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Book/Printed Material Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista,

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  • Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista,


  • Isaac Mylar (b. 1847) and his family came overland to California in 1852. For three years his father prospected for gold at Shaw's Flat before settling in the town around the old mission of San Juan Bautista in San Benito County. Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista (1929) begins with the history of the mission and memories of Mylar's boyhood and schooling in the town and his growing acquanitance with the mission church and the priests and brothers who administered it. He recalls life in the town in the 1850s when San Juan helped supply the nearby mines, and in later decades: political and business leaders, schools and churches, streets and houses, bandits and other criminals, hunting, hotels and stage lines.


  • Mylar, Isaac L.
  • Piratsky, James G.

Created / Published

  • Watsonville, Calif., Evening pajaronian [c1929]


  • -  San Juan Bautista (Calif.)
  • -  Frontier and pioneer life--California--San Benito County
  • -  Ethnic groups--California
  • -  Urbanization--California
  • -  Real estate development--California
  • -  Law--Political aspects--California
  • -  Religion and ethics
  • -  Business


  • Authors' autographs (Provenance)--DLC
  • Autographs (Provenance)--DLC


  • -  Originally appeared in the Evening pajaronian, Watsonville, California, as a serial narrative of Mr. Mylar's reminiscences. A small edition of 300 autographed copies issued; this copy no. 22. cf. To the reader (slip mounted on lining-paper.)
  • -  Written from the author's narrative by James G. Piratsky. cf. Foreword.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  LAC tnb 2021-08-19 update (1 card)
  • -  LAC tnb 2021-07-12 update (1 card)
  • -  LAC tnb 2021-06-30 update (1 card)


  • 195 p. illus. (incl. ports.) 23 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • F868.S136 M9
  • F868.S136 M9 Copy 2 Author's autograph and Autograph: Piratsky, James G.

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 29010700

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"California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900.

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Chicago citation style:

Mylar, Isaac L, and James G Piratsky. Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista. [Watsonville, Calif., Evening pajaronian, 1929] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Mylar, I. L. & Piratsky, J. G. (1929) Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista. [Watsonville, Calif., Evening pajaronian] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Mylar, Isaac L, and James G Piratsky. Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista. [Watsonville, Calif., Evening pajaronian, 1929] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.