Field Trip

HACIENDA
DE LOS TORRES
Hosted by BGen David A. Torres

Saturday, July 8th, 2017
10:00 AM

Please contact Paul Figueroa, Program Chair
at 575-779-8579 or pcf1947@yahoo.com
to reserve your space and to indicate your item for the pot-luck lunch. Members are welcome to invite guests. Deadline for reservations is June 30th.

Brigadier General David A. Torres welcomes the members of the Taos County Historical Society and their guests on July 8, 2017, at 10:00am for an introduction to the deep roots and family history of the Hacienda de los Torres in Arroyo Seco.
The Society will be guided on the property after a brief introductory talk and then enjoy a pot-luck picnic in the apple orchard of the Hacienda.

David Torres is the grandson of Jose Onesimo Valetine “O.V.” Torres who built the hacienda in 1914. Anna and OV had 11 children, all born at the hacienda. The original house is described as an American four-square plan house. It was about 1,500 square feet and had a 40 foot well dug by hand near the house. Beginning in the 1920s an orchard of apples, cherry, pears and peach trees was planted. By the 1930s, Torres owned more than 200 acres in El Salto and eventually became one of the largest land owners in Taos County with property in Tres Piedras and Chama. A 1940s homestead cabin, builtin Tres Piedras in 1918 to house shepherds, was moved to the hacienda in the 1980s.

Today the hacienda covers 55 acres and has evolved to meet the needs of the family. The property has been recognized as historically significant due to its continued use as a ranch, its association with O.V. Torres and the sheep ranching industry in the state-- as well as, its use of the Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero for irrigation. The hacienda was named to the New Mexico State Registry of Cultural Properties in 1999.

David Torres is the eldest son of the late Louis O. Torres and Bernice Torres of El Salto. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Master's of Science in Strategic Planning from the United States Air War College. He began his engineering career as an aerospace engineer working for NASA and Northrop Corporation. He is an Assistant Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard and a Trustee for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc. He continues to work as a humanitarian, first responder around the world. Torres has responded to over 30 international disasters around the world and was one of the first Americans on the ground for the 2014 ebola breakout in Liberia. He is married to Kristen K. (Vasko) Torres of Reno, NV and has two children in college.

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1952 and dedicated
to the recording and preserving of the irreplaceable in Taos County.
Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. For additional information on the programs,
activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org

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The Society encourages support through membership.

AYER Y HOY
2017 Spring - Issue #42

Browse the Ayer Y Hoy's Spring 2017 issue:

• Taos County Historic Sites
by Patricia Joy Richmond

• A Glimpse of Early Education in Taos
by Enos Garcia

• Bent Lodge No. 42
by Dave Cordova


The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1952 and dedicated to the recording and preserving of the irreplaceable in Taos County. Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. For additional information on the programs, activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org
...
The Society encourages support through membership.

Fall 2016 - Issue #41

Featured Articles:
Taos' Pioneering Historian:
Helen G. Blumenschein & The Apodaca Trail

"Brett"

Kit Carson - New Mexico Soldier


The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1952 for the purpose of "... preserving the history of the Taos area...". It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month are held at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom with a featured speaker are open to the public and supported through memberships. These are also open to anyone upon payment of annual dues. For more information visit the Society's website, ww.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org


Taos County Historical Society
has successully launched
"TAOS: A Topical History"

320 pages, 26 chapters and contributors.

Mil Gracias, A THOUSAND THANKS, does not begin to cover the many, many individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. This debt is not only the living but also to those men and women who long ago began to preserve the journals and documents we now depend upon for knowledge of the past: the chroniclers who accompanied the explorers and settlers and who, dusty, tired and hungry, sat in the light of a candle to record in their journals the events of the day and the Franciscan clerics who made detailed reports of their canonical visits to the mission churches of Nuevo México.

Corina A. Santistevan
Acknowledgements in "Taos: A Topical History"

If you would like to order a copy from the
Taos County Historical Society
please send a check for $40 (book+shipping) payable to
Taos County Historical Society and mail to:

Taos County Historical Society
PO Box 2447
Taos, NM 87571





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