CABRIEL RUIZ is one of the native sons of California, born in Santa Barbara County in 1817. His father, Jose
Ruiz, was born in Mexico and came to California many years ago. At one time he owned some land where Ventura is
now located, having had a grant of 1,000 acres of land from the Mexican Government for services rendered the government
in Californian. The ancestors of the family were officers in the Mexican army. Mr. Ruiz has a pleasant home and
a fine ranch of 151 acres, called the Santa Anita Rancho, and he also owns some lots in Santa Barbara; also in
Ventura. He hags always lived the life of a farmer and stock raiser. They came to this locality in 1879. Here Mr.
Ruiz raises Norman and Richmond horses and some fine grade cattle.
The subject of this sketch was married in 1859 to Miss Rafaela Cota, daughter of Balentin Cota, a native of Mexico.
They have fourteen children, all born in Southern California, and thirteen of them, at the present writing, make
their home with their parents. Their names are as follows: Arthur, Doraliza, Lazaro, Ulpiano, Thomas, Albertina,
Auzelmo, Petra, Josepha, Lucy, Baleutin, Gabriel and Acacia. They have all been sent to the English schools and
can speak both the English and Spanish languages. All are members of the Catholic Church. Three of the sons are
engaged in business. Thomas assists his father in the management of the ranch and is agent for the Spanish people
in the vicinity of Santa Ana, acting as their interpreter and obtaining employment for them. He is also a fine
musician, playing both violin and guitar. He and his brothers form a band and furnish good music for social parties.
Arthur has a saloon and the best billiard rooms in the county of Ventura. Ulpiano is a freighter and teamster,
having a large, strong wagon, to which he drives four; and sometimes six, fine horses. They are a family of intelligent
and refined people, and are well worthy the success which is attending them.
A Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Ventura, California
The Lewis Publishing Company
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