"...fascinating, ... Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty
, a must-read for anyone interested in Golden State history." -- Santa Barbara Independent
, Sept. 2011
"...a striking true story of human ingenuity, greed, and the fallout
thereof, highly recommended." -- Midwest Book Review, Nov. 2011
"The author's special combination of professional historical training and access to private family documents and interviews enhances his book....The book is a page-turner and the author writes so engagingly ..." - Prof. (Emeritus) A.C.W. Bethel, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California History Action
"...well written and thoroughly researched...holds its own against ...Dynasty or Dallas. Not only an accurate study of a complex history, but an enjoyable read. It should not be missed."
--The Historian, Univ. of San Diego
"How it came to pass that Santa Cruz Island was spared from development is intertwined in this intriguing account of Justinian Caire and his fractious descendants. . . . The significant detailed materials that are revealed here for the first time broaden our understanding of the complexity of the untold story of Santa Cruz Island.” from the foreword by Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation
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Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island
opens with Caire's early life as a San Francisco businessman and his acquisition of Santa Cruz Island, where he created a ranching kingdom based on sheep, cattle, and wine. Frederic Caire Chiles examines the business practices of the Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island companies, documenting the island's economic ups and downs and the environmental impact of ranching in those days. Above all, he looks at the family's daily life on the island from the mid-nineteenth into the twentieth century.