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Santa Barbara Cemetery

CULBERTSON, George Augustus (1861-1915), born in Indiana, on November 15, 1883 he married Margaret E. Moore in Santa Barbara, California [Marriage ID#620976]. By 1900 they had five surviving children:

  • 1. George Augustus = 15 (1885-1948) [SS#566-14-2970]
  • 2. John Thomas (c. 1888- )
  • 3. Harry Joseph (1891-1972)
  • 4. Emma “Emita” = 7 (c. 1893-1920) Mrs. Benjamin Rowan, Los Angeles, CA
  • 5. Francis B. (c. 1899- )
  • infant died at birth (1897-1897)

Culbertson was widowed by 1910. He enjoyed fishing and made many trips to the islands with his good friend, William Bates. He served as Santa Barbara Deputy Sheriff (1903, 1910).

1904 = 129 E. Micheltorena 1914 = 114 West Ortega

Culbertson died on October 29, 1915. He is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery.

In the News~

August 17, 1884 [SBDP]: “Good fishing. Yesterday some of the members of the Union Club had a fishing test. Messrs. Bates, Winchester, and Eddy sailed in Jack’s boat. Messrs. Broome, Knapp and Culbertson sailed in Larco’s sloop. Each boat fished about four hours. The party in Jack’s boat caught 75 fish. Those in Larco’s boat caught 54 fish. Only barracudas and bonitas were caught, weighing from three to eighteen pounds each. The combined catch weighed over 200 pounds.”

March 27, 1894 [SBMP]: “The launch Chispa, Captain F. A. Woodworth, engineer and general utility man George Culbertson on board, returned from the islands yesterday.”

May 26, 1894 [SBDI]: “The launch Chispa, with F. A. Woodworth, George Culbertson, Mr. Doulton, and others on board, has returned from the island trip.”

August 21, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Great anxiety is felt here on account of the non-appearance of Messrs. George Culbertson and William Bates. They left Gaviota Saturday morning in a small sailboat for this city, and have not been seen or heard of since. This morning a searching party, composed of Messrs. Harold Doulton, Charles and Fred Bates, started out in the gasoline launch, Chispa, to look for them.”

August 22, 1894 [LAT/SB]: “Trying experience of a couple of men in a sailboat. After three days and two nights without food, William Bates and George Culbertson arrived last night on the stage from El Capitan. They left Gaviota on Sunday morning for this city, and were becalmed in the afternoon near More’s Landing. They laid there for awhile and then got in their small boat and rowed as long as they could, towing the sailboat. They dared not land, as the coast was too rocky in that vicinity, and on Saturday evening a strong southeast gale came up. They took in one sail and the other was blown away. They then dropped anchor and, overcome by exhaustion, laid down and went to sleep. During the night they drifted about twelve miles up the coast, dragging their anchor, and on Monday morning they left the boat and rowed ashore in the little boat, making El Capitan, where they awaited the stage. Charles Bates and Harold Doulton started this morning with the launch Chispa to bring back the sailboat.”

July 26, 1895 [LAT/SB]: “The schooner Restless departed last Wednesday night for Quava Val Des, Santa Cruz Island, with a coop of carrier pigeons. These pigeons were sent to the island by the Independent, and for the purpose of having a daily communication with the numerous campers at Quava Val Des. These birds are the property of M. W. Pierce, George Culbertson and M. Hawcroft. There are two noted flyers in the lot of pigeons designed for this service. A pigeon was to have been let loose Wednesday night, but as none has shown up at the cote today, it is thought that the Restless did not arrive at its destination in time.”

June 21, 1897 [SBDN]: “William Bates’ pride goes ashore on Santa Cruz Island. News was received here this morning of the loss of the Chappo, a yacht recently constructed by W. Bates, in Chinese Harbor, during the windstorm of Monday, a week ago. It seems the yacht was sailed into the harbor and that the men aboard could not get her out. They then anchored her, rowing ashore in a small boat. During the storm of June 14 she dragged her anchor, going shore in the rocks, where it is reported she went to pieces. Besides William Bates there were on the yacht, George Culbertson, Mr. House and a man by the name of Alex.”

May 13, 1903 [SBMP]: “Deputy sheriff George Culbertson has returned from the island where he went to attach the belongings of the Yamada Commercial Company to satisfy a claim for wages. He brought back two tons of dried abalones, a tent and a quantity of packing boxes.”

May 20, 1903 [SBMP]: “George Culberton left early yesterday morning for the islands to attach the remainder of the abalones owned by the Yamada Commercial Company, left on account of being too green at the time of the former attachment. He returned last night, leaving a Jap in charge as keeper, who will complete the curing of the abalones, when they will be brought over and sold to satisfy the claim against the company for wages.”

August 12, 1906 [SBMP]: “Will paint island scenes. Among those in the party was Theodore Wores, a well-known artist of Los Angeles and San Francisco, who has located in this city, and is now at the Potter. This was Mr. Wores first trip across the channel, and he was much pleased by the beauty and attractiveness of Santa Cruz Island. The picturesqueness of the island views appealed to Mr. Wores, and before he returned to the city, he decided to camp there for several weeks for the purpose of putting some of them on canvas. Other members of the party were Herbert Earlscliff of Montecito and C.A. Wheeler, Ogenio Larco, George Culbertson, Arthur Greenwell of this city, and engineer K. Farrow of the Southern Pacific motor car.”