Rancho Santa Margarita Remembered: An Oral History
Santa Barbara, CA: Fithian Press, 1989.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Bound in brown cloth boards. Light spotting to top edges of pages, binding is tight, text is clean. Dust jacket has very small chip to top edge of front panel. From the dust jacket: "One weekend in 1974, Jerome Baumgartner sat with his father and listend to stories of his childhood on the Santa Margaritz Ranch. Jerome had heard these stories many times before, but this time was different: this time there was a tape recorder going. That weekend was the first session of what was to become a remarkable oral history of one of the biggest and most important ranchos in California history, a quarter-million acre ranch with tens of thousands of cattle and hundreds of horses, not to mention vaqueros, Chinese cooks, and a vast extended family of remarkable people. But Rancho Santa Margarita Remembered is not just a history of a Southern California cattle ranch. More important, it is the recorded memory of a child's view of a unique period in the history of rural America --- the first twenty years of the twentieth century --- and what it was like to grow up in thosse times."