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, "I sign nothing". On November 1, 1885 two deputy sheriffs were ordered to evict Rocha from his land.
The eviction was cruel and unjustified. Rocha, then over eighty years old, his wife,
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.
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. Touch for map. In Rudy Ortega Park, formerly Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2025 Fourth Street, San Fernando CA 91340, United States of America.
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
Additional keywords. Native American Indian
Categories. • Native Americans •
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