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March 24, 2010 9 The Julian News We have our own private parking lot behind the office... entrance off "C' Street ORNER www.j u lan- ro er TREET les.com P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 i!!ii:i~:~! IMMACULATE CUSTOM HOME on one acre JULIAN ESTATES- Gated community of high end SINGLE LEVEL HOME on wooded acre in Pine with views to Palomar. Gourmet kitchen, top grade 2 DWELLINGS ON 1 PARCEL, consisting of 2.5 homes. This 4.7 acres has incredible views, private Hills. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, family room, granite appliances, Many custom features. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, Acres. 3+BD/2+BA Home, w/1BD/1BA Apartment cul-de-sac drive, and well already drilled. Don't 1798 sq. ft. with floor to ceiling windows and wrap- above 2 Car Garage, w/separate SDG&E meters, miss this opportunity to own in one of the nicest counter tops, cathedral ceilings in living room, communities in the mountains, attached garage. Private spa off-master bedi:oom. around deck .$575,000 $359,000 Reduced to $275,000. $398,000 A VERY SPECIAL PROPER IIIT~l Acres - Nice LOVELY SPACIOUS HOME - on 9.24 Acres. UNUSUAL AND REMOTE MOUNTAIN PROPERTY.II[ CHOICE SITE IN PINE HILLS. 1.28 Acres with[I13-bedroom home with a~rock fireplace, Great Floor plan - 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Gourmet Ill 20 Acres, Complete with dry cabin for secluded get-llI easy access, mature trees. Service by water company, large wrap-around do,~L~-~Cat views, several hundred a~pple tre~'~o'om for more) and a Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, 2 Fireplaces, Central Ill away weekends. Oak, Fir and Spruce trees. Views. Ill has approved septic layout. I Air and Heat, Deck, Garage. II large pond, d~'. " hed garage + outbuildings. I $649,000 $240,000 $188,000 $485,000 Rose Steadman, Broker/Owner Juli Zerbe, Broker Associate Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: julinjoe@gmail.com email: melo-de@sbcglobal.net email: kirbylwinn@gmail.com The 1850 first county tax roll hit our local ranchero pretty hard on his "carretas." Both were valued at 50 pesos each, much more than ox carts at other ranchos. They must have been good, sturdy ox carts, with rancho-style solid wheels and extra features like quick- disconnect yoke hitches. In those days, rancheros and their Indian vaqueros built their own ox carts, which were used for everything from hauling grain to wedding parties to bringing rancho Iovelies down to Old Town dances, called fandangos. The Gastelum family from Ensenada took a trip in one from home to Sonoma on the Camino Real and back. It took them two years and they stayed at nearly every rancho, mission, and presidio along the way. Rancheros were hospitable folk and they enjoyed hearing all the news from visitors. The Gastelums, too, enjoyed the friendly visits. One thing Rancho Volcan had in abundance was good timber for the massive solid wheels. Usually two or three thick pieces made up each wheel. Also, our Cockney Bill was a good carpenter, in demand as a stage carpenter at the mission theater. Wooden pegs and rawhide held things together. Spanish carts, in contrast, had world-class spoked wheels, too delicate for our California ox cart roads. There are many variants around the world, derived from Egyptian and Mesopotamian designs. Turkish carts, oddly, have wheels and an axle which rotate as a unit. These are not good on turns, but great on the straightaway. This is a good feature, because oxen annoyingly lunge to the side to snatch roadside grass, but that rigid wheel assembly keeps them on the straight and narrow. A peculiarity of early California and the rest of New Spain is that the rancheros did not put a contoured yoke across the necks of the oxen. Instead, the straight yoke was tied with rawhide to the horns of the oxen. This is a California solution to the irksome snatching-at-grass problem. The first ox cart I ever saw was at the Mayan ruins of Iximche in the Guatemala highlands. It was a rumbling, lumbering apparition with gigantic oxen, very high wobbling wheels, and a rawhide bucket swaying te and fro, filled with boiled animal fat for the occasional lube job. Animal fat is not as tenacious as Pep Boys' ..... ,~ ~'"~,~,:~, ~ Z ~:~:= ,i~ ': ............ The Ox Cart grease, but it does permeate the wooden bearings like the sintered bushings in your car. To lube the bearings, you just pull the wooden pin out and wobble the wheel outward and slather the fat onto the axle shafL You can still see ox carts at San Miguel Mission and Santa Barbara Presidio. One of the best is in San Diego's Old Town at the Seeley Stable. It is reported to have been found under a haystack at Sutter's Fort, where the California Gold Rush began. This is a high-mileage, no-frills , 1806 vintage vehicle with severely worn-down lumpy wheels. These wheels are among the oldest surviving in California, sturdily built by mission Indians at San Jose. Conchita Ramirez, fleeing wild-eyed forty-niners, rode this cart to San Diego in 1849, taking 3 months to do it with lots of visits along the way. Each wheel is a 5-inch slice of a big tree. Six-by-six timbers form the frame with fine mortise-and- tenon joints, now professionally restored. The wheels had wide treads to reduce wear. It was an ancient craft to build serviceable vehicles with only wood and rawhide, both renewable resources, and little or no iron. With oxen, the 100% organic tailpipe emissions were minimal, except for greenhouse gas generated by the cud-chewing illustration by Bonnie Gendron power source. Still, emissions were way better than an SUV like the Ford Extinction. Cockney Bill Williams had ox carts at both his ranchos - Volcan de Santa Ysabel (Julian) and Valle de las Viejas (Alpine). We know more about his Viejas carts because Viejas was the major supplier of grain to the army and because a very trusted civic leader remembered Bill's grain transport. This is how Ephraim Morse described the diorama of his memories to downtown colleagues at the chamber of commerce, as reported in the San Diego Union of 6/1/1900. "The Mexican ox cart was very much in evidence in those early years. With an ox hide for the bottom and plenty of straw in place of springs, and an Indian driver for the oxen who walked in front as a guide for the oxen to follow, the whole family would pile in. As time was no object with them, the gait of the oxen by Albert Simonson was quite satisfactory. "In 1853 more grain, principally barley, was raised in the little valley of Viejas than in all the rest of the county. It was hauled in to Old Town, over a wild, broken country without roads for more than half the distance. Only Mexican carts, which by the way were built on the ranch, with their solid block wheels, drawn by oxen, their yokes lashed to their horns, could be used on such a trip. Long stretches of road, then first opened by those primitive trains, are now traveled daily on mail coaches. The grain brought 3 cents per pound." Volunteer Expo This Weekend The Julian Merchants Association would like to invite your organization to take part in the first Julian Volunteer Expo. The idea is to bring all the groups and organizations together with their diverse volunteer opportunities and then invite the general publicto come and learn about how they can get more involved in things going on in Julian. Why Volunteer?: Volunteering provides anopportunity for meaningfulservice and volunteers canhelp improve the quality ofprograms and events offered to the community. Julian has a rich history and volunteering for special events or programs helps preserve our heritage by bringing Julian's culture to life, recreating its vital and exciting character. Julian attracts thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Volunteers act as the town's ambassadors by providing memorable experiences in a quaint and exciting atmosphere. Who Can Participate: Every Organization, Club, or Group looking for volunteers throughout the year is welcome to set up continued on page ]l 7th Graders Check Out High Tech by Lauren VandewaUe Wednesday, March 10th, Julian Junior High's seventh grade traveled to the 10th annual High Tech Fair, sponsored by the San Diego Science Alliance. We took a bus to Wyland Hall at the Del Mar fairgrounds, and it was amazing! More than fifty exhibitors had set up booths, and a huge Cal Fire engine was parked in the middle of the building. We were broken into groups and each group learned about two different topics, including Biotech, Clean Technology, Conservation, Aerospace, Healthcare, High Tech, and Robotics. Everyone walked around observing and keeping in the back of our minds that someday these could be our careers. Returning back with a brain full of information, bags stuffed with freebies and the knowledge of sciences we'd never known of before, Julian Jr. High's seventh graders felt inspired. For the next few days our groups put together posters and presentations to share with the class. The most enjoyed topics included Qualcomm, a cell phone company that measures heart rate by phone, Cal fire, and Aerospace companies. All the posters and presentations taught about the different stations that not all got to visit, and taught us great things. The High Tech Fair experience opened our eyes to what options we have in the future. This was more than a field trip, it was a life changing experience that made us all excited for science and today's modern technology. Ten years from now, maybe we'll be exhibiting at the High Tech Fair.