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Monterey County Herald, CA Aug. 31, 1998
Borondas Gather at historic adobe
By Charles E. Coffin/Herald Staff Writer
The family tree of a famous founding father in Monterey County’s history gathered its scattered branches over the weekend to explore its roots at the ancestral family home, the Boronda Adobe. Built by Jose Eusebio Boronda in 1845, the historic adobe on the outskirts of North Salinas near Davis Road and West Laurel Drive served as the meeting place for about 200 family members and friends Saturday and Sunday. Among those present were the family’s patriarch, Richard Boronda, 90, and his wife, Kitty, from Escondido. Richards’ brother, Walter Boronda, 84, and his wife, Helen came from Hemet. “He hadn’t been here in about 10 years, but such a big to-do was being made about this that we thought we better get up here and meet others in our family,” said Kitty, one of the experts on the family’s long history. During the event, Kitty presented the paper deed, granting the land to Eusebio Boronda by the queen of Spain a century and a half ago, to the Monterey County Historical Society. The deed has been passed from father to oldest son as an heirloom. Eusebio had increasing problems keeping the title to his 6,7000-acre ranch after the United States took possession of California following the Mexican War, Kitty said, it seems American settlers kep claiming parcels of his land. “Eusebio finally became totally disgusted with the people of the United States,” said Kitty. “He left the ranch’s title to his son Francisco and resettled in Tijuana, where he bought land and lived out the rest of his life.” The adobe is unique because it has not been tampered with except o add electricity and plumbing, according to the county Historical Society. It is essentially pristine, an artifact of the environment in which people lived, slept and ate in Spanish California. The Historic Society considers the adobe one of the oldest and most significant buildings in the Salinas Valley, according to Executive Director Mona Gudgel. The society acquired and restored the structure through a combined gift an purchase from Marguerite Wilson in 1972. In recognition of the adobe’s significance, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a California Historic Landmark. In 1989, the structure was heavily damaged during the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Colonial Dames of California, Monterey Chapter, volunteered to restore the property on behalf of the Historical Society. That work was recently completed, and the society planned this weekend’s reunion as a reopening celebration and an opportunity to recognize Wilson’s generosity in donating the property 26 years ago. Eventually plans call for the nearby Lagunitas School building and the William Weeks home to be restored and opened to the public as local history centers. “These family members came to exchange stories and histories, to share with each other their knowledge,” said Carol Alleyne, president of the society. “it is a great treat to pull together a group like this.” Jayne Osborne of Los Angeles agreed. “The family is really pretty scattered,” she said, “But these people are my blood.” “I’ve heard so many of the names throughout my life, but I had never met most of them until now. It is really interesting to hear all the stories. “I remember in the 1960s, my dad took a picture of this place – it was a big dump. You couldn’t walk on the porch; it was all rotted. And now look at it. It’s great.” Another of the attendees and also a Boronda descendant , Richard Pritchard, said, “Although the stores are maybe enhanced a little bit every time they are told, it is still our history that is in our memories. And that is passed along whenever it is repeated to the next generation.”
Caption: The Boronda Adobe in Salinas was acquired by the Monterey County Historical Society in 1972; repairs to damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 recently were completed. The weekend celebration commemorated its reopening.

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