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Ventura County was established in 1872 from Santa Barbara. The county seat is Ventura.


Here is a transcription of the Ventura, CA newspaper article on the death of, [my Grandmother Birdie Lorena COMBS HOISINGTON's half brother], Asa Zibina COMBS. A picture of him playing the fiddle is found on our COMBS &c Photo Gallery. I have looked for Aza a long time in Calif., and finally hit pay dirt on him. One less brick wall for me.

Ventura Star Free Press November 12, 1956 Wednesday

Man's Body Found On Gaynor Ranch

The badly decomposed body of Asa Z.(Zibina] COMBS, 62, was found this morning in a car parked behind the house in which he resided on the Gaynor ranch, a half mile north of La Conchita on the Rincon, the sheriff's office reported.

COMBS had been dead about two weeks, according to Deputy Coroner Pat Sullivan, who listed the death as a suicide resulting from carbon monoxide poisonling. (According to a descendent, Asa had his hands tied behind his back when found.)

Capt. Howard Bowman of the sheriff's said the body was discovered in the closed auto about 9 a.m. today by Fernando Ramirez, forman for Stacy Bates who leased the ranch for cattle grazing. The exhaust pipe of the auto had been connected into the trunk of the auto, and the auto switch was on, Bowman said.

Sullivan said no notes were found, but his office is inspecting letters found in the house for a possible reason for the death. COMBS has a former wife [Norma Dahl Combs] and two daughters residing in Santa Barbara, Sullivan reported.

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt from Newspaper clipping sent to me by David Bronson.


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