1938-05-09: Julia Bolado Davis donated the 54 Acres of Bolado Park to California’s 33rd Agricultural District

1938: Julia Bolado Davis donated the 54 Acres of Bolado Park to California’s 33rd Agricultural District.

“Bolado Park Donated to County Residents” – Mrs. Julia Bolado Davis Turns Over 54-Acre County Park to 33rd District Farm Association. All Buildings are Included in Gift to People. Donation Made as Memorial to Late Joaquin Bolado.

“Through the generosity and public spirit of Mrs. Julia Bolado Davis and her family, Bolado Park is today the property of the people of San Benito County.”

– Free Lance, Hollister, California – Tuesday, May 10, 1938.

“In 1922, a group of residents asked if they could use part of the land for the county fair. She agreed. Near the end of the decade, representatives of the newly formed San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo asked if they might stage their show there. She assented. For many years, she was in the stands to see feats of horsemanship and perhaps remembered the little girl who had not been permitted to ride. When she donated the land to the state as a park [in 1938], she stipulated that it be named for her father, who had come to California nearly a century before.”

-The Pinnacle, June 25, 1992.

“Some time ago she and her sons deeded 53 acres of the Santa Anita Ranch to the 33rd Agricultural District Association to be used for public recreation.It is a beautiful piece of land dotted with superb oak trees, edged by the San Benito River, and known as Bolado Park in honor of her father. It is the site of the annual Saddle Horse Association Horse Show and Rodeo and the county fair. It has a large swimming pool and golf course and the extensive picnic area with barbeque facilities annually attracts thousands of people from a wide area.”

– Hollister Evening Freelance Article Thursday, January 12, 1967


1923-08: Bolado Park Becomes a County Recreation Center

August, 1923 – Bolado Park became a county recreation center when Julia Bolado Davis gave the San Benito County Farm Bureau a lease on her property.

1909-07-06: Julia Bolado Ashe Receives Rancho Santa Anita, Potrero de Lynch from Bolado Estate

1909-07-06: Julia Bolado Ashe Receives from Estate of Joaquin Bolado

In the Superior Court of the State of California
In and for the County of San Benito

In the Matter of the Estate of Joaquin Bolado, Deceased.

Decree Settling Final Account and of Distribution.

Julia Bolado Ashe, executrix of the last will and testament of Joaquin Bolado, deceased, having heretofore rendered and filed herein an account and report of her administration of said estate, which account was for a final settlement, and having with said account filed a petition for the final distribution of said estate;

… Joaquin Bolado died testate on the 28th day of November, 1894, leaving a last will and testament…

…Personal property as follows: Growing crops, hay, three horses, two wagons, harness and saddle, four cows, household furniture, poultry, all in the State of California…

Real property as follows:

All those certain parts of the Rancho Santa Ana Y Quien Sabe situated in the County of San Benito, State of California, and more particularly described as follows, to-wit:

Lots numbered on the map made by S.W. Smith in May, A.D. 1878, No’s:

Twenty-Five (25)
Twenty-Eight (28)
Twenty-Nine (29)
Thirty (30)
Thirty-one (31)
Thirty-two (32)
Thirty-three (33)
Thirty-four (34)
Thirty-five (35)
Thirty-six (36)
Thirty-seven (37)
Thirty-eight (38)
Thirty-nine (39)
Forty (40)
Forty-one (41)
Forty-two (42)
and that portion of lot Twenty-four (24) beginning at a point on the West line of road leading from Hollister to Santa Ana Y Quien Sabe at its junction with the Southerly line of Lot Twenty-five (25) as shown on the map of the subdivision survey of said Rancho Santa Ana made by S.W. Smith and thence proceeding with the following courses and distances viz:

South 54 degrees West 84.87 chains,
North 32 1/2 degrees West 15.07 chains
South 87 degrees West 87.00 chains
North 29 degrees West 7.30 chains
North 53 1/2 degrees West 45.80 chains
North 80 degrees East 104.50 chains
South 32 1/2 degrees East 13.50 chains
North 57 1/4 degrees East 81.70 chains
to the west line of the aforesaid road and thence along said line to the point of beginning, containing in all Seven Hundred and one-half (700 50/100) acres, and being parcel of land conveyed to Joaquin Bolado by one Juan Yndart December 23, 1873, by deed recorded in Book “E” of Deeds, page 128, San Benito County Records;

Also that portion of the Rancho Quien Sabe conveyed by Estanislaus [Estanislao] Hernandez December 15, 1873, as per deed recorded in Book “e” of Deed, at page 127 et seq. of the San Benito County Records, and particularly described as follows:

Beginning at a stake on the South boundary of the Rancho Santa Ana Y Quien Sabe being station one (1) of division survey of said rancho, and thence running:

North 45 degrees East 39.55 chains,
South 9 degrees West 27.30 chains,
West 23.00 chains
to the point of beginning, containing Thirty one 30/100 (31 30/100) acres.

The whole of said tract containing Nine Thousand Three Hundred and nine and 81/100 (9309 81/100) acres, and being commonly known as the Santa Anita Rancho.

Also that certain tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of San Benito, State of California, describe as follows to-wit:- Lots:
Three and
of Section Sixteen, Township Twelve, South Range Six East, Mt. Diablo Meridian;

All of
Section Twenty-one, Township Twelve South, Range Six East, Mt. Diablo Meridian;

One and
Two and South Half of Northeast Quarter and
North half of Southeast Quarter, and Southeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter of Section Twenty, Township Twelve South, Range Six East, Mt. Diablo Meridian.

Being that certain tract of land now and heretofore commonly known and called “Potrero de Lynch”, containing One Thousand Acres (1000) more or less.

Filed for the record at the request of A.D. Shaw July -6- A.D. 1909 at 35 min. past 11 o’clock A. M. Elmer Dowdy, Recorder.

SBC: Book 42, page 343

1897-12-27 Josepha Estrada de Abrego Dies [Mother of Julia Abrego, Joaquin Bolado’s Wife]


Births, Marriages & Deaths — Oct-Dec 1897

The Free Lance Hollister, San Benito Co., CA

December 31, 1897

DEATH OF A NOTED WOMAN — Mrs. Josefa [Maria Casilda Aniceta] ESTRADA de ABREGO, a lady who was intimately associated with some of the most prominent characters in early California history and a witness of many stirring events, died last Monday morning [Dec. 27, 1897] at 3 o’clock at her residence in Monterey.

Deceased was nearly 85 years of age, having been born in the old capital by the sea in the year 1812. She was highly connected and was a half-sister to Governor [Juan Bautista] ALVARADO.

Her husband, Don José ABREGO, to whom she was married in 1836, was very prominent in the affairs of this State while it was still under Mexican domination. According to BANCROFT’s history of California, he came to Monterey from Mexico in 1814, and was a hatter and trader. By intelligence, capability and good repute he held office almost continuously from that time until 1846. He was commissary of the police, Administrator of the San Antonio Mission, customs officer, member of the Assembly, sub-member of the Superior Tribunal and its treasurer. As such official he had charge of the territorial finances from 1839 to 1846, and was noted for his integrity and ability. In 1844 he was the grantee of the Point Pinos rancho, where now stands Pacific Grove. He died in [April 4] 1878, at the age of 65. His wife and 6 children survived him.

Judge W.H. WEBB had married one daughter, who died, after which he married a second one, his present wife and the sole surviving daughter of Mrs. ABREGO. The third daughter [Julia Josepha Abrego, d. January 10, 1891)] married Joaquin BOLADO, now deceased. — Salinas Index. Deceased was the grandmother of Mrs. Gaston ASHE [Julia {Dulce} Bolado], of [Rancho] Santa Anita.

1891-01-10: Julia Josepha Abrego de Bolado died at 47 after a long illness

January 10, 1891 – Julia Josepha Abrego de Bolado, Joaquin Bolado’s wife, died at home in San Francisco at 47 after a long illness.

Source for illness, Julia Bolado’s memoirs.

b. April 23, 1843, Monterey, CA
BOLADO–Death of Mrs. BOLADO — The funeral of Mrs. Julia BOLADO took place on Monday last. Deceased was the wife of Mr. Joaquin BOLADO of San Francisco and the eldest of 3 daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Jose ABREGO and sister of Mrs. W.H. WEBB of Salinas, Abimael, Ismael & Audel ABREGO. Leaves her husband, Mr. Joaquin BOLADO and an only daughter, Miss Dulce BOLADO, to survive her.”

Source: The Hollister Freelance (Hollister, San Benito County, CA), 30 Jan 1891.

Transcribed by Dee.


El Encinal/San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey, Monterey County, CA.

En Memoria de JULIA BOLADO
Querida Esposa de Joaquin Bolado
Murio 10 de Enero 1891

Death of Mrs. BOLADO — The Monterey ‘Cypress’ says: “Mrs. Julia BOLADO, sister of Mr. A.E. ABREGO, of this city, and wife of Mr. Joaquin BOLADO, died in San Francisco Saturday, Jan. 10th. The remains were brought to Monterey for interment Sunday afternoon. On Monday morning the remains were followed to the grave by a large cortege of friends of the family and relatives. The funeral took place at 10:30am, Monday, from the Catholic Church, where High Mass was celebrated by Right
Reverends Father CASANOVA and Father SORRENTINI* of Salinas, M.R. MERRITT, G. DAND, B.E. DUCKWORTH, M. WOLTER, F.N. GOMEZ and C.H. RODRIGUEZ acted as pall bearers. Deceased was a native of Monterey, a conscientious lady and a devout Christian. She leaves in this county several relatives to mourn her loss, including 1 sister, Mrs. W.H. WEBB, of Salinas, and 2 brothers, A.E. & Ismael ABREGO, and a
daughter, Miss Dulce [Julia] BOLADO.”

*Father Sorrentini’s photo: http://www.pgmuseum.org/Tuttle/pe8bf7~1.htm

1878: Good Rain Year: Drought Broken

1878 – Good rain year.

Julia Bolado Memoirs.

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1875-1877: Drought

Drought in San Benito County began in 1875: per Julia Bolado's memoirs.

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1874: Bolado sold the ranch to Hernandez? Per Julia Bolado’s Memoirs

1874 – In her memoirs written in the 1920's, Julia (Dulce) Bolado claimed that in or around 1874, her father Joaquin Bolado sold the ranch to Estanislao Hernandez, and the ranch was returned two years later because the mortgage was never paid.

She did not mention what part of the ranch; perhaps she meant his entire share of Rancho Santa Ana.

1873-05: Julia Bolado born to Joaquin Bolado & Julia Josepha Abrego de Bolado

May, 1873 – Julia (Dulce) Bolado born at home on Sutter Street in San Francisco.

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1843-03: First Piano Landed in California Purchased by Don José Abrego

The following is the text of a clipping found in one of Julia Bolado’s scrapbooks of a letter to the editor that she wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle April 14, 1931.

. . .

Headline: “An Early Source of Seguidillas”

Editor the Chronicle:

Sir: The following inscription is written under the cover of the first piano that landed in California, purchased by my grandfather, Don José Abrego, a piano which I have in my house.

First Piano Shipped to California

“This is one of the first three pianos brought to California. Its history is as follows: In 1841 Captain Stephen Smith arrived with his vessel in Monterey and I engaged him to bring me a piano on his next trip to this country. In March, 1843, he returned to this city in a brigantine; he had three pianos on board. I bought this one of him for $600. He then sailed to San Francisco, where General Vallejo purchased another of the pianos. The third one was afterward sold by Captain Smith to [Eulogio F. de Celis] of Los Angeles.”

Dulce Bolado Davis (née Julia Bolado)

Tres Pinos, April 14, 1931

. . .


Memorial And Biographical History Of The Coast Counties Of Central California, 1893, p.79:REMINISCENCES OF MRS. ABREGO.

One of the most interesting personages now (1892) living in Monterey, is Doña Josefa Estrada de Abrego, widow of Don Jose Abrego. Although Mrs. Abrego was born in 1814, in Monterey, and has borne eighteen children; and although her eyesight fails her, so that she is only able to recognize her acquaintances by the sound of their voices, she is still as fair and youthful in her appearance as though she were only fifty-eight or less, instead of seventy-eight; and she moves about the various rooms of her spacious home in which she has lived ever since her marriage, fifty-six years ago, with the ease and precision of a maiden of twenty.

Her husband, Don Jose Abrego, was born in the city of Mexico, in 1813, and came to Monterey in 1835, with the colony, on the Natalia, a portion of the timbers of which historic vessel he had built into his house. [Mrs. Abrego’s father, Raimundo, and a brother, Mariano Estrada, were brought from Mexico when mere boys, by Governor Luis Arrillaga, who reared and educated them.] [The preceeding text was crossed out, followed by a handwritten note in the book, written by Julia (Dulce) Bolado, saying “All were born in California”]. Mr. and Mrs. Abrego were married in 1836, and moved at once into a part of the house (which he had built, and to which additions were afterward made), in which she has ever since lived, and in which all her children were born. Don Jose died some fifteen years ago. Of their children, only four sons and one daughter are still living. One daughter, the beautiful and accomplished Mrs. Bolado, died within the present year, 1892.

Mrs. Abrego has in her home one of the first pianofortes ever brought to California. A paper on the inside of it, written by Mr. Abrego, says:

“In 1841, Captain Stephen Smith arrived with his vessel in Monterey, and I engaged him to bring me a piano on his next trip to this country.

“In March, 1843, he returned to this city in a brigantine; he had three pianos on board. I bought this one of him for $600. He then sailed to San Francisco, where General Vallejo purchased another of the pianos. The third one was afterward sold by Captain Smith to E. de Celis at Los Angeles.”

The Abrego piano is a six-octave, made by “Breitkopt & Hartel,” “Leipzig;” “imported by Brauns & Focke, Baltimore.”



. . .

“In 1845-6 Stephen Smith of Bodega obtained a fifty vara lot on the southeast corner of Dupont and Washington streets where he built a wooden house. In 1846 he leased it to Sam Brannan who lived and published the Star there. Smith was a native of Maryland and came to California first from Peru in 1841. He obtained permission of Governor Alvarado to set up a steam saw-mill with a promise of land suitable for his operations. He brought the mill machinery from Baltimore in 1843, and with it also three pianos, the first steam mill and the first pianos in California. In 1844 he was naturalized and received from Micheltorena a grant of eight leagues of land at Bodega and there he set up his mill.”






Note: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seguidilla

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