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Deck 000 Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate email: Kirby Winn, F:ealtor Associate email: One of the early, tough pioneers of the Julian back country was a French Immigrant named Frederick Grand. I can't help but to think of Fred when I hike on the crest of Volcan Mountain and look down into Arkansas Canyon or drive by the old "Ober House Site" on Farmer Road. He and his brothers, Emil and Auguste, left their homeland in the mountains of France and settled in the backcountry of San Diego County. They all emigrated here between 1868 and 1872. Each of them became naturalized citizens of the United States and led productive lives as ranchers and farmers of San Diego County. Many of the Auguste- Grand descendants Fred Grand Of Arkansas Canyon hold an annual family reunion, of which 70+ descendants and their families attended the weekend event at the Menghini Winery as reported in the Julian News on June 17, 2009. Fred Grand kept a daily diary in French between the years of 1903 and 1905 and it is just plumb full of local history. Bernadine Grand Cooper, grand niece of Fred and granddaughter of Auguste, Sr., has become the family historian. Judy Swink, a good friend of Bernadine, translated Fred's diary into English. Each of these two ladies has shared their research with me and from that, plus independent research; I obtained the information to write this story. Fred Grand had three children of his own, Theodore, Juanita and Edward. His wife was Florentine Cuero (Quero in some writings) a Native American from the Rancheria in San Felipe Valley. None of Fred and Florentine's three children had children of their own. His youngest son, Edward, adopted children, but there are no blood descendants of the family. Getting back to Fred, he was the first born brother in 1841 and arrived in the United States in 1868, settling on land in Arkansas Canyon circa 1870. He eventually filed for and was patented a homestead of 160 acres on this San Felipe Valley land. The 160 acres grew to over 6,000 acres in the next 35 years. I will take one day out of Fred's journal and cite locations on Volcan Mountain and San Felipe Valley that many of our local residents will recognize. The date was Thursday, August 20, 1903. A Mr. M.J.C. Sherer of Los Angeles arrived at Fred's Arkansas Canyon Ranch with a letter of introduction from Fred's neighbor, T.L. Duque, the owner of the San Felipe Ranch. Mr. Sherer was interested in purchasing Fred's ranch or a portion of it. Fred advised Mr. Sherer that it was too late in the day to show him the ranch and they would tour it in the morning, especially the boundary lines and the water sources. Fred awoke a little before 3:00 AM on Friday, August 21st, and started his day by making coffee and breakfast. He made sure that his sons, Theodore and Edward, would make a trip to the post office (Fred was a frequent customer of the Postal Service) to pick up the mail and meet him later in the day "on the Volcan." This is a term used time and again in Fred's diary. He killed a rooster and had Florentine cook it for the daily meal. He took Mr. Sherer to the vicinity of the old cemetery in San Felipe Valley and showed him the flow of the San Felipe Creek. It is also the vicinity of a plot of land owned by Florentine that Fred called, "The Six Springs Ranch." Obviously there was good water at the site even in the dry days of late August. They then returned to Fred's ranch and prepared to leave "for the Volcan." Mr. Sherer told Fred that his ranch was much better than the San Felipe Ranch and they started to bargain the price. Fred told him that he wanted $6 per acre and Mr. Sherer countered with only the east side of Volcan. Fred advised he wanted a little more for this part of the ranch,' because he had invested over $12,000 in improvements. The price did not seem to surprise Mr. Sherer. They then went "up on the Scott survey party in San Felipe Valley - 1885, Fred Grand at right. courtesy JHS, Archive Volcan" and Fred showed him the Simmons and Flint Ranches which he now owned. They then traveled through the pine forest'to the Cooper house, Elihu Cooper homesteaded 85 acres on the boundary of the Santa Ysabel Indian Reservation, which Fred also now owned. Fred showed Mr. Sherer the boundary line of the reservation and the reservation signs. They next traveled to the mill (saw mill) where they stopped and rested. They then followed the "mill keeper's route" and arrived at the Ober House. Fred had purchased the house from William Ober and it was his second home on the west side of Volcan Mountain, along what is known today as Farmer Road. Mr. Sherer was impressed with the Ober House and told Fred that it would suit him fine and asked how much would it cost. Fred told him that he would sell it,for the same price that he paid for it. No dollar figure was noted in the diary. Mr. Sherer and Fred soon parted company with no agreement. Mr. Sherer said he was going to the Cuyamacas prior to leaving. Fred returned to the "mill" and stayed with his workers that were tending the cattle. He had supper with the cowboys and bedded down without a blanket until Felix, one of the cowboys, supplied him with a blanket. It was August 21st I I I Juhan Historical Society by Ed Huffman, t . I l and obviously cold enough for a blanket "on the Volcan." Fred was 62 years old at the time and his travels took him between 14 and 15 miles, obviously on horseback, up, across and down Volcan Mountain. Not an easy task for a young man, let alone one of Fred's age. Yes, I would say that Fred was a rough and tough pioneer like many others in the backcountry of San Diego County. Fred continued to run his productive ranch for another three plus years until he suffered severe injuries from a wagon accident traversing Banner Canyon. The accident occurred in December of 1906 and the injuries were so severe that he succumbed to pneumonia on January 29, 1907. Fred was laid to rest in the old cemetery in the Mission Hills area of San Diego. 't'l i'li:]f m l]lf[ ii IIli P,:!,  ,I lqlllfflllVlmURIImNlllm