The follwing excerted from "A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura, California" by Mrs. Yda Addis Storke, Published in Chicago in 1891 by the Lewis Publishing Company.
Z.A. Pico - It is quite safe to say there is not a family in California who has withal borne a more conspicuous part in the early settlement and history of the State than the Pico family.
The name is familiar to the student of Southern California history. It has been the writer's privilege to meet several members of this honored and historic family, and he can not fail to give expression here to a sentiment which is not only founded upon pleasant personal acquaintance but is also expressed by those who have known the Pico family in times of war, times of peace, and under various trying vicissitudes incident to the settlement and growth of the Commonwealth.
DON JOSE JESUS PICO, of San Luis Obispo is on of the aged surviving members of this family, born at Monterey, this State, March 19. 1807. There he lived until 1840, when he moved with his family to San Luis Obispo and assumed the administration of the affairs of the mission at that place, which duty he discharged until the change of government took place. In 1847 he held the office Alcalde of San Luis Obispo, and in all matters civil, business ,and social, his expressed wish and opinions were accepted without dissent or question. He possessed a stout heart and a clear, keen judgement in matters of private or public policy. He later devoted several years to the care of his ranch and stock interests, and now lives in retirement in San Luis Obispo city. He has five surviving children. Mrs. P. A. Forrester, a widow lady, and Mrs. William J. Graves, of San Luis Obispo, are daughters. Benigno and Fredrico, of San Fernando, and Zenobia A. Of San Luis Obispo, are the surviving sons.
Benigno Pico was born in Monterey, March 17, 1837, the third of the family. For some time he pursued the hotel business at Port Harford, and in 1877 went to San Fernando and opened tho present well-known and popular Pico Hotel, which he still conducts. He is a popular landlord and a highly respected citizen.
Zenobia A. Pico is a native of San Luis Obispo County, born in 1843, on the family homestead near the city where the family lived from 1849 to 1868. He was first Assessor of San Luis Obispo County for one term of two years, and then City Assessor in which office he is now serving his third term. He married, March 8, 1868, Miss Mary Baxter, and they have three children.
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