March 2002 — Harry S. Chacanaca's grave marker in the Ruiz Cemetery. Marker lost in the brush fire of June 5, 2002.
Harry Chacanaca was of native American ancestry. He was born Jan. 8, 1900, and died Feb. 28, 1964. He is buried in the Ruiz Cemetery in San Francisquito Canyon.
He was the son of Jose "Joe" Chacanaca; his mother's maiden name was Castia. The Chacanacas lived primarily in the Castaic area.
According to his World War I draft card, Harry was a laborer for Charles Kellog of Saugus.
The 1930 Census for Soledad Township (i.e., the Santa Clarita Valley) lists him as a state highway worker.
Harry married Mabel May and had two children, Clyde H. and Charles C. Chacanaca.