MORE BROTHERS

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MORE BROTHERS, a ranching and cattle business operated by three of the six More brothers, Thomas Wallace, Alexander P. and Henry H. More. Their business was to drive cattle from San Diego to the gold mines. It was a hard business because of having to cross the dry plains. They stuck to the job until they had saved enough money to buy land. On April 2, 1856, Thomas Wallace More bought 400 acres of land in the Rancho la Goleta from Daniel Hill. Again on November 21, 1864 he bought another portion of Rancho La Goleta. These More brothers and their heirs owned interests in Santa Rosa Island from 1858 until 1922.



In the News~

April 20, 1872 [SBT]: “The steamer Senator, Captain M. Harloe, was engaged during the first of the present week in bringing in sheep from Santa Cruz Island to this place for the More brothers, who, we understand, purchased, a short time since, twenty thousand from the company, for the sum of $70,000. The captain of the Senator, unlike the passenger ships, brought the Senator up to the wharf in fine style, and discharged her cargo. The captain says there is no difficulty whatever in landing at our wharf.”


April, 1872 [SBT]: “The Senator has been engaged for some days in transporting to the mainland from Santa Cruz Island 20,000 head of sheep for which the More Brothers had paid the sum of $70,000.”


March 22, 1876 [SBDN]: “The Star of Freedom came over from the island yesterday and brought 30 bales of wool for the More Brothers.”


July 17, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance has just been purchased by the More Brothers of Santa Rosa Island, and Mr. Burtis, formerly mate of the Star of Freedom, has been appointed sailing master. Mr. Burtis is well known as a thorough seaman, and the owners have made a good move in securing his services. She takes her first trip today, under new management, on a sea lion hunt.”


January 31, 1878 [SBDP]: “The More Brothers have a band of about 3500 fine sheep which they kept through the dry season on the Goleta Rancho, feeding them on straw, intending to ship them to their Santa Rosa Island as soon as the rains fell. This they were prevented from doing in consequence of the going away of their wharf. They then drove them to the Gaviota landing, and there shipped a load to the island, but when they reached it they found the wharf gone too, which compelled their return to the Gaviota, where the sheep are now grazing, waiting for something to turn up, or be built up, in the shape of a wharf.”


April 20, 1878 [PRP]: “…Sheep shearing has commenced here. The More brothers took a small regiment over to Santa Rosa Island a few days ago. How and what the quality of the clip is I have not as yet learned. H. E. G., Goleta.”


June 8, 1878 [SBDP]: “The case of More Brothers vs. J. B. Joyaux was set for Saturday next at 10 o’clock A.M., and the Court ordered a special venue for twelve jurors to be issued and made returnable at that time.”


June 17, 1878 [SBDP]: “County Court—Judge Maguire. The case of More Brothers vs. Joyaux was tried Saturday afternoon before a jury of five. The case was argued and submitted, and a verdict rendered for the defendant without damages.”


November 11, 1878 [SBDP]: “The schooner Surprise is expected today from Santa Rosa Island. She has on board two men under arrest, charged by the More brothers with having committed a misdemeanor.”


December 18, 1878 [SBDP]: “I. K. Fisher has just bought one of the finest-looking young horses in the city—large, clean-limbed, and well muscled. He was raised by the More brothers on Santa Rosa Island, and as soon as he is broke to harness will throw dust in the faces of some of our roadsters, or we miss our prediction.”


April 3, 1879 [SBDP]: “A new schooner belonging to the More brothers and intended to ply between this place and Santa Rosa Island has been lying off the city for a day or two. The schooner is of about 60 tons burthen and is said to be a first-class vessel in every respect.”


April 22, 1879 [SBDP]: “The More brothers employed about thirty sheep-shearers yesterday, and left for Santa Rosa Island today to commence shearing their little bunch of 25,000 sheep.”


September 23, 1879 [SBDP]: “The schooner Santa Rosa, belonging to the More Brothers, has gone to Santa Rosa Island to load with wool for More’s Landing.”


November 20, 1879 [SBDP]: “On Wednesday of last week the schooner Santa Rosa, belonging to the More Brothers, narrowly escaped being wrecked during the gale which prevailed outside of the islands. She parted her chain cable and was rapidly drifting onto the rocks, but sail was got on her in time to enable her to beat off shore and keep away for More’s Landing.”


March 10, 1880 [SBDP]: “The island of Santa Rosa… is a perfect paradise for stock, and has proved to be a bonanza to the owners… The More brothers have made a number of substantial improvements thereon, consisting of a fine dwelling house, a substantial wharf, three large barns, eighteen miles of high board fence, and five large corrals on different parts of the island. They also have large storehouses for their wool, and have constructed close by a sheep-dip, through which the sheep after being sheared, are driven. The dip consists of a hole dug in the ground about five feet deep and fifty feet in length, with a sloping bank on the one end. This is filled with a solution of carbolic acid, and the sheep made to plunge in and swim through this twice a year, as a preventative of scab disease. Not a case, as yet, has ever been known among the sheep on the island. The place contains at present some 40,000 head of sheep, 250 head of Durham cattle and 150 head of horses and mules, besides a number of deer and elk that roam at will. The Messrs. More have this year one hundred acres planted in grain…New potatoes of immense size have been shipped this year, and vegetables of all kinds grow to perfection. A force of twenty men are employed in their farming and stock operations, and their income from the wool clip alone will amount to something princely. The schooner Star of Freedom is at present making weekly trips to and from the islands, delivering produce…”


October 9, 1880 [SBDP]: “The schooner N. L. Drew has sailed for Santa Rosa Island to load with wool for More Brothers.”


May 24, 1881 [SBDP]: “George Orcutt, of Santa Rosa Island, and a brother-in-law of the More brothers, is in the city.”


June 1, 1883 [SBDI]: “The three-masted schooner Vesta went to the islands several days ago after unloading its cargo of lumber, and took 1,700 tons of wool to San Francisco for the More Brothers.”


August 21, 1883 [SBDP]: “More’s schooner left for Santa Rosa Island this morning.”


January 17, 1880 [SBDI]: “Constable Phillips returned from San Francisco night before last with Captain Worth, Captain Eastman and Captain Weston in charge, all charged with grand larceny, in having taken three hogs belonging to the More Brothers, from Santa Rosa Island, on the 10th of December last.”


January 6, 1900 [MD]: “The More heirs are going to sell Santa Rosa Island in small tracts to colonists in order to secure a fair division of the property. This throwing open of the island to the public will be beneficial to the towns on the mainland.”