The Arnaz, Wagner, Levy, Waterman, Barnes, Denton, Walker papers contain information about Jose de Arnaz, John B. Wagner,
Joseph Levy, Anna A. Levy, William M. Waterman, William Henry Barnes, Joseph S. Denton and Lena Cannon Walker; all noteworthy
individuals in Ventura County from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s. Information includes legal papers, photographs,
correspondence, biographical publications, newspaper clippings and other ephemera. In addition to these records are minutes
and press releases from the Ventura County Commission for Women for 1982-1983 and miscellaneous files containing military
lists, poetry, postcards, school promotion certificates, and funeral notices.
Jose de Arnaz, John B. Wagner, Joseph Levy, Anna A. Levy, William M. Waterman, Judge William Henry Barnes, Joseph S. Denton,
and Lena Cannon Walker were all prominent individuals around Ventura County. De Arnaz was a well known rancher and agriculturalist
in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. He was also one of the leading proponents behind the establishment and
incorporation of the city of San Buenaventura in 1864. Wagner was a deputy auditor for Ventura County and a member of the
board of trustees for Ventura's first public library. Levy, son of Achilles Levy, was the owner and operator of the Bank of
A. Levy. The bank, founded by his father in 1885, was the largest privately owned bank in Ventura County until 1995. Anna
A. Levy, the daughter of Joseph Levy, married Waterman on May 14, 1902. Waterman was a partner for the mercantile and agricultural
firm Lehmann and Waterman, which dealed extensively within Ventura County. Barnes, originally serving under the Kansas State
Legislature, moved to Ventura County where he was appointed to a judgeship in 1904. Denton was a notable framer and woodworker
in the city of Ventura. Walker, the daughter of United States Congressman Marion Cannon, was a prominent women's rights activist
in Ventura County.
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