This collection includes documents, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera of the Orena family.
A native of Spain, Gaspar Orena (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 Orena'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 Orena 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 Orena de Koch.
65 items in 3 boxes
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