Don: Thanks for the help. My great grandmother's brother was Jacob Kaiser Gries, known as "Jake"He was born in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania in 1830 and died in Santa Paula in 1903.He's an interesting character and I'd like to get to know him well enough to write about him.His family moved from Pa. to Ohio in a proverbial covered wagon when he was a child.He came to California about 1850 with several brothers and cousins.Jake made a stack of money in Yuba Countysupplying beef to miners.He also build a toll road to the gold fields and ran a hotel outside of Marysville.He and his brothers ran cattle from Texas into California and Nevada for the miners, and he provided feed for the many horses and mules needed in the mines of the Comstock and Virginia City, Nevada.
He and his wife Elizabeth Foulks (widow of Ransom Foulks) their daughter Isabelle and her three sons by the first husband were in Santa Barbara County by 1870 Census.By 1872 they were engaged in farming and stock raising in Ventura county.Elizabeth was killed in 1884 in a runaway horse accident.Jacob married Mary Simpson.When she died he married Clara Collins Teague, a widow and newspaper woman.He amassed a large fortune, was director of the Ventura Bank, and of the Los Angeles Herald Publishing Company.He owned enormous amounts of land, extensive farms, not the least of which was one in Oxnard farmed by T.G. Gabbert. He was involved in research and exploration for Petroleum in Mexico at the time of his demise in 1903.
He lived in Santa Paula, but on account of being afflicted with asthma he built a country home in Nordoff whose climate gave him some relief.
His daughter Isabelle married Norris Clayberg and several grandchildren grew up in the area.
If you can suggest more resources for information about Jacob Gries I would be most grateful.Thanks again.Florence