Photographic portrait of the Del Valle family, Rancho Camulos, Ventura, ca.1888. There are about 8 children, 10 women, 16 men, 3 elderly women, and 2 elderly men sitting on a flight of stairs posing for the camera. One man sits on a windowsill at right, and another man is standing next to him holding (and leaning against?) a stick. Majority of the children are seated in the front row, while all of the elderly are standing in the back at the top of the stairs. Most of them have their hats off and either holding it in front of them or at their side. One man is leaning against the stairway rails (upper left). Numbers on photoprint correspond to: 1. Ysabel del Valle (The Senora). 2. Reginaldo del Valle, son of Ysabel, the senator. 3. Reginaldo's first wife (Helen Castile). 4. Rosa del Valle (unmarried). 5. Josefa del Valle, Mrs. Juan Forester? 6. Susie. 7. Enedina. 8. Alice Bowers (governess). 9. Joe Varela (brother of Chen Varela who married Elias Forster). 10. Ysabel del Valle Cram. 11. Nena del Valle Cram. 12. Chen Varela, Chen's mother was the Senora's sister. 13. Nachita del Valle Kirby. Children of Dona Ysabel and Ygnacio del Valle: Reginaldo, Josefa del Valle Forster (wife of Don Juan), Ysabel del Valle Cram. Children of Juventino and Susanna del Valle: Rosa, Susie, Enedina, Nena, Nachita. Other children of the above are not in the picture.; "Three generations of del Valles served their country through either military service or in responsible governmental positions under the Mexican government and the new government of California. Their lives were closely associated with the most prominent and influential citizens of Mexico and California during the tumultuous years of California's entrance into the United States and its rise from a rural state to one of power and influence. Antonio del Valle, a native of Compostela, Mexico, played a prominent role in both the Spanish and Mexican colonization of California. He arrived in California in 1819 as a lieutenant in the San Bias Infantry, responsible for delivering forty men to the presidio of San Francisco. New troops were called to reinforce the garrisons that had been attacked the previous year by the privateer Bouchard. The Company moved to Monterey and Antonio became commander in 1822. In 1824 he was placed in charge of secularizing the San Fernando Mission and served as majordomo until 1837. In recognition of his years of military service, he received the 48,612 acre Rancho San Francisco grant in 1839. ..." -- unknown author.