Birth certificate of Caroline Francis Garcia (as Francis Garcia), born in Newhall at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 1923, to Louis and Mary Garcia.
The certificate lists the "color or race" of both of Caroline's parents as "Mexican," but that is incorrect, at least as it
relates to her mother; she was Indian. (Her mother's 1919 marriage certificate says "white," which is also wrong.)
Mary Cook Garcia, who would become the matriarch of the Cooke and Garcia families, is the daugher of Fred S. and (Chief) Frances Cooke.
Frances Cooke (Caroline's maternal grandmother) descends from individuals living in the Tataviam Indian village of Chaguayabit (Tsawayung) at Castaic Junction prior to European contact in 1769.
Fred S. Cooke's paternal grandmother was a California Indian born at the Mission San Gabriel.
Caroline is identified here as Mary's fourth child.
We know less about the heritage of Caroline's father, Louis Garcia, but his 1919 marriage certificate lists his race as "white" and says both of his parents, Epidion Garcia and Carolin Ochoga (Garcia), were born in California.
The certificate identifies the attending physician as R.J. Sewall. We don't know who that is. Coincidentally(?), the deputy registrar who probably filled out the
certificate was A.C. Swall. We know who that is. In 1923, Albert Swall was the local general merchant, hotelier, postmaster and pretty much everything else in Newhall.
Just months before Caroline's birth, Albert Swall started and served as the first president of the Newhall Chamber of Commerce.