As a gift to his wife, San Juan Capistrano’s first Victorian style home was built between 1870-1880. Jose Delores Garcia traveled by horseback to northern Orange County seeking ideas because his wife, Maria Refugia Yorba Garcia, having been born in an Adobe on the great Rancho Yorba, had her sights set on something different..and it couldn’t be found it San Juan Capistrano. Jose was the great great grandson of Maria Bernarda Chigilia (a Juaneno woman from the ancient village of Putuidem.) Jose provided well for Maria, he was a merchant and saloon keeper in town. During their time in the home, you often found Jose & Maria sharing early California hospitality. From local musicians playing traditional early Californio music to meals that overflowed on the tables, many families gathered in the warmth that emulated from its walls. Tragically, on a warm summer evening in 1897, Jose Delores Garcia was murdered with one shot from a Winchester rifle. The man who shot him was Jose Manuel “Mestizo” Foloros. Generations-old family stories say Mestizo was paid by three local land owners to assassinate Jose in order to get his vast land holdings – a local priest documented the term ‘assassinado’ in the death record at Mission San Juan Capistrano. In 1903, Maria sold their home to her brother Miguel and his wife, Theresa Pryor Yorba. Because of the generosity of many historical families, a plaque now hangs at the entrance of the home honoring their memory. It is recognized as the Garcia-Pryor home on the National Registry of Historical Buildings. With pride, Jose’s great-great grandson, Jerry Nieblas, keeps Jose and Maria’s memory alive for future generations.