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Jose E "Don Pepe" De La Rosa
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Birth: 1790, Mexico
Death: Jan., 1892
Ventura County
California, USA

age 103
Died near Ventura

He is the son of Senor Don Jose florencio de la Rosa and Dona Maria Antonia Narzisa Rosa. His baptismal name is Jose Maria Telisforo de la Solida de los Santos Angeles de la Rosa.

He has the distinction of being the first printer in this State, having arrived from Mexico in 1834. He was sent by the Mexican government, as government printer in California.

In the year 1845 he was appointed by the government as Alcalde of Sonoma. He remained in Sonoma until 1867, when he removed to Martinez, Contra Costa County. Here he resided until 1879, and in that year he came to Ventura

José de la Rosa was a Mexican composer, printer, singer and guitarist who moved to California in 1833, where he became known as Don Pepe.

He played a role in the 1846 Bear Flag rebellion, wherein he assisted in assuring the release of Mariano Vallejo.

Rosa documented the oldest-known transcription of Mexican-Californian song lyrics, in a notebook that is now archived in the Southwestern Museum.

He said he had written his memoirs and given them to a friend to publish, to tell the amazing things he had seen and taken part in, but the friend died and the manuscript was lost.

Was said to have never married. 
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Record added: Jul 10, 2011
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Jose E Don Pepe De La Rosa
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