Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society acquires Covenant founder’s ledger


The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has acquired the ledger of Barton Millard, which dates back to the 1920s, and will unveil it at Coffee On The Patio Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at La Flecha House. Millard was a founding member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, co-wrote the initial CC&Bs, and served four terms as its president.

Millard’s grandson, Pete Ragan, will discuss his recollections of his grandfather, who also worked on laying out the Rancho Santa Fe golf course with Olympian Jim Thorpe. The original Barton Millard house, designed by Lilian Rice, was located on 16 acres overlooking the reservoir. The 14’x 10” ledger covers the two-year period when Millard was building his house starting in 1927 as well as 53 years of grove records.

“We are delighted to add this intriguing reference to our archives from one of the Covenant’s founders,” said John Vreeburg, RSF Historical Society president. “lt offers a unique perspective of life in the ranch at that time.”

The ledger will be on display at La Flecha House, the Historical Society’s headquarters at 6036 La Flecha and Historical Landmark #1 in the village of Rancho Santa Fe.

To attend the Coffee On The Patio, please RSVP to Sharon Alix, historical society administrator, at (858) 756-9291 or iffO@BSEHS.Org. There is no charge.