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March 7, 2012 (760) 765 0192 We have our own private parking lot behind the office.. entrance off "C' Street C O R N E R OF .www.j ulian-properties.com 0 P F.: TIEs Est. 1967 P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 TREET The Julian News 9 CHARMING 3 BEDROOM home with garage and bonus room. Nice views of Volcan Mountian, lovely mature oaks, located on a quiet street in Kentwood. $315,000 jl 00o00a?2ome d2: site on the edge of town within walking distance of everything! Built in 2007, 2361 sq ft, gourmet kitchen, two car garage, beautiful southern views off the balcony. Don t miss this one. Priced below the cost to build at I S549,000 Pleasant home with lots of light, open floor plan, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, warm wood stove and skylights. Two bedrooms, two baths and inside laundry room. Deck and balcony with views of the wooded lot and neighboring hills. A great buy at $199,000 ;' 0000i!i0000ii!iii00!!ii! ii i00i!i0000!00ii !=i= ysi:   ;, Charming and immaculate country home. Two bedroom, plus bonus room. Hardwood floors, open= beam wood ceilings, claw foot tub, tons of upgrades. Usable half acre plus with large trees and areas for gardens. Ready for you to move right in. $286,000 CHARMING AND IMMACULATE - Mountain Home in the trees above Lake Cuyamaca with a view of the lake. Cozy Living room has fireplace with pellet insert, 2 bed rooms, deck and an extra room downstairs. Cedar wood inside and out. PRICED AT $279,000 ESPECIALLY NICE! 7.41 Acres: 3-Bedroom home with a massive rock fireplace & wrap-around deck meadows, a couple hundred apple trees (room for more), great views, mature trees, & seasonal pond. PRICED RIGHT AT $475,000 SIXTEEN ACRE JULIAN RANCH - MEADOWS, TREES, VIEWS This ranch is located in a very desirable area of Julian - with easy access off a paved road with choice 16 acres - some quite level and some sloping, with fencing and cross-fencing. The farm house has been upgraded and remodeled. There is a separate guest cottage, a barn/workshop, outbuildings, mature oaks, cedars, and four large English Walnu trees in the front yard. This ranch has been in the same family for many years. PRICED AT $540,000 NEW QUALITY CUSTOM HOME on 1.97 wooded acres in Pine Hills. Much attention to details. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, dream kitchen, with large center isle and Granite counter tops, large front yard, double attached garage and views! was .-jO00"Reduced To $640,000 COZY CABIN IN THE TREES in Pine Hills on a nicely wooded lot. Owner will consider carrying for a qualified buyer with substantial down pay- ment. The adjoining lot also available for sale. PRICED AT $149,000 CHOICE PARCEL IN JULIAN ESTATES - 4.24 Acres at the end of the road. Many large oaks and pines, views, underground power and phone, paved roads, gated community. PRICED AT $174,000 AVAILABLE LAND ' One Acre parcel in Shelter Valley reasonably priced at $22,000 Desert Views from this One Acre, $22,000 Kentwood - .62 Acre big views.S49,000 Nice Site - .62 Acre, has septic layout, views, trees. Priced at $75,000 Cuyamaca: 4.32 Acres, great views, has septic layout $125,000 Harrison Park: 5 Acres, well, electricity. septic in, views. $165,000 Pine Hills: 1.28 Acres, septic layout, trees, views. $159,000 Julian Estates: 4.7 Acres, has a well and fantastic views. $179,000 Juli Zerbe, Broker Associate email: julinjoe@gmail.com Rose Steadman, Broker/Owner Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate email: melo-de@sbcglobal.net Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: kirbylwinn@gmail.com Tattered Tidbits No. 17 Justice For Justus? by Albert Simonson There are lots of foreclosures lately, but this has happened before. The San Diego Herald of June 19, 1858 had a bunch, including the "Rancho of Santa Ysabel." The notice is jumbled in with an ad for London Club House Gin for "persons traveling in these days of rapid transit from East to West, and particularly those crossing the Isthmus, who are constantly changing their water and climate." That meant fever-ridden Panama, where multitudes died on the mule trail in the Gold Rush, before the railroad and canal. This gin was the perfect antidote, the ad assured, against bad water and even against rotgut like the "noxious poison sold as aromatic Schiedam Schnapps." Truth in Advertising was not yet a law. Sands' Sarsaparilla was unequalled for "impure state of the blood." Around here, a mssion padre had found "zarza parilla" long before in 1821, growing by the water hole near Ballena, just past the turnoff to "Old Julian Highway." It might stil be there, for all I know. Professor Holloway's Ointment was unsurpassed for your myriad ailments including venereal sores, spasms, ringworm, scabies, piles, chilblains and fistulas. The foreclosure notice gave the boundaries of the ranch as Puerto del Carrisito (crossing of highways 76 and 79), the Volcan, Tecomaco (Mesa Grande) and Ballenas (whale mountain valley, where the sarsaparilla grew). The couple being foreclosed was army Major Justus McKinstry with his wife and cousin, Susan. The major was a "by-the-book" West Point officer, but also a "humanist," freeing hundreds of slaves who had become contraband, in a legal sense, by traffickers in. St. Louis. He and Susan had five children to shuttle from one Army post to another. The major was an avid yacht racer, having entered a 12-ton schooner in the first regatta of San Diego's Pacific Pioneer Yacht Club in 1852. He acted as M.C. for the evening ball, his crew following his speech making with soldierly song. Coincidentally, the belle of that ball was a merry "widow who later married Volcan ranchero Cockney Bill Williams. She was Ramona Machado de Curley, "the center of attraction to a gay coterie of officers." Joining in festivities was the Boundary Commission, charged with surveying the internationa boundary. The Machado adobe is still in Old Town, well worth your visit, one of few original structures. According to the Herald, there were other beauties, " who with love-lit eyes, bounding feet and palpitating hearts" captivated the gallants. There was "Senorita Ninfa Ybarra, the tournure and grace of whose figure and movements .could only be equaled by the beauty of her face and gentility of her carriage." This young temptress's Spanish name meant "nymph," and I can almost see her now. The ballroom scene was so florid and gilded and elegant that the beguiled reporter felt compelled to sprinkle his report with French expressions like the "je ne sais quoi" of loveliness. There was "a dazzling flood of light from a chandalier, showing off the dark flashing eyes, ruby lips, and pearly teeth of the beauteous senoritas." It's almost like we are there with them, breathing their fragrance, transfixed by those sultry sweet eyes, by this grace dissolved in place. Our history has a tight weave, like the fabric of a watertight Indian basket. Major Heintzelman, Fort Yuma's commander, once passed a rainy February night during the Indian campaigns in his army tent on our Santa Ysabel Preserve. With him in the crowded clammy tent were Major McKinstry and Cockney Bill. Those two quibbled over whether Bill's place was enc[oaching on the Santa Ysabel rancho or not. Being a grump, Heintzelman curmudgeonly chose to disbelieve both men, trusting neither. It was not a pleasant campout. Bill and McKinstry slept in the tent on a bearskin with Heintzelmann, and then Judge Hayes dropped by but had to sleep out in the rain under an India rubber blanket belonging to his host, who wrote in his diary, "We were crowded and slept uncomfortable." I like to imagine this scene under those gigantic white-trunked sycamores,or at the nearby spring and rancheria site of Geenat. Oddly, it was McKinstry, not the judge, who was sick with a cold afterwards, as the rain turned to hail and the hail turned to mud. In the end, the land argument didn't matter. Cockney Bill moved to a broader, better meadow at Viejas while McKinstry lost the ranch and became a general and later a Wall Street stockbroker of some renown. The vagaries of life can heal wounds wondrously. The plaintiff in the foreclosure was Pennsylvania tobacconist and militiaman John Mclntyre, who lived at the mission already in the 1850 census. He became a surveyor and prepared some of the first land preemptions in this area, including in Volcan rancho. In later years, homesteads became more common than preemptions, especially for settlers with little money, but the basic idea was likewise to grant government land to productive settlers. McKinstry had made a down payment of $2,000 in gold, with a promissory note to pay $1,000 each year for 6 years. The ranch had 18,000 acres, 200 beef cattle, 5 milk cows, a bull, 25 mares, a stallion, and ramshackle remains of the old adobe mission quadrangle, all purloined by legal means from mission Indians. It was legal because a congress at the end of the Napoleonic Wars had said so, four decades earlier. The results were ugly, but it happened in a quite pretty elliptical marble salon in the Spanish city of Cadiz. You can pop into that salon in the walkable old seaport the Phoenicians called Gades. back when the Roman forum was still a fetid swamp. Great museum, too, or beach if you prefer. McKinstry was later accused of corruption as quartermaster by his political enemies, unjustly, some said. He was the unwitting and unwilling source of the term "pork barrel, " a form of corruption now favored by many in Congress as "earmarks." President Lincoln, with statesmanlike subtlety, had let it be known that army pork procurement contracts should go to a fellow Republican Illinoisan who was a fine fellow. Pork barrel politics is older than you may have thought. Lincoln may not be as venerable as you thought. You can google the major. There's plenty known about him. At Amazon.com, you can get "Rogue: A Biography of Civil War General Justus McKinstry." Cockney Bill and Mclntyre did politics, too. A few months after the foreclosure, each won majorities for Justice of the Peace; Bill in Cuyamaca Precinct and Mclntyre in Santa Ysabel Precinct. Important duties included keeping order in cattle rodeos like the ones just below Farmer and Wynola Roads on the preserve, in the years of open range before fencing. Bill's brand was the letter B. Let me know if you find one of his irons. John Mclntyre finally settled down on 160 acres that we all drive past frequently. Historical society sleuth Ed Huffman tracked him to his 1882 homestead, at the Old Julian Highway turnoff in Ballena valley, the land on your left as you drive to Ramona. Maybe he moved there for the sarsaparilla. Maybe he had "impure state of the blood." Who can know? Who can say? Was McKinstry really a rogue or was it a bum rap. Practical politics consists in gnoring facts. Henry Adams