CAMARILLO, Gumesindo Jose

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CAMARILLO, Gumesindo José (1853-1922) died on Santa Cruz Island May 5, 1922 at age 61. According to a May 9, 1922 Ventura paper, three days before his death:

“the little daughter of José Camarillo dreamed she saw her father on a bier, surrounded by white flowers. The dream made a great impression on her and the relatives to whom she told it. So when the deputy sheriff called to tell them the body of José Camarillo had been found on Santa Cruz Island, they were not surprised. A coroner’s jury decided he had died from rheumatism” [Symmes].

He had worked on the island three months. Camarillo is buried in Ventura at Ivy Lawn Cemetery (#513) which opened in 1917. He was survived by his widow, Lena.



In the News~

July 22, 1920 [SCICo]: “I expect Cagnazzi and Camarillo back by this trip of the schooner and the latter says he can bring several men from Ventura with him.”


May 6, 1922 [SBMP]: “An inquest on Santa Cruz Island was held yesterday by Deputy Coroner Crawford in connection with a man reported to have been found dead on the island. W. C. Vaughan, from McDermott’s undertaking establishment, accompanied the deputy, leaving here about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. They are expected back some time today. According to the report, one of the men living on the island reported the finding of the body to the coroner’s office and requested that an inquest be held.”


May 7, 1922 [SBMP]: “Island death due to natural causes. Rheumatism of the heart was the coroner’s verdict given in the case of José Camarillo of Ventura, who was found dead on Santa Cruz Island last Friday morning. Camarillo, who was a rider, had gone to bed the night before evidently in good health, but efforts to rouse him the next morning failed. Deputy Coroner Crawford made the trip to the island and conducted the inquest after which the body was brought to McDermott’s undertaking parlors by W. C. Vaughan. Camarillo is believed to have had a wife and children in Ventura.”


May 8, 1922 [SBMP]: “Island death due to natural causes. Rheumatism of the heart was the coroner’s verdict given in the case of José Camarillo of Ventura, who was found dead on Santa Cruz Island last Friday morning. Camarillo, who was a rider, had gone to bed the night before evidently in good health, but efforts to rouse him the next morning failed. Deputy Coroner Crawford made the trip to the island and conducted the inquest after which the body was brought to McDermott’s undertaking parlors by W. C. Vaughan. Camarillo had a wife and children residing in Ventura. The funeral of Gumesindo José Camarillo, who died on Santa Cruz Island, was held this afternoon from the Old Mission. Interment was at Ivy Lawn [Ventura].”