LEONE, Lodovico

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LEONE, Lodovico (1885-1917) (Ludrico, Ludivico Leoni), Italian-born blacksmith and Santa Cruz Island Company employee who died as a result of being kicked by a horse on Santa Cruz Island on January 28, 1917. He was 32 years old, and left a wife and two children in Italy. He had been in California for five years and in Santa Barbara County for eleven months at the time of his death. Leone is buried in Calvary Cemetery (#1636). His death certificate states he died of “abdominal tuberculosis.”



In the News~

January 29, 1917 [SBDP]: “Italian funeral. Ludivico Leoni, 32 years old, died this morning at the Saint Francis Hospital where he had been confined for more than a year [?] from injuries sustained when he was kicked by a horse. Leoni was employed on the Caire ranch on Santa Cruz Island. He leaves a wife and two children who reside in Italy. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning from the church of Our Lady of Sorrows.”


February 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “You have undoubtedly heard that Leone died last week. We have picked up a version of this accident that we hadn’t heard before, and are giving it to you as we heard it: Leone was at the Sur on horseback and while there caught two small wild pigs which he attempted to tie on the back of his saddle. The pigs were squeaking and kicking and the horse kicked out to try and shale them loose and struck Leone. We looked up the Diary and Payroll to find what work he could have been on at the Sur, and find that he did telephone repair on January 19th, but no location is stated. On the 24th he laid off sick. From the 1st of February to the 9th he worked part of the time.”


March 28, 1917 [SCICo]: “We are enclosing a letter addressed to L. Leone. Would suggest that you find out what kind of an institution is located at the return address on the envelope.”


Undated 1917 [SCICo]: “Mr. Ruiz, Public Administrator, Santa Barbara County. Dear Sir. We enclose a list of articles now on Santa Cruz Island belonging to the estate of Lodovico Leone, deceased. I believe that a sale of these articles would not bring a total of $2.50, as these personal effects are in a very poor condition.”


Undated 1917 [SCICo]: “G. Puema, Esq., Royal Italian Consulate Agent, Los Angeles, Cal. Dear Sir. After a rather prolonged investigation, due to the absence of witnesses to the accident which resulted in the death of Lodovico Leone, we find that when the accident occurred Leone was not engaged in any occupation due to his employment. In fact, the accident was the result of his engaging in killing wild animals during working hours, something which was absolutely forbidden and which he knew to be forbidden.