This collection comprises the professional and personal papers of Ray Billingsley, a prominent lawyer in Santa Ana, California
from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Included are records from his legal practice and his business interests in the Villa Park
Ray Billingsley, a prominent lawyer and orchardist in Santa Ana, California at the turn of the 20th century, was born in 1854
at Richmond, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and in 1879 received his LL.B. and began practicing law in Vinton, Iowa.
He married Eleanor A. Patterson in 1882 and they moved to Orange County, California in the summer of 1886. They settled on
84 acres of land in Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana and named their house "Villa Park". The land was bought at $125 to $225 an
acre and about 2/3rd was eventually planted in orchard oranges, lemons, apricots, and walnuts and olives. The Billingsleys
had seven children: William Patterson, Helen May, Harlowe Ray, Carey Val, Hester Sophia and Maynard John (who died at 12 years).