General, Santa Cruz Island

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Fields west of ranch, Upper at right,
Domestic at left and part of General in foreground.
Santa Cruz Island, Symmes, 1922


General, Santa Cruz Island (Campo General) is located near the Main Ranch.



In the News~

October 26, 1916 [SCICo]: “We turned the steers out on the General, letting them clean up the alfalfa there, and then sent them to Christy… The Islay and the General are being disked preparatory to replanting. We have been using the soil auger on these two fields and there is a lack of lime in both of them. If we could get 2 tons of ground limestone laid down at Santa Barbara for $3.00 a ton or less it would pay to apply it to these fields.”


October 26, 1916 [SCICo]: The Islay and the General are being disced preparatory to replanting.”


April 17, 1917 [SCICo]: “The alfalfa of the General has been mowed and raked and we are now working on the Islay.”


March 19, 1918 [SCICo]: “Harrowing and digging were done in the Domestic Upper and General and two-men days were put in plowing the Vineyard.”


March 26, 1918 [SCICo]: “Since last advice, the work done consisted of: …burning brush in the vineyard, transplanting vines, harrowing General for reseeding alfalfa…”


April 23, 1918 [SCICo]: “The ground in the General that was plowed for corn was so lumpy and had dried out so badly that we did not plant it.”


May 27, 1918 [SCICo]: “The alfalfa in the General has been moved, raked and shocked.”


February 26, 1919 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch the work consists of pruning in the Vineyard. Some plowing and harrowing are being done in the upper General for corn.”


September 14, 1919 [SCICo]: “The European is being plowed for barley and oats, wood cut, weeds piled and burned in Upper and General, vineyard fences repaired, etc.”


September 26, 1919 [SCICo]: “We are also handing wine to Prisoners’ Harbor and have about 80 puncheons down there, cutting wood, repairing fence, plowing the General, and I am breaking another saddle horse.”


May 17, 1920 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch corrida horses are being shod, vineyard hoed, walnut trees trimmed of dead wood, hay harvested in the General. That in the Rialto is all harvested and called moved.”


May 21, 1919 [SCICo]: “The alfalfa of the General has been cut and raked.”


June 12, 1919 [SBMP]: “The schooner Santa Cruz tied up at the pier yesterday at 1 o’clock, with 126 sheep on board from Scorpion Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, for the Gehl Packing Company. The packing company had ordered twice that number, but the crew of the schooner stated that the heavy swells prevented them from transporting by small boats more sheep than they had on board. There is no wharf at Scorpion Harbor. They also reported the channel waters to be very rough all the way over. Gehl expressed himself yesterday as being under the impression that the price of lambs in the near future would soar still higher than the present $9 a head mark, due partly to the fact that the season is drawing to a close.”


September 10, 1919 [SCICo]: “the General is half plowed for barley…”


September 14, 1919 [SCICo]: “The European is being plowed for barley and oats, wood cut, weeds piled and burned in Upper and General, vineyard fences repaired, etc.”


September 10, 1919 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch wine is being hauled to Prisoners’ Harbor by two wagons now, the General is being plowed, fences repaired and wood cut.”


September 26, 1919 [SCICo]: “We are also handing wine to Prisoners’ Harbor and have about 80 puncheons down there, cutting wood, repairing fence, plowing the General, and I am breaking another saddle horse.”


November 17, 1919 [SCICo]: “We are discing the General to break up the large clods so that we may plant it dry to barley.”


November 23, 1919 [SCICo]: “At the Main ranch hay is being hauled from Prisoners’ Harbor, the General has been disced preparatory to planting barley, the repairs in the creek to protect the roads are finished and implements etc being put in order.”


December 15, 1919 [SCICo]: “We are casting the seed at Puertazuela instead of drilling it because we have not had sufficient rain to put the ground in condition for drilling. We intended to do the same in the European and General as we cannot afford to wait… I am therefore putting in a requisition for … 4000# of oats for the European and 2000# of barley for the General are needed as soon as we can possibly get it.”


January 26, 1920 [SCICo]: “On the Main Ranch the vineyard is being pruned, the European seeded to oats and harnesses repaired and the lower half of the General disced.”


March 15, 1920 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch the vineyard is being plowed and harrowed, the pruning and brush burning is finished, the vineyard being tied and the stakes where necessary and the mustard is being pulled out of the hay in the General.”


April 5,1920 [SCICo]: “The mustard in the General is very thick. We are having the men pull it by hand to prevent further infestation of the land.”


May 10, 1920 [SCICo]: “At the Main Ranch we are hoeing the vineyard and moving cattle, and cutting hay at the General and Puertazuela.”