Oral Histories

Interview of Catherine Dace

Granddaughter of Senator Charles McClay and daughter to Henry Cutler Hubbard, a pioneer rancher in the San Fernando Valley.
Early San Fernando: Memoirs of Mrs. Catherine Dace
Community History
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Dace, Catherine
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
2.5 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Reminiscences about grandfather Senator Charles Maclay (born 1822), founder of city of San Fernando; Maclay's family background; trip to California via ship and across Isthmus of Panama; arrival in San Francisco, 1851; first minister of earliest Methodist church in San Francisco; work with vigilantes; friendship with Leland Stanford; move to Southern California; meeting with General Andrés Pico at San Fernando mission; purchase of ranch in San Fernando Valley from Eulogio de Celis; right of way given to Southern Pacific Railroad Company; partnership with B. F. Porter; land for town of San Fernando cleared by Chinese laborers; streets in San Fernando named for first families; Maclay's activities in Southern California land development in 1880s; role of father Henry Cutler Hubbard in growth and prosperity of San Fernando Valley; relationship with Harrison Gray Otis; visit of President Theodore Roosevelt; transition of city of San Fernando from pastoral community to commercial and residential city.