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Re: George Steinberg/Carmelita Haro CA 1855
Posted by: Michael Steinberg Date: December 05, 1999 at 22:12:26
In Reply to: George Steinberg/Carmelita Haro CA 1855 by Pat Shanks of 101

George Henry Steinberg and Carmalita settled in the town of Hills Ferry, California in the late 1850's, located in the Northern Great San Joaquin Valley. Hills Ferry was located at the junction where the Merced and San Joaquin rivers joined. A river packet steamer came up the San Joaquin to Hills Ferry. George Henry was the town butcher. In those days, a man had to be very strong to be a butcher. George Henry was 6'-7" tall, and had very large hands. Traits that were handed down to all of us in the Steinberg line. He and Carmalita had three children (Margarita Carmalita aka, Margaret; Mary Margarita aka, Mary; and George Andrew Steinberg). They went to school in the old school house there, which was moved about 7 miles SouthWest of Hills Ferry, and became known later as "Canal School." Many of the area's pioneers went to that school as children. In 1876, George and Carmalita, bought 2 sections of land in the Coast Range mountains, over 20 miles to the SouthWest of Hills Ferry, in an area called the Garzas Creek region. He became a cattle rancher, and they built a two story adobe home in the flats, which became known as, "Steinberg Flats." The only thing remaining of this in modern times is a portion of the old fireplace chimney. George was 20 years senior to Carmalita. They had a long happy marriage, and raised three children. Carmalita died of unknown causes in 1892, at the age of 54. George outlived her by four years, dying in 1896, at the age of 76. They are both buried in the old abandoned "Cottonwood" cemetery, 8 miles South of Gustine, California.

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