CARTERI, Leon

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Leon Carteri and his wife, Matilda Martina Cora Foxen
Calvary Cemetery, San Jose, California


CARTERI, Leon Jules (1839-1903), Frenchman born in Toulouse, Southern France, who became a well-known rancher, butcher and dairyman in Santa Barbara County. He did lots of business with the Santa Cruz Island Company.

In 1899 Carteri bought 28 acres of land in Los Alamos from James Barron Shaw II.

At age 38, Carteri married Matilda Martina Cora Foxen (1856-1933) in Santa Barbara, California on November 16, 1878. They had fourteen children, eleven of whom survived to maturity:

  • Leontine Beatrice [Verhelle] (1880-1957)
  • Marie Seraphine [Sentous] (1882-1956)
  • Josephine J. (1883-1971)
  • Serena Anita (1884-1970)
  • Bertrand Julian (1886-1965)
  • Edmond (1890- )
  • Teresa Matilde (1892-1949)
  • Mercedes Jacinta (1893-1943)
  • Angela Virginia (1895-1940)
  • Ursula Marie [Volk] (1897-1982)
  • Irma Bernadine [Kellogg](1901-1983)

After selling his Santa Barbara lands, Carteri and his family moved to San Jose, California in 1900. He died in San Jose, California on September 5, 1903, six weeks after suffering injuries sustained in an accident in a runaway wagon. He is buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, San Jose. His wife is buried in Foxen Canyon Cemetery, Santa Barbara County.


1886 Santa Barbara Directory: “Carteri, Leon. Ranchero and butcher. State Street below De la Guerra. Residence Chapala Street above Ortega.”



In the News~

June 9, 1886 [SBDP]: “L. Carteri offers to contribute a heifer and three lambs to any society that will get up a barbecue for the Fourth of July.”


April 9, 1887 [SBDI]: “Mr. Carteri, having purchased the Independent building, will assume charge of the butcher shop on the first floor heretofore run by I. K. Fisher. The change takes place Monday.”


April 5, 1888 [SBDI]: “The schooner Star of Freedom yesterday brought fifty head of sheep from Santa Cruz Island for L. Carteri.”


May 11, 1888 [SBDI]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Thompson, arrived from Santa Cruz Island this morning with 100 sheep for Sherman & Ealand, and 60 for L. Carteri.”


May 22, 1888 [SBDI]: “The schooner Star of Freedom brought over from the island today 100 sheep for Sherman & Ealand, and ninety for L. Carteri.”


May 23, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Thompson, arrived night before last from Santa Cruz Island. She brought 100 sheep for Sherman & Ealand, and 90 for L. Carteri.”


June 18, 1888 [SBDI]: “The schooner Star of Freedom brought 180 sheep for Sherman & Ealand and L. Carteri from Santa Cruz Island yesterday.”


June 23, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom, Captain Thompson, arrived night before last from Santa Cruz Island with 96 sheep for Leon Carteri.”


July 12, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom arrived from Santa Cruz Island last Tuesday evening with 174 sheep for Sherman & Ealand and L. Carteri.”


October 25, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom arrived Tuesday night with 133 sheep for Sherman & Ealand and Leon Carteri.”


November 11, 1888 [SBMP]: “The schooner Star of Freedom arrived yesterday morning from Santa Cruz Island with 115 sheep for Leon Carteri.”


February 22, 1893 [LAT/SB]: “Leon Carteri has returned from the Santa Rosa ranch [not Island] on which he has 5,000 head of cattle, and he reports the feed growing rapidly and the cattle doing well. Mr. Carteri reports that the statements of cattle dying for want of food have been greatly exaggerated…”


December 20, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “Judge W. S. Day of the Superior Court rendered judgment yesterday in favor of the defendants in the trial of the ejectment case of Leon Carteri vs. Thomas W. Roberts et al., deciding that they are in lawful possession of certain land on the Santa Rosa Rancho.”


September 5, 1903 [SBI]: “Don Leon Carteri died at San José from his injuries… Don Leon Carteri was one of the oldest pioneers of this county and for many years was in business here. He is reputed to have been very wealthy. He leaves a large family.”


September 6, 1903 [SBMP]: “As a result of injuries received in a runaway accident several weeks ago, Leon Carteri died yesterday morning at his home in San José. Mr. Carteri was well known throughout Santa Barbara County, having been extensively interested here in ranching and dairying for many years. At one time he conducted a local market supplying his customers with meat from his own herds. Besides his own ranches, he had the Santa Rosa ranch under lease for a long time, and is said to have amassed a large fortune.”


September 6, 1903 [LAT]: “San José, California. Leon Carteri, the capitalist who was seriously injured in a runaway accident here July 30, died at noon today. He was a native of France and 70 years of age.”