One of the largest ranches in the Carpenteria Valley is that owned by the estate of Andrew Bailard, which is under the direct management of his widow and John Bailard, his eldest son. Andrew Bailard was born in Germany, and came to this country in his boyhood, with his parents, who settled on a farm in Missouri. In 1853 Andrew came to California across the plains, first settling in San Mateo County, where he purchased a ranch of 400 acres, and carried on general farming, making grain, barley, hay and potatoes the principal crops.
In 1857 he was married to Miss Martha C. Schultz, a native of Missouri, who came across the plains in the same train with Mr. Bailard. In 1868 Mr. Bailard sold his ranch and in August of the same year he moved his family to the Carpenteria Valley. He here purchased 400 acres of wild land from Dr. Beggs, who owned a large Spanish grant. He at once began clearing and as soon as practicable planted corn and beans. At that time the small bean was cultivated, the Lima bean being a later production. Mr. Bailard died in December, 1876, leaving his widow and nine children.
The four daughters of Andrew and Martha Bailard. In the front row, Mrs. Mary Bailard Hall; in the middle are the Misses Katherine and Myrtle Bailard, and standing in back is Mrs. Theresa Bailard Franklin.
His eldest son, John Bailard, was born in San Mateo County, in 1859; received his education there and at the Santa Barbara College. He has taken an active part in the management of the ranch, which has since been enlarged by 100 acres that Mrs. Bailard inherited. The valley land has mostly been cleared of the live oaks since his father's death; and of the 500 acres, 400 are under cultivation, the uplands during the alternate years and valleys every year. The machinery used is of the most improved kind, throwing all labor possible upon the team rather than the driver. Two hundred acres of the ranch is planted to Lima beans, which has become the principle crop of the valley. Mr. Bailard has recently purchased forty acres more, which is largely under cultivation.
In June, 1887, Mr. Bailard was married in Carpenteria, to Miss Kitty Cravens.
History of Carpenteria, California
Andrew Bailard Biography, 1940
John Bailard Biography, 1883
J. C. Bailard Biography, 1927
T. A. Cravens Biography, 1891
Family of Mary Theresa Michaels and Lawrence Baylard
Lowell Francis Shanklin, 1927
O. P. Squier, 1927