This collection contains the papers, dating from 1838 to 1955, of the Oreña
family, who held properties in present-day Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los Angeles, California.
A native of Spain, Gaspar Oreña (1824-1904) came to the United States in the late
nineteenth century. He married the widow of a prominent Californio family from Santa
Barbara, Maria Antonia de la Guerra, after the death of her first husband, Cesareo
E. Lataillade. Several of Oreña's children – namely, Leopoldo, Dario, Orestes,
Arturo, and Serena – assumed the responsibilities of the maintaining or selling the
family's properties in present-day Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los
Angeles Counties. At some point, one of the Oreña children married into the Koch
family. The Koch family also figures significantly in the collection, particularly
those materials that relate to William de Koch, an agent of the Wells Fargo Co., and
his son, Edward Oreña de Koch.
65 items in 3 boxes
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