OWEN, Virgil W.

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OWEN, Virgil Williams (1878-1954), native of California who was interested in herpetology and ornithology from an early age. He held various jobs throughout his lifetime; married in his 20s in 1903 and had one namesake son.


Virgil W. Owen = [1903] Blanche Barwell (1881-1937) of Ohio

1. Virgil Owen Jr. (1909-1988) = [1929] Beatrice A. Backus

In the 1910 census Virgil and Blanche Owen lived at 803 Bannie Brae in Los Angeles with their newborn son and his parents. May 1914 Cooper Ornithological Club: Virgin W. Owen. 1241 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 1896 In the 1920 census Virgil and Blanche Owen lived on Hope St. in Los Angeles. In the 1930 census Virgil and Blanche Owen lived at 1352 North Fuller Ave., Los Angeles. In 1935 they lived in Hollywood. By the 1940 census Virgil is a widowed naturalist living in Ramona, CA. In 1935 he was still living in Hollywood. Owen died June 16, 1954 in San Diego.


Owen collected on:



Island Collections~
ANACAPA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190814 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190815 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190816 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190817 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190818 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190819 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 2, 1899 WFVZ-190820 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 4, 1899 WFVZ-190817 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen (?) WFVZ June 4, 1899 WFVZ-201253 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Anacapa Island Virgil W. Owen (?) WFVZ June 4, 1899 WFVZ-201255 Larus occidentalis Eggs


SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island Virgil W. Owen DMNS June 12, 1910 DMNS-3399 Cepphus columba Eggs
San Miguel Island Virgil W. Owen DMNS June 12, 1910 DMNS-3400 Cepphus columba Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 8, 1910 WFVZ-1226 Uria aalge Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 8, 1910 WFVZ-1232 Uria aalge Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 8, 1910 WFVZ-153 Lunda cirrhata Eggs


SANTA BARBARA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74067 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74068 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74069 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74070 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74071 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-74072 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 3, 1899 WFVZ-148862 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen OSUM June 3, 1899 OSUM-4043 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen OSUM June 4, 1899 OSUM-4042 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
Santa Barbara Island Virgil W. Owen WFVZ June 4, 1899 WFVZ-201258 Larus occidentalis Eggs



In the News~

November 4, 1906 [LAT]: “Virgil W. Owen of this city is the young herpetologist who is supplying desiccated rattlesnake venom to scientists. He has found many rare specimens of snakes in the deserts and mountains of Arizona, and tells of the varieties and habits of poisonous reptiles and of his own studies and experiences with rattlesnakes and others.”


June 25, 1910 [LAH]: “San Pedro, June 24. Fears for the safety of V. W. Owen, George Willett, O. W. Howard, Anthony Jay and J. S. Appleton were relieved this afternoon when the launch Niedra arrived today from Santa Rosa Island where the party was detained for more than a week, Captain E. Hall being unable to land because of a strong northwester and heavy seas. The party left Los Angeles June 4, intending to pass ten days on the island gathering Indian relics and bird specimens for the Natural History and Ornithological Club of Los Angeles. It was their intention to leave the island June 15. After the work had been completed the party waited day after day for the storm to abate. Harry Lelande, N. N. Love and A. P. Howard were members of the original party, but left the island before the storm was at its height and reached home safely. The other members of the party secured provisions from the power schooner Santa Rosa Island and from the only ranch house on the island.”