpenteria in 1853 from Mannasses Junction, Virginia. The Lewis plantation was the battlefield of the Civil War, also called Bull Run. The plantation was joined earlier with George Washington's family. Two of Washington's family members were included in the will of Francis Lewis. They were very closely associated. Henry Lewis was born on the Lewis Plantation in Virginia in 1818, and moved to Carpenteria just before the Civil War. He purchased 109 acres and purchased a sack of lima beans from a sailor in Santa Barbara. The lima beans proved successful and eventually made a deal with Adolpho Camarillo and purchased 8,200 acres. He planted lima beans, other types of dry beans, alfalfa, hay, walnut groves, and more around 1885. In 1905, Frederick Rindge purchased enough lima beans from the Lewis' to plant 1,500 acres in Malibu Park above Zuma Beach in the area where Malibu High School is located today. In 1929, the stock market crashed, and by the next year, the banks took over the Lewis estate and all the buildings and homes were turned over to the state, which became the Camarillo State Hospital. Harold Lewis married Mildred Meek, Percy and Rose's youngest daughter. They had one daughter, Vivian, who married me [Dale Smith] in 1961. We have three children and four grandchildren. Harold passed away in 1991 in Oxnard Hospital, the same location where he was born eighty years earlier."
Horseback riding
Malibu (Calif.)
Black and white photographic print, 5 x 11 inches
Trancas Riders and Ropers

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