††††††††††† Well known as a capitalist and rancher, Adolfo Camarillo resides in the town which bears his name and is a worthy scion of one of the old and honored families of Southern California.† He was born at San Buenaventura, October 29, 1864, a son of Juan Camarillo and a grandson of Luis and Maria (Rodriguez) Camarillo, who were natives of Mexico.† In that country Juan Camarillo was born May 27, 1812, and remained in Mexico until he was twenty-two years of age, when he came to California with a colony whose destination was Monterey.† Several members of the expedition landed at San Diego and continued their journey by land.† At Santa Barbara, Juan Camarillo left the party and established his headquarters in one of the missions of the locality.† He purchased a stock of merchandise and traveled between San Francisco and San Diego, trading with the settlers in that region.† He made two thousand dollars in this manner and later opened a store at Santa Barbara, also dealing extensively in land grants.† He was a man of foresight and sagacity and a fine exemplar of the California pioneer.† He attained the age of seventy-six years, passing away in December, 1888.† On April 12, 1840, he had married Miss Martina Hernandez, a native of California, and his large property holdings in Ventura were inherited by his daughters, while the ranch was bequeathed to his widow and two sons, Adolfo and Juan, Jr.
††††††††††† Adolfo Camarillo pursued his studies in San Buenaventura and also took a course in the International Business College of Los Angeles.† During his fatherís lifetime the ranch was devoted chiefly to the breeding of cattle and sheep, and fifteen hundred acres were under cultivation.† Adolfo Camarillo has wrought a marked change in the appearance of the property, installing modern improvements, and among the buildings which he erected was a fine dairy, electrically equipped.† This he operated until 1920, when he withdrew from the dairy business.† He is a large breeder of hogs and one of the foremost stockmen of this part of the state.† He has over three thousand acres in beans, and two thousand acres are devoted to the raising of corn, barley, alfalfa and other crops.† He is a grower of walnuts and also finds the raising of citrus fruits a profitable occupation.† In the operation of his place he has used system and science, which always produce the best results, and is a recognized leader of agricultural advancement in Ventura County.† The ranch comprises ten thousand acres and is one of the largest and best equipped in the state.† It is nearly all piped for irrigation and in every respect is a model farm property.† He is a director of the Camarillo Citrus Association and president of the Ventura County Walnut Association.† Entering the financial field, Mr. Camarillo became vice president of the First National Bank of Ventura and the Ojai State Bank, which interests he afterward sold.† His is now a director of the Camarillo Branch of the Bank of America and in Oxnard his name appears on the directorates of the Levy and Security Banks, which have benefited by his wisdom and experience.
††††††††††† In 1888 Mr. Camarillo was married to Miss Isobel M. Menchaca, a daughter of Francisco Menchaca and of Spanish lineage.† They have four daughters, Mrs. Rose C. Petit, Mrs. Ave FitzGerald, Mrs. Isabel C. Burket and Miss Carmen Camarillo, and a son, Frank A.
††††††††††† Reared a Catholic, Mr. Camarillo has always adhered to that faith, and fraternally he is identified with Oxnard Council of the Knights of Columbus, of which he is a past grand knight, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.† He was a prime mover in forming the Fair Association, becoming its president, and was also called to the presidency of Cabrillo Parlor, No. 114, of the Natives Sons of the Golden West.† Mr. Camarillo was a member of the board of supervisors of Ventura County for eight years, exerting his influence in behalf of good roads and other needed public improvements, and has ever been ready to serve his district when needed.† He is a citizen of high ideals, a loyal Californian and a man of large affairs who has been a vital force for progress in this part of the state.
Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 129-131, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis.† 1933.
© 2012 †V. Gerald Iaquinta.