ROMO, (Alfred) Ramón

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ROMO, [Alfred] Ramón (1862-1947), Californiano and long-time Santa Cruz Island Company employee, described by island superintendent, Clifford McElrath:

“In the barranca was an accumulation of brush, and leaning over the top was a small willow. Ramón Romo climbed out on a willow limb to try to dangle a noose over a boar’s head so he could be pulled out. About that time the willow limb broke off, and as Ramon was lying at full length on the limb he was dropped head-first into the barranca with the hog. To get the full picture of this, one had to know Ramón. He had a little of the grandee in him. He did everything with a flourish. If he was bucked off his horse, the last thing he did as he went off was a flourish with his right arm and an ‘Ah cabrón.’ From his tone, it sounded like, ‘Just the way I planned it and I have the situation under complete control.’ When he fell into the barranca there was the usual ‘Ah cabrón.’ For the next few seconds bedlam broke loose. The pig was squealing and grunting, the dogs yapping, and Ramón cursing. He came out of the washout dragging the boar by the hind leg. Ramón didn’t have a scratch on him. How he did it I don’t know.”

In 1932 Romo’s portrait was penciled on Santa Cruz Island by artist George Dane. Romo was struck and killed by a car in Goleta on Valentine’s Day 1947 while he was attempting to cross the highway as a pedestrian. He was 84 years old. Romo is buried in Goleta Cemetery (#1640).

[portrait by George Dane]

In the News~

May 20, 1904 [OC]: “The fate of Jack King and Arthur Peters, the two Hueneme boys who started for the islands in an open boat a few weeks ago, has been settled beyond a doubt… The finding of their wrecked boat on the south side of Santa Cruz Island Tuesday by Captain Romo of the sloop Big Loafer removes the last ray of hope and settles beyond question that they went down to watery graves…”

June 15, 1917 [SCICo]: “The accident to Ramon Romo occurred on May 15th about 4:30 P.M. in the European field. Espinoza who witnessed the accident said that he warned Romo not to ride in the place where he than was because there was a grass covered barranca there and lumps there and he was liable to ride into it. He further stated that Romo paid no attention to his warning, with the result that his horse slipped and his foot was caught between the horse and the bank of the barranca.”

June 29, 1917 [SCICo]: “From what we can find out, Romo has no occupation and when he is not working on the island he spends part of his time fishing. We understand that he has a wife living in San Pedro, but is allowed to call only when he has money.”

September 4, 1917 [SCICo]: “On September 3rd we gave notice on Ramon Romo et al at Hazard; Rosaline Vasquez et al at Fry’s Harbor; and Frank Nidever at Orizaba. What is the next move? We will serve Willows, Coches Prietos and Blue Banks on September 4th and Middle Banks, Yellowbanks and San Pedro Point on the 5th.”

September 15, 1917 [SCICo]: “We have made arrangements with Romo at Hazard to pay a rental of $3.50 per month during the crawfish season. This is along the lines suggested by Mr. F. F. Caire, but is $1.50 more than the rent proposed.”

August 8, 1918 [SCICo]: “Romo backed into the open shears of José Ruiz and suffered a severe cut of the right hand, and we are sending him to Santa Barbara to Dr. Boeseke. Romo went to town with the following note:

“This bearer, Ramón Romo, is an employee of this company. He has suffered a severe laceration of the right hand that we believe should have medical attention. Some two weeks ago he was thrown from a horse and aside from a few bruises, received a puncture wound in the left arm. He has complained of considerable soreness ever since, and it would be well if you gave this your attention also. We would suggest that after he has received the necessary medical attention, that you endeavor to persuade him to return to the island, as he will be better off here than among the grog shops. Thanking you in advance for your attention and trusting that your bill will be forwarded promptly.”

In the News~

August 15, 1919 [SCICo]: “Romo was struck in the forearm by one of the colts that are being broken, and his arm is still sore and swollen after a week. We are sending him to Santa Barbara to Dr. Boeseke.”

October 12, 1920 [SCICo]: “The foreman at Christy is alone now, Ramon Romo having gone to Santa Barbara, but we expect him back this trip.”