This collection consists of twenty handwritten documents, twenty-five newspaper clippings, ten photographs, and three miscellaneous
publications concerning Santa Barbara Presidio Commandant Gumesindo Flores and his wife Cipriana Llano Flores.
Gumesindo Flores (d.1860) was Santa Barbara Presidio’s last
comandante, arriving in Santa Barbara from Monterey in 1842 where he had been in command since 1839. He married Cipriana Llanos Quintero
in 1835 and they had ten children. They lived in a wooden house on the 900 block of Santa Barbara Street, built in 1818. The
house was destroyed in the 1925 earthquake. Flores was murdered July 16, 1860 by an assassin and is buried at Mission Santa
Barbara. Cipriana Flores was born in Mexico on September 27, 1818 and came to California in 1833 when she was 15 years old.
She died at the age of 103 on November 23, 1921. The collection was compiled and preserved by Helen
Nellie Hartnett Platz, who was given many of the documents by her mother Rose Noe Hartnett, the granddaughter of Cipriana and Gumesindo
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Director for
Historical Resources. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research
Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open to researchers.