A San Diego-area newspaper article this week mentions sheep-shearing tokens. Has anyone ever come across this particular token issue? -EditorTwo French immigrants played a significant role in the development of Ramona. The town's first store was built in the 1880s by Theophile Verlaque, at the invitation of another Frenchman, Bernard Etcheverry.
At the time, what is now known as Ramona was part of the vast Santa Maria Rancho owned by Etcheverry, who had emigrated from France as a young man in 1856 to seek his fortune in the California gold mines.
By 1881, Bernard Etcheverry was running 12,000 sheep on his 16,700-acre Santa Maria spread, Etcheverry employed up to 50 men to shear his sheep, paying them in metal scrip that he would exchange for gold coin at the end of the spring shearing season. In 1883, wool production at the Santa Maria Rancho amounted to 75,000 pounds.
To read the complete article, see: French settlers made their mark on early days of Ramona (http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=1fb50d45-14ce-479e-81a1-20d2af204432)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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