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CITIZENS' RESTORATION COMMITTEE
Report on Death and Disability Claims
St. Francis Dam Disaster in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
July 15, 1929.

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518 Chamber of Commerce Building,
Los Angeles, California,
July 15, 1929.

CITIZENS' RESTORATION COMMITTEE
Mr. George L. Eastman, Chairman
Dear Sir: —

    I am submitting to you herewith, my report on the Death and Disability Claims, St. Francis Dam Disaster in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Yours Very Truly,
/s/
Chairman Sub-Committee On
Death and Disability Claims


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ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER

Never in the history of America has there been a disaster more tragic, nor one which came so quickly and brutally, than the roaring flood of water which, at midnight on March 12, 1928, swept down the narrow San Francisquito Canyon, through the fertile, peaceful Santa Clara Valley, down through the historic Newhall Ranch, over a portion of the city of Santa Paula and onward to the sea.

The section was a land of prosperous farms and happy homes, as beautiful a territory as one could have found in the length and breadth of California.

The invincible wall of water, possessed it seemed, of some malicious devil, struck without warning, in the dark of night, trapping scores of families asleep and without means or hope of escape.

Out of the tragic story of the disaster come tales of miraculous escapes. One of them occurred to a young couple who had attended a theater in the town of San Fernando and stopped at the home of friends to chat for a moment. Refreshments were offered. The young couple declined, for it was late and both were anxious to be home. They drove serenely to their home, winding up the canyon wall to encircle the St. Francis Dam, the gigantic concrete barrier more than two hundred feet high, which held in check the mighty lake of water, three and one-half miles in length.

They had just reached their home when the tragedy began. The lights flickered and went out. Standing in the darkness they heard a tremendous crash, followed by a thunderous, prolonged roar.

It was the triumphant battle-cry of the placid lake gone mad as it shattered man's barrier and started its rush to the sea fifty-three miles away.

Fifty-two million tons of water, imprisoned at a height of two hundred feet, suddenly was released to spill down the narrow canyon, carrying with it power houses, derricks, homes, dynamos, rails, livestock, bridges, and hundreds of human beings trying vainly to fight their way to safety.

It roared down the narrow canyon gaining momentum every instant, leaped into the fertile Santa Clara Valley and inundated the sleeping villages. In its wake were tossed not only homes, trees and buildings, but the mangled bodies of its victims.

This is a bare outline of the tragic story that stunned America on the morning of March 13, 1928. It was first reported that more than a thousand humans had lost their lives.

What was to be done? The CITY OF LOS ANGELES admirably arose to this emergency. Fifty Thousand Dollars was appropriated by the Council for immediate relief; One Million Dollars was released by the BOARD OF HARBOR COMMISSIONERS and appropriated for restoration work. To this amount another Million Dollars was added by the WATER AND POWER COMMISSIONERS.

A Citizens' Restoration Committee was appointed to take full charge of the restoration, working in cooperation with the City Attorney, Jess E. Stephens. This Committee was composed of the following members:

CITIZENS' RESTORATION COMMITTEE

GEORGE L. EASTMAN President of Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce;
Chairman Citizens' Restoration Committee.
JOHN C. AUSTIN 2nd Vice President Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce;
    Chairman of Sub-Committee on Building Construction;
    Chairman of Sub-Committee on Personal Property Claims.
J.C. EDWARDS General Contractor — representing the Associated General Contractors of Southern California
JOHN BURTON Chairman of Sub-Committee in charge of Devastated Agricultural Lands.
PAUL BOGGS Vice-President Union Oil Company of California;
    Chairman of Sub-Committee in charge of Land Reparations.
JAMES R. MARTIN Bond Broker;
    Secretary of Committee
WALTER B. ALLEN President of Los Angeles Harbor Commission;
    Chairman of Sub-Committee on Death and Disability Claims.
The funds were handled exclusively by JESS E. STEPHENS, Los Angeles City Attorney.

A similar Committee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura to work in cooperation with the Los Angeles Committee in the settling of these claims, namely:

VENTURA COUNTY COMMITTEE

C.C. TEAGUE Banker and Rancher — Santa Paula.
General Chairman;
Chairman of Sub-Committee on Building Construction;
Chairman of Sub-Committee on Personal Property Claims.
ROGER C. EDWARDS Banker and Rancher — Santa Paula.
Chairman of Sub-Committee in charge of Devastated Agricultural Lands.
RICHARD BARD Manager Berylwood Investment Company — Hueneme.
Chairman of Sub-Committee in Death and Disability Claims.
JOHN McNAB Rancher — Fillmore.
Chairman of Sub-Committee in charge of Land Reparations.
HOWARD F. PRESSEY Manager Rancho Sespe — Fillmore.
A.S. CHESEBROUGH Manager Newhall Land & Farming Company — Piru.
J.M. WALKER Rancher — Piru.

The closest harmony existed between these two committees at all times, and they soon realized that the task presented to them was so enormous that it would be necessary to create sub-committees to handle the various divisions of the work.

WALTER B. ALLEN was appointed as the Chairman on the Death and Disability Claims, and members of his committee consisted of the following:

JOE CRIDER, JR. Attorney
WILLIAM HUSSEY Claim Agent, Union Pacific Railroad Company.
ROBERT IRWIN Claim Agent, Santa Fe Railroad Company.
S.A. BISHOP Claim Agent, Pacific Electric Railway Company.
C.M. McROBERTS Claim Agent, Los Angeles Railway Company.

This Committee immediately opened offices in the Chamber of Commerce Building in Los Angeles, and later opened additional offices in Santa Paula and Fillmore, in order to receive claims and secure information in connection with the settlement of them. The office which was opened in Los Angeles was housed through the courtesy of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and furnished through the courtesy of the Pacific Desk Company, for a period of eight months; while the Automobile Club of Southern California loaned their Chief Investigator, Willard O. Fiske, for three and one-half months.

The settlements were made in each case upon a compromise of the claim for the alleged wrongful death or personal injury, as the case may be. Each settlement as made, was preceded by thorough and careful investigation which resulted in accumulating all facts in regard to the deceased or injured person; particularly the facts relating to identity, kinship, dependency, earning capacity, family and children, and other like information necessary to a proper consideration of the claim; the rights of the claimant and the amount properly allowable in the settlement.

After this investigation was completed, the claim was handed to the Committee who made a very special survey and appraised it at an amount which was thought would be a fair and just settlement.

Three hundred and forty-eight (348) wrongful death claims were presented, which covered two hundred and ninety-four (294) deaths; and sixty-five (65) claims were filed for personal injuries.

On July 1, 1928, the Los Angeles and Santa Paula Offices began the tremendous task of settling the claims, arrangements having been made for paying the warrants of the City through the banks without discount. The first claim was settled on July 1, 1928, and payment of the first claim was made July 18, 1928.

The Southern California Edison Company had a Construction Camp located in the town of Piru. It contained one hundred and seventy-seven men, of whom eighty-four were killed and thirty-three injured; although all of the injured did not file claims.

The heirs of decedents in above cases, had a claim both under the Workmen's Compensation Act, against the Southern California Edison Company, and under the general law, against the CITY OF LOS ANGELES. However, the Southern California Edison Company had a claim for subrogation against the CITY OF LOS ANGELES for any loss paid by them resulting from the disaster, and therefore it was found necessary to have a representative at most of the hearings which were held before the Industrial Accident Commission.

The liability of the CITY for the employees of the Bureau of Water an Power Commissioners, who were killed or injured, and on duty at the time of the disaster, was limited to the liability provided for under the Workmen's Compensation Act.

The CITY OF LOS ANGELES secured the money for the payment of claims under the Funding Bond Act of 1897, which provides for the issuance of bonds to refund the indebtedness of a City without requiring a vote of the people to authorize the bonds. The use of this act enabled the payment of claims as rapidly as they were settled without necessitating our waiting until all claims were settled. In this manner the delays incident to authorizing the bond issue by vote of the people, were avoided. It further enabled the City to offer immediate cash settlements rather than the prospect of a future cash settlement based on the uncertainty connected with the voting of bonds, and consequently empowered the CITY to save considerable amounts of money in the settlements over what it would have been possible to do under any other form of municipal financing. This act had never been used except in cases where there had been a court determination of liability of the City issuing the bonds.

The CITY was proceeding in the payment of the claims upon the theory that there was a well-founded apprehension of liability, and consequently was justified in compromising the claims. When the first block of bonds was issued in October 1928, an injunction suit was filed against the CITY to prevent the delivery of said bonds. The theory propounded by the City Attorney, Jess E. Stephens, in the defense to this attack was sustained by the lower court and during the time of the pendency of the appeal, the plaintiff consented to sign a stipulation waiving his rights of appeal and the judgment was thereby made final. This stipulation was signed on December 24, 1928, and saved a minimum of sixty days delay in the payment of the balance of the claims, and considerable more than that amount of time in case the appeal had been prosecuted; though more than ninety days delay in the payment of claims resulted from this action.

Tremendous quantities of detail work were placed upon the Committee and the City Attorney's Office, to see that claims were presented in the proper form and at the proper time; in securing the necessary information upon which to base a settlement; in obtaining affidavits to establish the fact that missing persons were in fact killed in the disaster; and in acquiring the proper appointment of guardians for minor children and the necessary releases from guardians and parents where minors were involved in the settlement of claims.

The following pages contain a detailed report of the present status of all Death and Disability Claims.


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PRESENT STATUS OF DEATH & INJURY CASES
ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER
July 15, 1929

Total Number of Persons Killed 306
This number includes the identified and missing dead on which claims were presented, and a few who were known to be killed but left no heirs. It does not include the unidentified bodies, of which there are ...
64
Number of Persons Injured 66
Number of Settled Death & Injury Claims 352
Number of Unsettled Death & Injury Claims 38
Total Amount of Death & Injury Claims $3,674,207.56
Amount of Settlement of Above Claims 915,751.74
Total Amount of Unsettled Death & Injury Claims
The above amount was filed by 12 claimants, and covers 21 deaths and 4 injuries.
1,376,251.35
Number of Claims which have gone into Litigation
The above claims were filed by 10 claimants.
35
Entire Families Wiped Out 20
Number of persons reported missing, but on whom no inquiries were received or claims filed 67


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REPORT ON DEATH AND INJURY LIST
July 15, 1929

DEATH CLAIMS SETTLED
No. of Claims No. of Claimants Amount Claimed Amount of Settlements No. of Deaths-Adults No. of Deaths-Minors
293 172 $3,586,774.49 $883,665.60 182 91

INJURY CLAIMS SETTLED
No. of Claims No. of Claimants Amount Claimed Amount of Settlements
59 38 $87,433.07 $32,086.14

DEATH CLAIMS UNSETTLED
All but two of these claims in litigation
No. of Claims No. of Claimants Amount Claimed No. of Deaths-Adults No. of Deaths-Minors
34 8 $1,200,344.05 9 12

INJURY CLAIMS UNSETTLED
All of these claims in litigation
No. of Claims No. of Claimants Amount Claimed
4 4 $175,907.50


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REPORT ON SETTLED DEATH CLAIMS
July 15, 1929

Claimant Amount Claimed No. of Deaths-Adults No. of Deaths-Minors Amount of Settlement
Alvarado, Crisostoma (Permanently Injured) $75,632.00 1 4 $20,000.00
Anderson. S.M. 21,796.50 2   1,717.00
Anlauf, Joseph Karl 15,000.00 2 1 15,000.00
Asher, Mary A. 6,625.00 1   6,625.00
Averill, Mae & Stephen 20,535.00   1 3,500.00
 
Bamesberger, Chris 2,000.00 1   1,000.00
Bartle, Mayme E. 900.00 1   900.00
Basolo, Leora 12,000.00 1   12,000.00
Bennett, Belle 7,500.00 1   600.00
Berry, Sarah & J.P. 7,155.00 1   2,155.00
Best, Lottie & Grove, H.E. 9,625.00 1   9,625.00
Bianchi, Mrs. Lena 4,600.00 1   4,600.00
Bird, Maggie L. 4,000.00 1   4,000.00
Bleemers, George, Alan & Ed 3,750.00 1   3,750.00
Boardman, George P. 23,000.00 1 1 23,000.00
Bogue, Helen 7,788.00 1   7,788.00
Bross, Mr. & Mrs. Earl F. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
Brown, Lucy (Injuries to 2 children) 18,500.00 2   18,500.00
Bryson, John D. 25,880.00   1 3,120.00
Burnett, Moses T. 4,000.00 1   4,000.00
 
Carrillo, Juan & Marguerite (Injuries) 325,000.00 1 7 20,000.00
Cesena, Erolinda 3,150.00   1 3,150.00
Cerna, Pedro 50,000.00 1   500.00
Cochems, Paul L. 10,828.00 1   2,328.00
Colborn, Anna 9,280.00 1   9,280.00
Coffer, Aaron (Injuries) 101,939.00 1   9,000.00
Coe, C.R. 4,280.00 1 1 4,280.00
Coleman, Mrs. Tirzah 1,000.00 1   1,000.00
Connell, Fred 2,000.00 1 2 2,000.00
Cortez, Timotea F. 2,500.00 1   2,500.00
Cosper, Amasa K. 20,585.00 1 1 7,500.00
Costamagna, Antonio 3,000.00 1   3,000.00
Cowden, Eugene 6,000.00 1 4 6,000.00
Cummings, Charlotte J. 3,250.00 1 1 3,250.00
Craft, J.W. & Isaacks, J.M. 4,100.00 2 3 4,100.00
Crumley, Emily, & Jack 50,405.00 1   12,500.00
Crump, Mrs. Allen C. 4,104.00 1   4,104.00
Cumming, Elfrieda 1,300.00 1   1,300.00
 
Danfifer, Elmer 1,000.00 1   570.00
Deruelle, Mrs. August 12,000.00 1   1,250.00
DeShields, Mrs. Ruby 10,000.00 1   8,000.00
Doty, Moses P. 1,203.00 1   1,203.00
Duke, John R. 1,500.00   1 1,500.00
Dyment, Willis S. 5,686.65 1   1,074.65
 
Ely, M.J. 12,112.00 1 2 3,209.00
Erratchuo, James J. 5,000.00 1 1 5,000.00
 
Foley, John 1,500.00 2 4 1,500.00
Frame, Maggie 15,000.00 3   15,000.00
 
Garcia, Mrs. Andrea 100,000.00 1 1 9,500.00
Garcia, Frank 43,102.00 2 1 5,600.00
George, Leon R. 1,300.00 1   1,300.00
Glenn, Della F. 11,143.00 1   1,575.00
Glenn, Mrs. J.R. & Gaines W. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
Gobetz, Joseph Sr. 950.00 1   950.00
Gold, Mrs. Amanda 3,580.00 1   3,580.00
Goldman, Julian 550.00   1 550.00
Gottardi, Joe & Alvina 450,000.00 1 5 25,000.00
Gregson, Mrs. Eva A. 8,500.00 1   8,500.00
Grantham, Dorothy Frances & Millie Mae 8,200.00 1   7,500.00
 
Halen, Russell F. 6,000.00 3 1 6,000.00
Halen, Russell F. Adm. 2,500.00 1   1,000.00
Harnischfeger, Mary & Gladys 6,173.00 1   6,137.00
Harnischfeger, Gladys 1,680.00   1 1,680.00
Harter, Edwin 13,875.00 1   2,500.00
Hathaway, Grace Eunice 9,000.00 1   9,000.00
Hawkins, Josephine Olive 100,290.50 1   12,500.00
Holsclaw, Ethel & David (Injuries to E. Holsclaw) 9,000.00   2 9,000.00
Holt, H.M. & Lucy 25,000.00 1   1,500.00
Holt, Harvey K. & John H. 20,481.00 1   1,481.00
Hopp, George W. 14,265.00 1 1 5,515.00
Housley, Roda & 1st Natl. Bank 20,942.00 1   3,200.00
Howe, F.R. & Lucille 50,650.00 1   4,229.00
Hungerford, Joseph Purl
(Von der Lohe, Fred)
5,000.00)
11,106.05)
1   500.00)
1,309.50)
Hughes, Griffith O. Sr. 4,000.00 1 2 2,325.00
Hurst, Solomon J. 2,610.90 1   2,000.00
 
Imus, Earl O. 9,000.00 1 1 9,000.00
 
Janeway, Luther C. 5,100.00 1   1,100.00
Jewell, Mrs. E.C. 6,640.38 1   6,640.38
Johnson, Henry F. 17,100.00 1   1,350.00
Jones, Henrietta & Robert 51,700.00 2   4,000.00
 
Kaderabek, Dr. A. & Mrs. 2,000.00 1   2,000.00
Kalar, Lloyd L. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
Kennedy, Mary Etta 1,000.00 1   1,000.00
Kimball, Mr. J.A. 1,900.00   1 1,900.00
Kinsey, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. 10,055.00 1   3,555.00
Kutzura, Mrs. Elizabeth 15,162.00 1   2,500.00
 
Lawson, Alexander 11,000.00 1   2,000.00
Layton, E.Y. 600.00 1   600.00
Ledbetter, Frank 3,750.00 1   3,750.00
Lehrman, Theresa Mary 10,100.00 1   2,250.00
Ludloff, Alfred E. 30,860.00 1   2,500.00
Lang, Joseph 5,000.00 1   500.00
Luna, Inez & Sisto (Injuries) 9,000.00   5 9,000.00
 
McCall, George W. 20,000.00 2 1 7,900.00
McClain, Nellie 25,150.00 1   5,500.00
McCuiston, N.H. 10,467.50 1   967.50
McDougal, Nora 25,403.75 1   15,000.00
McGill, Mrs. Rose Ann 26,500.00 1   4,250.00
McIntosh, Wm. R. & Mrs. 1,250.00 1   1,250.00
McIntyre, Mrs. Etta A. 3,500.00   2 3,500.00
McIntyre, George Byron 50,892.00 1   5,500.00
 
Maes, Pulidor 1,300.00 1   1,300.00
Mann, Mrs. Minnie B.
(Wolf, Margaret)
1,050.00)
6,250.00)
1   1,050.00)
6,250.00)
Mann, J.A. 15,922.00 1   4,000.00
Massetti, Mrs. Mary 3,500.00 1   3,500.00
Mathews, Benjamin W. 2,709.00 1 4 2,709.00
Mathews, Earl C. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
Mautino, Frank 4,000.00 2 3 4,000.00
Mitchell, Amelia B. 20,371.18 1   4,150.00
Mondloch, Mrs. & Mr. J. 2,107.85 1   1,100.00
Morrow, Leo 10,163.50 2   2,125.00
 
Nichols, Alfred J. 10,000.00 1   10,000.00
Nichol, Bessie & Baker, W.S. 15,688.00 2   4,500.00
Nichols, Henry W. (Funeral Exp. on Harter) 321.25     321.25
 
Oldfield, Carlton B. 5,350.00 1   1,000.00
Old Natl. Bank of Spokane 10,185.00 1   7,500.00
 
Pegorare, Mrs. Lucy 9,000.00 1   9,000.00
Perez, Reginald & Gutierrez 5,500.00 3 1 5,500.00
Peterson, Mrs. & Mr. Anton 2,639.50 1   2,639.50
Peterson, Nels K. 11,230.00 1   2,500.00
Pierson, Lulu & Smith, Monty 11,410.00 1 1 2,115.00
Pratt, Henry M. 7,983.50 1   7,983.50
Pursley, J.C. & Villevia 25,395.00 1   1,395.00
 
Quezada, Emilio 25,000.00 1   500.00
Quinn, Margaret 4,788.00 1   4,788.00
(Hanson, Beadle) 5,000.00 1   1,250.00
 
Rackstrow, Mrs. Leah 1,230.00 1   1,230.00
Radica, Mrs. Fannie 50,120.00 1   4,000.00
Reed, Mrs. J.L. 6,675.00 1   6,675.00
Ritchie, Mrs. Florence 6,780.00 1   6,780.00
Richesin, Albert L. 2,481.42 1   2,481.42
Rivera, Grace 20,000.00 3 2 20,000.00
Robertson, George 2,231.00 1   2,231.00
Rogers, Chester & Velma (Injuries to C. Rogers) 254,232.50   4 24,000.00
Topley, Oliver & Velma Rogers 25,000.00 1   15,000.00
Rottman, Bertha 2,500.00 1 1 2,500.00
Ruiz, Henry 4,613.00 3 3 4,613.00
 
Samaniego, Carlos, Rosa & Rufino - Parada, Ynez 200,000.00 2   7,500.00
Savala, Esteban F. (Injuries) 11,000.00 1 5 11,000.00
Savala, Fred 3,500.00 1   3,500.00
Schmidt, Mrs. Charles W. 7,500.00 1   7,500.00
Smith, Monty 10,000.00 1   1,930.00
Sterrett, Mrs. Jessie & F.E. Kerr 21,430.00   1 1,300.00
Stephens, Wade 7,000.00 2 1 7,000.00
Stone, Mrs. M.A. 8,360.00 1   8,360.00
Stroud, Dora E. 10,000.00 1   8,000.00
Swanger, Mrs. Clara R. 5,130.90 1   5,130.90.00
 
Taylor, J.W. 5,790.40 1   2,500.00
Thomas, Olive G. 25,100.00 1   15,100.00
Thomson, Leigh C. 2,150.00 1   2,150.00
Torres, Jesus (Injuries) 275,000.00 2 6 19,500.00
Traxler, F.C. 50,650.00 1 1 14,000.00
Truesdale, Harvey & Mable & Ruth, (2 Injuries) 8,000.00   1 8,000.00
 
Utterback, Harvey 850.00 1   850.00
 
Valenzuela, Plutarco, Sr. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
de Alvarez, Juana Varela 1,000.00 1 3 1,000.00
Van Meter, J.A. 10,000.00 1   750.00
Velasco, Pablo 3,000.00 1   3,000.00
Voelker, Annamarie 7,000.00 1 1 7,000.00
Verga, Lee C. 1,500.00 1   1,500.00
Vickroy, L.R. 20,722.76 1   2,000.00
Vinson, Columbus 6,585.00 1   6,585.00
 
Westbrook, J.H. 3,000.00 1   3,000.00
Weinland, Elizabeth 2,500.00 1   1,500.00
Wilson, Archibald 1,000.00 1   1,500.00
Wilmot, Oscar H. & Margaret 20,000.00 1 2 20,000.00
Wilson, Ellis 10,340.00 1   2,000.00
Wilson, Ted, Tom & Oren 2,000.00 2   2,000.00
Wood, George P. 900.00 1   900.00


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REPORT ON SETTLED INJURY CLAIMS
July 15, 1929

Claimant Amount Claimed Amount of Settlement
Agnew, Walter R. $1,000.00 $750.00
Anthony, Herbert Ben 625.00 625.00
 
Baker, Nellie J. 2,750.00 1,750.00
Barworth, W.G. 5,274.00 1,238.75
Bennett, Loy F. 25,663.50 2,450.00
Brissette, N.O. 2,724.00 755.00
 
Coleman, Samuel Edward Sr. 5,167.00 1,000.00
Coleman, Samuel Edward Jr. 2,800.00 400.00
Corwin, C.T. 300.00 300.00
 
Dellanno, Harry J. 436.30 170.00
Diffley, Mark 400.00 400.00
Donahue, J.J. 450.00 450.00
Drake, Thomas T. 850.00 850.00
Duke, John R. 400.00 400.00
 
Enmen, William G. 650.00 650.00
 
Finn, James 1,550.00 1,550.00
Fountain, Oscar 400.00 400.00
Frazer, Lena M. 15,000.00 8,000.00
 
Herr, Charles R. 3,500.00 647.00
 
Kline, Chris H. 1,000.00 75.00
 
Luna, Magdelene & Erena 1,951.94 850.00
 
McCarty, John E. 2,500.00 350.00
McCord, Don 225.00 225.00
McElhaney, Mrs. Nannie 100.00 100.00
 
Miller, Charles 1,250.00 1,250.00
Montijo, Margerita & Otilia 125.00 125.00
Morales, John 155.00 155.00
Morrison, Mrs. Fern 300.00 300.00
 
Newell, Roy 1,000.00 75.00
Nichols, Mary 100.00 100.00
 
Pedroza, R. (Compensation)   36.74
Pierce, Nora Alice 2,575.00 2,575.00
 
Quintero, Ynez 125.00 125.00
 
Ruiz, Leonard 2,000.00 500.00
Russell, K.E. (Compensation)   8.65
 
Smith, V.B. 1,342.48 500.00
 
Takayanagi, Riakichi 1,000.00 1,000.00
Toomey, John Patrick 396.35 250.00
 
Wilson, Edward R. 1,347.50 700.00


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REPORT ON UNSETTLED CLAIMS - DEATH
July 15, 1929

Claimant No. of Claims Filed Amount Claimed No. of Deaths-Adults No. of Deaths-Minors
Burns, Ollie & Russell 10 $366,453.00 2 3
Curtis, Lillian L. 5 252,627.00 1 2
Eliason, C.B. 2 26,069.13 1  
*Elliott, Lester 2 10,496.58 1  
Johnson, William & Cornelia 2 50,531.26 1  
Kelly, H. (Also Injuries) 8 308,867.08 1 4
*Kingston, Mrs. & Mrs. Paul 1 10,300.00 1  
Rising, Ray E. 4 175,000.00 1 3
(*) Claims Not In Litigation.

REPORT ON UNSETTLED CLAIMS - INJURIES

Claimant Amount Claimed
Dornaleche, Ben $50,712.30
Ramos, Atanasio 25,195.00
Samaniego, Carlos 50,000.00
Samaniego, Rosa 50,000.00


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DEATH AND INJURY CLAIMS TO BE DISALLOWED
ACCOUNT ILLEGALITY

Claimant Amount Claimed Death of
Babcock, William $3,000.00 Grandson
Coffer, Walter Henry 25,000.00 Injuries
Corwin, C.T. 5,000.00 Injuries
Curtis, Daniel & Anna 20,000.00 Son & 2 Grandchildren
Hollander, R.L. 28,700.00 Daughter
Keener, Mrs. J.T. 10,000.00 Brother
Keil, William L. 10,000.00 Daughter
Kono, Seizaburo 5,000.00 Brother
Mexican Consulate 74,000.00 Martinez Family
Mexican Consulate 25,250.00 Monarrez, C.
Norman, Mrs. Freda 20,000.00 Brother
Sackett, Mrs. Lulu Belle 2,500.00 Injuries
Silvey, Margaret 500.00 Injuries
Steenblock, Louis M. 843.43 Injuries
Wilson, Archibald 10,000.00 Grandchild


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VICTIMS REPORTED MISSING
BUT ON WHICH
NO INQUIRIES OR CLAIMS WERE RECEIVED

Abott, Delman S.
Avalt, Markie C.
 
Bedel, John
Brent, Stanley
  ''   Mrs.
  ''   Cornelia
  ''   Mary Belle
  ''   Father
 
Childers, Ray
Costa, Peter
 
Davis, William
De-Costa, J.A.
De-Lucat, Charles G.
  ''   Mrs. C.G.
Dunsmure, Mr.
  ''   Mrs.
  ''   Girl 8
  ''   Boy 10
  ''   Boy 15
  ''   Boy 17
 
Figueroa, Senora
Florez, Lorenzo
Forrester, Mrs.
Fry, William.
 
Gonzales,Carlos
  ''   Emelia
  ''   Luz
  ''   Ysibro
 
Henrich, Otto
Howe, Murry M.
 
Isam, Wilson
 
Knight, Joe
Kreigh, Charles
Kyle, Jess T.
 
Leedy, Charles S.
Logan, W.H.
Long, C.J.
 
Mendellson, Mr.
Moon, Thomas
Mort, R.W.
Mucci, ?
 
Norman, Adolph
 
Ochoa, Francisco
Oliver, John C.
 
Paddila, Guadalupe
Page, Norman
Peterson, Rose
 
Ray, Isaac G.
  ''   Mrs. I.G.
Reyes, Primenio
Rice, Jessie M.
Rodriquez, John
  ''   Eliza
Rosey, Roland
 
Sauder, Mrs. J.L.
Schaeffer, Mrs.
  ''   Girl
Seikman, S.O.
Sewell, Harry
Smiley, Carl
Smithwick, Mr.
Swander, Ira W.
Seeliago, Abindio
 
Troegler, George
 
Weir, Joe
West, John Sr.
West, John Jr.


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ENTIRE FAMILIES WIPED OUT

ALVAREZ, JESUS Wife & 3 Children
ANDERSON, CLINTON M. & Son
BURNS, HARRY Wife & 2 Children
BURNS, LOUIS MARTIN Wife & Son
COE, HOMER C. Wife & Son
COWDEN, EARL Wife & 4 Children
CUMMINGS, GORDON E. & Child
ELY, AARON Wife & 2 Children
GARCIA, HARRY A. Wife, Baby & Brother
HOLT, HOWARD Wife
HOPP, FERRELL Wife & Son
HUGHES, GRIFFITH O. Wife & 2 Children
ISAACKS, JEFF R. Wife & 3 Children
KENNEDY, THOMAS A. Wife, 2 Children & Nurse
MARTINEZ, JOE Wife & 4 Children
MATHEWS, CARL J. Wife & 4 Children
NEILSON, WILLIAM JR. Wife, 3 Children & Father
PIKE, RICHARD EARL Wife & Son
STEPHENS, D.S. Wife & Child
WEINLAND, WILLIAM Y. Wife & Son


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Citizens' Restoration Committee Report (Claims & Claimants)
C.C. Teague: Ventura County Story
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