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BEACH DAYS: After patriarch Don Bruno Orella died in 1901, his children inherited adjacent ranches in Refugio, Venadito, and Corral canyons. His son Victor received Refugio “beach, some land to the west, a small piece to the east, and a short distance up Refugio Canyon,” but soon sold the property to the Rutherfords, whose family immigrated to the area from Scotland. The author’s family was close with the Rutherfords and visited the beach regularly, as it was just below their ranch. Pictured are (from left) the author; her mother, Louise “Honey” MacIntyre Erro; her father, Martin Erro; and her sister Zena’s son, Martin, on shoreline rocks of Refugio Beach. Behind them is Orella Ranch (circa 1946).

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