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Jose & Vicente Mardueno

Birth place or City of origin: Santa Barbara
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Ventura
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1865
Death/End date: 1933

Vicente Mardueno was born in Santa Barbara, Cal in 1865, the son of Jose de Jesus Mardueno who emigrated from Colima, Jalisco, Mexico to Monterey, Calif in 1859. Like his father, Vicente became a renowned bit and spur maker with a shop in Carpinteria working with two apprentices, Jose Encinas and Ramon Contras. He was a member of Troop C of the California Cavlary, the first Hispanic mounted soldiers. In 1883 Vicente moved to a ranch near Sea Cliff in Ventura County, an area now known as Mardueno Canyon. His father, Jose de Jesus died in 1891 and the following year Vicente married his 2nd wife in the Ventura mission. Shortly after the turn of the last century, he opened a shop on Main street in Ventura and was joined by Albert Espinosa and Abbie Hunt. By the early 1920s Vicente had stopped making bits and spurs becoming a gardener for Ventura County. He died in 1933 while working at the courthouse in that same county.


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