Old Highway Route 399

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Conrad Wieneke, the brother of my grandmother, lived on Highway 399 in Ojai. His sister, Eutrophia Maude Brown, lived on a farm nearby. Mary Magdalene Rosamond lived in one of Conrad’s homes in Ventura. The third photo from the top could have been taken on 399.

What is key, my kindred are modeling. My two aunts are posing with their mother sitting on the runner of a vintage car, and Eutrophia is posing in the bottom photo. These people did not know they are kin to Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. My later sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, became a famous artist and married into the artistic Benton family. Jessie Benton, the wife of John Fremont, held a salon at Black Point in San Francisco. My first girlfriend, Marilyn Reed, did some modeling when she was thirteen, and fit right in with all the beautiful Rosamond Women.

That is Conrad Wieneke on the Ventura Beach with his three children, and June, Bonnie, Lillian, and Rosemary Rosamond. U.S. Route 399 went from Ventura to Bakersfield. This highway was changed to Route 33.

My sister Christine Rosamond, is modeling Marilyn’s ‘Train Dress’. My ex-wife is wearing Marilyn’s dress at our wedding, where my good friend, Bryan MacLean, played. Bryan was in love with Christine in high school, and played for the rock group ‘Love’. My wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen, was married to the author, Thomas Pynchon. These folks got their creative roots out on Route 399.

Below is a home movie of my mother at Ventura Beach and Camarillo. This was filmed by a member of the famous Lewis family, whom Rosemary almost married into.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2015


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Here is a home movie of my mother at Ventura Beach and Camarillo.





Conrad Wieneke – Route 2 Box 275 Hiway 399. Ojai, Ventura, California …



Age 6, born abt 1934
Birthplace California
Gender Female
Race White
Home in 1940 Route 2 Box 275 Hiway 399
Ventura, California
Household Members   Age
Head Conrad F Wieneke 60
Wife Ann Wieneke 45
Conrad James Wieneke 13
Mary Ann Wieneke 10
Margaret Wieneke 6


U.S. Route 399 was a U.S. Highway that ran from Ventura, California to Bakersfield, California. It was established in 1934 and deleted in 1964, as it was only 137 miles (219 km) long, less than the minimum 300 miles (480 km) that AASHTO set as the threshold for U.S. Highways. It has been replaced with a segment of State Route 33, all of State Route 119, and a segment of State Route 99.

From its original junction at U.S. Route 101 in Ventura, California, the route continues along State Route 33 up to Ojai, temporarily joining State Route 150. Leaving Ojai, it continued into the Los Padres National Forest along the Maricopa Highway, with its summit at Pine Mountain. Descending into the Cuyama River Valley, it met State Route 166 and travelled east towards Maricopa past what is now the Carrizo Plain National Monument and crossing the axis of the San Andreas Fault into the southern San Joaquin Valley. In Maricopa, it continued north again with State Route 33 into the southern Midway-Sunset Oil Field and intersecting modern State Route 119 in Taft. From Taft, U.S. 399 followed State Route 119 out of town through Valley Acres and past the modern Buena Vista Recreation Area (the old Buena Vista Lake) towards U.S. Route 99 (now State Route 99) in Pumpkin Center and Greenfield, then with the old alignment of U.S. Route 99 (Union Avenue, SR 99 Bus.) north into Bakersfield where it terminated. This ending, being a useless concurrency, was later truncated to U.S. Route 99 until U.S. Route 399 was decommissioned.

The route was subsequently realigned several times, most notably the original Ojai Freeway in southern Ventura which is now the modern State Route 33 freeway, and the expressway bypass of eastern Taft which is now the modern State Route 119 expressway.

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The origins to US 399 can be traced back to 1913. That year, the state decided to fund a survey party to determine a highway route between Legislative Route 4 (later became US 99 and today is known as SR 99) and Ventura.[1] This highway was named the Bakersfield, Maricopa, and Ventura Road. At that time, several county roads which would become part of the route were already under construction. In the 1920s, the legislative definition would truncate the route as between Ventura and the Cuyama Valley.[2] However, in 1934, the route would reemerge as a spur to US 99, called US 399.[3]

By 1964, California’s highway system was very cumbersome. Several routes were cosigned with two or even three route numbers. As a result, all of the state’s highways were renumbered to simplify the system. During the renumbering, it was decided to decommission many of the US routes in California in favor of interstates and state routes. The parent route, US 99, was also decommissioned, which contributed to the removal of this route. US 399 became one of the US routes to be completely decommissioned. It became part of SR 33 (West Side Highway), SR 166 (Maricopa Highway), and all of SR 119 (Taft Highway).[4]

History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, California
by: C M Gidney – Santa Barbara. Benjamin Brooks – San Luis Obispo.
Edwin M Sheridan – Ventura
Volumes II – Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL., 1917

This file is part of the California Genealogy & History Archives

JOSEPH F. LEWIS.  How much the enterprise and example of a single family or individual do to stimulate
the progress and advancement of a community is well illustrated by the case of the Lewis family. For
more than half a century the people of this name have had their home in Santa Barbara and Ventura
counties, and in an important degree the commercial enterprise of the little City of Camarillo might be
said to center around the name of Joseph F. Lewis.

The founder of the family in California was the late Henry Lewis. Henry Lewis a Virginian, born in
Richmond that state April 1, 1837, was reared and educated there and was of old southern stock. In
1852 he came to California via the Isthmus of Panama, and was engaged in mining in Sonora until 1860,
and in that year moved to Santa Barbara County and settled on 109 acres near Carpinteria. Thereafter
his life was quietly and prosperously spent as a farmer until his death in 1906.

A historical distinction of no mean degree belongs to Henry Lewis. In 1868 he planted the first lima
beans ever put into the soil of the United States. At that time a vessel happened to be anchored at
Santa Barbara after a recent voyage from Lima, Peru. An intimate friend of Henry Lewis became
acquainted with one of its sailors. This sailor had procured some of the beans which were being used
on the table of the boat and which are indigenous to the country around Lima, and that geographical
source has given this bean its special name. A handful of these beans were given to Henry Lewis and
from them he raised the first crop of the species ever grown in the United States. He preserved and
improved his seed from year to year, and for many years his crop of limas was regarded as the finest
on the market and were in great demand for seeding purposes by all the ranchers in that section. It is
interesting to record that the highest grade of lima beans is still known as the “Lewis Bean.”

Henry Lewis was married in Fairfax County, Virginia, to Elizabeth Jane Chatten, and they became the
parents of eight children.

Mr. Joseph F. Lewis was born on his fathers plantation at Carpinteria August 20, 1863. He was well
educated, attending the public schools of his native village until sixteen, then the State Normal School
at San Jose for a year, the high school until he was nineteen, and entering Heald’s Business College in
San Francisco he completed the regular six months’ course in three months.

Since then he has had a long and active business experience. Employed at first as errand boy with the
Wittman Brothers Commission House in San Francisco, he was promoted to buyer, and remained with
that firm two years. The following year he spent working on his father’s ranch near Carpinteria, and he
then started farming for himself. His home was near Carpinteria in 1889, when he came to Ventura
County and rented 260 acres of the Camarillo Ranch. Here he himself became a pioneer in the planting
of lima beans. He was the first to plant lima beans in that section of Ventura County. In doing so he
went against the judgment if not the prejudice of people who claimed that this bean would not
flourish in that particular locality. His experiment was successful, and due to his initiative it has since
been proved that some of the finest bean land in Ventura County is in the section around Camarillo.
After a year Mr. Lewis moved to Montalvo in Ventura County, where he rented 300 acres and was
successfully identified with farming until 1901. In that year returning to Camarillo he formed a
partnership with Adolpho Camarillo, and together they carried on farming operations on 10,000 acres,
most of which was a magnificent bean plantation. When the partnership was dissolved in 1906, Mr.
Lewis bought 8,200 acres of the Guadalasca grant located in Pleasant Valley of Camarillo Township. This
special domain of agricultural land has been employed for mixed farming, 2,000 acres being planted in
beans, 2,000 acres in beets, hay and grain, and the rest used as grazing land. Mr. Lewis keeps about
120 head of stock, and from twenty-five to seventy-five men are employed on his plantation in the
various departments.

His commercial operations centering at Camarillo deserve some special consideration. In June, 1916, he
has completed at Camarillo a building of re-enforced concrete, one story high, and 122 by 140 feet in
ground dimensions. This is modern in every point of equipment. It is divided into four distinct store
rooms. One 70 by 135 feet is used for a department store. An 18 by 70 foot store room is used for a
confectionery store, another of similar size for barber shop, a 16 by 70 foot room for the Farmers Bank
of Camarillo, and another large section 50 by 70 feet has been recently completed as a garage building,
known as the Knob Hill Garage. All of these various enterprises are now operated and owned by the J.
F. Lewis & Sons Company, of which Mr. Lewis is president. In June, 1916, he organized the Farmers
Bank of Camarillo, of which he is vice president and director. Only recently a branch of this bank was
established at Moor Park.

In matters of politics Mr. Lewis is an independent and is a member of the Christian Science Church. At
Carpinteria October 5, 1884, he married Miss Sarah M. Richardson. They are the parents of five

Guy E., the oldest, born at Carpinteria in April, 1886, was educated in the Ventura County public
schools, in the Troop Polytechnic School at Pasadena, the Pasadena High School and Heald’s Business
College at San Francisco, and since leaving school has been active manager of his father’s large ranch.

Alma, now Mrs. Frederick Stein of Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Collegiate School of Los Angeles.

Lulu, also a graduate of the Collegiate School of Los Angeles, is still at home with her parents.

Joseph F., Jr., born in Montalvo August 22, 1893, had the course of both the grammar and high schools
of Ventura County, and at the age of eighteen was graduated from Woodberry Business College of Los
Angeles. He is now manager of the J. F. Lewis & Sons Company.

Searles B., born at Montalvo July 30, 1897, after attending the grammar and high schools entered
Harvard Military School at Los Angeles, where he remained until June, 1915. The following summer he
spent on his father’s ranch and since October, 1915, has been manager of the Knob Hill Garage in




Name: Mrs. Ann Wieneke   Name: C. F. Wieneke Occupation: farmer Address: 4 1/2 mi. W of Ojai on Ojai-Ventura highway   Name: Conrad Wieneke Age: 10 yrs   Name: Margaret Wieneke Age: 4 yrs   Name: Marianne Wieneke Age: 8 yrs


Above is a photograph of my kindred on the beach at Ventura where the Rosamond family lived. I suspect my grandfather took this photo of his wife, his four children, the two sons of his murdered sister-in-law, Eutrophia, and perhaps Eutrophia’s daughter that no one knows anything about. The tall gentleman I believe is Conrad Wieneke, Mary Rosamond’s brother who owned several homes in Ojai and Ventura. He never married, and had no children.

The Community of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis
traces its heritage to 1860 and Herford, Germany, where the Sisters
first taught school and cared for orphans.
Life was not easy for them in those days. It was the era of Bismark,
the so-called “Iron Chancellor” of the country, and his “Kultur
Kampf,” which persecuted the church violently. Eventually, the
Sisters were banished from their homeland.

The tiny band of 25 Sisters and four postulants, led by Mother Mary
Xavier, took refuge in America and finally settled in Iowa City,
Iowa, in 1875. Just as they did in their native Germany, the Sisters
settled in to teach. But they struggled with great poverty.

A pastor in Peoria became aware of their plight and, in an effort to
help, asked them to establish a much-needed hospital there. After
the Sisters had begun their work in Peoria, young women from
throughout the state, as well as Germany and Holland, sought
entrance into the Community.

Soon, new missions were established and Sisters were sent out to
begin hospitals in other communities. Among them was St. Joseph’s
Hospital in Bloomington (now OSF St. Joseph Medical Center), which
opened in 1880. Through the years, OSF St. Joseph has been the site
of many medical advancements and achievements. In the early 1900s,
it served as a clinical forum for the outstanding surgeons from
throughout the United States and Europe, holding international
society meetings and hosting demonstrations by renowned physicians
from Switzerland and Austria. The first successful blood transfusion
in central Illinois was performed at OSF St. Joseph in 1929. The
first successful radiation therapy treatment in central Illinois was
performed here in the 1940s and in 1982, we introduced laser surgery
to the area. In 1999, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center was named one of
the Top 100 Cardiac Hospitals in the nation, recognizing its cardiac
bypass surgery service for consistently high quality care and
efficient operation.

Today, through OSF Healthcare System, The Sisters of the Third Order
of St. Francis oversee operations of an integrated network
consisting of hospitals, long-term care facilities, an insurance
company, a physician group, and divisions in home care, equipment
technologies and administrative support.


Heinrich WIENEKE
1798 – 7 Mar 1890
BIRTH: 1798, Deu
DEATH: 7 Mar 1890, Iowa, USA
Family 1 : Anna Katharina KLEINSCHALAU
+Johann Conrad WIENEKE
+Anna Maria WIENEKE
+Johann (John) WIENEKE
Heinrich WIENEKE
+Margaretta WIENEKE
+Heinrich (Henry) WIENEKE
+Elizabeth (Lizzie) WIENEKE
+Christoph Johann WIENEKE
+Anna Mary Catharine WIENEKE

Johann Conrad WIENEKE
14 Jul 1827 – 2 Nov 1905
BIRTH: 14 Jul 1827, Deu
DEATH: 2 Nov 1905
Father: Heinrich WIENEKE Mother: Anna Katharina KLEINSCHALAU Family
1 : Mary HEIL
MARRIAGE: 14 Apr 1968
+Elizabeth (Lizzie) WIENEKE
+Conrad Ferdinand WIENEKE
+Eutrophia Maude WIENEKE
__ _Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ __–Johann Conrad WIENEKE ___Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _ __


____ – ____
Father: Johann Conrad WIENEKE Mother: Mary HEIL Family 1 : Frank
+Bertha Mae ROSAMUND
+Rosemary ROSAMUND
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann Conrad WIENEKE _ _Anna
_______________________________Mary HEIL _____________

Philophena (Sister Mary Callista OSF) WIENEKE
14 Apr 1865 – 12 Aug 1960
BIRTH: 14 Apr 1865
DEATH: 12 Aug 1960
Father: Johann (John) WIENEKE Mother: Elizabeth BRECHT
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann (John) WIENEKE _ _Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _–Philophena (Sister Mary Callista OSF)
WIENEKE _______________________________Elizabeth BRECHT ______


Rosa E. (Sister Mary WIENEKE (Petronela OSF))
13 Apr 1867 – 4 Jun 1967
TITLE: Petronela OSF)
BIRTH: 13 Apr 1867
DEATH: 4 Jun 1967
Father: Johann (John) WIENEKE Mother: Elizabeth BRECHT
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann (John) WIENEKE _ _Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _–Rosa E. (Sister Mary WIENEKE
_______________________________Elizabeth BRECHT ______

John Charles (Father John) WIENEKE
1878 – 1954
BIRTH: 1878
DEATH: 1954
Father: Johann (John) WIENEKE Mother: Elizabeth BRECHT
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann (John) WIENEKE _ _Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _–John Charles (Father John) WIENEKE
_______________________________Elizabeth BRECHT ______

Mary (Mother Domenica) WIENEKE
12 Aug 1860 – 1959
BIRTH: 12 Aug 1860
DEATH: 1959
Father: Johann (John) WIENEKE Mother: Elizabeth BRECHT
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann (John) WIENEKE _ _Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _–Mary (Mother Domenica) WIENEKE
_______________________________Elizabeth BRECHT ______

Eutrophia Maude WIENEKE
____ – ____
Father: Johann Conrad WIENEKE Mother: Mary HEIL Family 1 : John
John (Bobby) KELLY
+Harold KELLY
_Heinrich WIENEKE ____________ _Johann Conrad WIENEKE _ _Anna
Katharina KLEINSCHALAU _–Eutrophia Maude WIENEKE
_______________________________Mary HEIL _____________

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