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The S. H. Cowell Foundation is named after Samuel Henry Cowell, [Read more]

In order to appreciate the business climate in which this fortune was begun and expanded, it is necessary to understand ... [Read more]

Lime and the Lime Business, by Laurie MacDougall
In order to understand the development of the Cowell business, it is essential to know something about lime. [Read more]

The Santa Cruz Years (1865-1897), by Laurie MacDougall
By 1865, Henry was in control of a thriving business in San Francisco, with significant assets, including at least a ... [Read more]

The Tragic Year (1903), by Laurie MacDougall
The year 1903 was fateful for the Cowells. Henry Cowell was shot in the shoulder in a boundary dispute with ... [Read more]

The S. H. Cowell Years (1911-1955), by Laurie MacDougall
There were now three surviving members of the Cowell family, S. H., Isabella and Helen. None of them had married, ... [Read more]

Notes and Research Bibliography, by Laurie MacDougall
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Castro Family Was Among Few to Retain Land Grants When Yankees Took Over California

Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control of the territory to the United States. Within a few decades, California communities, like Santa Cruz, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Rafael Castro's Rancho Aptos was Oldest Land Grant to Remain Under Mexican Ownership by Jim Johnson