This is the 12th diary that has survived the years, however, like the others, it has suffered from damp. The entries were made by one or more people, William O. Beniz (Willie), his mayordomo, and segundos.
Background: The background image is John Schreiber’s lithograph of “La California”, which he drew in 1878.
Reference Pages: To aid the reader with Spanglish terminology, unfamiliar names (people & places), and old measures (weights, distances, currencies, etc.) we have provided a set of: Reference Pages. We recommend you have these available — they will open in a second window or tab.
Click on a title below to download a PDF file containing images of the actual diary pages. Many blotter pages have comments, some aligned with dates on the facing diary page. We transcribed onto the blotter pages comments that are difficult to read (written in faint pencil).
Spanglish speakers! Please help us transcribe these diaries so others can enjoy them as well! For example, see 1899.
© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)