As a young man, Rocha learned the trade of a blacksmith. Rocha became prosperous from his trade and purchased several acres of land throughout the San Fernando Valley. In his latter years Rocha settled on the ten acres in San Fernando at the northeast corner of Hubbard and Fourth Street, which was granted to him by an 1840 Mexican grant. On the property, Rocha constructed two adobe houses (made of sun-baked bricks), two tule houses (native traditional houses), two wood frame houses, and a fenced area where he cultivated.
In 1874 Charles Maclay purchased the land title "San Fernando Grant" previously owned by DeCelis, and tried to negotiate with Rocha to purchase his land. However, Rocha refused. In 1885 Maclay visited Rocha with a Los Angeles Sheriff and wanted him to sign over his land. Rocha replied,
The eviction was cruel and unjustified. Rocha, then over eighty years old, his wife, another woman of nearly equal age, and six other persons who constituted his household were then homeless. The sheriff removed them by force in the midst of the winter, tumbled the two aged women with all their household effects into a wagon, and dropped them by the roadside, where they suffered without the slightest protection. With only some parched corn to sustain them, they spent eight rainy days by the side of the road. Meanwhile, Rocha went to Los Angeles to get permission from the priest to occupy an old dilapidated shed connected with the old Mission church.
As a result of the exposure, Rocha's wife soon died of pneumonia. From this time on, Rocha was an old homeless wanderer, who later lived his remaining life at Lopez Canyon, until his death in 1906.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 34° 17.681′ N, 118° 26.633′ W. Marker is in San Fernando, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hubbard Street and Fourth Street. In Rudy Ortega Park, formerly Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission Wells (approx. 0.6 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 0.9 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 0.9 miles away); César Chávez Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mission Dam (approx. 1.3 miles away); San Fernando Mission (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mission San Fernando Rey de España (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, O.F.M. (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Fernando.
Additional keywords. Native American Indian
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