Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Doing a little genealogy research, and found this....

Major General Joseph Bartholomew 1766-1840

(March 15, 1766 – November 3, 1840) was a general in the Indiana Militia and served in numerous military conflicts. He also worked as a farmer, hunter, trapper, self-taught surveyor, and politician. Bartholomew County, Indiana and the Bartholomew Trail were named after him.[1]

Though he was only 10 years old at the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, he joined the local militia and helped defend against Native American tribes who were raiding the western frontier.[4]
After moving to Kentucky in 1788, Bartholomew remained active in the local militia, and engaged in numerous skirmishes with Native Americans. During the Northwest Indian War (Little Turtle's War), Bartholomew served as a scout for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne and was present at the signing of the Treaty of Greenville.
After moving to Indiana, he received a commission as major in the Clark County militia on September 21, 1803. Three years later, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. On November 7, 1811, he took part in the Battle of Tippecanoe. Recently promoted to colonel, he led 120 militia members under Governor William Henry Harrison.[6] During the battle, Bartholomew was shot and seriously wounded in his right arm.
For his leadership during the Battle of Tippecanoe, Bartholomew was promoted to brigadier general.[7] The Indiana territorial legislature passed a resolution on December 4, 1811, which read, "Resolved… that the thanks of this house be presented to Col. Luke Decker and Col. Joseph Bartholomew, the officers, non-commissioned officers and men composing the militia corps under their command…for the distinguished valor, heroism and bravery displayed by them in the brilliant battle fought with the Shawnee Prophet and his confederates on the morning of the 7th of Nov, 1811 by the Army under the command of His Excellency William Henry Harrison."[8]
When Bartholomew's son fell ill, he volunteered to enlist as a private in his place under the command of Colonel Russell of the 7th Regiment to fight in the White River Campaign during the War of 1812.[9] Colonel Russell praised Bartholomew, telling the Indiana territorial governor, "Col. Bartholomew acted as my aide-de-camp; the veteran has been so well tried in this kind of warfare, that any encomiums from me would be useless."[10] In 1816, he was commissioned as major general, the highest rank at that time. He served as major general of the Indiana militia until 1822.[11]

After his wartime military service came to an end, Bartholomew became involved in politics. In 1818, he served on the Indiana General Assembly, and was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1820.[12]He was selected to be a member of the commission that would choose the location of the capital of Indiana, and helped pick Indianapolis as the new site. He would often claim "to have dug the first dirt for the State capital."[13] Though he moved home in 1822, he continued to serve the state on the board of commissioners for land deeds. He retired in 1825.[14]

His grave marker was placed by the Grand Army of the Republic in 1894 with the inscription "To the memory of Maj. Gen. Joseph Bartholomew Hero of Tippecanoe. He fought in the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, & the Black Hawk War."

Sunday, August 18, 2019

My response to news of Marty Sampson having 'Shaky Faith'

Something to think about

As Christians renounce their faith

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,w sixty or thirty times what was sown.”x [1]

I am not all surprised to see some prominent people on social media claiming now that they are losing their faith. Nothing really surprises me on social media anymore. I wonder why that is? Anyways, I theorize that it comes down to the charismatic, Pentecostal nature of the modern church. Everyone in attendance at a ‘modern’ church today is looking for an experience, with multimedia displays, concert like worship, and flashy emotional pastors, it really is not a mystery.

I’m sure a few people out there believe like I do, that in the attempt to make church relevant to the modern person with the loud music, flashy design, social media outreach, that the meaning of church has been lost. The proof is in the headlines as pastors, writers, composers and a few others have been very vocal on their losing their faith.

Well, I’m here to point out the obvious; they didn’t have faith to begin with. At least they didn’t have a well-grounded faith that would stand the test of time and infliction.  There is a reason I started with Matthew 13:3, the parable of the sower. In that parable the sower is casting out seed, we see some hits the hard path, and is devoured by birds. Some is cast in shallow, rocky soil, sprouts fast but the sun burns it away. While other seed is cast in thorns and eventually chocked out. Only the seed cast on good soil takes root and flourishes. Many in the modern church fall into the second and third category.

Attendees in the modern church walk into a compelling and easy environment full of fun branding, coffee shops, and swag merchandise. They sit in comfortable seats, listening to loud catchy rock like music that repeat easy to learn phrases in snappy tunes. The pastors then come out and give feel good messages about what ones life can look like while attending church. Not very often are the hard issues dealt with; and when they are they are based on faith and promises of an easier life later on.
Today’s churches are based on worship. It’s the main focus, with some churches dedicating almost half their time with it.

Now, I’m not arguing against worship time. It can reach people on an emotional level, and be very beneficial to the growth of a church. It’s a fact of life that a church is either growing or dying. I’ve attended a few churches that were obviously dying. They were going through the services, with all the above elements, with a dozen or less attendees. Not really saying anything, but begging for members to bringing new people in. I’ve also been in churches that had all the elements, with every seat filled, that still didn’t get the reason for church.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.e 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,f baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,g 20 and teachingh them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youi always, to the very end of the age.”j [2]

Why Church?

Jesus gave the commission of the church later in Matthew 28:18-20 to go out and make disciples, baptize them in the trinity, and teach them to obey everything he had commanded. Later on the church took on the roll of community center, taking care of those in a community that could not help themselves, and holding it’s members accountable. While what the church turned into was a good idea, it eventually strayed away from its original commission. In fact the church in many cases became a corporation. An entity that was more concerned with membership, bottom lines, and branding; than the finding of disciples, baptisms, and teaching.

Can the church still be relevant in our lives? Simply, yes. The church is still very important, while the corporate side of large church buildings is doing what it must to survive, the heart and soul of church is in homes, small groups, and peer to peer instruction. God is still relevant; his commission still stands “…surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What now?

How do we hold the leaders of our churches accountable? We need to simply talk with them, remind them what the purpose of the church is, volunteer, hold small groups, and just live lives that display the core beliefs of Christ’s commission. A person should never have to tell anyone they are a Christian, it should be obvious! Faith is never lost if it falls on good soil, is tended too, and cultivated properly. We can all rest on that truth.

I’m sure in the years to come, we will see a lot more people make public statements that they lost their faith, left the church, and turned to alternative concepts, those are people who simply were not serious about their ideas, they followed feelings, were blinded by cool swag, trendy songs, and fresh aesthetics. Church is much simpler, but a lot more profound than anything a modern worship church can offer. At least that’s my thought.

w Ge 26:12
x See Mt 11:15
[1] The New International Version. (2011). (Mt 13:3–9). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
e Da 7:13, 14; Lk 10:22; Jn 3:35; See 13:13; 17:2; 1 Co 15:27; Eph 1:20–22; Php 2:9, 10
f Isa 49:6; Mk 16:15, 16; Lk 24:47; Ac 1:8; 14:21
g Ac 1:8; 2:38; 8:16; Ro 6:3, 4; Gal 3:27; Col 2:12
h Jn 14:26; Ac 2:42
i Dt 31:6; 1 Ki 8:57; Hag 1:13; Mt 18:20; Ac 18:10
j Mt 13:39; 24:3
[2] The New International Version. (2011). (Mt 28:18–20). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The purpose of prayer

The purpose of prayer

Another look

Gen 24:15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah...came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.

Background & Context

The servant is a type (symbol) of the Holy Spirit sent by the Father to win a bride for the "heavenly Isaac," the Lord Jesus. The narrative carefully records the preparation for the journey, the gifts carried by the servant, and the sign by which he would know the Lord's chosen woman. Murdoch Campbell elaborates: "It was a sign that was calculated to throw much light on the character and disposition of the girl worthy of his master's son. He was merely to ask her for "a sip"--as the Hebrew word may be rendered--of water for himself; but the one whom God had chosen to be the mother of a great people and a remote ancestress of Jesus Christ would reveal her generous nature and her willingness to serve others by offering him not a mere "sip" of water but an abundant "drink." To this she was also to add the astonishing offer of drawing water for the camels also." Now when we consider that these ten beasts, after the toil of the long desert, were prepared to empty at least four barrels of water in all, the spontaneous willingness of the girl of his prayers to serve man and beast would point to a kindly and unselfish disposition and also to a character of the highest order.

A battle of wills

Here is an example of prayer being answered. An unnamed servant, praying sincerely, who is in the will of his master, notice that she (the answer to his prayer) was already on the way to answer, before the question could be asked. Here is the root of prayer, it is not to get what we ask for, rather to ask for what we will get. There is no doubt, if the servant had just sat there and waited; Rabeka still would have been chosen. It just would have taken a little more time.
There are many people out there who have been disappointed by prayer. Their prayers have gone unanswered, not because of a lack of faith, but rather a lack of understanding. When praying there is a check list to follow:
• Is it in the will of God?
• Is there a relationship with God?
• Are all answers acceptable?

Is it in the will of God?

A prayer outside of the will of God, no matter how heartfelt, will never succeed. Too many times prayers are self serving wish lists, rather than heartfelt desires to align the recipient's will, with that of the Lord's.

Common problems - trials

A trial will no doubt cause the recipient a lot of pain, but there is a meaning to that pain, an appropriate prayer is to ask for strength through the trial, not a pass around it.
Trials come in many different forms, sickness, financial problems, deaths; they never come at a convenient time, which is why they are both helpful, and potentially troublesome. Helpful, because they allow time for the recipient to exercise their faith and test their understanding. Troublesome, because many times the recipient fails the test.
Trials, while very common, are not the only concern. In day to day life an active prayer life is expected. In daily prayers, the Lord's will should be foremost in our minds. A prayer for anything in excess over basic needs should never be seriously expected.
Faith to move mountains, will never change the will of God, nor should it. God is just, God is righteous; His will takes into account factors we can not fathom. Only God, who is outside time and space, can discern the beginning from the end, and set things into motion which will complete the work of God.

Is there a relationship with God?

Another factor that relates directly to prayer, is a personal relationship. In times of trouble, everyone calls on the Lord, that's human nature. However, without a prior relationship, the Lord's reply is sorry "I don't know you." The provision of prayer is for those who have chosen a life of servitude to the King of Kings, not for skeptics and mockers.
One, to truly understand the sin problem, needs to understand what sin is and why God needs to separate Himself from it. Sin is the faithless rebellion of creatures against the just authority of their Creator. God inherently, can not allow his authority to be mocked, if He were too, His very nature would be violated.

Are all answers acceptable?

Finally, God answers prayers in three ways, the recipient needs to both be aware of the answers and willing to accept those answers.
• Wait
• No
• Yes


God has a wonderful plan for every person ever created. We need to remember that our timeline may not coincide with His. At times someone may ask for the right thing, just not at the right time. In those cases, He will answer "wait."
Faith is not blindly hoping something will workout, instead faith is knowing it will workout and waiting patiently for it too. Blind faith, is ignorant faith; there is enough physical evidence to not be ignorant what God has said will happen. Faith in that should not be blind, believers should be able to recognize the signs for each event. It is only non-believers that will be surprised.
If the answer to the prayer is wait, the initiator of the prayer should not become discouraged, if the prayer is aligned with the will of God, and the initiator is sincere in the asking, then extra time may be needed, although the asker may think they are ready, in Gods timing they may not.


It is the hardest thing to say to a child. However, some things may not be suitable for some people. It would be absurd to grant the wish of an uncoordinated five year old, who is asking for a Harley Davidson motorcycle. So true it is with adults, not everyone is capable of making the complex decision of whether or not something is right for them. A person may have all the confidence to do something, yet still be unable to be successful at it.
So true is this in prayer, and when one prays this answer must also be acceptable. Again, within the will of God is a purpose, to do anything outside, or contrary to His will; would be unrighteous. It pains the Heavenly Father, as much as it pains any father to say no to a child; but the safety of a child is more important than the happiness of getting what they ask for.


The word every child loves to hear. Yet, sometimes this can have unforeseen consequences. A child may ask for a pet and receive it with open arms, to only later find out, that caring for pet can be hard work. Sometimes, a parent might even say yes to a child to teach a lesson, as they get what they ask for, they may not succeed at it due to their own limitations. While some may see this as cruel, it is sometimes the best lesson to teach.
Which is why it is important to also look forward to this answer. Many people recite the old adage "be careful what you wish for, it may come true" and indeed it will; and when it does, that is not a sign of failure on God's part, but a completed lesson on our part.
A yes answer can be very exciting, yet may not always be the best. Just when a person prays, they need to be mindful of the other possible answers.

When prayer doesn't work

Too often there, are stories of people stating they lost their faith, due to an unanswered prayer. This is unfortunate and manly due to lack of information. Prayer as seen by this brief paper, is for the spiritual need of setting the will of humanity on the will of the creator. Too often, people are too focused on selfish things to notice the needs of others.

What about Intercessory prayer?

Intercessory prayer, while it is important is also subject to these concerns. A lifetime of prayer could yield no visible effect, yet it could change countless lives. There is a study that has been recently done on intercessory prayer, which concluded that because no physical ground had been gained, that prayer does not work.
The problem with this line of thought, does not take into effect the spiritual aspect of prayer. A dying person, who is being prayed for, may have a spiritual awakening, yet still die. This can not be measured by any means; but the change can still be life saving. It is a theme that runs deep in the Bible and summed up in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places
Yes this is the complete power of prayer and the focus of it. To eliminate this from the action of prayer is to strip the entire process of any meaning. Prayer is not for finding lost car keys, or to keep you healthy, no the purpose of prayer is for spiritual warfare, understanding, and spiritual health.

In conclusion

While this short paper does not even scratch the surface of this subject, an exhausted study would yield the same basic understanding. To an unbelieving world caught up on traditions and assumptions this sounds to oversimplified.
Prayer is not to be taken lightly, it has been a shame that the Christian church has been so careless these past few years and let other doctrinal issues get in the way of a solid core of a praying congregation. A non-praying Christian, is weak and ineffective. The unbelieving world is watching; and today a Christian needs to be spiritually stronger than ever before.
The Christian doctrine is based on being a point of light in an otherwise dark world, the fuel for that light is prayer.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Driest summer I can remember!

   When the sky is dark and cloudy. With thunder rumbling and lightning striking. And you're still out watering the lawn, because nature is nothing but a shit talking little bitch!

Yet another day of clouds, high humidity and heat, yet no thunderstorms 😢 so disappointed this year. We did have a twister go through the ranch tearing up a tank, fence, and a few other odds and ends. First time we’ve had that happen in 10years! #desertlife🌵 #desertliving #overlandbound

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A word on prayer

I'm going through some old storage and found a couple of things I had written for other sites years ago, and thought I would repost them here. There are a couple posts in this series, and I will post them in sequence every Wednesday morning. Who knows they might just start a conversation...

How is your prayer life?

The focus and purpose of this paper is to give a refreshing look at prayer and its practical use in every day life. Now I know there are plenty of books, papers, and sermons on this subject. However in this paper I want to focus on some issues that are heavy on my heart. I figure if there is at least one other person out there like me then, this paper would be worth writing. I would like to start with the Lords outline for prayer. The main scripture will be from Matthew. What is so commonly called The Lords Prayer. This is an unfortunate title, a better title; fitting the context better, would be, The Model Prayer. Let's take a quick look at our text...

Mathew 6

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

My prayer life consists of the ebb and flow system. You know a few days of intense heart felt prayer followed by weeks of no activity. I try to pray. Life always seems to get in the way though. And when it doesn't, I get embarrassed. I'm a very shy person by nature. One of the reasons why my prayer life is not were it should be is I never know what to say, or how to say it.

Now it is my understanding that this is just an example on how to pray and was not to be a Prayer that was to be repeated religiously. Too often I hear pastors teaching that this is a prayer that needs to be repeated on a regular basis. I feel that does not fit in context of the scripture. Instead Jesus was teaching his disciples a format for prayer. A format that is not bound to any set of words, but rather a format for prayer in general.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

First part of this format was to hold the Lord's name in high regard. While it is true, we can come to the Lord with such intimacy as to say daddy, when we pray we are to express reverence for the name of God. We need to state in our prayers, that the Lord we are addressing is not only the Lord of heaven, but of all creation. Remember when you pray Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

In other words, whenever we use the Lord's name, whether we are praying, or just sharing the Word of God, we need to do so with his majesty in mind. Here is a word of caution to those who call themselves Christians and who do not live their lives for Christ. For the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Do not be deceived, this is taking the Lord's name in vain! To call yourself a Christian is to take the Lord's name! Not living a Godly life is taking it in vain!

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

We are to be anticipating the Lord's return, and praying for it! At the Triumphant Entry, Jesus wept over Jerusalem because “you do not know the time of your visitation.” We are supposed to be looking toward His return; we do that by diligently praying for it. We are also to align our will with His, because this is one of the top most reasons of prayer! We need to align our will with his, every day, and in every situation. We need to let Christ rule our hearts and lives. We can not do this unless we are praying!

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

The Lord promised to meet all our needs. We just need to make sure we know what they are. I need a job to care for my family. I need transportation to get to that job. I do not need a $60,000 Mercedes to do it! These are needs as much as food and clothing. To meet these needs the Lord might give you something as simple as a bicycle. Don't think that because you didn't get the results you wanted that the need wasn't met! When we pray, we need to be specific, we also need to be aware that the answer may not be what we are looking for; but rather what will teach us the most. If you need to learn humility, you may need to learn how to ride a bike!

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Wow! You want forgiveness; you better learn how to forgive! And you better learn to ask and forgive daily. I sin every day. I try also to ask for forgiveness when I do. I've noticed that when I forget to ask for forgiveness, something will happen, where I need to forgive someone else, it never fails; I'll pray "Lord, why did this person do this! Why won't you punish them?" The answer I get... "Because, then I'll have to punish you." Whoa there. Let's rethink this, salvation comes through Gods grace, what better example of Christ's love than a Christian showing forgiveness for others. Our forgiveness becomes a foreshadowing of Christ's. Now I know I am in no way anything like Christ. However, as a self-described follower of Christ, I need to live a life as closely simulating Christ as I can, followers of Christ need to be Christ like. Don't forget, we can not take His name in vain!

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

God does not lead us to temptation, but we need to ask daily for strength to overcome all temptation. We need to remember that only through prayer can we have enough strength to keep ourselves from sinning. As in Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. We need to pray daily, for this strength. Only through prayer can the Holy Spirit, fulfill our needs. Remember also John 15:5 for without Me you can do nothing.

...For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayer is not only a catalyst for aligning our wills with the Lord's, but it is also the main source of understanding of the word of God. We need to also remember that our complete understanding of scripture comes from the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit can only come into us, through heartfelt prayer. We need to keep in mind as we pray that the Lord will come back, and He will set up His kingdom. Also remember that the Lord's power, and glory is also everlasting, and we need to acknowledge the Lord's attributes when we prey!

So there is my outline of prayer. Next article in this series will be how to relate this outline into our daily lives.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Something to think about....

"The argument for saving time has become an end upon itself. No one is willing to ask the scary question, "save time for what?" or, "what is the cost?" Are our lives really more spiritually full and complete now that we are surrounded by "time-saving" devices that must be served by us, no matter the cost?

At the root of this deception is the question "What are we here for?" If God put me here to be perfected as I am digging post holes and planting a garden and building fences, am I really well served to be able to do all of that in 1/4 of the time with a machines that do the job for me, separating me from the lessons God intends for me to learn...?"

From Surviving Off-Grid

The author has made a point that Technology in itself has not really done anything for us. All our "time-saving" devices we have around us hasn't given us any more free time, than what we had before them. Because we have to work just that much harder and longer to afford and maintain them. No time has ever been saved from any task, but it has been shifted too doing something else, and in many occasions that something else has separated us from the God or our creation.

Really into this book... 15% into it... Talking about free time, I really have to put this down and do something today... ;)
My insanity on display

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

With flash flood alerts all day, we finally got a little rain. 😂 not enough to do anything but keep the dust down. We enjoyed it all the same! #desertlife🌵 #overlandbound #wonderlust #hiking #monsoonseason #arizona

Here’s an excerpt from an old document I found in the back of our old library

Our Valley  - Lakeview and Nuevo, 1890 to 1925
By Mrs. L.A. Wood & Mrs. G.W. Tinker
Presented at the Nuevo Women’s Club, 1926

When the San Jacinto River overflows its banks, it covers many acres of land and forms a large lake which remains for several months.  This was named Mystic Lake, and from the exquisite picture it makes Lakeview takes its name.
In 1890, the Lakeview Company purchased 5000 acres from the San Jacinto Nuevo Rancho, which was a part of the old Wolfskill Spanish land grant.  It was surveyed by Campbell and Warren.  Mr. Warren lived here for many years and after moving to Riverside called often in the valley.  Most of their surveys are still used.
Water was located and then the districts were planted to orchards of olives, oranges, apricots, and peaches.  Some of the old olive trees are still living near the foothills without irrigation.
Lakeview was laid out in two districts, business and residential, the business area being about 1-1/2 miles north of the residential.  Fine houses were built in both these districts, but most of them have now been moved away except for the old Bell home and the Warren homes.
In the business district the large hotel was named for Mr. Hansen.  Also one of the main avenues was named for him.  The hotel was expensively furnished, and the silver and the linen were of the very best quality.
Great numbers of people from the east were brought out here, and with everything looking so well and prosperous they were persuaded to invest their money in what they believed to be a paying proposition.
Across the river northwest of Lakeview, Elders, Davis and Hullformed a blanket mortgage on a large tract of land, sold it to a group of Seventh-Day Baptists without their knowledge of the mortgage.  When the Baptists had paid for the land, Elders, Davis, and Hull disappeared, so the Baptists had to pay off the mortgage or move off the land – they moved off.  They had built a church and a school, the foundations of which still stand near the road through the hills to Moreno.
A stage line was started and it carried the mail once a day to and from Perris.
In 1900, olives sold for $60 per ton and were shipped in bags.  In 1918 they sold for $160 a ton and were handled with the greatest care.
In 1897, a Congregational Church was organized in Lakeview.  In 1918 a Congregational Church was organized in Nuevo, but it was taken over by the Perris Congregational Church after two years.  
In 1899, a Women’s Club was organized in Lakeview with Mrs. H.K. Harger as president.  There were 20 members, dues were .25, and it was active for eight years.

In 1920, the Women’s Club was organized in Nuevo as the Nuevo-Lakeview Women’s Club with Mrs. E.R. Stalder as president.  Shortly after this the Women’s Community Club of Nuevo was organized from this group with Mrs. H.S. Gordon as president and it is still active.  In these early days the Club had a Child’s Welfare Committee that worked with the school and helped with the first equipment for the playground.  And I (Mrs. Wood) helped stretch the wire for the first tennis court.
The original plan for the water system was interesting and unique.  Between 1890 and 1895, the Lakeview Company purchased ten acres southeast of Pico, a hill halfway to San Jacinto, and put down 25 wells of varying sizes, some three and some four inches, and others ten and twelve inch wells.  A few were as deep as 200 feet.  The water flowed in an open flume to First Street.  There they had a cement tank that the water was turned into and pumped into reservoir Number 1 on the hill nearby.  The reservoir, tank, and the foundation of the pump remain.  A pipeline from that reservoir carried the water to another reservoir above the residential district and to Lakeview business district and on Y Avenue to the present Nuevo site.  They planned to dig a large ditch from First Street following Reservoir Avenue through Lakeview and on to this end to use as a distributing and storage line.  A part of this line was dug.
When the wells ceased to flow satisfactorily because of quicksand, the water was pumped with compressed air.  When they failed altogether, several wells were put down in the Lakeview business district.
In 1910, a group of men from Riverside and Los Angelesformed the Nuevo Land Company and opened an office in Nuevo.  They hired a large number of men to do the subdividing for farms.  This was the southwest portion of what had been the Lakeview Tract.  They put down three wells about 300 feet deep and had an abundance of water.  Each year since then they have increased their pumping.
Orchards were planted again, olives, apricots and peaches.  The parkways were planted with different kinds of trees and with American Beauty roses.  Some of these still survive.
In 1915, when we came to the valley (the Wood family), the concrete Nuevo store was just finished, the two houses on the Smith corner (?) were occupied, and Mr. Buck Porter’s house was under construction.  Between 1915 and 1917, Norman and Agnes Walker arrived, William and Amanda Honeycutt, and George and Ethel Tinker.  
By now some of the olive orchards were 30 years old.  On two occasions we celebrated “Apricot Blossom Time” and entertained many visitors.
Mr. McDonough drove the stage that brought the mail and the Nuevo mail was left at the water office and put in pigeon holes for us.  

In the summer of 1915 the school building was started and was finished in October.  A tent furnished shelter for the children until it was finished.  In the spring, 8 children had gone to school in Lakeview from the Nuevo area, walking both ways.  Sometimes an old horse and wagon furnished transportation when he was available.  People in the community went together and purchased a piano for the school.
In the twenties the Community Hall was built.  After the laying of the cornerstone we gave a dinner for the celebrities.  Our “kitchen” was the unused room at the school (later the school supply room) and we had a kerosene stove and a coal-burning stove to cook on.
In 1924 we had a big barbeque in the olive grove at Mr. Woodworth’s place.  The Women’s Club had a booth and sold lemonade and 20 gallons of ice cream.  It was with this money that the first dishes were purchased for the Community Hall.
(The Woodworth olive grove was about ¼ or ½ mile north of the Nuevo store on the west side of the street across the street from the Denny’s house.  MTC)
In 1917, the Nuevo Water Company purchased the last of the Lakeview wells and had it equipped with an electric motor like the other plants.
In 1922, the Nuevo Land Company put out 100 acres of grapes.  They were not a success.  The next year they planted 300 acres of peaches.
We tried all kinds of wholesale gardening.  One year it was cucumbers.  A factory was set up in Lakeview and made dill pickles.
Potatoes were raised without fertilizer and without much irrigating.  When Mr. Tinker irrigated and put fertilizer on his potatoes, everyone said he had ruined his crop!  When the yield reached 100 sacks to the acre, a big banner was put over the road saying, “100 sacks of potatoes to the acre.”
There is a Hot Springs at the base of the hill north of Lakeview, and hot mineral wells across the river west of town.  A public bath house with tubs has been opened there.
There have been several wells in Brownland that show oil on the water and a number of people use the gas for lighting and cooking.  In 1923 a company drilled a well in that locality, just 5 miles from Lakeview.  They are down to 1900 feet now with every indication of success.

Our road to Perris was very bad, especially in the winter when it rained.  There was about a quarter of a mile where the river ran across the road that was extremely slick when wet and sometimes the road was impassable for several days at a time.  You couldn’t stay on it when it was wet, or get off it when it was dry as the ruts of the wheels were so deep and hard.  So when the road was paved and finished in 1925 we had a big celebration.  Mr. John Salkeld, leader of our band of eight, rode in the leading vehicle, and it was followed by every member of the community.  We all wore badges.  Perris turned out to participate in the fun and celebration.
Our local scenery is unsurpassed.  Our mountains are equal to any anywhere.  Our air and water are the very best.

Information for this history was obtained by Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Tinker from the following people:
Mrs. Barnasconi who came in 1893
Mrs. T.D. McDonough who came also in 1893
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Embertson who came in 1893
Mr. George Warren who also came in 1893


Since I’m going down this rabbit hole.

Timeline – San Jacinto plains
The Spanish Period

Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a party of thirty-four explored this area to find a overland route to Alta California from Sonora in order to supply Missions from thepresidio of Tubac. All prior shipments were by sea and very expensive for Spain. Anza and Mystic Lake –San Jacinto Lake were traversed) Thursday, March17 & 18, 1774 (Old Roads, page 6&7)

June 1798, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded and was the 18th mission in the chain.

San Jacinto Rancho: Likely founded August 16, 1819 (Old Roads – page 17). The largest Rancho in Riverside County (130,000 acres), South to Temecula, north to the Badlands, east to the present-day city of San Jacinto and westward to the Woodcrest area. A grazing Rancho (Under Supervision of the mission San Luis Rey)

Missions were to settle the land, convert the Indians to Christianity so they could become Spanish citizens and hold the area for Spain. Land used by the Missions became Mission property.

Casa Loma Hill a outpost compound consisting of a small rooming house, several granaries and a small Chapel located by present day Ramona Expressway and Warren Road. (Top of page 18 and page 44 Mexican grant to Estudillo)

Corral de Pilares (Basin Corral) or “basin corral” was an adobe structure and four acre pens surrounded by an adobe wall and it was used for branding cattle. The location of this site was on the west side of the San Jacinto River and the east of the Bernasconi Hills. In 1853 this site had fallen to disrepair. (Old Roads - Page18)

The Mexican Period

1810-1821: The turmoil ended with the Convention of Cordova. New Spain became part of the land of Mexico.

1824: The Colonization Act and the Regamento of 1828 both of which liberalized land policy and made concessions to prospective settlers.

August 1833: Mexican government passed the Secularization Act taking effect in 1834, which closed Missions and relinquishing the mission’s vast tracts of land over to the California governor for dispersal as he saw fit.

January 13, 1847 Capitulation (Surrender/Treaty) of Cahuenga was signed by the USmilitary commandant of California, Lieutenant Colonel John C. Fremont, and Andre’s Pico, Commander of Squadron and Chief of the National Forces of California.

1846-1848 The end of Mexican rule.
MC 4:4-439
San Jacinto Nuevo y Portero
Thomas W.
Sutherland, guardian, etc.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the end of fighting between the US and Mexico.

Early American Period

September 1850, the state of California was formed and admitted to the United States without having spent time as a territory.