Stanford: Standford University Press, 1949. First Edition. 8vo. 308 pp. Bibliography; Index; Illustrations. Orange cloth with black illustrations and lettering, illustrated endpapers in orange, yellow and black illustrated dustjacket. A fine copy; as new. Item #20856
The biography of William Edward Petty Hartnell, a.k.a. Don Guillermo Arnel (1798 – 1854) was a prominent early immigrant to Alta California who played a vital role in the history of Monterey County, California as well as the history of California. Hartnell was a rancher in Monterey and in 1834 he proposed the first secondary school in California. Classes initially began in his Monterey home; a short time later he Hartnell decided to move the school to his ranch, el Patrocinio de San Jose, at Alisal. The school later closed for lack of funds, but the educational tradition is carried on today: Hartnell College in Salinas was named in William Hartnell's honor.