Immortalized by Arnold Rojas in his books are many colorful and romantic characters. Among them is Don Antonio Leiva, caporal of Rancho Tejon for three decades, who died in 1922. The photos at right are from the collection of Pamela Wildermuth, his great-granddaughter.
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Photo 1) Branding at Rancho Tejon – pictured is 24-year-old Roque Leiva (Don Antonio's son) in 1896.
Photo 2) Clara (Leiva) McNeil (Don Antonio's daughter) and her sons, circa 1922.
Photo 3) The Tehachapi Cattle Company, where Roque Levia worked after leaving the Tejon.