Leonardo Cesena, c. 1890s.
According to granddaughter Lorraine Cesena Leach: Leonardo Cesena was born Dec. 2, 1859, and died in Newhall on Jan. 30, 1928. He was buried at the Ruiz Cemetery in San Francisquito Canyon [a month and a half before the St. Francis Dam disaster]. Some say he was born in Spain or Italy and settled in the San Diego area and then in Newhall, where he married Erolinda Rivera [Lorraine's grandmother]. Leonardo worked for The Newhall Land and Farming Co., breaking their horses.
Leonardo and Erolinda had 12 children, plus some babies who died early. The 12 who lived were: Vincent, Lonzie (died approx. age 12), Phillip (died in the St. Francis Dam flood), Vincent, Leonard, Robert (Lorraine's father), George, Dan, Vidall, Oliver, Mary Clorinda Ramirez Cesena, and Albertina Cesena Morales.
LC9001: 9600 dpi jpeg from smaller jpeg courtesy of Lorraine Cesena Leach. Online image only.