Booth-Kelly Lumber Company In Springfield

The Story of Rosamond


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

“Hi Dan. Ten years ago we talked in your office about the white equestrian statue outside your office. According the ongoing Kesey Square Myth, this horseman may come alive in the night, and drag Kesey statue over to Springfield – with your assistance. Is this true?”

I have known Dan Egan since I moved to Springfield eleven years ago. Recently, we discussed his prophecy that Springfield would soon own the statue of Ken now located in Eugene. Or, did Neil Laudati tell me this? There is a Trojan Horse, here? I have found the hidden Mr. Burns. In theory, I own the history of Springfield. Helen is my friend. I have talked about running for Mayor. I will beautify this lumber town. I own the real story of a lone poor man taking on the powerful and rich man with a bevy of attorneys, who depicted my famous sister as a deranged and dangerous lunatic, thus her legacy had to taken over by sane outsiders!

“Mr. Buck is a prominent Mason, a Knight Templar and Odd Fellow, and a member of various clubs, including the Bohemian, of San Francisco; the Pacific-Union of the same city, the San Francisco Gold and Country Club, the Claremont Country Club, of Oakland, California, and the Sutter Club, of Sacramento, California.”

From Frank would come the largest family trust on earth that is worth a billion dollars. Because there was alcoholism in the family, it was founded to combat this disease, and help the poor people of Marin. Maybe we can get Springfield in on this action, because Buck bucks, built this town – and Beverly Hills!

After my friend, Mark Gall, paid for my membership in the Emerald Art Association, I talked with Dan in his office at the old Springfield train station. He gave me his last copy of the history of Springfield which I donated to a merchants organization on Main street, that is now defunct. Then, came the rejection of the history I was compiling on the Fremont-Benton family by the founders of Emerald Arts, who I was told by the director were the widows of the men who owned logging companies. Were any of them kin to Frank Buck, the President of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company that built a huge lumber mill in Springfield, and, was based in Eugene. Frank was the major stock holder. Why haven’t we heard of him. Where is his monument and plaque. He is the real Mr. Burns!

“Mr. Buck is interested as a stockholder and Director in the Rodeo Land & Water Co., of Los Angeles, which owns 3100 acres of land near Los Angeles. The townsite of Beverly stands on part of this land. Mr. Buck is President of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company, of Eugene, Oregon, and has heavy timber holdings in that section of the Northwest. He also is a Director of the Bakersfield Iron Works.”

Why did the artist who designed the Kesey mural put these Biblical words where the signature of the artist traditionally go? I and my niece have been fighting a conglomerate that made millions fro Oregon trees.

A month ago, my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, saw the real me. I was having dinner at Far Manns in Springfield. My waitress was giving me the eye, again. She took over my station just to wait on me. I found out her middle name was Rose, which was her grandmother’s first name. I told her about my Rosy family. We made a date, and she tells me she lives in a recovery house. I tell her I just had my thirty year birthday. I offer to be her sponser until she get’s one. I turn to say something to Rose, and am staring at Nancy. She is with Jerry in a booth. I say hello!

Nancy tells me she did not hear our conversation, but, she is being polite, and shy. She asks me if I have talked with Bill’s sister, his lover, and his son. Bill was killed on railroad track on my eighteenth birthday. He was a beautiful artist and writer. He was the love of Nancy’s and Christine’s life, who did this painting in memory of my childhood friend. This painting is discussed in my sister’s biography. I am vilified in this book of lies. Garth Benton says Christine received a letter from me wherein Bill is mentioned.

I read words suggesting if I had passed a letter to Bill, that Christine wrote, she could have saved Bill, and, he would still be alive, today. This lie was conjured up by a member of the Buck family. It was meant to destroy me. People wanted me to take my life. People who surrounded Rosamond, thought she would take her life. I have shown a powerful lawfirm who handled Christine’s probated………….they own no death scene!

I was doing a painting at the time of Bill’s death. I set up my easle before the T.V. because my friend’s two favorite movies were on; ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. It was just after midnight. I was painting a railroad track at night. I put my friend standing by the tracks looking at me.

“Hello Bill!”

Nancy made references to the video I made at the dedication of the Kesey mural in Springfield. She appologised for the ending. She said she was shy. I told the first girl I ever kissed that she was one of the most honest and integral human beings I ever met. We hugged each other. We went to – that place! We were so beautiful – and perfect! We were perfect every day. When we awoke, and wondered again, if this perfection would ever end, we smiled, for to wonder such a thing is such a perfect thing to wonder about.

I have not read ‘Sometimes a Great Notion’. I could barely watch the movie, for, there is our Bill captured under the log, and we are so helpless. We tried. He was a suicide. He was nineteen. His play had just been rejected by an editor who made a point to come see him. Bill believed the worth of a man is judged by the worthiness of his enemy. ‘The Fountainhead’ was another favorite book. Bill became Howard Roarke. He saw himself as Lenny. I was George. Nancy gave George a hug at Far Manns. Nancy honored ‘The Survivor’ of one of the most beautiful and creative bond, the world has ever known – if only someone would tell the tale.

When I visited Nancy and the Springfield Creamery in 1986, she suggested I write the history of the Hippies because I could recall so much. I knew she wanted me to write Bill’s story. I had grown up in his shadow. But, this time, at Far Mann’s, she no longer wanted me to author Bill’s story – or mine! She told me she and Jerry had not come to this restaurant for twenty years. When they did, they got to see the real me, the hidden me. I can see that Ken admired John Steinbeck, and his mice who want to be men.

“What is a man?”

I am a Lamed vav Tzardikim. I am the ‘concealed one’. In this life I am ‘The Rose of the World’. I am the Beautiful Rose Artist. I have come to save………..Art! I have been elected. How I was elected is what Ken’s two novels are about! I even did a cote of arms – before I knew who I was – fore sure. I have suffered. No artist has suffered more. No artist has loved art – more! My betrayal is so complete, there is nowhere to go. There is not diversion. No one to blame. I have been elected by a process that does not understand itself. I am on the railroad tracks. There is a train coming. Last night………I found that train. It is…….on time! Of course you are going to title me ‘Mad’. That’s what you do! That’s your job! It’s all about making money, and having money – for you!

Nancy was at my graduation from Serenity Lane. She had me meet Ken several times. I heard he had a drinking problem. Here is the Buck Trust.

“The nonprofit’s board chose Alcohol Justice from three alternatives a branding consultant penned.

The organization, one of the Buck Trust’s three major beneficiaries, focuses on research, education and campaigning through mainstream and social media nationwide.

While not anti-alcohol, the organization keeps a close eye on the alcohol industry, going after products or advertising campaigns it believes pose a threat to public safety and health, Livingston said.

“Pick you own damn oranges! We’re pulling up stakes, and getting the hell out of Carmel, pronto! You got too many water problems! declared Frank Rosamond, head of the Rosamond clan of California, who was not happy about the death of his cousin, Rena-Christina Victoria Roozemonde.

“We got grieving children, here: children who grieve!”

Yet man is born to trouble
    as surely as sparks fly upward.

This passage is followed by this one;

But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.

Kitty, you must stop the destruction of the Columbia cottages. I just received a book that connects the Miller brothers with the Rossetti family who were famous artist and poets in Britain. Joaquin Miller – who a State Park is named after near Florence – had dinner with the Pre-Raphaelite artists, one being, William Morris, who wrote a fantasy novel that inspired J.R. Tolkien, who influenced the Hippies to create a counter culture that is so much a part of Eugene.

Sometimes a Great Notion” (1964) has always played a second novel fiddle to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1962), especially after the Academy Award-winning film version with Jack Nicholson ratcheted its way into the national cerebrum. But “Sometimes a Great Notion,” with its portrayal of family and labor discord in waterlogged Oregon timber country, resonated with many savvy Northwest readers and writers.

That was readily apparent four years ago when the Seattle Post-Intelligencer sought to name the “12 Essential Northwest Books,” books that best capture this region’s character and voice. Contributing to this project were more than 30 of the region’s booksellers, critics and writers, including such notables as David Guterson, Jon Krakauer, Jonathan Raban, Rebecca Brown, Murray Morgan, Ivan Doig, William Kittredge and Molly Gloss.

The undisputed Northwest champ of their lists — named by more than one-third of the participants — was Kesey’s “Sometimes a Great Notion.” In second and third place, at a respectful distance back, were Norman MacLean‘s “A River Runs Through It” and David Guterson’s “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

Kesey’s triumph was a surprise to many, including the writer himself. He also was gratified that the selection had confirmed his own assessment of his work.


Ken Kesey’s novel, Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), is a complex and integrated historical background and relationship study of the Stamper family, a prideful logging clan living in Wakonda, Oregon. This big story involves a man, his family, a town, the country, a period of time, and the effects of time. All of the elements of the novel including its characters, events, settings, symbols, and so on, are integrated and oriented toward the themes of independence, individualism, and self-sufficiency. The novel teaches that a person should have the right to try to be as big as he believes it is in him to be. Sometimes a Great Notion was made into a 1971 film directed by and starring Paul Newman. In Britain this film about generations of loggers was called Never Give an Inch.

          At the beginning of the 20th century, Jonas Stamper had traveled from Kansas to Oregon to pursue his American dream of becoming a successful pioneer in the promising new Western frontier. Jonas begins to construct a large frame house on a bank of the Wakonda Auga River. Overcome by the potential of the Oregon climate and wilderness to overpower and destroy men, the intimidated Jonas leaves his family and goes back to Kansas.

Myra seduces Hank when he is sixteen years old. The young Leland views them in bed together through a hole in the wall. Psychologically damaged by the incident, Leland hates, fears, and envies his half-brother, Hank. Henry never finds out about the affair and Hank never realizes that Leland knows about his secret affair with Myra. Aware that she is unsuited for the tough life of a logging wife, Myra decides to leave for New York with Leland when he is twelve years old. A dozen years later, she commits suicide by leaping off a tall building. The intellectual Leland has been pursuing doctoral work in English literature at Yale. Having troubles with his studies, he becomes paranoid, turns to drugs, and he too attempts suicide, but is unsuccessful.

A fist-fight showdown between Hank and Leland ends in a draw. Hank apologizes for sleeping with Lee’s mother and explains that, because of the age difference, Hank was not taking advantage of Lee’s mother, Myra. The brothers come to somewhat of a truce. Lee also discovers that Hank had been sending money to his mother for many years.

Sometimes a Great Notion illustrates the value of a family sticking together. Hank, the product of a frontier culture, has a strong will and work ethic and leads his family in fighting for what they believe. He is a man of integrity who has a strong sense of kinship. In association with his family, Hank is able to withstand a variety of pressures including the forces of nature, (i.e., the river and the forest), social pressures exerted by the townspeople, the conformist pressures brought by the union, and the need to fulfill their logging contract. Hank represents the joy of an unyielding will in his quest to deliver the logs to the Wakona Pacific Lumber Company.

“Mr. Buck is a prominent Mason, a Knight Templar and Odd Fellow, and a member of various clubs, including the Bohemian, of San Francisco; the Pacific-Union of the same city, the San Francisco Gold and Country Club, the Claremont Country Club, of Oakland, California, and the Sutter Club, of Sacramento, California.”

Buck married Anna M. Bellows in 1856.[1] They had two sons: Frank H. Buck and Fred M. Buck, and three daughters, Mrs J. B. Corey, Emma L. Buck and Anna M. Buck.[2] They resided at 929 Adeline Street in Oakland, California from 1887 onward.[1]

Buck was a Freemason, and he served as the master of the Vacaville lodge in 1884.[3]

Springfield Augurs Ken Kesey

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I am beginning to believe Springfield got it right! I went and looked at the un-finished mural of Ken Kesey. This is a much better job of Branding then the Homer Simpson Mural. It has a literary and historic theme. There are titles of books that Ken perhaps read and mentioned? ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is one.

When I moved to Springfield Oregon eight years ago, I ran into Virginia Hambley’s boyfriend at a city hall meeting. Afterwards Michael took me for a mini-tour downtown. We stopped in front of the Emerald Art Association that was closed. I came back the next day and talked to the director Cheyrl Liontino. I had a vision. I told her I saw Springfield surpassing Eugene in the Arts and it becoming a Mecca for European artists. As I headed out the door, Liontino held out her arms and blocked the door. I became a member of the EAA located on Main Street a block away from Odd Fellows Lodge building that is hosting the image of Ken ‘The King of the Bohemians’.

I went back to look at the finished chalk art and beheld a tribute to Alphonse Mucha the Bohemian Czech artist who inspired me when I rendered my painting of Rena Easton. I asked for and received a photo of her profile.

Booth-Kelly Lumber Company

From Lane Co Oregon

[edit] 1890s

The company that would make Springfield a major industrial center was the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company, which was incorporated in 1896 by Robert and Henry Booth and George and Tom Kelly.

[edit] 1900s

In August 1901, the Booth-Kelly Corporation purchased the Springfield sawmill and several thousand acres of timberland in the region. The sawmill was dismantled in 1902 and a larger, more efficient mill with a capacity for greater production was constructed on the same site (Clarke 1983:46).

The sawmill was not directly powered by the millrace. A steam plant was built adjacent to the millrace to power the mill with the sawdust and refuse lumber. Since this fuel was in excess of the demands for operating the plant, and destroying it would be an expense to the company, a proposition was made to the Eugene Electric Light Company to erect a light plant in Springfield with the fuel furnished by Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:46-48).

In 1902 a 99-year franchise was granted to the Booth Kelly Lumber Co. to produce electricity for the city using the company’s steam generator.

[edit] 1910s

In 1911, a brick steam plant replaced the original wooden building. In July of that year, the Booth-Kelly sawmill was destroyed by fire. The company replaced the burned remains of the old mill with a modern electric-powered mill with several buildings in 1912 (Clarke 1982:48-55).

The importance of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company to Springfield’s economy is illustrated by the number of residents employed there. City directories of 1907 and 1911 clearly show that a majority of the population worked in some capacity for Booth-Kelly. In 1904, the company sold some of the controlling shares of stock to out-of-state businessmen, which brought new money into the community. Springfield became known as “Mill City,” and as it grew and prospered, many new people arrived looking for work. In 1907, railroad rates sky-rocketed for lumber shipments, and Booth-Kelly faced a serious legal battle concerning land grant purchases. Despite its problems and the fact that no profit was made in 1911 by the Springfield mill, the company kept the operation going. The decision to replace the burned mill in 1912 was the result of improved regulation of railroad rates and a favorable decision by the U.S. Government in the case against Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:50-55).

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Back To Zabriskie Point – Again!

The Story of Rosamond


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

Sometime around 1890, Ada’s husband took off and left her with their two children, Violet and Romer. She turned to art full-time, set up the Shawhan Studio, and earned money illustrating books and painting society portraits. She became well-known in California and often was written up in the San Francisco Call, where a woman reporter followed the art scene closely.”

Melba’s best friend was named Violet. The two Violets look alike, and were dancers. I met Violet once around 1956. Vic described her as “ethereal”. He was eluding to something else. When I saw the photo of them in the Oakland Hills near Joaquin Miller’s Bohemian retreat, I wonder if they were Lesbians. Melba had only one child, and her second husband, Joe Wilson, slept in his own bedroom. Did he have a war injury? Why didn’t Melba have more children? She was keen on having Vic’s children as her own.

In the Snyder, Sydney, Rose, and Buck biography we read the wanton denigration of the Rosamond Female Line, starting with Rosemary, and ending with Vicki, who is called “the hero” by Snyder. Vicki was seen by Vic and Melba as their heir. This claim is extended to my daughter, whom I do not deserve, because I am titled – INSANE!

Here is the INSANE LINE of the DISQUALIFID that allows Caretaker Stacey Pieorrot to be seen as THE REAL FAMILY HEIR, thanks to the blessing of  Robert Buck.





Vicki and Mark Presco allowed this slanderous pretention. Both of them read the rough draft, and I believe were slipped profits under the table. Here’s a list of the NON-ARTISTS;




STACEY – Buck Baby

Thanks to my Dancing Muse, Rena Victoria Easton-Christensen, I am led thru the thorns and bramble, to the truth.

Garth Benton is behind the scenes working Pierrot like a puppet. He’s got Drew all to himself. He knows Vicki and Mark have been jealous of Christine, they stuck in the shadow of her limelight for twenty years. They point to me, the failed artist, as the owner of all the Creative Jealousy I have owned since I was four years of age.

Snyder&Buck employ ALCOHOL and the family recovery to hand it over to THE FRONT PERSON. My sober brothers and sisters were aghast when they read ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ as to how they had been used. Every meeting stresses the importance of The New Comer, and not famous folks in recovery. This is a LIQUIDATION! This is what Sydney Morris did to the Weston legacy.

I am certain Morris bid Snyder to get me to sign that non-disclosure agreement – so they could utterly shut me up, and leave me out of The Family Biography altogether. They have about 1% of the history I compiled in this blog that honors hundreds of creative souls!

“The nonprofit’s board chose Alcohol Justice from three alternatives a branding consultant penned.

The organization, one of the Buck Trust’s three major beneficiaries, focuses on research, education and campaigning through mainstream and social media nationwide.

While not anti-alcohol, the organization keeps a close eye on the alcohol industry, going after products or advertising campaigns it believes pose a threat to public safety and health, Livingston said.

Recent work includes a campaign against “supersized alcopops,” which are fruity beverages with high alcohol content served in 23.5-ounce cans that some believe target underage drinkers; assisting a grassroots campaign in Los Angeles to get alcohol advertising off of city-owned property — the organization has met with success on similar Bay Area initiatives; and supporting a state Assembly bill to bar retailers that sell alcohol from allowing customers to use automated check-out stations.”

Here  is the final report from Heisinger Buck and Morris that is now a part of The Buck & Presco Creative Family History. We are forever married in the files of the Superior Court of Monterey. This is beyond Steinbeck! Morris goes with Snyder’s lie that they were walking on a beach, and justifies  the sale of the Presco Family Legacy to outsider, Stacey Pierrot, by harping on the family “discord” BEFORE the wave, and AFTER the wave. This discord began the day AFTER my sister was “killed”, when Jacci Belford made an offer to purchase the entire Rosamond Estate – while my sister’s house – without Shannon Rosamond Benton being present. This is CONSPIRACY!

I hereby connect the evil work of Heisinger Buck and Morris to Ada & Violet! No living artist-writer has come up against such powerful people who are bent on rubbing out my history and make sure I never publish. No diseased famous artist in history has had her Last Wishes – so violated and publicly abused – their reputation utterly destroyed for the sake of making a legal firms outrageous input, work, for the sake of their reputation.

A week after I received THE LEGAL LIE, I sent a long letter to Morris informing his legal theory lacks a “death scene”. Do you see a beach here? I was the first to suggest a reality show that Pierrot and her second ghost writer promise will air this year. ‘Before the Wave’ depicts Christine as an out of control drunk and sex maniac. Buck & Morris missed the boat! Consider ‘Mr’s Eastwood & Company’ starring THE EASTWOOD FAMILY and not a bunch of Court Appointed Caretakers.

SHANNON ROSAMOND is the OBJECTOR. She was twenty-four years of age when her mother was “killed” by the fake rogue wave. She was the adult Heir. Her mother filed Bankruptcy. The Caretakers knew Rosamond was writing a biography in order to save her artistic legacy. How many Caretakers wondered is Rosamond’s Death would put her legacy in the red, so, they could get money – before the wave?

I suspect Tom Snyder kept in touch with my sixteen year old daughter via her mother so as to get them in the Buck & Snyder camp – that put all their chips on DEAD ARTIST KILLING at the cash register. To suck a minor child into this DEMONIC PROBATE, is pure evil. My daughter and her family – were free and clear of the “discord”. All those who dragged Heather Marie Presco into this Bleak Home of Dark Lies, are predators, on par with pedophiles.

“There had been many years of discord in the family, which had been intensified by this tragic death.”

Morris takes legal liberties with this “discord” he has no intention of ending, or bringing relief to. I know Pierrot approached him with the idea of a book and a movie in 1994. How would you like to see your mother demonized in a book, or on the silver screen – for the sake of whom? No profits from the book went to my nieces. How about the movie? How is this going to NOT make them bitter and angry? The prints should have been dealt out, and the probate closed before any more family “discord” could arise! Morris dug a Pit of Evil Discord, and sniggered as my family fell into it. He needs to be DISBARRED!  He needs to be put in public pillory – and shamed!

I am almost certain it was Robert Buck that gave me a menacing look at the funeral. I suspect he knew the Bentons, and stopped in the Rosamond Gallery located just around the corner from his law firm. Did he take sides in the divorce? After ten years of probate, Morris did not charge a legal fee. I stuck by Shannon when they went after her, saying she would destroy the estate, that Robert was bent on saving?

When I was shut out and blackballed, I conversed with my father, whom I had very little to do with. I suggested he call Robin Beare, Garth’s divorce attorney, who Vicki talked to every day. Robin expressed shock that Vic existed – and three million dollars of family prints, that Jacci Belford said would not be given to – MY FATHER!

“I told Garth and Stacey to inventory the entire estate.”

Here is more “discord” by non-family members. In the last six months I have exchanged cordial messages with Shannon a Larry who offered I was Christine’s mentor. How generous! I backed Shannon and paid a price. I honored my sister’s Will. Vicki and Mark Presco backed Garth, and Drew, a minor child. I was put out – with my father and my mother. That rich man who glared at me was told bad things about me. By whom? Morris knew all these intrigues. He went to lunch with Stacey Pierrot – from the start! Did Robert Buck know about these lunches? Are we looking at conflict of interest?

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Robert Buck owns the law firm that stepped into to be the Special Executor of Rosamond’s creative legacy after Vicki Presco refused to serve. Robert is connected to the Buck Trust and Institute that is right out of a science fiction novel in regards for searching for the Fountain of Youth.  Robert also owns Del Monte Aviation that flies in professional golfers to play at Pebble Beach. This beats anything Thomas Pynchon could dream up. ‘Inherit Vice’ should have been like ‘Chinatown’. Pynchon is in the Presco Family Tree. I married his ex-wife.

I don”t think of it in terms of money. I do it just for the love and excitement.”

-Brett Weston

Here is what Sydney Morris said about the creative estate of Brett Weston;

““We had considered trying to manage the estate and running it as a business, but in view of what we had to deal with, in our opinion to run it as a business entity would have been long and arduous and maybe not successful,” says Morris. “Erica”s lawyers and my lawyers felt it would be in the best interests of the estate to dispose of substantially all of the collection.”

Basically what Morris did was give the bad business people that helped Christine achieve failure and bankruptcy – along with the recently divorced husband – a second chance at making it all work. They failed like the first time which was blamed on Rosamond’s dysfunctionality in Snyder’s book, along with choice dysfunctional family members. The more family members out of the picture, the better, was Morris’s remedy for making money, and nothing but money! If there was any adventure and love to be had by my family that was once titled ‘The Greatest Soap Opera Ever Made’ it was put in suspense while Morris did his thing.

“According to Morris and former estate co-executor and Weston friend Bob Byers, there were 29 versions of estate plans for Weston during his lifetime, “the common theme being gifts to lady friends and family members and to ultimately take care of [Weston”s daughter and sole heir] Erica,” according to Morris.”

“In looking back at Brett Weston”s life and career as an artist, one is struck by the degree to which his art is inextricably linked to his relationships with women. Married and divorced four times, Weston engaged in countless personal relationships with women, many of whom assisted Weston professionally.”

Easton! Weston! What are the odds! The Bentons and the Westons should have joined forces with the Eastwoods to make the ultimate Carmel Reality Show. Now bring in Rena and her Glamazon sisters.

Jon Presco

After Zayda died in 1956, Romer stayed in the house with his sister Violet. They lived out their days painting and reading. Romer died in 1970 and is buried with Zayda at the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada, surrounded by Zabriskies.

“Meanwhile Daria (Daria Halprin), “a sweet, pot-smoking post-teenybopper of decent inclinations,” is driving across the desert towards Phoenix in a 1950s era Buick automobile to meet her boss Lee, who may or may not also be her lover.”

When ‘Easy Rider’ came out, my kindred and friends said I look just like THE ACTOR, Dennis Hopper, who is some kind of hippie biker – only on film! Hopper marred THE ACTRESS, Daria Halprin, whose mother was a dancer and who runs a dance healing clinic called ‘Tamalpa Life/Art’ which may be near Mount Tamalpais where I camped with Rena – all alone. There was not one famous director to be seen. We took no direction. Rena’s beauty was not captured and put in a can. I got a real good close-up of her about sixteen hours a day. I can’t complain – really!

Daria starred in A MOVIE about radical hippies in revolt, called ‘Zabriskie Point’. It was an utter failure. I am an original hippie, who along with my hippie friends, did not go see this movie, because, it is a case of Art Imitating Life. We had no interest in paying money to go see FAKE PAID HIPSTERS imitating us, and, speak for us. We spent our extra money on drugs so we could alter our mind, get turned on – and have sex!

The other star of Zabriskie Point was a Mel Lyman devotee. Mark Frechette held up a bank with another Lyman Family member after he made his movie. He had real-life interests. Mel Lyman is my kindred who created a network of MUSicians, Actors, and Artists. He is in my family tree. He married Jessie Benton, a cousin of my ex-brother-in-law, Garth Benton who acted in movies, as did his first wife, Alli McBride.

The pair probably met in the Bay Area where both grew up. His father left the family a few years after Romer was born in 1888. His mother, Ada Romer Shawhan, a painter and illustrator, worked out of a studio on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. And his beautiful, ethereal sister, Violet, pursued a career as a modern dancer.

Christian Brevoort Zabriskie (1864 – 1936)
Margaret Louise Edwards Zabriskie (1867 – 1933)Spouses:
Frank Henry Buck (1887 – 1942)
Romer Shawhan (1888 – 1970)Children:
Christian Brevoorte Zabriskie Buck (1914 – 1995)*
Edward Zabriskie Buck (1917 – 1964)*

Zayda Zabriskie, 1914

It’s surprising to see Romer Shawhan’s name listed as one of the ushers at Zayda’s first wedding in 1911. She would marry and divorce thrice before they took their own vows 25 years later in the marriage chapel of New York City’s Municipal Building, a wedding-cake structure in lower Manhattan.

And that was just 11 days after she secured a divorce from husband #3, in Reno.

Later on, Romer said they were childhood sweethearts. So you have to wonder what happened during the years between.

It reminds me of Rhett Butler’s line in Gone with the Wind: “I can’t go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands.”

After marrying in 1936, Romer and Zayda were together until her death two decades later.

The pair probably met in the Bay Area where both grew up. His father left the family a few years after Romer was born in 1888. His mother, Ada Romer Shawhan, a painter and illustrator, worked out of a studio on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. And his beautiful, ethereal sister, Violet, pursued a career as a modern dancer.

Romer attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and graduated with technical and college preparatory degrees. At age 17, he submitted a plan to redesign the city’s Dolores Park, on the western edge of the Mission District. Romer’s design clearly was inspired by the work of the landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.  The city fathers chose it but before anything could be done, the earthquake happened.

Ada, Romer, and Violet all were bold, creative, and enterprising.

In 1910 Romer went to New York City to study architecture at Columbia University. Zayda Zabriskie already lived there with her parents. She attended Brearley and Miss Porter’s before heading off to Bryn Mawr.

Her father, Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, made his fortune as vice president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company. Zabriskie Point in Death Valley is named for him. The company’s 20-mule teams hauled the borax from the mines to the nearest railroad in Mojave, California.

Zayda stayed just one year at Bryn Mawr before marrying Frank Buck, heir to a California fruit company, who inherited great wealth and invested it well. The ceremony took place in New York at the Little Church Around the Corner on 29th Street.

Zayda Zabriskie Buck in her wedding gown, pictured in the New York Sun, April 30, 1911

After the wedding, and after Zayda had been presented in her wedding gown at the Court of St. James, the couple moved to the West Coast where their four children were born.

Meanwhile, Romer studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Returning home, his projects included various office buildings around the country.

The U.S. entered World War I in April 1917. In August, Romer enlisted in the Air Service and became a lieutenant and fighter pilot. He served as Assistant Operations Officer on the staff of General William Mitchell, Chief of Air Service in the American First Army. Romer’s fellow pilots included Eddie Rickenbacker and Theodore Roosevelt’s son, Quentin, who was killed during a dogfight in the Second Battle of the Marne.

Romer received the Pershing Army Citation, the Croix de Guerre, and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Romer Shawhan, circa 1917

Through the 1920s, he worked with several prestigious architectural firms, living in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. Building materials especially interested him. He published articles about slate, terra cotta, and marble.

Out in California, Zayda stuck with Mr. Buck (who later served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a New Deal Democrat) until the mid-1920s. Then they divorced and she married Scott Springer Hendricks, who also ran for the House (as a Republican) but lost.

In 1927, Zayda and Scott testified on behalf of a friend in a custody case before the New York State Supreme Court. The cast of characters included a deceitful father, an adulterous mother, a blind aunt who stated the child always looked dirty, a maternal grandmother whose Garden City home was said to lack sufficient yard space, and a governess who was ill or told to be ill whenever a dashing real estate developer came around . . .  largely played out against the backdrop of dozens of dinner parties in San Mateo where liquor flowed freely.

Zayda displayed some wit on the stand but she definitely stayed with her story.

Sometime in the early 1930s, Zayda and Scott divorced, and she married a lawyer named Mark Daniels. A few years later, she divorced Daniels in Nevada and within two weeks married Romer.

He was working for the Federal Government so they lived in Washington. During World War II, he served four years as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S.A.F. The man must have adored flying.

After the war, they bought a house in Mount Vernon, N.Y., where family antiques, art, and relics were arranged throughout the spacious rooms. Subsequently, Romer helped found the Marble Institute of America. This organization brought together quarriers, wholesalers, importers, finishers, and contractors to create standards for quality and craftsmanship of marble.

After Zayda died in 1956, Romer stayed in the house with his sister Violet. They lived out their days painting and reading. Romer died in 1970 and is buried with Zayda at the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City, Nevada, surrounded by Zabriskies.

Miss Violet Romer

Violet Romer, 1910

It made complete sense that they lived in a quintessential American house: an elegant Foursquare with generous bay windows that overlooked the sidewalks lined with elm trees. Built around 1905, it was thought to be the second house that arose on the street where I grew up.

The elderly brother and sister at 108 Forster Avenue filled their home with art, antiques, and such memorabilia as a broken plate pulled from the rubble of the San Francisco Earthquake.

While we trudged to school through sunshine and snowstorms, Violet and Romer Shawhan moved about in rooms hung with the portraits of ancestors. A few of these men had accumulated tremendous wealth before and during the Gilded Age.

Their paternal grandfather, descended from a Kentucky family whose money came from whiskey distilleries, moved West after the Civil War and invested in mining, streetcars, and stocks.

John E. Shawhan had everyone living in grand style at the Palace Hotel until the State of Virginia defaulted on its “consols” (consolidated annuities). Then he became known for “Shawhan’s Folly” – the California Street property where he built a stable to house his collection of splendid horses and carriages.

The horses drank from marble troughs and occupied stalls carved of birds-eye maple. In a private room at the stable, Mrs. Shawhan entertained friends and reporters. She showed off her gold-tipped harnesses and whips.

After the bankruptcy, the Shawhans decamped to Nevada where the missus filed for divorce. But their son James made a bit of a recovery when he married Ada Romer, a free-spirited painter whose father had arrived in California during the Gold Rush.

Ada’s father, John Lyons Romer, made his fortune in real estate and as a founding director of the San Francisco & North Pacific Railroad Company and vice president of the Sausalito Land & Ferry Company. Her portrait of him won a silver medal at the 1909 Alaska Yukon Exhibition in Seattle.

Sometime around 1890, Ada’s husband took off and left her with their two children, Violet and Romer. She turned to art full-time, set up the Shawhan Studio, and earned money illustrating books and painting society portraits. She became well-known in California and often was written up in the San Francisco Call, where a woman reporter followed the art scene closely.

It’s evident that Ada nurtured her children, who developed confidence and worldliness. In 1896 Violet wrote to her grandfather Romer, who was visiting Colorado:

I think we are going to San Francisco and I am glad for I am just getting so I hate the sight of Los Angeles, business is so poor here I don’t know how it is. I guess you have lots to tell about Denver. I guess it is a nice city. Of coarse those big citys all are.

Violet Romer’s letter to her grandfather, “Parmer,” 1896

Within several years, Violet was dancing her heart out. She never took formal lessons or studied classical ballet. Like Isadora Duncan, Violet danced interpretively and free form, eschewing ballerina costumes. Isadora, also raised by an artistic single mother in the Bay Area, had long gone to France by 1904 when Violet performed as a hamadryad in a redwood forest grove for members of The Bohemian Club.

Violet’s career really took off when The Papyrus Club, a San Francisco woman’s group, decided to sponsor her. She danced at the city’s Columbia Theatre accompanied by a 6o-piece orchestra and returned a week later by popular demand. Soon after, Ada took Violet to London and Paris where the young dancer’s “inspirational” performances drew acclaim.

During this time, Romer studied at Lick-Wilmerding, a progressive high school where he completed the polytechnic course and overlapped with my favorite educator, Willard W. Beatty. Romer and Willard even served on the yearbook staff together. In 1910, after working as a superintending architect in San Francisco for a few years, Romer went to New York to study at Columbia University.

That same year, Violet caught the eye of an impresario named Marc Klaw who co-controlled the Theatrical Syndicate, which monopolized theater bookings nationwide during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By 1910, the powerful syndicate was losing its influence to the Schubert Brothers of New York, but Klaw and a former drama critic, Harrison Grey Fiske, were producing the Arabian play Kismet. They cast Violet as “the Egyptian Girl.” Kismet ran for two years on Broadway and made Violet’s reputation. She stayed in New York to star “sans hosiery” in Joseph and His Brethren, a pageant by a British playwright named Louis N. Parker. A critic wrote:

It may shock a number of persons in the present generation to see graphically depicted on the stage the disreputable bunch of crooks from which sprung the whole Jewish race of today, but they will find comfort in the immaculate qualities of the Joseph of Mr. Parker’s play.

Violet turned 30 years old in 1916. The following year she returned to California, moved in with her mother and taught dance at a studio into the early 1920s. Thereafter she dropped her stage name and became Violet Shawhan. The two women lived together until Ada died in 1947, with Violet working in a library.

Romer, who married in 1936, had bought the Foursquare in Mount Vernon just before World War II. His sister crossed the continent for the last time to live with him and his wife.

Violet Romer in “Kismet,” 1912
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The Story of Rosamond


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

“Pick you own damn oranges! We’re pulling up stakes, and getting the hell out of Carmel, pronto! You got too many water problems! declared Frank Rosamond, head of the Rosamond clan of California, who was not happy about the death of his cousin, Rena-Christina Victoria Roozemonde.

“We got grieving children, here: children who grieve!”

After the funeral, a well-dressed man approached Rosemary and I, took my mother’s hand, and gave his condilences. Now before me, he refused to shake my hand, and instead, gave me a very hard, threatening stare.

“Did you notice the look he gave you” Rosemary asked.

“He is a very wealthy man!” she said, proudly.

My mother was bragging. One of the candidates for this rich man, is Robert B. Buck who is a partner in the law firm that sold my families artistic dynasty to an outsider. I suspect Christine Rosamond Benton, knew too much, and, was turning over on people.

Did you know there is a working oil well under the City of Beverly Hills? Did you know Robert’s ancestor, Frank Buck, owned a water company?

“After drilling for oil and only finding water, they reorganized their business into the Rodeo Land and Water Company to develop a new residential town later known as Beverly Hills, California.”

Consider the movie ‘Chinatown’ and the Beverley Hillbillies which my late mother compared to her father’s novels. I asked who owns ‘When You Close Your Eyes’. I nominate Robert B. Buck who is the Grandnephew of Beryl Hamilton Buck, whose wife wanted to combat alcohol abuse. This is why I stressed the importance that Christine and my autobiographies should be honored above all comers, for we WERE A SUCCESS STORY, until Attorney Sydney Morris – destroyed our Recovery Story.

Buck’s law firm ordered up a book and a movie after the Dead Artist Sale was a bust. Only I knew Rosamond’s artwork would not increase in value and popularity. She was not that kind of ‘Famous Artist’. This is unheard of, books and movies being ordered-up to save the reputation of a powerful law firm, who I believe met with Tom Snyder.

The fight over the Buck Trust is titled ‘The Superbowl’ and reminiscent of ‘Bleak House’. Christine was once the Poor Artist that championed The Poor People, like the Buck Trust was supposed to do. And lest poor alcoholics attach themselves to this Trust that is valued at one billion dollars, there appears to be a legal conspiracy to crush poor folks who suffer.

“Mr. Buck is a prominent Mason, a Knight Templar and Odd Fellow, and a member of various clubs, including the Bohemian, of San Francisco; the Pacific-Union of the same city, the San Francisco Gold and Country Club, the Claremont Country Club, of Oakland, California, and the Sutter Club, of Sacramento, California.”

According to an article on the Buck Foundation Gerard Rose is still
a partner even though he says he quit because he was elected to
public office. I guess the Insiders still consider Rose a member of
the Million Air club.

Members of the 2006 Board of Trustees

Dale E. Bredesen, MDCEO & Scientific Director,Buck Institute for Age
Research James R. Bronkema Retired CEO, Embarcadero Center
Partners Robert B. BuckManaging Partner, Heisinger, Buck, Morris and
Rose law firm, Principal owner and operator, Del Monte
Aviation Grandnephew of Beryl Hamilton Buck

The Battle of the Bequest

It is the northern California version of Dickens’ “Bleak House,” played out in a courtroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.When she died at age 79 in 1975, Beryl H. Buck, the childless widow of the heir to a real estate and oil fortune, left most of her estate — oil stocks worth about $10 million — to serve the needy of Marin County, Calif., where hot tubs far outnumber homeless people.At last count, the Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation is worth $409 million — yielding an annual income of some $30 million to be spent in the nation’s second-wealthiest county of more than 50,000 residents. The San Francisco Foundation, which Buck left in charge of doling out the money, has been in court since February seeking permission to spend it elsewhere.The San Francisco Foundation contends that Buck could not have foreseen the vast increase in her estate’s value and that the restriction is senseless when other counties in the San Francisco Bay area struggle, with much less money, to serve many more needy people.The county, Buck Foundation trustee John Elliott Cook and the state attorney general counter that the San Francisco Foundation is trying to sabotage the will, substituting itsld,10 vision for Buck’s clearly stated views.Cook was Buck’s longtime attorney and neighbor and the author of her will. He and the county are trying to oust the San Francisco Foundation from its role administering what Marin residents call the “Buck bucks.” The foundation denies the allegations of Cook’s lawyer, Ronald Hayes Malone, that it “covertly connived to break the will and do away with the restriction even “before they got their hands on the money.”The issue in Estate of Beryl H. Buck, Deceased, currently being heard in architect Wright’s distinctive Marin Civic Center a dozen miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, comes down to the meaning of 36 words in Buck’s will.Buck, who moved to the county in 1935 with her husband, physician Leonard Buck, directed that the trust money “shall always be held and used for exclusively nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in providing care for the needy in Marin County, California, and for other nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in that county.””There is probably no one living, other than lawyers, who could not understand exactly what these words say and mean,” Marin County Counsel Douglas H. Maloney wrote in his brief to Judge Homer B. Thompson, brought in from Santa Clara County after the foundation complained that Marin judges could not be fair.The bequest came from a fortune amassed by Buck’s husband’s father, Frank H. Buck, an itinerant land speculator who purchased some hill property and desert land near Los Angeles in the late 1800s. His hills became a large chunk of downtown Beverly Hills, and his desert turned out to contain rich oil reserves.His daughter-in-law left 69,156 shares of stock in the oil company, Belridge Oil, in trust for the people of Marin. With oil prices soaring in 1979, Belridge was sold to Shell Oil Co. for $3,665 per share. That made Buck’s bequest worth $253 million, and it has been multiplying ever since.The money was freed later that year, after an initial round of legal wrangling over the will. The foundation has spent about $150 million in Marin, funding bicycle paths, a study of French intensive gardening, mobile animal shelters, energy-saving devices for private schools and more traditional charitable grants.

More than $100,000 has gone to encourage the development of high school sports, $800,000 to support the Marin Symphony and more than $6 million to buy and preserve 3,300 acres of vacant land in a county that is already two-thirds open space.

A high school theater group received $165,000; the Marin Education Foundation spent $57,000 in Buck funds one year by handing out $200 to every high school senior graduating in the top 10 percent of the class.

“It’s overreplenishing the affluent,” said San Francisco Foundation lawyer Michael J. Coffino. “The grants in Marin are so bloated as to be almost ludicrous.”

In the past five years, Coffino noted, the San Francisco Foundation has spent more than $6 million to help the 1,500 residents of Marin City, where the county’s poor are clustered. Of the county’s 240,000 residents, 1 to 4 percent have incomes below the poverty level, according to official estimates; 930 families receive Aid to Families With Dependent Children, and 300 individuals receive general assistance.

*”When you look at it in terms of the pressing and desperate needs in the Bay Area, the money is really being wasted,” said Anita P. Arriola, an attorney with Public Advocates, a San Francisco public interest law firm that has entered the case on the side of the San Francisco Foundation.

To change that situation, the foundation has invoked an ancient legal doctrine called cy-pres — from the Norman French cy pres comme possible (as close as possible) — that is used to modify a charitable bequest when circumstances make it impossible or impracticable to use it as the giver intended.

“To the extent she Buck knew what she was giving, that’s her business,” Coffino said. But, he said, “given the astronomical escalation” in the value of the trust, “we have to start asking the question ‘What is wise?’ ” Judge Thompson, however, has made that argument more difficult to advance by barring evidence about needs outside the county.

The case “has to stand — or fall — on its own feet in Marin County,” Thompson said. It “has nothing to do with how the money can be spent elsewhere.”

Those opposed to sharing the wealth argue that Buck was well aware of the bequest’s potential value and that it can be spent fruitfully in Marin, perhaps through a large project such as a major medical research center.

The Buck Foundation Trust was created by Beryl Hamilton Buck after the death in 1953 of her husband, pathologist Leonard W. Buck. Leonard’s father, Frank Buck, was one of the founders of Belridge Oil.[8] When Beryl Buck died in 1975, the bulk of the estate became part of the San Francisco Foundation, about $7.6 million dedicated to “charitable purposes in Marin County” including, “extending help to the problems of aging.” The Belridge Oil stock in the trust was bought in 1979 by Shell Oil for $253 million, increasing the trust’s value substantially.[8][9] Attempts by the San Francisco Foundation to use the cy pres doctrine to spend outside of Marin County resulted in litigation which the SF Foundation lost.[8][10]

As part of a 1986 court settlement, the Marin Community Foundation was established which administers the trust, today valued at approximately $1 billion.[11] The settlement distributes 80% of the trust’s annual earnings to causes specific to Marin County. It divides the remaining 20% among three Marin County organizations:

  • the Buck Institute for Research on Aging,

  • the Buck Institute for Education,[12] and
  • Alcohol Justice, formerly named The Marin Institute, which deals with alcohol-related problems.

Attorney Mary McEachron was instrumental in the 1986 settlement agreement. In 1985 she helped convene a panel of experts to discuss the creation of a freestanding research institute focused on problems facing the aging population. In its final gathering, the panel challenged the new institute “to become the pre-eminent research institute on aging; establish for itself a national reputation; and contribute significantly to our (nation’s) ability to reduce disability and dependency in later life.”

Burton Green began construction on The Beverly Hills Hotel in 1911. The hotel was finished in 1912. The visitors drawn by the hotel were inclined to purchase land in Beverly Hills, and by 1914 the subdivision had a high enough population to incorporate as an independent city.[13] That same year, the Rodeo Land and Water Company decided to separate its water business from its real estate business. The Beverly Hills Utility Commission was split off from the land company and incorporated in September 1914, buying all of the utilities-related assets from the Rodeo Land and Water Company.[19],_California

Frank Buck was born on a ranch near Vacaville, California on September 23, 1887.[1][2] His grandfather, Leonard W. Buck, was the founder of the Buck Company, a fruit-growing company, who had been elected to the California State Senate in 1895.[2] He attended the public schools.[1] He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1908 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1911.[1][2] He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in San Francisco, California.[1][2]


He was involved in business ventures including fruit growing, oil refining, and lumber, partly thanks to his inheritance.[1][2]

In 1900, together with Burton E. Green (1868-1965), Charles A. Canfield (1848-1913), Max Whittier (1867–1928), William F. Herrin (1854-1927), Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927), William G. Kerckhoff (1856–1929), W.S. Porter and Frank H. Balch, known as the Amalgated Oil Company, he purchased Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas from Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker and renamed it Morocco Junction.[3] After drilling for oil and only finding water, they reorganized their business into the Rodeo Land and Water Company to develop a new residential town later known as Beverly Hills, California.[3]

He became the leader of the newly founded California Grower’s and Shipper’s Protective League, a lobbying organization to protect the rights of fruit and vegetable growers.[2] In 1933, he sold the Buck Company, his grandfather’s company, to the Pacific Fruit Exchange.[2]


He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1928, 1936, and 1940.[1] In 1933, he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives.[1] He served in Congress from March 4, 1933 until his death in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 1942.[1] He is credited with naming the Social Security program.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Zayda Zabriskie in 1911 and they had four children.[2] After they divorced, he married Eva M. Benson in 1926.[2] He died on September 17, 1942.[2] He was interred in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, in Vacaville, California.[1][2] His wife, Eva B. Buck, founded the Frank H. Buck Scholarship, which is awarded each year to 8 to 16 high school seniors, who have to live in his former congressional district.[2]




Buck, Frank Henry, Fruit Grower, Oil Operator and Capitalist, San Francisco and Vacaville, California, was born in Cortland County, New York, June 8, 1859, the son of Leonard William Buck and Anna Maria (Bellows) Buck. He married Miss Anna Elizabeth Stevenson at Vacaville, California, on April 29, 1886, and to them there have been born two sons, Frank Henry, Jr., and Leonard William Buck. He comes from clean, wholesome stock, English on the paternal side and Irish on the maternal, inheriting from both, characteristics which have aided him achieving his success.

Mr. Buck’s education, so far as actual schooling is concerned, was limited to the public school of Clinton, Iowa, and to the high school of the same place, from which latter he was graduated when he was only fourteen years of age. Two years later, in 1875, he removed with his father to California and with him entered the fruit-growing business, specializing in deciduous fruits. That was the beginning of his career, his operations having expanded with the years to the point where he is interested in several different lines of activity and an important factor in the development and success of a score of substantial corporations.

For the first few years after his arrival in California, Mr. Buck confined himself to fruit growing, making a special study of the business, with the result that he built up a reputation that has redounded alike to the credit of Vacaville, Solano County, the State of California, and himself. He operates his fruit business under the name of the Frank H. Buck Fruit & Shipping Company, and to all who are familiar with his work for the fruit industry, covering a period of more than thirty-five years, his name is synonymous with the growth of this, one of California’s largest and most important branches of commerce. He is President of the company named, and also of the California Fruit Distributors, of Sacramento.

Aside from his fruit business, Mr. Buck has other extensive interests and since 1898 has been one of the leading oil producers of California. He first became interested in oil in 1898 and the following year yielded to the excitement growing out of the discovery of the celebrated Kern County fields of California, investing heavily in oil lands and companies at the outset. With characteristic energy he soon took a leading part in the development of the then new industry and was one of the organizers of the Associated Oil Company, now ranked among the largest and most profitable concerns operating in the California fields. He also was a stockholder and Director in the Chicago Crude Oil Company, the Toltec and the Astec Oil Companies. These companies, with several others, were merged into the Associated Oil Company and he has continued a member of the Board of Directors of the larger concern, being on the Executive Committee.

Mr. Buck is interested in various other oil corporations, including the Amalgamated Oil Company, an allied corporation of the Associated Oil Company; the West Coast Oil Company, the Sterling Oil & Development Company, the Associated Pipe Line, the Transportation Company and the Belridge Oil Company, in all of which he holds office as a Director. The last named company has holdings in the Lost Hills District aggregating thirty-one thousand acres of land in process of development.

Mr. Buck is interested as a stockholder and Director in the Rodeo Land & Water Co., of Los Angeles, which owns 3100 acres of land near Los Angeles. The townsite of Beverly stands on part of this land

Mr. Buck is President of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company, of Eugene, Oregon, and has heavy timber holdings in that section of the Northwest. He also is a Director of the Bakersfield Iron Works.

Despite the diversity of his interests, Mr. Buck has taken a keen interest in public affairs in his home town and the State at large for more than a quarter of a century. He was Vice President of the California State Board of Horticulture and for twelve years was President of the Board of Town Trustees of Vacaville (Incorporated), in which position he took a prominent part in the government of the town.

Mr. Buck is a prominent Mason, a Knight Templar and Odd Fellow, and a member of various clubs, including the Bohemian, of San Francisco; the Pacific-Union of the same city, the San Francisco Gold and Country Club, the Claremont Country Club, of Oakland, California, and the Sutter Club, of Sacramento, California.


Court of Appeal, Sixth District, California.

ODELLO BROTHERS, etc., et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. COUNTY OF MONTEREY, Defendant and Respondent.

No. H017028.

    Decided: April 30, 1998

Heisinger, Buck, Morris & Rose and Gerard A. Rose and James G. Heisinger, Jr., Carmel, for Plaintiffs and Appellants. Douglas C. Holland, County Counsel, and D. Richard Barelli, Deputy County Counsel, for Defendant and Respondent.

Appellants sued the County of Monterey (County) for trespass and inverse condemnation, alleging that County was liable because County intentionally breached a levee and flooded appellants’ property.1  County moved for summary judgment and the trial court granted the motion.   The trial court concluded that appellants’ inverse condemnation claim was barred under the emergency exception to the just compensation requirement.   The trial court also determined that appellants’ trespass claim was barred because of the immunity afforded County.

On appeal, appellants argue that there are triable issues of fact regarding both the inverse condemnation and trespass claims.   We conclude that triable issues exist with respect to the inverse condemnation claim but that there are no triable issues with respect to the trespass cause of action.   Accordingly, we  will reverse the trial court’s order granting the County’s motion for summary judgment and remand the matter for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Facts and Procedural Background

The Odello Coast Ranch (Ranch) is located directly south of the Carmel River.   The boundaries of the Ranch extend east and west of State Route 1 (Highway One).   Appellants are the owners and lessees of the Ranch;  they have grown artichokes on the property since the 1920’s.

Commercial and residential property is located north of the Carmel River.   The primary commercial presence is a shopping complex known as “The Crossroads” while the primary residential presence is a Carmel neighborhood known as “Mission Fields.”

The Ranch is protected from the Carmel River by the Odello Levee which borders the river’s south side.   Part of the Odello Levee protects the eastern fields of the Ranch.   The portion of the Odello Levee west of Highway One protects land appellants lease from the State (the western fields).2  The Mission Fields Levee, which is located on the river’s north side, protects the commercial and residential areas.   The protection provided by the Mission Fields Levee is not as great as the protection provided by the Odello Levee because parts of the Odello Levee are higher than the Mission Fields Levee.

In 1985, a County Board of Supervisors Resolution recognized the existence of a flood hazard in the lower Carmel valley and endorsed the concept of a flood control project.   In 1989, the Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District developed the Lower Carmel River Flood Control Project.   Among other things, the Flood Control Project recommended that portions of the Odello Levee be lowered, that the western portion of the Odello Levee be removed, and suggested creating a “tie-back” levee east of Highway One. With respect to lowering parts of the Odello Levee, the Project embraced the concept of a floodway, creating an area between the Odello Ranch and the Odello Levee for flood conveyance.   The Flood Project was never implemented by County.   According to one county official, the project was never implemented because the County did not have sufficient resources.3

In January 1995, the Carmel River overflowed its north bank and flooded Mission Fields.   Appellants’ property was protected by the Odello Levee and therefore did not suffer serious damage during the January 1995 flooding.

In March 1995, heavy rains again raised the threat of flooding.   On March 10, 1995, the County declared a state of emergency and decided, without appellants’ permission or prior warning to appellants, to breach the western portion of the Odello Levee.   By breaching the levee, the County hoped to compensate for the fact that parts of the Odello Levee were higher than the Mission Fields Levee, and therefore prevent flooding in the residential and commercial areas.

When the western portion of the Odello Levee was breached, river water was sent rushing onto appellants’ property thereby flooding and creating a lake in appellants’ western field.   The flooding resulted in damage and destruction of appellants’ artichoke crop and other property.

At about noon on March 10, 1995, a County official, Ronald Lundquist, informed appellants that County also intended to cut a hole in the part of the Odello Levee located east of Highway One. Appellants responded by moving their transportable equipment from the eastern field to high ground on land owned by them.   However, they did not have sufficient time to move any of their packaging inventory, packing machinery or other equipment from the packing shed on the field.   Once County crews had bulldozed a gap in the eastern portion of the Odello Levee, water from the Carmel River rushed across the field and created what was, in effect, a second lake.   The floodwater diverted onto the eastern field damaged or destroyed appellants’ artichoke crop, a packing shed, and farm worker residences located there.

Appellants filed a claim pursuant to the California Tort Claims Act. That claim was denied.   Appellants then filed suit against the County, asserting causes of action for trespass and inverse condemnation.

County moved for summary judgment, arguing that it was immune from liability.   In support of its motion, County established that County had declared a state of emergency on March 10, 1995.   In response to the motion, appellants claimed that the destruction of the Odello Levee did not occur in the context of a “true emergency.”   According to appellants, County’s declaration of an emergency was simply a label used by the County to shield it from responsibility for its prior failure to take steps to protect the residential and commercial areas from flooding.   Appellants alleged that County had a deliberate plan to shift the expense of a viable flood control plan to appellants.   Appellants allege that after the January 1995 flooding, there was a public outcry over the inadequacy of the flood control north of the Carmel  River.   According to appellants, County nonetheless took no steps to implement its flood control plan because County had decided to breach the Odello Levee if there was an immediate threat of flooding.

In support of their position, appellants submitted evidence of the 1985 Board of Supervisors Resolution, as well as evidence of the 1989 Flood Control Project, which called for lowering and removing portions of the Odello Levee.   Appellants also submitted a February 1995 memorandum from Joe Madruga, the assistant general manager of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency.   The memorandum set forth Madruga’s account of the January 1995 flooding, including his statement that during the January 1995 flooding, County officials “requested an assessment of the advisability of breaching the Odello levee to protect the commercial area․”   Madruga reported that it was ultimately determined that the January 1995 flooding did not require that the Odello Levee be breached.

Appellants offered a February 1995 memorandum from the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services.   The memorandum analyzed the January 1995 flooding.   Included in the analysis was the recognition that officials had considered breaching the Odello Levee but had decided against such action because “to be effective, this action would have to be planned ahead of time and employed expeditiously.”   The report recommended no action with respect to the Odello Levee, noting that “The permanent lowering of the Odello levees is under investigation by the Public Works Department and the Water Resources Agency.”

In a report regarding a February 27, 1995 meeting of the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, it was noted that “For approximately $75,000 the County could lower a levee on the south bank and protect Mission Fields from flooding from a similar [to the January 1995], but not from a much larger, flood․”   As part of the discussion, it was recognized that “Action at this time may be considered as emergency action, with fewer permitting constraints to delay the start of work.   However, time is quickly running out when we can defend such an emergency condition determination.   We still have several necessary approvals to obtain.”   Finally, the report noted that “Neither Public Works nor the Agency have a funding source for this work.   Thus, it cannot be undertaken if FEMA funding is not available.   The criteria for FEMA participation in hazard mitigation work, and the amount of such participation (75% FEMA, 25% County, for example), is not clear cut.   The County will not have a determination of FEMA’s participation until a Damage Survey Report is prepared, which may take two weeks.”

After considering the evidence, the trial court granted County’s summary judgment motion.   Among other things, the trial court found that a local  emergency was declared on March 10, 1995, and that County decided to breach the Odello Levee in response to the emergency to prevent flooding of the commercial and residential areas.   The court determined that appellants could not state a cause of action for inverse condemnation because the case fell within the emergency exception to the just compensation requirement.   The trial court also concluded that appellants’ trespass claim failed based upon the immunity afforded the County pursuant to Government Code section 8655.   Finally, the trial court found that the County’s failure to timely develop its flood control project was not actionable and that there was no evidence that the County deliberately delayed implementing its flood plan.   The court also noted that the evidence demonstrated that County’s actions were taken in response to a “35-50 year event” which had a 2 percent chance of occurring.

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Garth Benton and ‘The Unhappy Victor’

The Story of Rosamond


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

Snyder, Stacey, Shannon, Jacci, Lynch, Vicki, and Garth – PUT ROSEMARY ON ME – thanks to Sydney Morris selling the Artistic Family Legacy to what looks like the Fresno Mafia that tried to take over Carmel. The Benton clan, from Thousand Oaks, wanted in on the action. This aint no B Movie.

‘No Flies on Garth’ knew his mark. He hung in the background, did not got to Christine’s funeral, but, came out BIG TIME for the book & movie! There is talk about a HBO series. Did I tell you Donald stiffed the famous artist, Andy Warhol?

Of course THE MOTHER was proud she gave birth to two creative children, thus, THE ROSY TRINITY had to be slimed because Jacci Belford was rolling in dough from her divorce settlement. Christine threw her out on her ear after not paying her and the other Fresno Brat.  Jacci and her new husband owned a Inn that catered to Fresno Folks who wanted to get away from the oily heat, and see the sea!

My friend Paul Drake played in the T.V. series that made fun of Fresno. He also play Mick in Eastwood’s ‘Sudden Impact’.  Clint would not like to have Rosemary put on him. Why is that?

Meet Elmer ‘Big Bones’ Remmer! I did, when I was fifteen. My mother Rosemary
brought him over to the house with his wife, who may be in this photo, too.

Rosemary would later ask me if I recalled meeting this couple.

“These people were members of the Mafia who I made porno movies for.”

Rick Partlow played in the movie ‘The Gambler’. He was a bartender at the Reseda Lounge. Rosemary and Lillian hooked him up with Christine.

Innocent Baby Faced Benton knew the crowd he was running with. Down in the basement was a printing machine that cranked out money, and tax right-offs! The Mob flew in to get Victor’s trade secret on how to work Defaults.

“Those guys scare me. They carried guns! Let me show you where I keep my pump shot-gun!”

Snyder writes about ‘The Dark Advantage Rosemary had over Christine, she moving in on all her action. Snyder and the Fresno Slimebuckets, missed the mark. Art History has been looking for a Mother Like Rosemary – forever! Here is a mother who would do anything for her kids. Bones wanted to send two guys to shakedown Vic for child support. He never paid a dime as ordered by the court. Yet, he demands loyalty. Jacci wanted Vic’s prints, and so did her High School chum, Stacey Pierrot.

The Rosemont family owned windmills in Holland. Garth Benton married into The Moulin Rouge! However, Vic told me Paul Garfield Benton 1 served time in prison for making False Deeds of Trust. Here are the two Pauls with their mark. I wrote letters. I was ignored. Snyder’s book is about how to GET ME and DESTROY ME. They lured my seventeen year old daughter into their camp. When I got her back, she said;

“You don’t know all Drew went through with her mother!”

Vicki, who Vic groomed to take over his loan business when he died, did a masterful job of lying to my child. She hear ‘Unhappy Victor’ lying to old ladies on the phone. In 1994, he was convicted of Loan Sharking. Bill Broderick was his attorney. There was a new California Gold Rush that corrupted many. Here are the roots of the Mortgage Meltdown.

I’ve decided to forgive my aunt Lillian because she was VICTIMIZED by Tom Snyder and his butthead buddy, Scott Hale. Lillian loved Vic, her brother-in-law, and had a sibling rivalry with my mother. I have very little to do with this Soap Opera. I lived up north and had a surrogate family that invited me to Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinner. Above is a photo of my father at the Benton table. Snyder says Christine only recalled her father sexually abusing her – after Vic raped Shannon!  Vic was banished from the table for the last two years of his life, and, Jacci Belford called me and said;

“I’m glad Vic is not going to get his prints back!

This Fresno Floosy is referring the Family Art Partnership formed between Vic, Vicky, and the Bentons, with dead grandma Melba’s legacy. Garth was in love with MONEY!  He had a Money Jones. His father-in-law was a loan shark, a mobster! This was way more exciting then being forced to go to church by his DULL parents. Everyone loved the Sapranos. This was the real deal.

Rosemary told me her husband was a Made Man. His aunts offered him a San Francisco moving company when he turned twenty-one. Donald Trump and Vic are like twins. You could never make ‘Unhappy Victor’ happy because he only got half his children back after the divorce. He had not visitation rights due to his violence and terrorism. He hated Art, and the fact I excelled, came out of my Egg of Terror, and my paintings were touring the world. Christine was elated! I showed her there was life after his reign. I just realized the photo of scowling Victor with next generation Victim, was taken at the Benton’s house. Note, no one is looking at Vic seated at the head of the table as he conducts his constant Loyalty Check.

I understood my father would never be happy, because at eleven I saw Rosemary best him in  kinife fight in the kitchen. After stabbing him between the eyes with a steak knife, he ran from our home on San Sebastian with blood streaming down his nose!

“You didn’t think I could do it! Get back here you SOB and get some more!”

Carmel’s two most famous artists, and most famous married couple, took ‘Unhappy Victor’ to the San Francisco, but the wound, the thorn Rosemary embedded in the core of his being, dug to deep. No one could repair his Wounded Pride.

I am now marketing my HBO series as ‘The Dark Advantage’. Here I am beginning my reading of The Family Book written to increase sales of Rosamond’s beautiful women, or which my daughters own about a half million dollars worth. If I were her, I would sue anyone who tries to stop me! The whole world is being subjected to a Massive Loyalty Check, and, half our voters are gleeful they passed – and many others – FAILED! We need lessons from someone who failed, because he went his own way, and didn’t have a price! We need a true Bohemian!

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Crazy and Artistic Siblings

The Story of Rosamond

It is clear hired ghost writer, Tom Snyder, was given orders to destroy the REAL STORY of two creative siblings who grew up together in a very abusive home. How did they do it? How did they – more than survive?

I did not realized ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ was about the artist, Garth Benton, who was divorced from his artistic and crazy wife, when she drowned. Garth was not mentally ill? Was he abused in his home? Did he abuse drugs and alcohol? Not that I can tell. I think we would have been famous friends – if Christine allowed us to meet.

Garth’s grandfather was a preacher man, and his parents, devout Christians. They never divorced. Their son tried out to be a male cheerleader.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

Art Runs in the Family

Klimt Studio

Recently a painting by Ernst Klimt was confused for the artwork of his more famous brother, Gustav. Austrian media excitedly reported that an early work by the acclaimed painter of the Vienna Secession movement, Gustav Klimt, was found in a garage. Art dealer Josef Renz bought the painting of a trumpet-playing cherub, titled Trumpeting Putto and prepared to sell it at auction for a pretty price.

Meanwhile, art historian and Klimt expert Alfred Weidinger contested Renz’s claim, recognizing the painting as an early work by Ernst Klimt who died decades before his brother. “This work has been floating around since the 1960s, and repeatedly attempts have been made to have it recognized as one of Klimt’s, especially in this, the 150th anniversary of his birth,” Weidinger explained. “But in research into the catalogue of paintings he produced, studies for this painting made by Ernst Klimt have been found.”

The painting once hung in the building where the two brothers shared a studio (Gustav’s last studio pictured above), often working together in their early years as artists. Artistic genes ran in the family of many iconic artists, although we hardly speak of the artwork of the lesser-known relatives who often provided great influence. Investigating these close relationships, sometimes finding drama of love triangles and jealousy, MutualArt presents the list:

10 Artistic Relatives of Famous Artists

Ernst KlimtGustav Klimt’s younger brother, Ernst Klimt (1864 – 1892)

Ernst and Gustav came from an artistic family, with an engraver father and musician sister. Gustav began his career working with Ernst and their friend Franz Matsch comprising a team they called the “Company of Artists” which painted murals in prominent public buildings in Vienna. Because of his early death, works by Ernst Klimt are very rare, although the large painting “Before the Wedding” in the Austrian Gallery shows his English Pre-Raphaelite influenced style (pictured left).Charles Pollock

Jackson Pollock’s older brother, Charles Pollock, (1902 – 1988)

While Jackson Pollock led the abstract expressionist movement with his drip painting, his older brother Charles Pollack was a social realist painter, inspired by artists like Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Charles worked with Ben Shahn during the Great Depression as a WPA mural painter, and later his artwork also transitioned into abstract expressionism (pictured right), although his calm orderly paintings greatly differ from those of his brother.

Blanche MonetMonet’s stepdaughter & daughter-in-law, Blanche Monet (1865 – 1947)

A relationship difficult to stomach, Claude’s second wife was Blanche’s mother, and later Blanche married Claude’s son. From the young age of 11, Blanche was infatuated by painting and Claude himself, often working in his studio with easels side by side, painting the same subject matter sharing the same color palette. For this reason, Blanche’s work is practically indistinguishable from Claude’s, and is included in the permanent collections of several museums in France.Suzanne Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp’s sister, Suzanne Duchamp (1889 – 1963)

Suzanne Duchamp was a painter living in Montparnasse to be near her brother Marcel, famous for his dada, surrealist and ready-made work. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, with her early work reflecting Impressionism and Cubism, later evolving into Dadism (pictured right). Suzanne’s work is included in the collections of MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alexandre FragonardJean-Honoré Fragonard’s son, Alexandre Fragonard (1780 – 1850)

Continuing in his father’s footsteps, Alexandre Fragonard was first trained by Jean-Honoré and later by Jacques-Louis David, attracting a great deal of attention from a young age. Alexandre debuted at the Salon of 1793 at the ripe age of 13, and continued a successful career as a painter, sculptor and draftsman with an allegorical, neoclassical style (pictured left). Lionel Constable

John Constable’s son, Lionel Constable (1828 – 1887)

Five out of seven of John Constable‘s children were artistic, yet Lionel‘s talent stands out. Learning landscape painting from his father (pictured right), many of Lionel’s paintings have been mistakenly attributed to John. Although their work is similar, Lionel paints more thinly and delicately than his father, resulting in work more decorative.

Edward Hopper’s wife, Josephine Hopper (1883 – 1968)Josephine Hopper

More than his wife, Josephine was also Edward‘s muse. A talented artist herself, Josephine influenced his subject matter, inspired him to take up watercolors and modeled for most of his paintings, including the famous Nighthawks. Her drawings and paintings (pictured left) can be found in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Jose Ruiz Blasco Pablo Picasso’s father, José Ruiz Blasco (1838 – 1913)

José Ruiz Blasco was a painter (pictured right) and art professor in Spain. Jose gave son Pablo his first art lessons, teaching Pablo to draw and oil paint in the traditional method of realism. When at age 13 Pablo’s talent surpassed his father’s, Jose gave his son his brush and palette and vowed to never paint again. Pablo also studied at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona where his father taught.

Marie KleinYves Klein’s mother, Marie Raymond Klein (1908 – 1988)

Marie Raymond Klein was an abstract painter (pictured left), married to a figurative painter Fred Klein, and mother of Yves Klein. Influenced profoundly by his mother, Yves and Marie both were interested in the spiritual dimension of space and sometimes exhibited together. Marie was a leading figure of the Art Informel movement in France in the 1950s.Emile Gauguin

Paul Gauguin’s son, Emile Gauguin (1899 – 1980)

Paul Gauguin fathered a son, Emile, with a Tahitian woman named Tehura. Emile attempted painting (pictured right), and later a journalist brought him to Chicago to live and take lessons from an artist couple. Mostly Emile tried to capitalize off his father’s fame, living as a tourist attraction and posing for photographs in Tahititi as the “Son of Gauguin.”  Neither Emile nor his mother Tehura own any paintings by Paul.

Written by MutualArt’s Christine Bednarz



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Garth Benton Went To Reseda High

The Hypnotic Eye (1960)
Directed by George Blair
Shown: Lobby card

Yesterday, Sue Hafner, returned my call. I had just discovered that Garth Benton (Paul Garfield Benton) went to Reseda High School, and graduated in 1959. Two months ago I was at Sue and Jack’s home looking at family photos, and the 1958 yearbook, because Sue had graduated in 1958 from Reseda High. I was going to help her with a story about her grandfather, Maynard, a renowned pole vaulter. Jack Webb was at his wedding.

As it turns out, the actress, Merry Anders, played police woman, Dorothy Miller, in the series Dragnet, and, co-starred in the movie with Garth Benton, who played Buddy ‘Raiders From Beneath The Sea. Merry starred in ‘The Hypnotic Eye’ and ‘The Beauty and the Beast’. This makes Garth the most famous graduate of Reseda High.

On June 12 I connected my story ‘Kimbo and Wade’ with the Hypnotic Eye. Kim Hafner is my model for Kimbo, which is Kim’s nickname. Kim lives downstairs with Daisy, who is the model of Witzelina. The synchronicity is amazing! Merry might be the first T.V. police woman.  Sue was not happy when she saw the words on the T-Shirt Kimbo was wearing. She is the New Detective who will change the game again.

As an amazing coincidence, Christine and I had a falling out in front of her second husband, Rick Partlow, who was a good friend, Bruce Fairbairn, who was present. Bruce was one of the stars of ‘The Rookie’. Rick was a co-star in a movie.

“Partlow-Rosamond ENCINO A garden ceremony at the home of Mrs. Christine Rosamond united her and Richard Partlow. a television personality. Mrs. Rosamond is the daughter of Mrs. Rosemary Miles, also of Encino, and Vic Presco of San Francisco. The bridgegroom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kalina of North Hollywood. The bride was attended by her sister. Mrs. Vicki Prather. and Miss Shannon Sidle was also a member of the wedding parly for which Bruce Fairbairn served as best man. A reception followed the ceremony.”

Two weeks ago I gave Kim my copy of ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ to read. When she is done, we will compare notes. I asked her to mark the pages where something smelled fishy. Kimbo and Wade are on the case of Killer Rogue Wave! We are going to study Garth’s words, and hidden agendas that I explore in another movie idea ‘Anatomy of a Rogue Wave’.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

EXTRA! I just talked to Alisa who is in charge of the RH yearbooks. She knew Garth. She drove down to Long Beach with him to meet up with his HS Flame, Eija Riitta Heninonen, who was a foreign exchange student. Wow! What a dish! Did Merry Anders remind Garth of his Finish Flame? Did she fire-up his Bohemian Ways, he wanting a more exotic and erotic lifestyle? Did Christine and Garth have fights over her, because she messed him up when she rejected him?

Anders was born Mary Helen Anderson in Chicago in 1934,[1] the only child of Charles, a contractor, and Helen Anderson. Anders was of German, Irish and Swedish descent. In 1949, Anders and her mother visited Los Angeles for two weeks. They decided to remain in Los Angeles permanently while Charles Anderson remained in Chicago.[2] While she was a student at John Burroughs Middle School, Anders met former actress Rita LeRoy who encouraged her to begin a modeling career. While working as a junior model, Anders began studying acting at the Ben Bard Playhouse. It was there that a talent scout from 20th Century Fox spotted her and signed her to a film contract in 1951.[3]

More Hypnotic Eye

Kimbo and Wade will be linked with this idea.


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The Revenge of Rena-Christina Victoria Roozmonde

In my third book ‘The Story of Rosamond’ I give birth to my last and final muse, Rena-Christina Victoria Roozemonde. In keeping with the estate plan of my famous sister, Christine Rosamond Benton, I am going to publish a book that will truly generate a new interest in Rosamond’s beautiful women, amongst a new generation – that never heard of her. Of course a movie will be made from this Last Rose, an ap, and a video game. Young women can found their own cyber art gallery in their town without pity – and destroy those who did not believe they could make it – BIG!

The Revenge of Rena-Christina Victoria Roozemonde.


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

Rena-Christina felt smothered under the weight of her husbands white marble statues that grew all over the Bohemian Community of Carmel like dandelions. People came from all over the world to behold them. He was the darling of the California Art Scene. All the wineries in Sonoma had at least one Cecil Algonquin Benton greeting guests at the door.

They met in Holland at the Hieronymus Bosch gallery. She was the most beautiful woman Cecil had ever seen. He invited her to dinner, and tried to impress her by ordering the most expensive wine on the list. Then he began reciting his amazing family tree.

“Do you have any famous folks in your tree?” Cecil asked smugly, he waiting for a quick answer so he can continue up the illustrious Breckenridge limb.

“Yes I do. You pretended to look at them, when in fact you were checking out my boobs. I heard of you. You are a big boob man!”

“What? What, are you talking about? You have me confused!”

“Most of the folks in Bosch’s ‘Wedding Feast at Cana’ are my kindred. The Roover and Roozmont family were Swan Brethren who commissioned Bosh. See! Here is my rosebud broach my grandfather left to me in his Will. Ralph Roozmont was titled ‘The Wolf of s-Hetrogenbosch. He told me we descend from the Merovingians who ruled Toxanndria. I have our coat of arms tattooed on my back, between my shoulder blades. It is a dancing wolf. If you mind your manners, I will let you have a look-see. Oh, and do you mind if I call you Cee?”

Cecil let out a strange laugh that Rena-Christina overlooked, along with many things, because she was being seduced with the idea of co-creating a Art Dynasty. It was in both their bloodlines. They would have children. Rena suppressed a hardy laugh when Cecil pulled out a image of his ancestor, Casculus, from whom the awful name Cecil come.

“My! What big ears you have!” Tittered Rena-Christina. And she had a vision of their brand, her big eared sons and daughters working away on their creative projects at the Benton Gallery on Dolores Street. But this Roman had been at Troy! Did he behold her, the most beautiful woman in the world?

No sooner were they married, Cee put Re to work in his Carmel gallery. Selling statues was no easy task. Then Cee did that controversial statue for that freak, Phil Spector. The Benton gallery became a ghost town. The bills piled up, yet Cee would not stop going on spending sprees. This is when Cee encouraged Re to become a model. At twenty-three, she stole the show, like she did when they went back to the museum, where Re pointed out Bosch and Wolf on either side of Jesus.

“Look at the wallpaper in back of them! What is it saying to you? Bosch’s hand is covering a paper. He is slipping him a piece of paper! At first, Jesus gestures he is above such intrigue. But, you can see by the expression on his face, he’s about to change his mind!”

“You’re crazy!” Declared Cecil, his face green with envy, because that was what was missing in his…………true.mystery! He had to have her!

“I think that’s a napkin.” Cecil offered, then regretted his words as Roozemonde shot him a hard divorcing glance.

“Are you mocking me! I will not be mocked! Get out of my sight!”

This is when Cecil saw the other side of Rena-Christina, the beautiful woman who demanded to be taken seriously.

“And as for that shitty wine you put before me! My family has made the best wine in the world for four hundred years! I spit out your wine. I spit on you!”

(In the app, the more glasses of Rosemont wine your avatar drinks, the more potent her spit, that drains power from her advisary.)

Like other Roman families in the later times of the Republic, the Caecilii traced their origin to a mythical personage, Caeculus, the founder of Praeneste. He was said to be the son of Vulcan, and engendered by a spark; a similar story was told of Servius Tullius. He was exposed as an infant, but preserved by his divine father, and raised by maidens. He grew up amongst the shepherds, and became a highwayman. Coming of age, he called upon the people of the countryside to build a new town, convincing them with the aid of a miracle. An alternative tradition claimed that the Caecilii were descended from Caecas, one of the companions of Aeneas, who came with him to Italy after the sack of Troy

Hieronymus Bosch (/ˌh.əˈrɒnməs ˈbɒʃ/;[1] Dutch: [ɦijeːˈroːnimɵz ˈbɔs];[2] born Jheronimus van Aken[3] [jeːˈroːnimɵs fɑn ˈaːkə(n)];[4] c. 1450 – 9 August 1516) was a Dutch/Netherlandish draughtsman and painter from Brabant. He is widely considered one of the most notable representatives of Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and narratives.[5] Within his lifetime his work was collected in the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and widely copied, especially his macabre and nightmarish depictions of hell.

Little is known of Bosch’s life, though there are some records. He spent most of it in the town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where he was born in his grandfather’s house. The roots of his forefathers are in Nijmegen and Aachen (which is visible in his surname: Van Aken). His pessimistic and fantastical style cast a wide influence on northern art of the 16th century, with Pieter Bruegel the Elder being his best-known follower. His paintings have been difficult to translate from a modern point of view; attempts to associate instances of modern sexual imagery with fringe sects or the occult have largely failed. Today he is seen as a hugely individualistic painter with deep insight into humanity’s desires and deepest fears. Attribution has been especially difficult; today only about 25 paintings are confidently given to his hand[6] along with 8 drawings. Approximately another half dozen paintings are confidently attributed to his workshop. His most acclaimed works consist of a few triptych altarpieces, the most outstanding of which is The Garden of Earthly Delights.



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