May 27, 2022


Santa Maria History

‘Pioneers and settlers of the Valley were a noble set of men and women’ | Shirley Contreras | Community Information

Benjamin Wiley, who lived in a dugout a very little north and east of the existing city of Santa Maria, was Santa Maria’s first settler.

Joel Miller and his spouse arrived in 1868, and since they had been expecting a kid, Wiley gave them the lumber which he’d established apart for his individual home and ongoing to stay in his dugout until finally he could get one more cargo of lumber from San Francisco.

In 1868, Wiley place down the 1st well in city, but given that it wasn’t curbed well, it soon caved in. J. L. Shuman experienced far better luck when he sunk the 1st curbed perfectly.

R.D. Prepare dinner developed the to start with house, a two-story framework on what later on grew to become Principal and McClelland streets. It was right here that Cook held a fundraising bash, bringing in $305 to develop Enjoyable Valley University, the first university in the valley. The school opened in 1870 on land donated by Martin Luther Tunnel, and Joel Miller was the to start with instructor.

The initial marriage in the newly settled space was carried out in December of 1871 when James Holloway and Rebecca Miller reported their vows.

The Methodist Episcopal Church, the first church in city, was designed in 1878 on house donated by John Thornburgh at the corner of Church and Lincoln streets, with “Fighting Preacher” H. R. Stephens serving as to start with pastor. A Methodist Church had currently been proven in Guadalupe in 1874.

R.D. Cook opened the 1st blacksmith shop in 1874. He later marketed it to Reuben Hart, who inevitably constructed the Hart Property on the assets.

The first superior school developing was produced on Morrison Road. It was designed with the levy of a common tax just after the citizens of Santa Maria defeated a $12,000 bond difficulty for the building. While the new school was becoming developed, the substantial faculty moved from the outdated brick grammar school to Lucas Corridor.

The to start with Lucas Hall graduates have been Kenneth C. Adam, Zora Leona De Witt, Ruth Evelyn Libby and George Phoenix Merritt, who graduated in the spring of 1894. That drop, substantial college lessons were being held in the new developing on Morrison Road.

The Farmers Union, which opened in 1875 and stood on the southwest corner of Broadway and Primary streets, was the 1st basic retail store in the typical confines of Central Town (now Santa Maria). It was taken around in 1880 by J.F. Goodwin and Company, afterwards by Fleischer and Kridell and nonetheless afterwards by the Kaiser Brothers.

The first mail arrived to Suey Crossing. The to start with Put up Business office was recognized in 1875, with Samuel Lockwood serving as the initially Postmaster. By 1880, it had moved to Goodwin and Bryant Mercantile with James Goodwin remaining the second Postmaster.

The 1st study and plat of the city was built in 1874 by George W. Lucas, an worker of R.D. Prepare dinner.

The initially Odd Fellows Lodge in Northern Santa Barbara County was arranged in Guadalupe in 1874, and the initially Masonic Lodge in the space was proven the exact calendar year, with J. J. Eddleman as Learn.

Central City’s 1st band, the Liberty Band, was structured in 1881 with Augustus Schuster as chief. Band users incorporated Everett Miller, J. Hobson, Milton Miller, Sam Blosser, Larken Thornburgh, Emmett Bryant, John Curryer, A.H. Orr, Willis Lierly, Jeff Jones, Jesse Thornburgh and Henry Bryant. The group was limited-lived as the band instruments have been dropped in the fire of 1883. Schuster remaining city the adhering to calendar year.

The initially railroad arrived in 1882, when the final spike connecting Santa Maria with Port Harford was driven on April 15 that calendar year.

Grace Clark and her sister Florence have been the 1st phone operators in Santa Maria. The switchboard was put in in 1891 in a corner of the Bradley Resort, and served about 20 organization subscribers. Phones for residences were to appear later on.

Santa Maria’s to start with (and only) lynching took spot on May possibly 9, 1890, when a group of masked males entered Criswell’s saloon and proceeded to cling Edmund Criswell from the rafters. The working day ahead of, Criswell experienced shot and killed Constable “Doc” Southard, who’d arrive to erase a “scurrilous” remark that Criswell had created on his bulletin board about a young gentleman in town.

The terms that were exchanged prompted Criswell to pull out his gun and start off firing at Southard. The relaxation is history.

The initially oil perfectly was introduced in on the Fox lease by the Union Oil company in 1902, but a calendar year previously, A.H. McKay introduced in a producing well on the Western Union lease on the Careaga property. The Hartnell gusher, Outdated Maude, spouted on Dec. 2, 1904, with a roar that designed oil record.

Santa Maria’s 1st hearth division was commenced in 1904, and Arthur S. MacLaughlin was appointed Fireplace Main by the city’s board of trustees, with a salary of $10 for every thirty day period. Serving with him as volunteer firemen had been Henry Yelkin, Isaac Miller, Jr., Lindsay McMillan, Al Bunce, Bill Miller, Frank Jessee and George Brown.

The initially firefighting products consisted of a hand-drawn hose cart, some hose, axes and nozzles. A person of the to start with major fires was at the outdated Exchange Resort, which burned to the floor in 1908.

It was by the endeavours of Deane Laughlin that the first hearth truck arrived to Santa Maria when the town licensed the acquire of a 1904 Columbia touring car or truck from J. W. Atkinson, then superintendent of Union Sugar Organization. Monthly bill Crakes, with the assistance of his brothers, Frank and Clarence, remodeled the motor vehicle and lengthened the chassis two feet, thereby generating a fireplace truck. Even though the truck served its function, it didn’t generally begin and usually had to be pushed to the fires.

Reuben Hart created the city’s 1st drinking water works (and the second, as effectively) on the website of the existing Santa Maria Valley Historic Museum.

After getting duly included as a Municipal Company of the sixth class underneath the identify and fashion of “City of Santa Maria,” thus producing Santa Maria an incorporated town, the initially normal conference of the Board of Trustees was held in the Initially Countrywide Bank on Sept. 21, 1905. A.W. Cox grew to become President and Thomas Preisker became Metropolis Legal professional. The 1st ordinance handed that night was for the regulation of liquor licenses.

The Santa Maria Realty Company, the predecessor of the Santa Maria Gasoline and Electricity Enterprise, was arranged on March 12, 1906, with Madison Thornburgh serving as President Thomas B. Adam, Vice President, and John E. Walker, Secretary. By 1932 the corporation was serving 8,000 consumers and experienced a frequent operate pressure of 50 personnel.

The Financial institution of Santa Maria, arranged on May possibly 1, 1896, elected L.M. Kaiser as President F.B. Jack, Supervisor, and Paul O. Tietzen as Cashier and Secretary.

The 1st formal library in Santa Maria was brought about through the untiring endeavours of the Minerva Library Club. The Carnegie Library was committed in 1909 with Minnie A. Sterns serving as the initially librarian.

Santa Maria’s first legally selected mayor (the term “mayor” coming into use by an act of the point out legislature in 1927) was Arthur Fugler, son of Francis and Elizabeth Fugler. He served as Santa Maria Mayor until eventually 1932, when he retired.

Dr. Earl H. Humphrey, who’d moved to Santa Maria from Oxnard in 1905, was the very first accredited veterinarian in Santa Maria. Dr. Humphrey practiced below for 53 a long time.

The Harmony Club, with Ramona Small as President, was the first music club in town. The club gave 3 live shows a yr and introduced in these kinds of renowned artists as Schumann-Heink, Mischa Elman, Harold Bauer and several others.

To quote Robert E. Easton, one particular of Santa Maria’s most distinguished citizens, “Pioneers and settlers of the Valley were a noble set of guys and women of all ages who did significantly in developing a everlasting and prosperous neighborhood. Straightforward and upright working was the purchase of the working day.”