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MarrLand Residential Subdivision Background
* In Howard Marr's WordsTake Me To The History of MarrLand

 

Before and After

The photos below show how the original High Density levels for the MarrLand custom home sites were subsequently reduced to extremely Low Density level.

 

THEN

NOW

Las Llajas Canyon Area

                  

 

Chivo Canyon area

                   

 

The History

In the early 1920's Howard Marr was somewhat successful in developing a small beach community in Venice, California around Abbot Kinney Blvd. and W. Washington Blvd.

Later, he discovered that 2,785.82 acres of oil and real estate housing development property in Simi Valley was available for purchase. The asking price was $180,000.00.

 

Howard Marr Invented the Gillette Safety Razor ? He says he did

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The Marr Estates, Inc. Business Card

 

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Water to service the custom home sites within the MarrLand Residential Subdivision had been approved to come from Chivo Canyon

 

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By the late 1920's development and real estate sales were Booming !

 

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The 2,785.82 Acre MarrLand Property Showing Where The MarrLand Residential Subdivision Is Laid Out

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County Accepted Road Easements Of The MarrLand Country Club & Marr Estates Properties

The entire Network of Roads, Streets, and Alleys have been County Road Easements since the 1920's. Similar to the Road Easement provided to the County of Ventura for Tapo Canyon Road. If not for this easement Tapo Canyon Road would still be a private road.

 

 

Original Planned Development Map Of The MarrLand Country Club & Marr Estates Properties
Approximately 3,500 housing units and almost 200 roads, streets, and alleys.

 

 

The County Approved Re-Subdivision of the MarrLand residential subdivision was Never Legal. Not one of the MarrLand custom home site owners ever gave their approvals or consents for the Re-Subdivision, and there was Never a Court Action started to provide the MarrLand custom home site owners with an opportunity to agree or disagree with the planned Re-Subdivision.

However, because of this Blunder now there are many Privately Owned Marrland custom home sites that also maintain an Ownership Interest in and to the surrounding acreage.

 

The reason the Re-Subdivision Map for the MarrLand Residential Subdivision is not Legal. Not one of the following Requirements were done. This has no effect on the Rights of the custom home site owners in this area, except a few being incorporated within the acreage.

 

Recorded and Reserved Streets and Roads to the Owners of the MarrLand custom home sites under the County Approved 1940's Re-Subdivision Maps for the Residential portion of MarrLand.

 

 

 

 

 

The limited amount of the remaining privately held MarrLand home sites (cabin lots) are legal hillside residential parcels mapped, approved and recorded many decades ago with the County of Ventura as 5 adjoining housing tracts. They were never part of an encyclopedia type of give away real estate scam. The land that contains the MarrLand property and the MarrLand Residential Subdivision has also been referred to in the past as Marr Ranch. A portion of the southern part of the MarrLand property and Residential Subdivision now contains newer tract housing developments known as The Crest At Wildhorse Canyon and Silverthorne.

Financial issues and multiple lawsuits involving illegal and fraudulent acts of  the founder / developer of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and its 5 Mapped, Approved and Recorded Housing Tract Maps placed the entire 2, 785.82 acre MarrLand property (includes the MarrLand Subdivision) in several legal battles, over the course of several years, with regards to the developer's ownership and title to the land surrounding the MarrLand Cabin Lots that had already been sold. The County of Ventura and the developer(s) made attempts in subsequent years to try and eliminate the creation and existence of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and also established an agricultural preserve designation on this residential subdivision to make development of the individual lots more difficult. Residential home sites (Cabin Lots) that were originally approved for development was reduced from approximately 3,500 lots to just a couple of hundred. These home sites are extremely rare and essentially have been hidden from the public for decades. This is a legal residential subdivision for custom built homes.

Some Of The Reasons For The Limited Development At MarrLand

1. Illegal acts of Howard Marr

2. Ventura County's circumvention of the law regarding public auction of tax defaulted properties.

3. Ventura County's approval of a Re-Subdivision Map without the consent of all interested parties of the land involved.

4. Ventura County's approval of a Land Conservation Act Contract (LCA) that failed to meet the minimum acreage requirements and encompassed the MarrLand Residential Subdivision.

5. Ventura County's acts associated with the construction of a dam and the removal of the main boulevard and road into the MarrLand Residential Subdivision area of Las Llajas Canyon.

6. Ventura County's acts associated with the removal of service utilities and failure to relocate them.

7. Ventura County's failure to grade and construct all of the roads, streets and alleys they hold an easement to for road purposes, as per the recorded tract maps.

 

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THE LAND - 2,785.82 ACRES

Chronological MarrLand History, beginning 1887

1887

By the late 1800's the Simi Land and Water Company owned almost all of the Simi Valley. This included 2,298.62 acres of the MarrLand property on the east end known as Santa Susana. Shortly after the formation of the Simi Land and Water Company in 1887, Charles B. McCoy was put in charge of managing their 96,000 acre Rancho Simi property.

1900

In February of 1900, the Simi Land and Water Company subdivided and mapped out the south side of Los Angeles Ave. at Tapo Street in an effort to encourage development of the Santa Susana area in the Simi Valley. At this location the Town of Santa Susana was created. On May 22, 1900, the Simi Land and Water Company sold a 1,000 acre parcel of the MarrLand property to the Simi Oil Company. The Simi Oil Company was incorporated on April 24, 1900. The shareholders were,  W. G. Cochran, M. L. McGray, Fred M. Lyon, John J. Fay Jr., E. T. Stimson, E. R. Smith, M. L. Wills and Charles B. McCoy. Each of these shareholders held approximately $2,000.00 worth of stock in the company. On July 3, 1900, a 487.20 acre parcel of  the MarrLand property ("Tapo" land) situated on the highly productive Simi Oil Field and located up Tapo Canyon on the west end of the MarrLand property was sold by First National Bank of Santa Barbara and Abraham & Fannie Bernheim to Robert Eason, W. M. Eason, Norman Bridge, A.S.A. Sprague, E. B. Mafrel, C.W. Hollister and A. D. Gammon. On August 7, 1900, the Simi Land and Water Company sold their remaining interest in a 1,298.62 acre parcel of the MarrLand property to the Simi Crude Oil Company. The Simi Crude Oil Company was incorporated on July 5, 1900. Except for M. L. McGray, the shareholders were the same persons as those of the Simi Oil Company, in addition to W. G. Cochran, President of the Simi Land and Water Company and few other shareholders. Each of these shareholders held approximately $1,000.00 worth of stock in the company. There are actually 3 separate parcels of land, which combined, make up the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property.

On August 21, 1900, Edward Clayton Gillibrand and his Brother in Law John Hesketh purchased several thousand acres of isolated and mountainous land just north and north west of the MarrLand property up Tapo Canyon. Over the years the Gillibrand land produced only a small amount of oil. Their luck changed when a decomposed oyster shell field was discovered on their land in the 1920's.

1912

On April 10, 1912, it was reported in the Dallas Morning News that A. E. Fitkin and Company from New York had just purchased the San Angelo Water, Light and Power Company for $400,000.00.

1913

On February 15, 1913, the Simi Oil Company sold their 1,000 acres of the MarrLand property to Charles B. McCoy. This is the same parcel that the Simi Land and Water Company sold to the Simi Oil Company on May 22, 1900. On this same day, Charles B. McCoy then sold a  2,298.62 acre parcel of the MarrLand property to Alfred Hirschi. Two days later on February 17, 1913, the Simi Crude Oil Company sold their 1,298.62 acres of the MarrLand property to Charles B. McCoy. This is the same parcel that the Simi Land and Water Company sold to the Simi Crude Oil Company on August 7, 1900, and the same parcel Charles B. McCoy sold earlier on February 15, 1913, to Alfred Hirschi. On May 24, 1913, Charles B. McCoy made a transfer to Alfred Hirschi of Robert Eason's 487.20 acre parcel of the MarrLand property which was located upon the highly productive Simi Oil Field in Tapo Canyon. Alfred Hirschi now owned the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property. But in reality, Alfred Hirschi was merely holding title to the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property on behalf of Henry Brunner of France and Hans Hirschi of Switzerland. Acting under their Power of Attorney. Alfred Hirschi was a well known Doctor of Geology and was employed as Manager of the Santa Susana Oil Corporation.

1916

By 1916, 3.4 million automobiles had been registered in the United States. The demand for oil to use as gasoline was increasing dramatically as more and more automobiles were being produced.

1917

In 1917, Alfred Hirschi decided that he needed to try and generate some more funds for oil drilling so he offered an ownership interest in a part of  the MarrLand property to his company the Santa Susana Oil Corporation. His offer was accepted, because on November 22, 1917, the Santa Susana Oil Corporation agreed to purchase an interest in 2 parcels (2,298.62 acres) of the MarrLand property from Alfred Hirschi. The Corporation had so much confidence in the MarrLand property that they even agreed to secure $300,000.00 for oil development on the property. These were the same 2 parcels which were previously owned by the Simi Oil Company and Simi Crude Oil Company. On December 13, 1917, Alfred Hirschi's partial interest in the 2,298.62 acre Marrland property was transferred to the Santa Susana Oil Corporation. Alfred Hirschi still maintained his full interest in the highly productive 487.20 acre MarrLand property in Tapo Canyon.

1919

On March 12, 1919, it was reported in the Dallas Morning News that La Porte Oil and Refining Corporation out of Austin, Texas was incorporated by E. A. Johnson, A. E. Fitkin, and Howard Walker.

1920

On May 13, 1920, The Patterson Ranch Company sold Dr. Alfred Hirschi and his Wife Irene Hirschi, Lot 115 of Subdivision Number 5 of the Tapo Ranch. Lot 115 consisted of 21.86 acres and was located at the southern border line of the south west portion of the MarrLand property in the Tapo Canyon Road area.

By June of 1920, the Santa Susana Oil Corporation owned the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property. Dr. Alfred Hirschi was identified as the Manager of the Santa Susana Oil Corporation on one of their letterheads. On June 11, 1920, the Santa Susana Oil Corporation sold their interest in the MarrLand property to Abram Fitkin of New York. Two months later on September 10, 1920, Abram Fitkin sold a partial interest in the MarrLand property to the Century Oil Company.

In December of 1920, 3 civil complaints were filed in Dallas, Texas against Howard Marr and his son Morton Marr. The complaints alleged that this father and son team embezzled funds from the Andrews Petroleum Company. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

1923

By 1923 Howard Marr had already become a very wealthy real estate developer. He had subdivided and sold many beach lots in Venice, California and developed a small business district there. He also subdivided other land in Corona, California. Howard Marr created this Subdivision in Venice, California prior to his Subdivision of the MarrLand property in Simi Valley, California. Howard Marr's Venice Subdivision is located near the beach. The small lot sizes (similar to those in MarrLand) were apparently intended to be used for development of  vacation type beach homes. In addition to the street names of "Marr Street" and "Howard Street", there was also a street named after M. R. Dickson, Howard Marr's Notary Public for the MarrLand property.

1924

On April 24, 1924, Howard Marr's son, Morton H. (Pat) Marr from Dallas Texas, was convicted and sentenced to a 5 year prison term on the first count of an indictment which charged him and others with devising a fraudulent scheme and using the post office in its execution. Oil companies and corporations under the control or connected with Morton Marr included The Pat Marr Double Barrel Gusher Syndicate, Pat Marr's Camden Syndicate No. 2, The Pat Marr Company, Pat Marr Oil Company, Marr Oil Corporation. Another co-defendant in this case (MARR v. UNITED STATES, 8 F.2d 231 (8th Cir. 1925)) included a W.T. Earnest who was later involved in Howard Marr's MarrLand property.

1926

In February of 1926, a Mortgage on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property was Foreclosed on by the Pacific Southwest Trust & Savings Bank against the Century Oil Company and sold to Abram Fitkin of Fitkin & Company. Abram Fitkin was one of the partners in the Century Oil Company.

On April 12, 1926, Howard and Annie S. Marr purchased a home at 265 South Rossmore Ave. in Los Angeles, California from G. Allen Hancock.

1927
THE MARRLAND RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION
AND MARRLAND COUNTRY CLUB


The MarrLand Residential Subdivision. Located Sections 29, 30 and 31 ( Topography Map)

On January 3, 1927, Robert M. Wright was charged with "unlawful burning of the Simi Valley Union High School," causing $500.00 in damage. This fire came one year after another fire destroyed $85,000.00 of the $110,000.00 new School.

On June 27, 1927, and in anticipation of purchasing the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property, Howard Marr filed an application with the California Division of Water Rights for a permit to construct a dam in Chivo Canyon (also called Oil Canyon). This dam was intended to provide water for 1,100 MarrLand Cabin Lots that were to be subdivided and proposed the diversion of 100 acre feet of water from the Chivo Canyon creek. On September 2, 1927, another application was filed in addition to the first one. This second application was for a water well and requested a diversion of 0.50 cubic foot per second of the ground water from the Chivo Canyon creek. Gilbert Beesemyer who owned property north of MarrLand protested Howard Marr's applications. Loomis and Funk owners of the Kadota Fig Farms Subdivisions 4 & 5 south of MarrLand, also protested Howard Marr's applications. On June 13, 1928, it was decided that Howard Marr could construct the dam in Chivo Canyon, but he agreed not to drill a water well. The 1,100 MarrLand Cabin Lots proposed to be subdivided would eventually be laid out along both sides and up the Las Llajas Canyon on the recorded map entitled "Map of MarrLand in the Rancho Simi."

On July 7, 1927, Howard and Annie S. Marr purchased the MarrLand property from Abram Fitkin of the Century Oil Company, and now Fitkin and Company. In this deal an apartment complex on Rampart Boulevard in Los Angeles, a $100,000.00 cash down payment and a mortgage was required of Howard Marr. On February 23, 1927, Abram Fitkin and Howard Marr agreed that a $90,000.00 mortgage would be placed on the MarrLand property and Howard Marr promised to pay it off in full by August 28, 1927. On March 17, 1927, the $90,000.00 mortgage on the MarrLand property was officially recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County.

On September 2, 1927, another application with the California Water Rights Division was filed in addition to the first one from June 27, 1927. This second application was for a water well and requested a diversion of 0.50 cubic foot per second of the ground water from the Chivo Canyon creek. Gilbert Beesemyer who owned property north of MarrLand protested Howard Marr's applications. Loomis and Funk owners of the Kadota Fig Farms Subdivisions 4 & 5 south of MarrLand, also protested Howard Marr's applications. On June 13, 1928, it was decided that Howard Marr could construct the dam in Chivo Canyon, but he agreed not to drill a water well. The 1,100 MarrLand Cabin Lots proposed to be subdivided would eventually be laid out along both sides and up the Las Llajas Canyon on the recorded map entitled "Map of MarrLand in the Rancho Simi."

On September 7, 1927, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times newspaper that "Miss Edith Louise Marr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Marr of Rossmore Avenue, entertained, the occasion serving to announce to a coterie of intimate friends her engagement to Alfred Graydon Neff."

On September 14, 1927, Marr Estates, Inc. was officially formed and incorporated. Marr Estates, Inc. was capitalized at $500,000.00 with 5,000 shares of Stock at a par value of $100.00 per Share. Howard and Annie Marr and their Daughter, Edith Louise Neff (Marr), each held one share of stock in the Marr Estates, Inc. corporation. About this same time the Howard Marr Organization, Inc., which was the Real Estate selling portion of Howard Marr's companies, was also formed and incorporated by Howard and Annie S. Marr and their Daughter Edith Louise Neff (Marr). The Corporate structure was set up so that Marr Estates, Inc. would be the Real Estate holding company and the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. would be the Real Estate selling company.

On October 27, 1927, and after having organized their plans for the MarrLand property, Howard and Annie S. Marr transferred the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property to their newly formed corporation of Marr Estates, Inc. and in consideration for this transfer they received Stock in the Marr Estates, Inc. Corporation. Howard Marr received 2,055 Shares ($205,500.00), Annie Marr held 1 Share ($100.00) and their Daughter Edith Louise Marr (Neff) held 1 share. 2,943 Shares ($294,300.00) remained in the corporation of Marr Estates, Inc. 

In November of 1927, A portion of the south eastern section of the MarrLand property was surveyed by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company and a map was drawn up  entitled "Map of MarrLand in the Rancho Simi." Later in the year on December 21, 1927, this map was recorded with the Ventura County Recorders Office. This map was also known as "MarrLand Unit No. 1."  

On December 6, 1927, Loomis & Funk also Subdivided their land below the MarrLand Subdivision into several hundred Lots measuring approximately 230' x 130' and about 6 more Lots at 10 acres each, and then recorded a map entitled "Kadota Fig Farms, Subdivision Number 6." This Subdivision was located between Tapo Street and just east of the Las Llajas Canyon creek and south of the MarrLand property to Alamo Street. The Simi Hills Golf Course now sits on the eastern portion of the Kadota Fig Farms Subdivision #6. 

As a bonus for purchasing one of the MarrLand home sites buyers were also provided with an oil royalty obtained by Marr Estates, Inc. from the numerous oil wells and oil leases located on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property which was situated directly above the old Simi Oil Field.

Also in December of 1927, Marr Estates, Inc., entered into an Oil and Gas Lease with Charles Bloemer of the Shell Company of California out of Bakersfield, California. This Oil and Gas Lease encompassed the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property. Howard Marr was paid approximately $30,000.00 for this Oil and Gas Lease. This Oil and Gas Lease was to provide Marr Estates, Inc. with a 1/7 Oil Royalty and permit Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Inc. with the right to construct a dam to hold water in the Chivo Canyon area of the MarrLand property and also provided Marr Estates, Inc. with the free use of any gas produced for the heating and lighting of the MarrLand Lodge Building (Club House) and MarrLand Camp buildings. Charles Bloemer subsequently sold and transferred his oil and gas lease on January 11, 1928, to the Shell Company of California. The Shell Company immediately drilled a well in Chivo Canyon. Later, this oil and gas lease was sold and transferred to Richfield oil, Getty oil, and others. Charles Bloemer was introduced to Howard Marr by Fred DeAugustine, Abram Fitkin's partner of the Century Oil Company.

Owners of the MarrLand home sites were also provided with a lifetime membership to the MarrLand Clubhouse, horse stable and full use of all of the recreational facilities.

1928

On January 16, 1928, the MarrLand Mutual Water Company was organized and incorporated. The initial Stockholders and Directors of this Corporation were: Howard Marr, M.R. Dickson (Notary Public of Marr Estates, Inc.), Mark A. Robin (Surveyor of the MarrLand property), Edith Louise Neff (Daughter of Howard & Annie Marr) and M. F. Freiburger. The Capital Stock of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company was $200,000.00, divided into 20,000 Shares at a par value of $10.00 each. Each of the five Directors of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company held one Share. 19,995 Shares remained in the corporation. On January 21, 1928, the By-Laws of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company were officially recorded with the Ventura County Recorders Office.

During this time plans were also made to construct a dam up in Chivo Canyon to hold the water that was intended to service the Marrland home sites. This resulted in lawsuits being filed by neighbors both below and above the area where the dam was proposed. The complaints alleged that any use of the water from Chivo Canyon by Marr Estates and Howard Marr would deprive its neighbors of their fair amount of water. Marr Estates and Howard Marr prevailed on this lawsuit, but the dam was never started.

In order to generate local interest in the MarrLand Cabin Lots from the Santa Susana & Simi Valley areas, Marr Estates, Inc. erected 2 large signs on the MarrLand property overlooking the Simi Valley which simply read "MarrLand Estates." Each of these signs measured 10 feet x 12 feet. 2 more signs were also erected which contained paintings of the MarrLand Country Club. These 2 signs measured 30 feet x 40 feet each. This was the same type of marketing technique that was also being used to sell property in "HollywoodLand." These 4 signs were all located up on the hill adjacent to the Simi Hills Golf Course and above the MarrLand Stables.

In March of 1928, Howard Marr began plans to expand the recreational usage of the MarrLand property and road accesses so as to encompass the Tapo Canyon area as well. He figured that if he offered the County of Ventura a road easement up Tapo Canyon Road the County of Ventura would absorb the cost and expense of improving that road instead of Marr Estates, Inc. and at the same time it would result in a direct benefit to the MarrLand property. On March 2, 1928, the County of Ventura agreed to accept from Marr Estates, Inc. an easement and right of way for a public road up Tapo Canyon and across a portion of the MarrLand property. On March 6, 1928, the Board of Supervisors for the County of Ventura officially approved acceptance of Marr Estates, Inc. deed for an easement and right of way for a public road up Tapo Canyon and across the MarrLand property. The deed was subsequently recorded in the County Recorders Office of Ventura County on March 10, 1928.

In addition to the Tapo Canyon Road County Easement, Marr Estates, Inc. and Howard Marr also incorporated County Road Easements throughout the Marrland Subdivision. These County Road Easements are clearly seen on the recorded maps of the Marrland Subdivision and identify each and every boulevard, road, street or alley of the Marrland Subdivision as being "An Easement to the County of Ventura for Road Purposes"

By April 12, 1928, construction on the MarrLand Club House had been completed.

In April of 1928, Howard Marr asked "Loomis and Funk" for a road easement over their property on Tapo Street beginning at Alamo Street if he agreed to purchase several hundred lots of their new subdivision at  "Kadota Fig Farms Subdivision Number 6" near the Las Llajas creek on the other side of their property. "Loomis and Funk" agreed to this arrangement and on April 19, 1928, a road easement was drawn up providing the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. with a 40 foot wide roadway easement over "Loomis and Funk's" Lot M and Lot 281 along Tapo Street and up to the MarrLand property. This road easement terminates at what is now  Tapo Street and Presidio Drive.

In Howard Marr's attempt to make available even more access to the MarrLand property he fulfilled his prearranged promise with "Loomis and Funk" and entered into an agreement on April 20, 1928, with them to purchase all of their lots of the "Kadota Fig Farms Subdivision Number 6" that were located adjacent to the Las Llajas creek. There was already a small road easement in this location but it wasn't large enough to handle all the lot owners, traffic and people Howard Marr envisioned would be arriving in the future to visit and make use of the MarrLand property and Country Club facilities. Howard Marr agreed to purchase the "Loomis and Funk" lots for $19,900.00. He paid $2,000.00 down and agreed to pay $8,950.00 by May 1, 1929, and the remaining balance of $8,950.00 by May 1, 1930, @ 7% interest.

In May of 1928, the Second map of MarrLand was surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company. This map was entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 2" and clearly defined the boundaries intended for the MarrLand Subdivision. This map was subsequently recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County on August 20, 1928. The first map of MarrLand entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 1" was located within the boundaries of the map entitled "Map of MarrLand Unit No. 2."

On October 11, 1928, Howard Marr promoted the MarrLand Country Club by making the MarrLand Club House available to the Simi Valley Masonic Club. Approximately 100 Masons and their Wives were invited to a seven course dinner and six piece orchestra for a full night of dinner and dancing.

On October 25, 1928, the local Simi Valley newspaper publicized Howard Marr's plans to purchase the Town Site of Santa Susana on the following day. On October 26, 1928,  Howard Marr used much of the money he was making from the sales of the MarrLand Cabin Lots to purchase 412 acres of the Town site of Santa Susana from H. J. Crinklaw and his Wife, Eva. Howard Marr later stated in Court documents that his reason for purchasing the Town Site of Santa Susana was because it contained the water rights to the MarrLand property which he needed in order to continue his development of the MarrLand property. Sometime in 1928, and apparently during the time Howard Marr purchased the Town Site of Santa Susana, his Wife Annie S. Marr resigned as the Secretary of Marr Estates, Inc. Her Corporate duties were later taken over by M. R. Dickson, Howard Marr's Notary Public.

By November of 1928, the Shell Company of California was ready to start drilling for oil on the MarrLand property. The location for the Shell oil rig was to be in Chivo Canyon just north of the MarrLand Club House. Because of all the oil and real estate developments going on in Santa Susana a bank was also planned for the east end of the Simi Valley.

On December 28, 1928, Howard and Annie S. Marr transferred all of  the "Crinklaw" property to Marr Estates, Inc. This would be the 412 acres that was called the Town Site of Santa Susana.

1929

In February of 1929, Howard Marr had his surveyor Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company "AMEND" the Simi Land and Water Company's original map of the Town Site of Santa Susana. This map was subsequently recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County on March 6, 1929.

On February 1, 1929, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Inc. entered into a purchase agreement to sell one of the MarrLand Cabin Lots to it's surveyor Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company. This Cabin Lot was sold for $560.00 and was identified as Lot 49 in Block 4 of MarrLand Unit No. 1.  Consistent with the prior sales Marr Estates, Inc. had made, the sale of this Cabin Lot also came with a lifetime membership to the MarrLand Country Club.

In February of 1929, the Third map of MarrLand was surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company. This map was entitled "MarrLand Unit No. A."  This map was slightly different from the previous ones because some of the MarrLand Cabin Lots on this map contained portions of the road easements over the Cabin Lots themselves. This map was subsequently recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County on February 18, 1929. This map was also mostly a Re-Subdivision of the map entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 2" which defined the MarrLand Subdivision boundaries.

Also, In February of 1929, the Fourth map of MarrLand was surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company. This map was entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 3."  This map was subsequently recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County on March 19, 1929.

And still again, in February of 1929, the Fifth map of MarrLand  was surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company. This map was entitled "MarrLand Unit No. B."  However, this map wasn't recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County until April 4, 1930.

On February 5, 1929, the Board of Supervisors for the County of Ventura Officially accepted and approved Howard Marr's Third subdivision and map entitled "MarrLand Unit No. A."

On February 7, 1929, the local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about the numerous real estate activities which were going on in Simi Valley at that time. Following are a few excerpts from that article about the MarrLand property. "There are approximately forty oil wells on the Marr and Doheney properties that adjoin the El Dorado Estates and Kadota Fig Farms on the north. The Doheney and Marr oil pipeline leading to the loading rack of the Southern Pacific railway at Santa Susana, skirts the El Dorado Estates." .... "The Shell Oil Company has started a deep hole boring about 1,600 feet north of the north line of the Funk & Loomis Kadota Fig Farm." ... "Adjoining the Funk & Loomis property on the north -- MarrLand is now under development, as a cabin site and sports center. Here a $30,000.00 country club building has been erected and an airplane landing field provided. Golf links and a swimming pool also are to be MarrLand features with the opening of the 1929 season. From this point bridal paths lead to and through the nearby mountains."

On February 18, 1929, the Third map of MarrLand entitled "MarrLand Unit No. A" was recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County.

On February 21, 1929, the Articles of Incorporation for Marr Estates, Inc. were amended. The Capital Stock which remained in the Marr Estates, Inc. corporation amounting to 2,943 shares at a par value of $100.00 ($294,300.00) was amended in order to divide the Capital Stock up into 48,000 Shares with no par value. 24,000 shares would now become Common Stocks and 24,000 shares would become Preferred Stocks. Holders of the Preferred Stocks were to receive dividends out of the surplus profits of Marr Estates, Inc. at the rate of One and 75/100ths Dollars per share, per annum, payable quarterly on the Fifteenth day of January, April, July and October in each year. Holders of the Common Stocks were to receive dividends from any remaining surplus or net profits of Marr Estates, Inc. at the rate of One and 75/100ths Dollars per share, per annum, payable quarterly on the Fifteenth day of January, April, July and October in each year. The amended Articles of Incorporation for Marr Estates, Inc. also stated that "in the event of any liquidation or dissolution or winding up" of Marr Estates, inc., "or of any distribution of its assets to or among its stockholders, the holders of the Preferred Stock shall be entitled to be paid in full, the sum of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) per share and the unpaid cumulative dividends accrued thereon, before any amount shall be paid to the holders of the Common Stock; and after the payment to the holders of the Preferred Stock of the sum of Twenty - five Dollars ($25.00) per share, and the unpaid accrued cumulative dividends thereon, the remaining assets and funds shall be divided and paid to the holders of the Common Stock."

On February 25, 1929, the Board of Directors for the MarrLand Mutual Water Company made a Resolution which amended the By-Laws in order to allow the MarrLand Mutual Water Company to supply water to any Tracts in Santa Susana subdivided by Marr Estates, Inc. in addition to the MarrLand property. This Resolution also verified the fact that all purchasers of the MarrLand Cabin Lots were also owners of Capital Stock in the Corporation of Marr Estates, Inc. and they had a financial interest in it.

On February 26, 1929, the Los Angeles Times reported: "In honor of the fiftieth birthday anniversary of Howard Marr a surprise party was given Friday at his country estate Marrland by his son Morton Marr."

On March 5, 1929, the Board of Supervisors for the County of Ventura Officially accepted and approved Howard Marr's Fourth subdivision and map entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 3."  (Note: Notice that this time the Board of Supervisors required a $1,170.00 bond in order to secure payment of the property taxes on the Cabin Lots subdivided by Howard Marr)

On March 6, 1929, Howard Marr's "Amended Map Of The Town Of Santa Susana" was recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County.

Also on March 6, 1929, an increase in the Capital Stock of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company was authorized by it's five Directors and Stockholders. The Capital Stock of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company was now increased to $300,000.00, and divided into 30,000 Shares at a par value of $10.00 each. Each of the five Directors of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company held one Share. 29,995 Shares now remained in the corporation. And on this same date, March 6, 1929,  the Articles of Incorporation for the MarrLand Mutual Water Company were also amended to reflect the Resolution which had been previously passed by the Board of Directors on February 25, 1929, in order to allow the MarrLand Mutual Water Company to supply water to any Tracts in Santa Susana subdivided by Marr Estates, Inc. in addition to the MarrLand property.
** Both the Amended Articles of Incorporation and the Authorization to increase the Capital Stock of the MarrLand Mutual Water Company were drawn up and filed on behalf of Marr Estates, Inc. by an Attorney named Fred Arnoldy. This is the same Attorney who would in later years attempt to redeem tax defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots for Howard Marr and he also represented Howard Marr's Son, Morton H. Marr, against Howard Marr in Court proceedings and accusations concerning Frauds and Scams, alleged to have been done by Howard Marr with the MarrLand property.

On March 6, 1929, the Articles of Incorporation were filed for the Santa Susana Chamber of Commerce. The 15 Board of Directors were Ed R. Maier, Gilbert H. Beesemyer, Howard Marr, Robert M. Wright, George R. Hale, Louise R. Riave, Frank M. Rosauer, R.E. Sims, J.E. Smith, Wesley Blalock, Robert E. Barnes, H.F. Mingledorf, William A. Keefe, G.E. Stinson, and H.J. Crinklaw. The 22 Members of the Santa Susana Chamber of Commerce were E.H. Woodard, Howard Marr, Alfred Graydon Neff, Bert E. Gamble, Ed R. Maier, W.T. Earnest, Gilbert Beesemyer, Robert M. Wright, Louis R. Riave, H.F. Mingledorf, Frank Rosauer, Carl R. Sailer, R.E. Sims, William A. Keefe, J.E. Smith, G.E. Stinson, Wesley Blalock, Clarence E. Taylor, Robert E. Barnes, H.J. Crinklaw, George R. Hale and W.G. Loomis.

On March 19, 1929, the Fourth map of MarrLand entitled "MarrLand Unit No. 3" was recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County.

On March 22, 1929, the Articles of Incorporation for Marr Estates, Inc. were again amended. The Articles of Incorporation were amended to state that of the 48,000 shares of Capital Stock in the Marr Estates, Inc. corporation, which had been divided up into 24,000 Shares of Preferred Stocks and 24,000 Shares of Common Stocks, now provided Howard Marr, as one of the Stockholders, with 17,998 Shares of the Common Stocks and 4,800 Shares of the Preferred Stocks. Annie S. Marr and their Daughter, Edith Louise Neff (Marr), each continued to hold 1 Share of the Common Stocks. The amount of Stocks still remaining in the corporation of Marr Estates, Inc. was now 6,000 Shares of Common Stocks and 19,200 Shares of Preferred Stocks.

In March of 1929, and for some unknown reason Howard Marr hired another Surveyor to survey and map an area of the MarrLand property north east of Tapo Street. This map was filed with the Ventura County Surveyor's Office, but not recorded. There has been no evidence of any sales from this map.

On May 6, 1929, the road easement which was granted to the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. by "Loomis and Funk" on April 19, 1928, over their  Lot M and Lot 281 along Tapo Street and up to the MarrLand property, was amended in order to provide the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. with an additional easement for water lines and public utilities for the benefit of the MarrLand property. This "agreement" for water lines and public utilities between "Loomis and Funk" and the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. read in part the following: 
"Now the Party of the Second Part is subdividing its holdings known as MarrLand and is desirous of constructing, laying and maintaining, through said easement water lines and/or other public utilities to serve said holdings and, though, it was the intention in above referred to agreement to allow the construction of such public utilities, but inadvertently omitted, said agreement is hereby amended to grant to Party of the Second Part such right, and the party of the First Part for the consideration of one dollar to it in hand paid, does, hereby, grant to the Party of the Second Part, its heirs and assigns the right to construct, lay and maintain or to cause to be constructed, laid and maintained, over, through and/or under said right of way, together with the right of ingress and egress to construct, lay and maintain or to cause to be constructed, laid and maintained, pipe line or lines for the conveyance of water which the Party of the Second Part deems necessary for the comfort and convenience of the public."

On July 11, 1929, Howard Marr had another promotional ad published in the Local Simi Valley newspaper. This one was mainly geared towards sales of the MarrLand Cabin Lots and promised purchasers a 7% dividend from the Oil Royalty obtained by Marr Estates, Inc. from the Shell Oil Company's Lease on the 2,800 acre MarrLand property. The slogan "Gateway to the Simi Valley" which was created by the Santa Susana Chamber of Commerce was also used in Howard Marr's advertising.

Also on July 11, 1929, an article was published in the Local Simi Valley Newspaper stating that Howard Marr gave a banquet "for 160 people of the prominent Spanish colony of Los Angeles." The article stated that the banquet was held for the purpose of obtaining investors for Howard Marr's Santa Susana projects. Some of the persons identified were; Sr. Antonio Orfila (Mexican Lawyer from Los Angeles), General Rodriquez (Mexican Militia and leader of the Vasconcelos party), Dr. Jose F. Basurto and Wife, Sr. Frank Camarillo and Sister Carmen Camarillo of Camarillo and Sr. David R. Castro (prominent miner of Chihuahua, Mexico). More then likely, Howard Marr gave this banquet in order to obtain investors for his new project the "Casino Mexicano." which was planned for the Santa Susana area just off Tapo Street to the east.

And again on July 11, 1929, another article was published promoting the MarrLand Country Club and MarrLand property. The article stated that Marr Estates, Inc. was planning a "new swimming pool" and an "eighteen hole golf course" on the MarrLand property.

And still yet again, on July 11, 1929, an article was published about the water system Howard Marr was installing in Santa Susana and the modern improvements and plans he had for "one of the most beautiful Spanish cities in California."

MarrLand was such a well known name in the Simi Valley that a hotel and restaurant named the MarrLand Inn was opened in Santa Susana.

On August 20, 1929, the Los Angeles Times reported: "Two families prominent in Los Angeles social and university circles were united last Friday evening when Miss Adah Yale KleinSmid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. KleinSmid of Beverly Hills, became the bride of Morton Howard Marr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Marr."

On September 5, 1929, an article appeared in the Local Simi Valley newspaper which showed that the oil drilling activity in the Tapo Canyon and MarrLand areas also included the Richfield Oil Company of California, in addition to the Shell Oil Company.

On October 29, 1929, The Stock Market Crashes

On October 30, 1929, the 2 large signs measuring 10 feet x 12 feet which advertised the "MarrLand Estates" and the other 2 signs measuring  30 feet x 40 feet with paintings of the MarrLand Country Club and placed on the MarrLand property by Howard Marr, were allegedly destroyed and damaged by Mrs. Lester C. Reed, Lester C. Reed Jr., Cecil Reed, Vernon Reed, Tom Cannell, Jackie Willard, Robert Stark, Lewis Stark and others. As a result of the acts of these persons Howard Marr filed a Civil Action on January 13, 1930, for damages.

In December of 1929, a  "Sales Map" of the MarrLand Subdivision was created by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company for The Howard Marr Organization, Inc. This "Sales Map" was used to show prospective purchasers of the MarrLand Cabin Lots, the benefits, recreational uses and recreational features of the MarrLand property. The "Sales Map" identified the locations of the "Real Estate Tract office", "Park Sites", "Archery Site", "Stables", "Tennis Court", "Country Club and Clubhouse area" and all of the mapped roads with their assigned names. The assigned and mapped road names of the MarrLand Subdivision were as follows; Alta Drive, Alta Loma Drive, Arroyo Drive, Arthume, Canyon View Drive, Country Club Drive, Crown Hill Court, Edge Cliff Drive, Fern Drive, Gilbert lane, Hanna Lane, Hillcrest Drive, Howard Ave, Howard Court, Howard Drive, Hill Court, MarrLand Boulevard, Mesa Drive, Pardee Road, Park View Road, Plaza Court, Radio Lane, Revere Lane, Ridge Court, Ridge Road, Robin Road, Shick Lane, Sycamore Court, Sycamore Drive, Valley Vista Court, Verdemont Road.

In Court Transcripts from 1939, Howard Marr explains how in 1929 he attempted to sell his Stock in the Marr Estates, Inc. Corporation in order to obtain additional capital for more improvements and buildings for his various projects. Howard Marr also states that at first, his other corporation the Howard Marr Organization, Inc., tried to sell the MarrLand Cabin Lots by offering each purchaser with one share of the Preferred Stock. This attempt by Howard Marr to sell the MarrLand Cabin Lots wasn't very successful so Howard Marr decided to hire a Stock Broker to sell both the stocks and the lots on an installment payment plan. The Stock Broker Howard Marr had hired ran off with Howard Marr's money and Howard Marr was forced to try and recover his outstanding stocks between 1933 & 1934 by trading the MarrLand Cabin Lots for the stocks. Howard Marr states that at this time, in 1929, he had sold approximately 600 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots.

1930

On January 20, 1930, the Shell Oil Company surrendered their Oil and Gas lease on the MarrLand property. Howard Marr states in Court Transcripts from 1939 that the Shell Oil Company only drilled one well on the MarrLand property which they "spoiled" and then gave up their lease.

By January 24, 1930, Howard Marr still owed Abram Fitkin of Fitkin and Company $50,000.00 for the MarrLand property. As a result of this outstanding debt Abram Fitkin started Foreclosure proceedings on the Mortgage he held on the MarrLand property. On January 27, 1930, Abram Fitkin of Fitkin and Company recorded a Lis Pendens against the MarrLand property. Definition of Lis Pendens: A recorded legal document giving constructive notice that an action affecting a particular property has been filed in either a state or a federal court).

On February 12, 1930, and being unable to pay for the numerous Lots he had agreed to purchase on April 28, 1928, from the "Loomis and Funk Kadota Fig Farms Subdivision Number 6", Howard Marr was forced to Quitclaim back all of the Lots to "Loomis and Funk.".

On February 15, 1930, Marr Estates, Inc. convinced the Richfield Oil Company of California to take over the old Shell Oil Company's Oil and Gas Lease on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property. In exchange for this lease the Richfield Oil Company also gave Howard Marr a bonus of $25,000.00 and a loan of $40,000.00 secured by a Mortgage on the MarrLand property.

On February 20, 1930, using the Bonus money Howard Marr received from the Richfield Oil Company of California for the Oil and Gas Lease on the MarrLand property and the Loan money, Howard Marr was able to pay off the Mortgage held by Abram Fitkin on the MarrLand property and stop the Foreclosure proceedings. After being fully paid, Abram Fitkin recorded a "Release" of the Mortgage he had held on the MarrLand property.

On March 18, 1930, Marr Estates, Inc. changed their name from Marr Estates, Inc. to Marr Estates, Ltd. By this time Howard Marr's Wife, Annie S. Marr, had already resigned from Marr Estates, Inc. as their Secretary. Howard Marr was the President and H. E. Johnson was now named as the Secretary of Marr Estates, Ltd. The Directors of Marr Estates, Ltd. were Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and their Daughter Edith Louise Marr (Neff). The Articles of Incorporation for Marr Estates, Ltd. were now changed in order to allow Resolutions of the Corporation to be passed based on the vote of at least the majority of the shareholders of the issued and outstanding shares of stocks. Obviously this was meant to provide ultimate decision power to the Directors of Marr Estates, Ltd., who were the majority shareholders. According to the Amended Articles of Incorporation for Marr Estates, Ltd., 14,454 shares of the 24,000 shares of the Preferred stock remained in the corporation and 9,546 shares had been issued or where outstanding, 6,000 shares of the 24,000 shares of the  Common stock remained in the corporation and 18,000 shares had been issued or where outstanding. Prior to this date, on March 22, 1929, when the Articles of Incorporation were Amended for Marr Estates, Inc., Howard Marr was issued 4,800 shares of the Preferred stocks out of the 24,000 shares and 17,998 shares of the Common stock out of the 24,000 shares.

On April 4, 1930, the Fifth and final map of MarrLand entitled "MarrLand Unit No. B" was recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County. As was the case with the previous maps, this map was dated February 1929, and was also surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company.

On May 22, 1930, an article was published in the Local Simi Valley newspaper stating that the Moorpark Union High School Alumni were going to hold a dinner party at the MarrLand Country Club on May 24, 1930.

In addition to Water, Gas, Electricity and Telephones, the 5 MarrLand Tracts of Single Family Home Lots also contained a number of Water Wells, Pump Houses, a Reservoir, Water Tanks, and an Oil Station.

Lot 11, Block 21 - Reservoir

Lot 11, Block 15A - Oil Station

Lot 16, Block 15A - Pump House

Lots 2 & 3, Block 16A - Well

Lot 6, Block 16A - Well

Lot 25, Block 17 - Well

Lot 91, Block 11 - Water Tank

Lot 34, 35 & 36, Block 1 - Water Tank

On May 29, 1930, an article was published in the Local Simi Valley newspaper announcing Howard Marr's proposed "Casino Mexicano" in Santa Susana off of Tapo Street south of Los Angeles Ave. This project of Howard Marr's was intended to provide a "Mexican Country Club, Club House and Sports Field" for the Mexican and less affluent people of the Simi Valley. During this segregated time, Persons of Mexican or Hispanic ancestry and dark skinned people were not permitted to purchase certain land. Howard Marr also had these types of segregated restrictions imposed on buyers of  the MarrLand Cabin Lots. The "Casino Mexicano" was Howard Marr's attempt at creating a Mexican Colony of Mexican people in the Simi Valley with a location for their social and recreational use.
(Definitions: (1) Casino Mexicano: A Mexican Club House, (2) Club Campestre: Country Club, (3) Campos Deportivos: Sports Field)

In June of 1930, Howard Marr hired Aurelio Miramontes, Miguel Tapia and Gilbert Isais to work as unlicensed real estate salesmen for the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. in order to sell Howard Marr's Santa Susana property (Casino Mexicano) to Spanish speaking persons. Howard Marr also hired a man by the name of Mr. Horcasitas to act as the Santa Susana Tract Manager.

On June 24, 1930, Howard Marr's Son, Morton Howard Marr and his Wife Adah Yale Marr had a baby Son they named Ray Howard Marr.

On June 28, 1930, Ray P. Farrell of Oxnard signed an agreement with  Marr Estates, Ltd. to provide the installation of the electrical and lighting for the "Casino Mexicano." This agreement was eventually approved and signed by David R. Mortera (an associate of Howard Marr's and the Architect for Casino Mexicano) on August 20, 1930.

On July 15, 1930,  with Howard Marr's consent, Bert E. Gamble and the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank entered into a contract to purchase the 10.949 acre Santa Susana property which contained the "Casino Mexicano" building.

On July 15, 1930,  with Howard Marr's consent, Bert E. Gamble (Bert E. Gamble is the Son In Law of Howard Marr) and the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank entered into a contract to purchase the 10.949 acre Santa Susana property which contained the "Casino Mexicano" building.

On July 15, 1930, Marr Estates, Ltd. entered into an agreement through his real estate salesmen, Aurelio Miramontes, Miguel Tapia and Gilbert Isais,  with A. Rubio and Mrs. A. Rubio of Camarillo, for the sale of the 2 story "Crinklaw Building" located on  Lot 9 in Block 4 of the "Amended Map of the Town of Santa Susana" for $25,000.00. It was agreed that the Rubios would pay $2,500.00 as a down payment and make monthly installment payments on the balance at $100.00 per month. The Lot which the Rubios wanted to purchase contained a 2 story building on it (the Crinklaw building) of which the bottom floor was being leased by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Manuel Alvarez for a grocery store. The bottom floor also was being used by the organization known as "Casino De Mexicano." The upper floor was being used as a boarding house. On July 22, 1930, A. Rubio paid Marr Estates, Ltd. $500.00 towards the down payment of $2,500.00. On July 24, 1930, A. Rubio paid an additional $1,300.00 to Marr Estates, Ltd. and another $300.00 in October of 1930 towards the down payment of $2,500.00. Shortly after these payments were made to Marr Estates, Ltd., A. Rubio demanded a return of all his money and rescinded the agreement he had with Marr Estates, Ltd. because Marr Estates, Ltd. failed to comply with the terms of the agreement which included giving up possession of the building to A. Rubio and having the building vacated by all of the tenants who were leasing from Marr Estates, Ltd. A. Rubio was forced to file a Civil Lawsuit in November of 1930, against Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. and eventually prevailed and received a judgment on March 4, 1932, for the return of all his money and a rescission of the purchase agreement.

On September 20, 1930, Ray P. Farrell completed the installation of the electrical and lighting for the "Casino Mexicano" and billed Marr Estates, Ltd. $486.44 for the job. On September 23, 1930, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. posted a Notice of Non-Responsibility on the 10.949 acre Santa Susana property which contained the "Casino Mexicano", in his attempt to avoid paying Ray P. Farrell for the work he had done. The Notice of Non-Responsibility also identified Bert E. Gamble as the person who was now under a contract to purchase the Santa Susana property from the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank who was the holder of title to the property in the Subdivision Trust Indenture, Number 5795. On September 26, 1930, the contract to purchase the 10.949 acre Santa Susana property which had been entered into between Bert E. Gamble and the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank on July 15, 1930, was recorded. On September 26, 1930, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. recorded the Notice of Non-Responsibility for the "Casino Mexicano" work. The Court later determined that this Notice of Non-Responsibility was invalid.

On September 30, 1930, Howard Marr attempted to defraud his Attorney, George C. Johnson, by trying to sell him an undivided 1/2 interest in an Oil and Gas Lease covering 800 acres in the Lopez/Kagel Canyon area of Los Angeles for the sum of $3,000.00. George C. Johnson was convinced by Howard Marr and paid Howard Marr $3,000.00 for the Oil and Gas Lease. These 800 acres were actually owned by the Government and were part of the National Forrest Land. George C. Johnson later stopped acting as Howard Marr's Attorney and filed a Civil Lawsuit against Howard Marr for fraud. On October 6, 1930, Howard Marr recorded the Oil and Gas Lease he had with his Attorney George C. Johnson which covered 800 acres in the Lopez/Kagel Canyon area of Los Angeles.

On November 21, 1930, Aurelio Miramontes, Miguel Tapia and Gilbert Isais who had worked as unlicensed real estate salesmen for Howard Marr's corporation, the Howard Marr Organization, Inc., filed a Complaint against Howard Marr, the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. and Alfred Graydon Neff (Howard Marr's Brother In Law) with the Real Estate Commissioner of the State of California because Howard Marr refused to pay them their commissions on the sales they made for the Santa Susana property and because there were acts of fraud by Howard Marr, the Howard Marr Organization, Inc. and Alfred Graydon Neff against purchasers of the Santa Susana property.

On November 28, 1930, Howard Marr's surveyor, Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company, filed a Mechanic's Lien against Marr Estates, Ltd. on the MarrLand Subdivision property because Howard Marr still owed him $2,010.38 and refused to pay him for the surveying work he had done.

On December 1, 1930, Marr Estates, Inc. provided the Southern California Edison Company, Ltd. with a "Right Of Way" over the MarrLand Subdivision property. At this time Marr Estates, Inc. no longer existed because it had been changed to Marr Estates, Ltd. on March 18, 1930.

1931

On February 18, 1931, Ray P. Farrell was forced to file a Notice of Lien on the 10.949 acre Santa Susana property where the "Casino Mexicano" was located because he still had not been paid for his work.

On February 18, 1931, the Mechanic's Lien filed by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company against Marr Estates, Ltd. on November 28, 1930, is released.

On March 9, 1931, Howard Marr's Attorney, George C. Johnson, discovered that Howard Marr didn't have any right to lease him the 800 acres in Lopez/Kragel Canyon. On March 23, 1931, Howard Marr's Attorney, George C. Johnson, filed a Civil Lawsuit against Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. for Fraud and Deceit and for the money he was owed and requested damages in the amount of $4,500.00. George C. Johnson also alleges in his Civil Lawsuit that "all of the Corporations and names used by Howard Marr and Annie S. Marr are used for the express purpose of concealing their personal assets." and also alleges that Howard Marr and Annie S. Marr stated to him that "Howard Marr had been and was a prominent real estate and oil operator and was a man of great means and owned Marr Estates, Ltd. and that they were financially responsible and in good credit and were worth between $5,000,000.00 and $10,000,000.00" and further alleges that "Howard Marr owned a large oil field covering several thousand acres of land at MarrLand in Simi Valley that had been leased by him with a cash bonus of $80,000.00 to the large oil companies that were drilling said lands and producing oil there from; and that said $80,000.00 cash bonus had been turned over by Howard Marr to Annie S. Marr in her personal name."  In the case of George C. Johnson vs. Howard Marr, et al., the Honorable Judge Robert Dunlap entered his Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law and entered a Judgment on April 20, 1933, against Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd.

On April 20, 1931, the map entitled "Club View Addition to Santa Susana"  was recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Ventura County. This map was dated "April 1931" and was also surveyed and mapped by Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company.

On May 14, 1931, a Judgment was entered by default in favor of George C. Johnson against Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. in the amount of $4,903.82. On May 18, 1931, an "Abstract Judgment" was issued against the properties of Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. for George C. Johnson in the amount of $4,903.82. On May 28, 1931, an Order setting aside the default Judgment entered against Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. in the amount of $4,903.82 in the case of George C. Johnson vs. Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. was made. Howard Marr had previously failed to Answer the Lawsuit in a timely manner resulting in a default Judgment, and was provided an opportunity to Answer. This Lawsuit was later heard, with Howard Marr's Answer, resulting in the same Judgment against Howard Marr.

On June 16, 1931, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd., transferred by Corporation Grant Deed, Lot 4 in Block 9 of "MarrLand", Unit No. "1" to Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh. Gerald Leonard Haigh had been hired by Howard Marr in 1928 to assist with the construction activities on MarrLand and later acted as a "Caretaker" of MarrLand. Gerald Leonard Haigh also authored the local book "Straw Roads" for the Simi Valley Historical Society. This MarrLand Cabin Lot is the first Marrland parcel of land involved in Howard Marr's Insurance Fraud Scheme. As a result of Howard Marr's Fraudulent acts a majority of the MarrLand property was then transferred to Howard Marr's Son Morton Marr, which eventually resulted in the recording of the present Re-Subdivision Map and illegal Re-Subdivision to acreage of the MarrLand Subdivision.

On June 16, 1931, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. and his Daughter Natalie Ann Gamble recorded a Bogus Deed of Trust on Gerald Leonard and Annie Ophelia Haigh's MarrLand Cabin Lot to secure a Bogus promissory note in the amount of $2,000.00 for the purchase of the MarrLand Cabin Lot. This Bogus Trust Deed was later transferred and assigned to the Eureka Casualty Company in connection with Howard Marr's Insurance Fraud Scheme in which Howard Marr "Rented"  Bogus Trust Deeds placed on the MarrLand property to numerous Insurance Companies in an elaborate attempt to defraud the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California. These acts were designed to convince the Insurance Commissioner that certain Insurance Companies were financially solvent and also in order to provide Howard Marr with a means of an income from the MarrLand property. Notice how the price of this MarrLand Cabin Lot mysteriously rose in price to $2,000.00 when compared to a similar MarrLand Cabin Lot which was sold to Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company on February 1, 1929 for only $560.00. On September 8, 1931, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. transfers and assigns the Bogus Deed of Trust on Gerald Leonard and Annie Ophelia Haigh's MarrLand Cabin Lot to the Eureka Casualty Company, but the transfer and assignment is not recorded until July 22, 1940, and is recorded by Insurance Commissioner A. Caminetti, Jr. in an effort to clean up the paperwork. Bert E. Gamble, Son In Law of Howard Marr, is the Notary Public and this Assignment of the Deed of Trust wasn't recorded until July 22, 1940, and was recorded by the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California.

On July 16, 1931, a Judgment was entered in favor of B & B Construction Company against Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. in the amount of $895.67, in the case of Homer Bonebrake, etc. vs. Marr Estates, Ltd.

On October 5, 1931, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. provided his Son-In-Law, Bert E. Gamble, with the Option of purchasing several hundred of the MarrLand Cabin Lots and Acreage of the MarrLand property at $100.00 per MarrLand Cabin Lot and $50.00 per acre of the MarrLand property. This Option would only remain in effect if Bert E. Gamble sold at least 25 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots at $100.00 each and some Acreage of the MarrLand property at $50.00 per acre, every 6 months. Or in lieu of the sales, Bert E. Gamble assigned to Marr Estates, Ltd. Contracts of Purchases and sales with 20% down payments.

On October 23, 1931, Marr Estates, Ltd. issues a Corporation Grant Deed to E. A. Ayers for some Chivo Canyon MarrLand Cabin Lots 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, and 19 in Block 25 of MarrLand Unit No. 3. The Corporation Grant Deed also states "the purchaser shall be entitled to receive all royalties accruing from the Oil and Gas produced on the herein described premises."

1932

By February of 1932, the lawsuits against Howard Marr and the expense of fighting them were amounting to thousands of dollars. Howard Marr's ultimate plan was to try and protect all of the un-subdivided acreage of the MarrLand property from any current or future lawsuits or Court Judgments and still have a way of receiving some type of an income from the MarrLand property. Howard Marr had already been somewhat successful in receiving "rental" money from the Insurance Companies on the Gerald Leonard and Annie Ophelia Haigh MarrLand Cabin Lot, other MarrLand properties, and by hiding his ownership interest to his properties under Family Member's names and under Bogus Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Deed of Trusts.

Out of desperation Howard Marr designed and devised an elaborate plan with his Son Morton H. Marr in an attempt to hold on to most of the remaining MarrLand property. Howard Marr came up with a creative idea and a possible way that he would be able to save the MarrLand property from any additional and future Court Judgments or Foreclosures, even if his fraudulent Insurance Company "rental" scam was discovered. Knowing that even bigger financial troubles were brewing just below the surface certain acts needed to be put in place. Howard Marr already knew from past experiences that all of the properties were in jeopardy of being lost. Being the business man that he was, Howard Marr had already pre-arranged an agreement with his Son Morton H. Marr using Bogus Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Deed of Trusts intentionally placed on the MarrLand property, so as to create a burden and encumbrance on the land. Using this creative method, and when approached with lawsuits, Howard Marr was successful in being able to show that his Son Morton H. Marr had a primary ownership interest in the MarrLand property and above those of Howard Marr, Marr Estates, the Insurance Company's Bogus Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Deed of Trusts. Therefore, Howard Marr dodged lawsuits by merely stating that he held a subordinate position of ownership. This elaborate plan basically consisted of funds from Howard Marr (Marr Estates, Ltd.) being transferred into his Son Morton H. Marr's name, then checks, Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Trust Deeds, Powers of Attorneys, a Fake and Dummy Corporation, a Fake person and the numerous Insurance Companies would be used to try and convince the Court that Morton H. Marr had previously held a primary ownership interest in the MarrLand property above those of Howard Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies. It was alleged that Howard Marr, without authorization or knowledge from his Son Morton H. Marr, released Morton H. Marr's ownership interest in the MarrLand property and fraudulently conveyed his Son Morton H. Marr's ownership interest in the MarrLand property to the numerous Insurance Companies using Bogus Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Trust Deeds placed on the MarrLand property. In effect, this pre-planned idea was intended to portray Howard Marr as the "bad guy" and his Son Morton H. Marr as the innocent and unknowing "good guy" that was taken advantage of by his father. The numerous Insurance Companies would have nothing to lose, because from the start of this scam they never at any time had any real ownership interest in the MarrLand property under the numerous Bogus Promissory Notes, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Trust Deeds which had been placed on the MarrLand property. The entire scam was merely intended to defraud the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California as a means of preventing the Insurance Companies from being closed down for being insolvent and in return for Howard Marr's assistance he would receive a monthly "rental fee" from them.

REMINDER: In 1920 it was alleged that Howard and Morton Marr, father and son, together embezzled funds from the Andrews Petroleum Company. In 1924 Morton H. (Pat) Marr was convicted and sentenced to a 5 year term for fraud. The father and son plan involving the saving of the MarrLand property appears to be supported.

On February 1, 1932, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. recorded a Notice of Non-Responsibility on the MarrLand Club House. Howard Marr states that Marr Estates, Ltd. made a House Lease to the MarrLand Country Club, Ltd. on February 1, 1932, and then Leased it to William Crawford. Howard Marr further states that Alterations and Building Operations are now being prosecuted under the Lease on the MarrLand Club House property and that Marr Estates, Ltd. is not responsible for any labor or materials connected with the operations, alterations, construction or improvements. The Notice of Non-Responsibility is signed on May 2, 1932, and recorded on May 21, 1932, and Notarized by Howard Marr's Son In Law, Bert E. Gamble.

On February 4, 1932, an Abstract of Judgment was issued in the case of Homer Bonebrake, etc. vs. Marr Estates, Ltd., because Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. had failed to pay Homer Bonebrake of B & B Construction Company the $895.67 Judgment he was owed and which had been entered on July 16, 1931. Homer Bonebrake was identified as one of the Directors of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company in their Articles of Incorporation on April 12, 1927. The Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company was the surveying company for the MarrLand property.

Howard Marr's elaborate Insurance Company "rental" scam began on February 25, 1932, when a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $123,256.00 was made out by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr. This Bogus Promissory Note was later secured by a Bogus Mortgage on the MarrLand property in favor of Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr.

On March 4, 1932, a Judgment in the amount of $2,400.00 and involving the Santa Susana property containing the "Crinklaw" building was finally entered against Marr Estates, Ltd. in the case of A. Rubio vs. Marr Estates, Ltd.

On March 5, 1932, a Judgment was entered against Marr Estates, Ltd. in the case of C. V. Caldwell vs. Marr Estates, Ltd. in the amount of $75.00. This Judgment was recorded on June 7, 1932.

By April of 1932, the Richfield Oil Company of California had already gone into receivership and various oil pumpers had sublet their Lease. They finally gave up the Oil and Gas Lease they had on the MarrLand property, which was previously held by the Shell Oil Company Oil.

On April 19, 1932, Marr Estates, Ltd. entered into an Oil and Gas Lease on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property with Charles Anderson and Hoxie Anderson. This Oil and Gas Lease provided Marr Estates, Ltd. with the use of the MarrLand property for "agricultural, horticultural, cattle grazing and other purposes" and also provided Marr Estates, Ltd. with a 1/8 Oil Royalty and the right of Marr Estates, Ltd. "to use any of the water or gas developed for use in the MarrLand Club House, Camp buildings, and out-buildings and in the operation of pumping plants on water wells." There was also a restriction on how close the well drilling operation could come to the MarrLand Club House. In Court transcripts from 1939, Howard Marr explains how he met the Anderson Brothers through a man with the Richfield Oil Company and how the Oil Royalties from the Anderson Oil and Gas Lease were used to pay the property taxes on the MarrLand property using a "Special arrangement" with the County of Ventura. This Oil and Gas Lease was later Assigned to Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr.

On April 25, 1932, a Bogus Mortgage was intended to be placed on 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property by Marr Estates, Ltd. and provided to Morton H. Marr. This Bogus Mortgage was to secure the Bogus Promissory Note made by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Morton H. Marr in the amount of $123,256.00. This Bogus Mortgage also included the west and north west portions of "MarrLand Unit No. 2." which had not yet been subdivided into Cabin Lots. Unfortunately, an error was made in the Legal Descriptions to the portion of the MarrLand Subdivision that was suppose to be "Excepted" from this Bogus Mortgage. The next day on April 26, 1932, Howard Marr tried to correct the error in the Legal Descriptions by creating another Bogus Mortgage from Marr Estates, Inc. to Howard Marr, and this time the Promissory Note amount was also changed. This Bogus Mortgage was later recorded on May 21, 1932. A 768.106 acre portion of the 883.33 Acre MarrLand Subdivision was not included in this Bogus Mortgage.

On April 26, 1932, a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $103,299.00 was made out by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Howard Marr. And on this same day another Bogus Mortgage was placed on the 2,017.714 acre portion of the MarrLand property as the Bogus Mortgage of April 25, 1932. This Bogus Mortgage also corrected the error in the Legal Descriptions contained in the April 25, 1932, Bogus Mortgage. This Bogus Mortgage of April 26, 1932, was placed on 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property by Marr Estates, Ltd. and provided to Howard Marr to secure the Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $103,299.00. This Bogus Mortgage was recorded on July 7, 1932, and was later assigned on October 26, 1932, to Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr. This Bogus Promissory Note was signed by Alfred Graydon Neff, Howard Marr's Son-In-Law and Vice President of Marr Estates, Ltd. and also signed by M. R. Dickson, Howard Marr's Notary Public and Secretary of Marr Estates, Ltd.

On May 14, 1932, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. and Charles and Hoxie Anderson Amended the Oil and Gas Lease to eliminate the requirement of drilling on certain MarrLand Cabin Lots, prohibit the drilling of any wells within certain distances from the MarrLand Club House, require the payment of taxes on certain MarrLand Cabin Lots and MarrLand property and to allow the "Andersons" to use the Oil Royalties to pay certain property taxes on the MarrLand property.

On May 16, 1932, Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr gave Howard Marr a Power of Attorney which enabled Howard Marr to release Morton H. Marr's Bogus Mortgage of April 25, 1932, on the 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property and later use the MarrLand property to assist himself and the various Insurance Companies in his fraudulent scheme. This Power of Attorney was recorded by Howard Marr on June 11, 1932.

On May 18, 1932, a Judgment in the amount of $486.44 was entered against Marr Estates, Ltd. involving the "Casino Mexicano" work in the case of Ray P. Farrell vs. Marr Estates, Ltd.

On May 21, 1932, the Bogus Mortgage of April 25, 1932, which was placed on the 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property by Marr Estates, Ltd. and provided to Morton H. Marr to secure the Bogus Promissory Note made by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Morton H. Marr in the amount of $123,256.00 was recorded.

On May 23, 1932, a Writ of Attachment was issued in a Court Judgment in the amount of $1,108.20 in favor of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. in the case of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. vs. Marr Estates, Ltd. and Howard Marr. This Attachment to secure the Judgment amount of $1,108.20 was placed on all 5 of the MarrLand Subdivision Units and was recorded and made by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on May 27, 1932.

On May 23, 1932, another Writ of Attachment was issued in another Court Judgment in the amount of $1,960.00 also in favor of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. in the case of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. vs. Marr Estates, Ltd. and Howard Marr. This Attachment to secure the Judgment amount of $1,960.00 was also placed on all 5 of the MarrLand Subdivision Units and was also recorded and made by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on May 27, 1932.

On May 24, 1932, the Oil and Gas Royalties from the "Anderson's" Oil and Gas Lease was Assigned to Howard Marr by Marr Estates, Ltd. for the purpose of securing the Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $103,299.00 which had been made out by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Howard Marr on April 26, 1932. This Assignment of the Oil and Gas Royalties was recorded on July 7, 1932.

On May 27, 1932, the 2 Writ of Attachments of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. against Marr Estates, Ltd. and Howard Marr totaling $3,068.20, were recorded.

By June 6, 1932, Marr Estates, Ltd. had hired William Crawford, Gus Piccard, Richard Elgin and others to construct 7 "Cabin Bungalows" on the MarrLand Subdivision just east of the MarrLand Club House and near the MarrLand Tennis Court (north of the Simi Hills Golf Course). Six of these Cabin Bungalows measured 12 feet x 14 feet and one measured 14 feet x 24 feet.

On June 11, 1932, Morton H. Marr's Power of Attorney which was given to Howard Marr on May 16, 1932, was recorded.

On July 1, 1932, Bert E. Gamble (Howard Marr's Son-In Law) and Natalie Ann Gamble (Howard Marr's Daughter) gave Howard Marr a Power of Attorney. This Power of Attorney wasn't recorded until August 10, 1936, and was recorded by Howard Marr. This Power of Attorney was Notarized in Dallas, Texas on July 1, 1932, for Bert E. Gamble and was Notarized by M. R. Dickson (Secretary of Marr Estates, Ltd.) on July 15, 1932, in Los Angeles, California for Natalie Ann Gamble.

On August 4, 1932, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article which stated that the "Anderson" wildcat oil well "Marr No. 1" was showing "streaks of oil" at 1,750 feet.

On August 24, 1932, Alfred Graydon Neff (Howard Marr's Son-In-Law) signed an Affidavit which stated that William Crawford, Gus Piccard, Richard Elgin and others threatened to take down and remove the 7 "Cabin Bungalows" they had just constructed on the MarrLand Subdivision. On August 26, 1932, Marr Estates, Ltd. filed an Injunction against William Crawford, Gus Piccard, Richard Elgin and others to prevent them from taking down and removing the 7 "Cabin Bungalows" they had constructed on the MarrLand Subdivision. Apparently Howard Marr had failed to pay these men for their work so they threatened to remove the 7 "Cabin Bungalows" from the MarrLand Subdivision. On September 12, 1932, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. posted a $1,500.00 bond and received a Temporary Restraining Order against William Crawford, Gus Piccard, Richard Elgin and others to prevent them from taking down and removing the 7 "Cabin Bungalows" they had constructed on the MarrLand Subdivision.

On September 12, 1932, Howard Marr made a Partial Release of 4 Parcels totaling 660 acres of the Bogus Mortgage of April 26, 1932, which had been provided to Howard Marr by Marr Estates, Ltd. and which had been placed on 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property to secure the Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $103,299.00. This Partial Release of the Bogus Mortgage was recorded on September 16, 1932, and was Notarized by Jere G. Hille (an associate with the Insurance Companies). This fraudulent scam worked before on a smaller scale with the Haigh lot and Howard Marr decided it was time to expand and involve more properties and more Insurance Companies.

The actual intention behind this fraudulent scam was to provide some recorded documentation that showed or indicated that the Insurance Companies held interests in some tangible assets, so as to appear solvent to the Insurance Commissioner and avoid being shut down. In exchange for this favor a "Rental Fee" for providing these recorded documents would be paid by the various Insurance Companies to Howard Marr.

On September 15, 1932, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed the 4 Parcels totaling 660 acres of the Bogus Mortgage of April 26, 1932, to a fake person named "Jesse Grant Neff." This conveyance was recorded on September 16, 1932, and was also Notarized by Jere G. Hille. On September 15, 1932, A Bogus Deed of Trust was placed on a portion of the MarrLand property. This Bogus Deed of Trust was made between the fake person "Jesse Grant Neff", as Trustor, National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee, and Marr Estates, Ltd., as Beneficiary. This Bogus Deed of Trust was later assigned to General Insurance Securities, Ltd., Belt Underwriters, Inc. and Belt Fire Insurance Company. On September 15, 1932, A Bogus Deed of Trust was placed on another portion of the MarrLand property. This Bogus Deed of Trust was also made between the fake person "Jesse Grant Neff", as Trustor, National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee, and Marr Estates, Ltd., as Beneficiary. This Bogus Deed of Trust was later assigned to General Insurance Securities, Ltd., and Belt Fire Insurance Company. This Bogus Deed of Trust was made for the purpose of securing a non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $62,000.00. This Bogus Deed of Trust was recorded on September 16, 1932, and was also Notarized by Jere G. Hille. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $62,000.00 was assigned by Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. to General Insurance Securities, Ltd. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $62,000.00 was assigned by General Insurance Securities, Ltd. to Belt Fire Insurance Company. On September 15, 1932, A Bogus Deed of Trust was placed on another portion of the MarrLand property. This Bogus Deed of Trust was made between the fake person "Jesse Grant Neff", as Trustor, National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee, and Marr Estates, Ltd., as Beneficiary. This Bogus Deed of Trust was later assigned to General Insurance Securities, Ltd., Belt Underwriters, Inc. and Belt Fire Insurance Company. This Bogus Deed of Trust was made for the purpose of securing a non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $27,000.00. This Bogus Deed of Trust was recorded on September 16, 1932, and was also Notarized by Jere G. Hille. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $27,000.00 was assigned by Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. to General Insurance Securities, Ltd. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $27,000.00 was assigned by General Insurance Securities, Ltd. to Belt Underwriters, Inc. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $27,000.00 was assigned by Belt Underwriters, Inc. to Belt Fire Insurance Company. On September 15, 1932, A Bogus Deed of Trust was placed on another portion of the MarrLand property. This Bogus Deed of Trust was also made between the fake person "Jesse Grant Neff", as Trustor, National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee, and Marr Estates, Ltd., as Beneficiary. This Bogus Deed of Trust was later assigned to General Insurance Securities, Ltd., Belt Underwriters, Inc., Belt Casualty Insurance, Inc. and Belt Fire Insurance Company. This Bogus Deed of Trust was made for the purpose of securing a non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $18,000.00. This Deed of Trust was recorded on September 16, 1932, and was also Notarized by Jere G. Hille. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $18,000.00 was assigned by Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. to General Insurance Securities, Inc. On September 15, 1932, the Bogus Deed of Trust which had been placed on a portion of the MarrLand property to secure the non-existent and Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $18,000.00 was assigned by General Insurance Securities, Inc. to Belt Underwriters, Inc. On September 16, 1932, the fake person named "Jesse Grant Neff" conveyed portions of the MarrLand property to Marr Estates, Ltd. This conveyance was recorded on September 24, 1932, and was also Notarized by Jere G. Hille.

On October 1, 1932, another Bogus Mortgage was placed on the MarrLand property by Marr Estates, Ltd. and provided to Morton H. Marr. This Bogus Mortgage was intended to secure the Bogus Promissory Note made by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Morton H. Marr in the amount of $123,256.00. This Bogus Mortgage was later recorded on January 4, 1933.

On November 21, 1932, a Grant Deed to MarrLand Cabin Lot 18 in Block 57 of MarrLand Unit No. 2 was made by Howard Marr, as Attorney in Fact for Bert E. Gamble (Howard Marr's Son-In-Law) and Natalie Ann Gamble (Howard Marr's Daughter) to the fake person named "Jesse Grant Neff." This Grant Deed was recorded on November 30, 1932, by the fake person named "Jesse Grant Neff." Howard Marr used the Power of Attorney he was provided by Bert E. Gamble and Natalie Ann Gamble on July 1, 1932. This Power of Attorney wasn't recorded until August 10, 1936, when it was recorded by Howard Marr.

By December 30, 1932, Howard Marr had run into problems trying to release more portions of the Bogus Mortgage on the MarrLand property for the additional acreage he wanted to use in his Insurance Company scam. Howard Marr then contacted his Son Morton Marr and requested a new Power of Attorney.

On December 31, 1932, Howard Marr made another Partial Release of the Bogus Mortgage. This Partial Release of the Bogus Mortgage was recorded on January 5, 1933.

1933

On January 2, 1933, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. gave George R. Hale a Bogus Chattel Mortgage on the contents of his Los Angeles Office Furniture and the MarrLand Club House Furniture and Miscellaneous items. This Bogus Chattel Mortgage was used for the purpose of securing a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $5,400.00. George R. Hale was identified in the Local Simi Valley newspaper on June 27, 1929, as one of the Santa Susana Chamber of Commerce Members, along with Howard Marr.

Per Howard Marr's previous request, on January 9, 1933, Howard Marr's Son Morton H. Marr signed a "General Power of Attorney" and sent it to his Father Howard Marr. This "General Power of Attorney" was recorded on January 20, 1933. After receiving Morton H. Marr's "General Power of Attorney", Howard Marr recorded another Partial Release of the Bogus Mortgage on an additional 400 acres. A Bogus Deed of Trust was then placed on the 400 acres to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $50,000.00. The Bogus Deed of Trust was then assigned and transferred to General Insurance Securities, Inc., Belt Underwriters, Inc. and Belt Casualty.

On January 20, 1933, another Bogus Mortgage was placed on the MarrLand property to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $123,256.00. This Bogus Mortgage was recorded on January 27, 1933.

On March 23, 1933, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property to George R. Hale, except for a 10 acre portion and the 5 Units of the MarrLand Subdivision. This conveyance of the MarrLand property was recorded on April 12, 1933, and was Notarized by Jere G. Hille (an associate with the Insurance Companies).

On March 29, 1933, George C. Johnson (Howard Marr's former Attorney) has a "Writ of Attachment" issued against Howard Marr's bank account in his attempt to enforce the Judgment he received against Howard Marr. This "Writ of Attachment" was one of many which were issued.

On April 12, 1933, the  2 Writ of Attachments of McKinney Blue Print Corporation, Ltd. which had been placed on the MarrLand property on May 27, 1932, were released.

By April of 1933, Howard Marr had created a Bogus Corporation named the Fourth and Spring Corporation. On April 14, 1933, the same 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property upon which the Bogus Mortgage from Marr Estates, Ltd. to Morton H. Marr was placed on April 25, 1932, was conveyed to the Bogus Corporation named the Fourth and Spring Corporation.

On April 17, 1933, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed to George R. Hale by a Corporation Grant Deed, 2 parcels and 2 easements of the MarrLand Subdivision located near the MarrLand Club House. This conveyance was recorded by Marr Estates, Ltd. on April 20, 1933.

On April 20, 1933, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed to George R. Hale by a Corporation Grant Deed, 378.03 acres of the MarrLand Subdivision located within MarrLand Unit No. 2. This conveyance was recorded by Marr Estates, Ltd. on April 26, 1933.

On May 22, 1933, George R. Hale conveyed the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by Grant Deed, except for a 10 acre portion and the 5 Units of the MarrLand Subdivision. This is the same MarrLand property George R. Hale received from Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. on March 12, 1933. This conveyance was recorded by David R. Mortera (Architect of the "Casino Mexicano"), on May 29, 1933.

On May 22, 1933, George R. Hale now conveyed to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by Grant Deed, the same 378.03 acres of the MarrLand Subdivision located within MarrLand Unit No. 2 that he had just received from Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. on April 20, 1933. This conveyance was recorded by David R. Mortera (Architect of the "Casino Mexicano"), on May 29, 1933. On May 22, 1933, George R. Hale conveyed to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by Grant Deed, the same 2 parcels and 2 easements of the MarrLand Subdivision located near the MarrLand Club House that he had just received from Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. on April 17, 1933. This conveyance was recorded by David R. Mortera, on May 29, 1933. On May 22, 1933, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by a Quitclaim Corporation Grant Deed, MarrLand Cabin Lot 59 in Block 57 of MarrLand Unit 1. This conveyance was recorded by David R. Mortera, on May 29, 1933.

As of June 28, 1933, Howard Marr was still receiving "Rental Fees" from the Insurance Companies for the Bogus Deed of Trusts. Howard Marr received $250.00 and $170.00 from Belt Underwriters, Inc.

On July 15, 1933, Howard Marr recorded a Partial Release of an additional 487.20 acres of the MarrLand property from Morton H. Marr's Bogus Mortgage of April 25, 1932, which was made in order to secure the Bogus Promissory Note made by Marr Estates, Ltd. to Morton H. Marr in the amount of $123,256.00. Morton H. Marr's Bogus Mortgage in the meantime had been conveyed by Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and then the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation had executed a Bogus Deed of Trust on the 487.20 acre MarrLand property to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $50,000.00. The $50,000.00 Bogus Promissory Note and Bogus Deed of Trust was then transferred and assigned to Crown Underwriters and the Crown Indemnity Association.

On September 15, 1933, a Bogus Mortgage was placed on 56.60 acres of the MarrLand property by the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and provided to Marr Estates, Ltd. This Bogus Mortgage was intended to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $6,717.00. This Bogus Mortgage was recorded on  and was Notarized by Jere G. Hille. This Bogus Mortgage was later transferred and assigned to Crown Underwriters, Crown Indemnity Association and W. T. Earnest. W. T. Earnest is later identified on December 28, 1937, as Morton H. Marr's Notary Public from Dallas, Texas.

On October 19, 1933, an additional 62.6 acres of the MarrLand property was released from the Bogus Mortgage and the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation then executed and recorded a Bogus Mortgage and Bogus Deed of Trust covering the 62.6 acres of the MarrLand property to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $6,717.00. The Bogus Deed of Trust and Bogus Mortgage was then assigned and transferred to Crown Underwriters and Crown Indemnity Association.

1934

On January 15, 1934, Howard Marr received $250.00 in "Rental Fees" from the Crown Indemnity Association.

On January 26, 1934, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation conveyed to Gerald Leonard and Annie Ophelia Haigh by a Corporation Grant Deed, a second MarrLand Cabin Lot. This MarrLand Cabin Lot was identified as MarrLand Lot 14 in Block 9 of MarrLand Unit No. 1. This conveyance was recorded by Gerald Haigh on June 14, 1934.

On January 31, 1934, in the Civil Action of George C. Johnson vs. Howard Marr, a "Warrant of Arrest of Judgment Debtors" is issued for the arrest of Howard Marr and Annie S. Marr for their failure to pay the Judgment they owed George C. Johnson. In the Affidavit George C. Johnson claims that Howard and Annie S. Marr own $25,000.00 in diamonds, a $100,000.00 home at 265 S. Rossmore Ave. near the Wilshire Country Club, a $500.00 Cadillac Sedan Suburban and Stocks and Bond in excess of $100,000.00.

On February 1, 1934, George C. Johnson filed a "Supplemental Affidavit" to the "Warrant of Arrest of Judgment Debtors" of January 31, 1934. In this Affidavit, George C. Johnson claims that Howard Marr has transferred more than $1,000,000.00 in assets to his Son Morton H. Marr. This statement by George C. Johnson is consistent with the allegations that Howard Marr and his Corporations were in fact attempting and succeeding in using Morton H. Marr to hide money and assets from judgments and creditors.

On February 8, 1934, an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times that stated an order in an action was given regarding the receivership of the property of Howard Marr, Annie S. Marr, and Marr Estates, Ltd.

On February 10, 1934, Howard Marr received another $250.00 in "Rental Fees" from the Crown Indemnity Association.

On March 15, 1934, and on June 5, 1934, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. provided 2 Grant Deeds to Barker Brothers, Incorporated to 6 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots, together with 12.5% of the Oil Rights. These 2 Grant Deeds would later be used to secure a Promissory Note in the amount of $418.53 made by Howard Marr and provided to Barker Brothers, Incorporated on June 7, 1934. Howard Marr's Son-In-Law Alfred Graydon Neff was also employed by Barker Brothers, Inc. On June 7, 1934, a Promissory Note in the amount of $418.53 was made by Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. and provided to Barker Brothers, Incorporated, secured by  6 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots together with 12.5% of the Oil Rights.

On July 29, 1934, the Los Angeles Times reported that Natalie Ann Neff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Graydon Neff of North Rossmore Avenue, was celebrating the 6th birthday anniversary of her granddaughter.

On September 21, 1934, Morton H. Marr assigned a Lease on the Santa Susana property to Pacific Development Company.

On September 26, 1934, an additional 397.3 acres of the MarrLand property was released from the Bogus Mortgage and the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation then executed and recorded a Bogus Mortgage and Bogus Deed of Trust covering the 397.3 acres of the MarrLand property to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $16,000.00. The Bogus Deed of Trust and Bogus Mortgage was then assigned and transferred to Crown Underwriters and Crown Indemnity Association.

On October 11, 1934, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by Quitclaim Deed, a 2.5 acre portion of parcel D near Tapo Street and a 62.742 acre portion of parcel B adjacent to Tapo Street, of the "Amended map of the Town of Santa Susana." This conveyance was recorded on February 1, 1935.

1935

On March 1, 1935, Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. conveyed to the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation by Corporation Grant Deed, all of the roadway, trail and alley easements of the MarrLand Subdivision. This conveyance was recorded by Marr Estates, Ltd. on May 29, 1935.

On December 24, 1935, a Bogus Deed of Trust made by the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and provided to John W. Cooper and Everett Gardner of the Pioneer Life Insurance Company and the Southwestern Life Insurance Company,  was placed on 11 acres of the MarrLand property containing the MarrLand Club House and on an additional 15 acres located east of the MarrLand Club House. This Bogus Deed of Trust was intended to secure a Bogus Promissory Note in the amount of $6,000.00. This Bogus Deed of Trust was recorded on January 27, 1936. This Bogus Deed of Trust and Bogus Promissory Note was later transferred and assigned to the Pioneer Life Insurance Company on December 26, 1935. On December 26, 1935, the Bogus Deed of Trust and Bogus Promissory Note made by the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and provided to John W. Cooper and Everett Gardner of the Pioneer Life Insurance Company and the Southwestern Life Insurance Company,  which had been placed on 11 acres of the MarrLand property containing the MarrLand Club House and on an additional 15 acres located east of the MarrLand Club House, was transferred and assigned to the Pioneer Life Insurance Company. This assignment and transfer of the Bogus Deed of Trust and Bogus Promissory Note was recorded on January 27, 1936.

1936

On August 12, 1936, Barker Brothers, Incorporated filed a Civil Lawsuit against Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. because Marr Estates, Ltd. failed to pay the $418.53 it was loaned on June 7, 1934. The Barker Brothers, Incorporated Lawsuit sought to Foreclose on the 6 MarrLand Cabin Lots which Howard Marr had provided as security for the Promissory Note he provided to Barker Brothers, Incorporated. On October 20, 1936, 8 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots were purchased at a Foreclosure Auction by Barker Brothers, Incorporated for the amount of $660.78.

By December of 1936, Howard Marr's Insurance Company scam was about to be discovered. Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California, began liquidation procedures for the Sierra Indemnity Company (an affiliate company of the Insurance Companies involved in Howard Marr's Insurance scam). When he went through their business records he saw that there were unpaid Promissory Notes made by Marr Estates, Ltd. to the Insurance Companies and secured by Mortgages and Deeds of Trusts placed on the MarrLand property. All of the evidence and records indicated that Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. hadn't paid a cent on the Promissory Notes, so Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California, sought to recover the assets (the MarrLand property) he believed were rightfully those of the Insurance Company. On December 11, 1936, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., believing that the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property were legitimate and real, began Foreclosure proceedings on the MarrLand property and filed a Foreclosure Lawsuit. What Mr. Carpenter didn't know, was that there would 5 more Foreclosure Lawsuits filed by the State of California over the next several years involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies. All of these Foreclosure Lawsuits would be focused on the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property. On December 21, 1936, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., filed and recorded a Notice of Lis Pendens involving the Bogus Deed of Trust, as a Mortgage, placed on the MarrLand property by the Fake person "Jesse Grant Neff" on September 15, 1932.

On December 26, 1936, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., filed Foreclosure Lawsuit # 2, regarding the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies.

1937

On January 8, 1937, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California, filed Foreclosure Lawsuit # 3, regarding the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies.

On January 12, 1937, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California, filed Foreclosure Lawsuit # 4, regarding the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies.

On March 17, 1937, Howard Marr still had not paid A. Rubio the $2,400.00 he was awarded in the Court Judgment on March 4, 1932.  A. Rubio took action to enforce the Judgment and received another Judgment which included interest and costs totaling $3,213.22.

On November 11, 1937, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about the sale of the MarrLand Country Club and 200 acres of the surrounding MarrLand property to the Leonard Realty Corporation. The name of the MarrLand Country Club was changed to "Villa De La Vista Country Club." This alleged sale was just another attempt by Howard Marr to conceal the assets of Marr Estates, Ltd. from the numerous Court Judgments entered against Howard Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd.

By December 28, 1937, 4 Foreclosure Lawsuits had already been filed by Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr. and against Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies. In response to these lawsuits Morton Marr proceeds to record a "Revocation of Power of Attorney" in his effort to protect himself. Morton Marr revoked the "Power of Attorney he had provided to Howard Marr on January 9, 1933. This "Revocation of Power of Attorney" was notarized by W. T. Earnest of Dallas, Texas and was recorded by Howard Marr's Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy.

The most compelling evidence that Morton H. Marr was fully aware, from the beginning, of his Father's Fraudulent Insurance Scam can be found on the Bogus Mortgage dated September 15, 1933, which was placed on 56.60 acres of the MarrLand property by the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and provided to Marr Estates, Ltd., and then transferred to W. T. Earnest who was Morton H. Marr's Notary Public from Dallas, Texas.

On December 30, 1937, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about the "Gala Premier Opening" of the new "Villa De La Vista Country Club" (formally known as the MarrLand Country Club). The article also mentions that Lester Reed, who is connected with Ventura County Supervisor Robert Lefever, will be illuminating the road to the Club with flares. Lester Reed was one of the persons accused of destroying and damaging 4 signs belonging to Marr Estates, Ltd. on October 30, 1929.

1938

On January 12, 1938, Morton Marr's "Revocation of Power of Attorney" is recorded.

On January 24, 1938, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation provided Morton Marr with a Bogus Mortgage on a portion of the MarrLand property to try and show security for Morton Marr's Bogus Promissory Note of April 25, 1932, in the amount of $123,256.00. This act was obviously done in response to the pending Foreclosure Lawsuits filed by Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California. This Bogus Mortgage was recorded on January 26, 1938, by Howard Marr.

On February 1, 1938, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation provided Morton Marr with a Bogus Mortgage on a 67.5 acre portion and on a 10 acre portion of the MarrLand property to try and show additional security for Morton Marr's Bogus Promissory Note of April 25, 1932, in the amount of $123,256.00. Again, this act was obviously done in response to the pending Foreclosure Lawsuits filed by Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California. This Bogus Mortgage was recorded on February 4, 1938, by Howard Marr's old Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy (now Morton Marr's Attorney).

On August 4, 1938, Samuel L. Carpenter, Jr., Insurance Commissioner of the State of California, filed Foreclosure Lawsuit # 5, regarding the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies. Up to this time, and during the next few years, several more Lawsuits would be filed. Some were filed by Morton H. Marr in his fight to save the MarrLand property and in an attempt to try and convince the Court and the Insurance Commissioner of the State of California that he had previously held a primary ownership interest in the MarrLand property above those of the Insurance Companies. The record also shows a number of inconsistent statements made by both Howard Marr and his Son Morton H. Marr regarding this issue.

On August 11, 1938, a Judgment was entered in favor of the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank against Howard Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd. in the amount of $55,807.48. The Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank was the bank which had loaned money to Howard Marr of Marr Estates, Ltd. for the purchase of the Town Site of Santa Susana and the surrounding property which contained the "Casino Mexicano."

On November 3, 1938, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about a dance the American Legion Post would be holding on "Armistice Day"  at the "MarrLand Country Club" (formally the "Villa De La Vista Country Club").

1939

On January 4, 1939, an "Abstract Judgment" was issued against the properties owned by Howard Marr in the case of F.C. Kesler and K.G. Dahlberg of Keystone Engineering Company in the amount of $259.61.

On May 3, 1939, an "Abstract Judgment" was issued against the properties owned by Howard Marr and Marr Estates, Ltd for the Citizens National Trust and Savings Bank in the amount of $55,807.48.

On June 26, 1939, another action was filed in the case of Feintech vs. Marr regarding the Bogus Mortgages, Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Promissory Notes involving the MarrLand property, Howard Marr, Morton Marr, Marr Estates, and the Insurance Companies.

On July 1, 1939, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation provided the K.C. Oil Company with a Lease on the mineral rights to several of the MarrLand Cabin Lots of the "MarrLand Unit 1" Subdivision.

On July 24, 1939, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation filed a "Notice of Non-Liability"  in connection with the mineral rights Lease they provided to the K.C. Oil Company on July 1, 1939.

On November 30, 1939, Insurance Commissioner A. Caminetti, Jr. has an had Entry of Default filed against the Fake person "Jesse Grant Neff."

1940

On May 2, 1940, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about a dance being planned by the American Legion Auxiliary at the MarrLand Country Club on May 11, 1940. The same orchestra, Satchell McVea's, that performed for the "Gala Premier Opening" of the new "Villa De La Vista Country Club" (then formally known as the MarrLand Country Club) in another article dated December 30, 1937, was the orchestra chosen to perform for the American Legion Auxiliary.

On May 3, 1940, Insurance Commissioner A. Caminetti, Jr. wrote a letter to Morton H. Marr's Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy (formally Howard Marr's Attorney), indicating that a tentative agreement had been made between himself and Morton H. Marr's Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy to compromise on the Foreclosure Lawsuits filed against Morton H. Marr's Father Howard Marr and the others.

On July 15, 1940, Natalie Ann Gamble (Howard Marr's Daughter) is discharged as the Trustee under the Bogus Deed of Trust which was placed on Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh's MarrLand Cabin Lot on June 16, 1931, in Howard Marr's Insurance scam and which was subsequently assigned and transferred to Eureka Casualty Company. On July 22, 1940, the Bogus Deed of Trust on Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh's MarrLand Cabin Lot which was transferred and assigned to the Eureka Casualty Company on September 8, 1931, was not recorded. Insurance Commissioner A. Caminetti, Jr. recorded the transfer and assignment of this Bogus Deed of Trust in an effort to clean up the paperwork. On October 28, 1940, after recording the transfer and assignment of the Bogus Deed of Trust on Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh's MarrLand Cabin Lot to Eureka Casualty Company, another "Order Discharging Trustee Under Deed of Trust and Appointing a Successor Trustee" is recorded.

On September 13, 1940, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation gave Morton H. Marr a "Quitclaim Deed" to a portion of the Santa Susana property.

By October 28, 1940, the Insurance Commissioner finally determines that all of the Deed of Trusts, Mortgages and Promissory Notes transferred and assigned to the various Insurance Companies were in fact Bogus and Fraudulent. 

Consistent with the Insurance Commissioner's letter of May 3, 1940, to Morton Marr's Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy, all of the Insurance Commissioner's Foreclosure Actions are dismissed. 

The only Actions now left pending were essentially those of Morton H. Marr's against his Father concerning his Bogus Mortgage on the MarrLand property from April 25, 1932.

Throughout the years, Morton H. Marr had filed several counter lawsuits against his Father and others in his attempt to save the MarrLand property by using his Bogus Promissory Note of February 25, 1932, in the amount of $123,256.00 and his Bogus Mortgage of April 25, 1932, which was placed on 2,017.714 acres of the MarrLand property, and argued that they had been released without his authorization or knowledge by his Father Howard Marr in connection with the Insurance Scam. A part of the 2,017.714 acres also included portions of the MarrLand Subdivision of the MarrLand property within the boundaries of MarrLand Unit No. 2  which had not yet been subdivided into Cabin Lots. Court Testimony by Howard Marr directly contradicted all of the allegations made by Morton H. Marr and even Howard Marr's former Attorney George C. Johnson stated in a filed "Supplemental Affidavit" on February 1, 1934, that Howard Marr had transferred more than $1,000,000.00 in assets to his Son Morton H. Marr in Howard Marr's attempt to hide his assets and money from the numerous Court Judgments that had been entered and that were pending against him. The only solution left for the sole purpose of cleaning up the title to the MarrLand property and all of the recorded Bogus Deed of Trusts, Bogus Mortgages and Bogus Promissory Notes was to conveniently schedule a hearing date on the Foreclosure Issue involving the two Bogus Mortgages which were provided to Morton H. Marr on April 25, 1932, and April 26, 1932. It was planned that Howard Marr would fail to show up at the schedule hearing, therefore resulting in a Default Judgment against him and in favor of his Son Morton H. Marr.

On October 28, 1940, a hearing was set and as planned, Howard Marr failed to show up at the hearing. A Default Judgment was then entered in favor of Morton H. Marr. The "Decree of Foreclosure and Order of Sale" contained the legal descriptions which were contained in the second Bogus Mortgage provided to Morton H. Marr on  April 26, 1932, and which corrected the error in the first Bogus Mortgage which was provided to Morton H. Marr on  April 25, 1932. There were also legal descriptions that were contained in the various Bogus Deed of Trusts and Bogus Mortgages which had been transferred and assigned to the numerous Insurance Companies.

On December 19, 1940, the "Anderson's" Oil and Gas Lease of April 19, 1932, on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property was Quitclaimed and Relinquished back to Marr Estates, Ltd. and the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation, except for a 136.626 acre portion of the MarrLand property.

1941

After "cleaning up" all of the Legal Descriptions contained in the various Bogus Deed of Trusts, Bogus Mortgages, the various Bogus Promissory Notes,  Attorney Fees and Court costs, the amounts where then added up in order to determine a Judgment amount. The amounts totaled $360,367.66, and according to the Foreclosure procedure the property was to be sold in order to satisfy that amount. 

A special arrangement at the Foreclosure Sale was made which enabled Morton H. Marr to offer, at least on paper, the amount of $100,000.00 for the MarrLand property which had been Foreclosed on and involved in Howard Marr's Insurance Scam. On January 27, 1941, a "Deficiency Judgment" in the amount of $260,367.66 was entered which was the amount of the total Judgment less the $100,000.00 allegedly paid by Morton H. Marr. On February 10, 1941, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation conveyed by "Quitclaim Deed" the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property, including the 5 MarrLand Subdivisions, to Morton H. Marr. The amount allegedly paid for the MarrLand property was $100,000.00.

On September 23, 1941, a "Deed of Commissioner" is issued to Morton H. Marr in connection with the "Special Arrangement" which was made concerning the Foreclosure Lawsuits and involving the MarrLand property and Howard Marr's Insurance Scam. The "Deed of Commissioner" states that the MarrLand property was sold at a "public Auction" to Morton H. Marr and the amount allegedly paid for the MarrLand property was $100,000.00.

On September 30, 1941, Morton H. Marr, the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation and Marr Estates, Ltd. entered into an "Agreement" with Hoxie Anderson (Charles Anderson is now deceased) which essentially provided Morton H. Marr with the rights to any water or gas lines on the 136.626 acre Oil and Gas Lease Hoxie Anderson now had on the MarrLand property and required payment of any Oil and Gas Royalties to be paid to Morton H. Marr.

1942

"Special Arrangements" were made with the Ventura County Tax Collector's Office for the redemption of Tax Defaulted properties in the MarrLand Subdivision that had already been sold to the State of California and that should have been offered to the public at a public auction.

On February 25, 1942, MarrLand Cabin Lots 2 through 6 in Block 16A in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 were redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77 each. These MarrLand Cabin Lots were identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of these MarrLand Cabin Lots was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd.

In April of 1942, Mark A. Robin of the Seaboard Engineering and Contracting Company (Howard Marr's Surveyor of the MarrLand Subdivision) created a map for Morton H. Marr entitled "MarrLand Unit C." The purpose of this map was to "Revert to acreage" the MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements which had been or were being "Redeemed" from the Ventura County Tax Collector in April and August of 1942 by Morton H. Marr, Howard Marr and Morton H. Marr's Attorney Fred N. Arnoldy. The "Subdivision Map Act" at this time did not require the consent and approval of this map for a "Reversion to acreage" by the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners. The MarrLand Subdivision properties contained on this map are located north of the Simi Hills Golf Course and east of the MarrLand Club House. This "Reversion to acreage" map was recorded on September 22, 1942. In 1943 the "Subdivision Map Act" was changed and required the consent and approval of all persons having a "Record Title Interest in the Land being Subdivided." This would include all the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners. The taxes for the road easement identified as A3 was not "Redeemed" until August 24, 1942, but the map was signed off anyways indicating that all the taxes were already paid in full as of August 19, 1942. This particular map was signed by Morton H. Marr on May 12, 1942.

On April 9, 1942, a road easement in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision identified as Y-2 in Block 2 which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 was redeemed by Howard Marr for .88¢. This road easement was identified as being sold to the State of California in 1938 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of this road easement was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd. Also, On April 9, 1942, a road easement in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision identified as Z-2 in Block 2 which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 was redeemed by Howard Marr for .88¢. This road easement was identified as being sold to the State of California in 1938 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should also have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of this road easement was also identified as Marr Estates, Ltd.

On April 29, 1942, MarrLand Cabin Lots 1 through 7 in Block 15A in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 were redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77 each. These MarrLand Cabin Lots were identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of these MarrLand Cabin Lots was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd. Also on April 29, 1942, MarrLand Cabin Lots 8 through 14 in Block 15A in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 were redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77 each. These MarrLand Cabin Lots were identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of these MarrLand Cabin Lots was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd. And again on April 29, 1942, MarrLand Cabin Lots 15 & 16 in Block 15A in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 were redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77 each. These MarrLand Cabin Lots were identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of these MarrLand Cabin Lots was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd.

On April 30, 1942, "Parcel A" containing .16 acres in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 was redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77. This Parcel was identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of this Parcel was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd. And also on April 30, 1942, "Parcel B" containing .14 acres in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 was redeemed by Morton H. Marr for $1.77. This Parcel was identified as being sold to the State of California in 1937 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of this Parcel was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd.

On August 24, 1942, a road easement in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision identified as A3 in Block 2 which had been in Tax Default status for nonpayment of Taxes since 1930 was redeemed by Fred N. Arnoldy (Morton Marr's Attorney and formally Howard Marr's Attorney) for .88¢. This road easement was identified as being sold to the State of California in 1938 for the nonpayment of Taxes and should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction. The previous owner of this road easement was identified as Marr Estates, Ltd. No record of a redemption and sale of the road easement identified as X-2 in MarrLand Unit No. 2 of the MarrLand Subdivision was located in the records.

1947

On January 20, 1947, "Special Arrangements" were again made between Morton H. Marr and the Ventura County Tax Collector's Office. Approximately 1,233 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots and Parcels which had already been sold to the State of California in 1936, 1937 and 1938 for the nonpayment of Taxes, were offered for sale to Morton H. Marr at a price of approximately $1.50 each for a total cost of $1,849.50. These Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots and Parcels should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction, just like some of them were in 1944 and sold for $10.00 each. The Tax Collector's "Tax Deed" falsely stated that these Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots and Parcels were offered for sale at a public auction and that Morton H. Marr was the highest bidder. The $1.50 price paid for each of these Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots and Parcels was even less then the average "Redemption" amount of $1.77 which had been paid by Morton H. Marr, Howard Marr and Fred Arnoldy in 1942 for the MarrLand Cabin Lots, Road Easements and Parcels which became part of "MarrLand Unit C." 

There does not appear to be any logical reason why some of the MarrLand Cabin Lots were apparently offered for sale at a public auction and others were selected for sale to Marr. However, on February 11, 1947, the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors indicated that 3 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots had been sold for $5.00 each at a Tax Collector's public auction. On March 11, 1947, the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors indicated that 1 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots had been sold for $5.00 and 1 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots had been sold for $10.00 at a Tax Collector's public auction.

On March 18, 1947, an entry was made in the Zone Change record for Ventura County Ordinance 412 which stated that "All land in Ventura County is in the A -I-Agricultural Zone, except where detailed Land Use Plans (Zoning Maps) have been completed and Adopted."  At this time there were no "Zoning Maps" adopted for the MarrLand property. The "Zoning Maps" for the MarrLand property would not be adopted until 1964.

On August 19, 1947, the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors indicated that 1 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots had been sold for $5.00 at a Tax Collector's public auction.

On August 19, 1947, in the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, it is stated that a request for a permit from Morton H. Marr to replace pipelines in Tapo Street and Cochran Street is approved.

On September 30, 1947, in the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, it is stated that  Ventura County Tax Collector Robert S. Clooney's request for permission to sell 1,621 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements to Morton H. Marr at a price of $1.50 each, for a total cost of $2,431.50, is granted. It is also stated that Morton H. Marr made a deposit of $810.00 "for the cost of advertising."

On November 30, 1947, at age 69, Dr. Alfred Hirschi (previous owner of the MarrLand property) died of heart disease. He was born on October 9, 1878. His last residence was identified as being located at Walnut and Tapo (Canyon) Roads. He was born in Thum, Switzerland and he came to the U.S.A. in 1901. His Father's name was Nicholas Hirschi from Brents, Switzerland and his Mother's name was Emm Mammar (Hirschi). He was Cremated and laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. His Wife Irene Hirschi had died before him on December 1, 1938.

On December 8, 1947, a "Tax Deed" was conveyed to Morton H. Marr for the 1,621 Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements. Despite this previously arranged "Deal" the "Tax Deed" falsely stated that the 1,621 Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements were offered for sale at a public auction and that Morton H. Marr was the highest bidder. All of these Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements should have been offered for sale to the public at a public auction, just like some of them were earlier in 1944 and 1947, which sold for $5.00 and $10.00 each.

By December of 1947, Morton H. Marr had 2 "Tax Deeds" to more than 2,800 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the MarrLand Subdivision. The County of Ventura approved the "Private Sale" of the majority of Howard Marr's MarrLand Subdivision to his Son Morton H. Marr and failed in their duties and responsibilities to the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners, the Local Community and the County of Ventura in general, to impose conditions upon Morton H. Marr, as a requirement for the "Private Sale" of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand properties,  to complete his Father's plans, improvements, "General Plan" and "Scheme of Subdivision of the MarrLand Tract." The sale of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand properties by the County of Ventura to Morton H. Marr, without imposing or enforcing any conditions or the County of Ventura's "Approved General Plan" for the MarrLand Subdivision, actually assisted Morton H. Marr in violating the "Restrictions, Conditions and Agreements" which had been imposed upon the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners of the MarrLand Subdivision under the routinely used "Corporation Grant Deeds" and agreements with Howard Marr, Marr Estates, Inc., Marr Estates, Ltd. and the Bogus Fourth and Spring Corporation as contained in the routinely used "Agreement for the purchase and sale of Real Estate." The County of Ventura's decision to sell to Morton H. Marr more than 2,800 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements was actually done in contemplation of violating their own "Approval" and the "Planning Commission's Approval" of the "General Plan" for the MarrLand Subdivision. And was done in such an irresponsible manner as to totally ignore the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner's and their rights and interests in and to the MarrLand property.

1948

By 1948, the joint efforts and plans by the County of Ventura and Morton H. Marr to eliminate the evidence and existence of Howard Marr's creation of the MarrLand Subdivision and MarrLand Country Club were beginning to become somewhat successful. Except for the memories of some of the old timers and pioneers of Simi Valley, the majority of the local Simi Valley community knew nothing about Marrland and the only knowledge they had about the MarrLand property was that it was a Cattle Ranch known as "Marr Ranch," owned by a wealthy Texan known as Morton H. Marr from Dallas, Texas. Howard Marr continued to spend a majority of his time on the "Marr Ranch" acting as Morton H. Marr's Ranch Manager and supervisor of the Cattle Operations. Despite the fact that the California Department of Food and Agricultural Codes, in effect at the time, prohibited any cattle owners from allowing their cattle to "Roam at large" and "Trespass" over and across the privately owned properties of other persons, the County of Ventura did nothing to assist the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners or to protect their property rights against the entry of the cattle on the Marr Ranch from using the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner's privately owned properties for the grazing of Morton H. Marr's cattle. This business venture of Morton H. Marr's was not only directly in conflict with the "General Plan" which had been approved and placed upon the MarrLand property by the County of Ventura, but was also a violation of the Conditions and Restrictions which had been imposed upon the MarrLand Subdivision property by Howard Marr during his creation of the MarrLand Subdivision and sales of the MarrLand Cabin Lots.

On September 9, 1948, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article about Morton H. Marr's plans to transform the "dry steer" Marr Ranch (the MarrLand property) "into an all year around purebred cattle enterprise" with "200 acres of irrigated pasture."

1949

In 1949, further attempts were made by the County of Ventura to try and eliminate as much of the mapped, approved and recorded residential development of the MarrLand Subdivision as possible.

In January of 1949, the Ventura County Flood Control District proposed a Reservoir site for the Las Llajas Canyon area of the MarrLand Subdivision. The same location which was proposed in 1949 for the  "Las Llajas Canyon Reservoir Site" became a reality in the late 1970's, and to this day the site is known as the "Las Llajas Canyon Dam." Hundreds of the MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements were unnecessarily taken by the County of Ventura in a "Condemnation Action" and less then "Just Compensation" for the MarrLand Cabin Lots and easement rights was paid by the County of Ventura, averaging around $100.00 per MarrLand Cabin Lot. The only MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner that benefited from this "Condemnation Action" by the County of Ventura was Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh, caretakers of the MarrLand property. A premium price was paid for their MarrLand Cabin Lot and easement rights and they were conveniently relocated to another portion of the MarrLand property off Tapo Canyon Road.

By February of 1949, Morton H. Marr was also conspiring with the County of Ventura in trying to eliminate as much of the mapped, approved and recorded residential MarrLand Subdivision as possible.

On February 23, 1949,  in the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, it was stated that a request by Morton H. Marr to "Revert to Acreage" a majority of the MarrLand Subdivision was presented and read to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors by Ventura County Surveyor Robert L. Ryan. Morton H. Marr's request to "Revert to Acreage" a majority of the MarrLand Subdivision was referred to the "Ventura County District Attorney and the Planning Commission for study and recommendation." On February 28, 1949, a letter was written by the Ventura County District Attorney to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors regarding Morton H. Marr's request to "Revert to Acreage" a majority of the MarrLand Subdivision. The conclusion of the Ventura County District Attorney on this issue was that the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" presented by Morton H. Marr CAN NOT be Approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and Recorded unless one of two "State Legal Requirements" under the "Subdivision Map Act" were complied with by Morton H. Marr. One of these required Morton H. Marr to either "Obtain The Signatures And Consent" of the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" from All of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners, "Otherwise The Maps Shall Not Be Recorded," Or alternatively, Morton H. Marr Must Apply for and file an Action in the Superior Court under the "Subdivision Exclusion Act" in order to fairly provide each of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners with an opportunity to "Register their Objection to the Exclusion." 

The Ventura County District Attorney specifically informed the Ventura County Board of Supervisors that Morton H. Marr Must "Obtain The Signatures And Consent" of the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" from All of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners, as a condition and legal requirement before being able to have the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" Approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and then Recorded. Neither of the two "State Legal Requirements" under the "Subdivision Map Act" or the "Subdivision Exclusion Act" were complied with by either Morton H. Marr or the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" were subsequently approved and recorded anyways and contrary to law.

On March 15, 1949,  in the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, it was stated that the  "Reversion to Acreage Maps" presented by Morton H. Marr to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors could now be signed only if Morton H. Marr adds a supplemental sheet to the Maps "containing a certificate or affidavit reserving to the owners of lots within the boundaries of said subdivision but not reverting to acreage perpetual ingress and egress to and from their properties."

On March 22, 1949, the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" presented by Morton H. Marr to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors were recorded. 

Prior to the Opinion of the District Attorney in the letter of February 28, 1949, Morton H. Marr had already signed the "Reversion to acreage Maps" on February 1, 1949, and indicated there were 14 sheets belonging to the "Reversion to Acreage maps." The Board of Supervisors stated on the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" that they were approving 13 sheets belonging to the "Reversion to Acreage maps," not 14 sheets, as stated by Morton H. Marr. There was no statement appearing the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" to indicate that the land embraced by the Maps had ever been Surveyed, as required under "Sections 13(a) and 13(d) of Chapter 670 of  the Subdivision Map Act."  The Ventura County Surveyor whose statement appeared on the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" did not state that the land embraced by the Maps had been surveyed by the County of Ventura or anyone else, only that the maps had been "Examined." (Sections 13(a) and 13(d) of Chapter 670 of the Subdivision Map Act requires that the map contains the name of a Surveyor and a date of the Survey)

The "Reversion to Acreage Maps" placed a number of the MarrLand Cabin Lots which were owned by other persons into the "Reverted Acreage," without the owner's consents, and contained approximately 70 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots which Morton H. Marr would not become the owner of until he received the third "Tax Deed" from the Ventura County Tax Collector on October 30, 1950. Of the 70 MarrLand Cabin Lots not owned by Morton H. Marr at this time, 36 of them were also "Reverted to Acreage." Because these maps were created in such a rushed and negligent manner many mistakes were made. However, a 1990's court action resulted in the court ruling that the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" were Valid Maps, and therefore a co-ownership of the reverted acreage by some of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners does in fact legally exist.

On March 15, 1949, Howard Marr, Gerald Leonard Haigh and H.L. Smith assisted Morton H. Marr in providing Sworn and False "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" to the MarrLand Cabin Lots which were owned by other persons, including the State of California, some of which had been "Reverted" into the acreage on the "Reversion to Acreage Maps." On March 22, 1949, Morton H. Marr's "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" were recorded, the same day as his "Reversion to Acreage Maps." It would have been impossible without a current survey and the Lot identifications to verify and confirm that the MarrLand Cabin Lots referred to in the "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" were "in the actual, sole and exclusive possession and occupancy" of Morton H. Marr. What the "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" do verify are the allegations that these persons providing the Sworn and False "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" were in fact acting out against the numerous MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners in their attempts to prevent the Marrland Cabin Lots Owners from using the MarrLand property and that the County of Ventura was also assisting Morton H. Marr in these acts against the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners and with the planned elimination of the MarrLand Subdivision. Morton H. Marr also admits to using the MarrLand Cabin Lots which were owned by other persons in connection with his cattle operations. This in itself was a violation of the California Department of Food and Agricultural Codes, in effect at the time, which prohibited any cattle owners from allowing their cattle to "Roam at large" and "Trespass" over and across the privately owned properties of other persons. Just as before, the County of Ventura did nothing to assist the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners or to protect their property rights by preventing Morton H. Marr from "Reverting to Acreage" the MarrLand Cabin Lots he Did Not own or to prevent Morton H. Marr from  violating the California Department of Food and Agricultural Codes by allowing his cattle to "Roam at large" and "Trespass" over and across the privately owned properties of the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners.

Approximately 140 of the 150 MarrLand Cabin Lots Morton H. Marr referred to in his "Affidavits of Ownership and Possession" would later be conveyed to him by the Ventura County Tax Collector on October 30, 1950. Of the 140 MarrLand Cabin Lots approximately 36 of them were already "Reverted to Acreage." The remaining 104 MarrLand Cabin Lots did not get "Reverted to Acreage" and remained as part of the original MarrLand Subdivision. The MarrLand Cabin Lots Not Owned by Morton H. Marr but "Reverted to the Acreage," without the owner's consents, were still owned by other persons and were not acquired by Morton H. Marr.

1950

On September 20, 1950, in the Minute Book of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, it was stated that certain Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements were being offered for sale at a public auction for $2.50 each. In reality, these Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements were being sold to Morton H. Marr in connection with the planned elimination of the MarrLand Subdivision. With the County of Ventura's consent, several of these MarrLand Cabin Lots had already been previously included in the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" and Morton H. Marr had already falsely stated that he owned them.

On October 30, 1950, a "Tax Deed" was conveyed to Morton H. Marr to approximately 140 of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements. The "Tax Deed" falsely stated that the approximate 140 Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and road easements were offered for sale at a public auction and that Morton H. Marr was the highest bidder.

1953

On April 27, 1953, the Ventura County Planning Commission published an Approved Map which showed the MarrLand Subdivision boundaries as extending west to Tapo Street. This map was consistent with the recorded maps of the MarrLand Subdivision. By the 1990's efforts were made to alter and shorten these boundaries in order to accommodate a proposed new housing development within the MarrLand Subdivision, and in an attempt to bypass the rights and interests of the remaining MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners.

1961

On November 24, 1961, Howard Marr dies.
 

The Founders of MarrLand

HOWARD MARR (1880-1961)
Born: February 22, 1880
Birthplace: New York 
Died: Friday, November 24, 1961
Age at Death: 81 years
Father: Nathan Marr, Germany
Mother: Rachel
Residence: 400 South Burnside Ave., L.A., Ca. (1961)
Employer: Self Employed

ANNIE SIMPSON MARR (1883-1978)
Born:  October 6, 1883
Birthplace: Kings County, New York
Died: August 30, 1978
Age at Death: 95 years
Father: Nathan Simpson?
Mother: Sarah Samaskin
Residence: 265 South Rossmore Ave., L.A., Ca. (1941)
Employer: Morton H. Marr, Dallas, Texas (1941)

Local Newspaper - November 30, 1961
Howard Marr, 81, Ex-Santa Su Rancher, Dies
Funeral services for Howard Marr, 81, former Santa Susana rancher, were held at the Chapel of the Chimes Inglewood Park Cemetery. Mr. Howard Marr died last Friday in La Jolla. Surviving are his Wife, Mrs. Anne S. Marr of Los Angeles; two daughters, Mrs. Alfred G. Neff of North Hollywood and Mrs. Bert Gamble of Shreveport, Louisiana., and one Son, Morton Marr of Dallas, Texas. Howard Marr was a native of New York. A pioneer cattle rancher, he was developer-owner of the Marr Ranch at Santa Susana where he settled in 1926. Holder of a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he came to California in 1914. He resided at 400 South Burnside Avenue in Los Angeles for a number of years.

Grave Location:  Sanctuary Of Reverence, Crypt # I554
Inglewood Park Cemetery
720 E. Florence Avenue, 
Inglewood, CA.

It was said that sometime around the 1960's the Ventura Tax Collector stopped sending out Property Tax Bills for the MarrLand Cabin Lots because the value of the lots was lower than the cost of producing and sending out the County Tax Bills. The taxing and un-taxing of the MarrLand Cabin Lots happened more than once.

1964

On September 22, 1964, the County of Ventura Adopted Ordinance 1582 which created the Zoning Maps in Sections 5-2 and 5-3. These Zoning Maps show portions of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been taken out of the A-I-Agricultural Zone and placed in R-E-1Ac (Rural Exclusive, one acre) Zoning. Based on documents from 1975, the MarrLand property and MarrLand Subdivision were Zoned "R-E", "R-E-1Ac" and "R-A-5Ac", adopted on October 27, 1959, July 12, 1960 and May 25, 1969, under Ordinances 857, 961 and 1699. All of the Land Zoning placed on the MarrLand Subdivision was improperly based on Morton H. Marr's unsurveyed "Reversion to Acreage Maps" from 1949.

1965

On January 2, 1965, the Oil, Gas and Mineral rights from the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property and MarrLand Subdivision were conveyed from Morton H. Marr and his Wife Adah Kleinsmid Marr to Ray H. Marr and then Subleased from Ray H. Marr to Milan Roven and his Wife Blanca Roven.

On February 5, 1965, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article that stated plans for a Golf Course (later known as the Simi Hills Golf Course, south of the MarrLand Subdivision) were pending the close of escrow between the seller, Simi Valley Development Company, a subsidiary of Diversa, Inc., and the buyer, Camille Garnier, of Western Pacific Sanitation Company.

On March 26, 1965, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article that stated escrow had closed on the purchase of the new Golf Course (the Simi Hills Golf Course) and "the first step in construction will involve the removal of the Marr truck route, which bisects the land." The "Marr truck route" was the original access road into the MarrLand Residential Subdivision from Alamo Street.

1967

The 1967 Simi Valley General Plan was published which showed plans for a Lake (now the Las Llajas Dam) and a Las Llajas Park within the Las Llajas Canyon area of the MarrLand Subdivision and the extension of Presidio Drive from Stearns Street to Tapo Canyon Road.

On May 3, 1967, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article which identified the Marr Diversion Channel and the Las Llajas Dam and Reservoir (within the MarrLand Subdivision) as planned Flood Control improvements under a $25 million Bond Issue.

On November 24, 1967, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article that stated "the State is currently reviewing plans for the 460 acre park proposed in the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyons in the valley, and budgetary approval is expected within a few months." and "plans call for a 100 acre lake, formed by a flood control dam, which will be open to the public for swimming, boating and fishing."

1968

In 1968, the Ventura County Flood Control District prepared a feasibility study for the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon Recreation area within the MarrLand Subdivision. Proposed was a single large dam designed to impound 4.5 million acre feet of water at a cost of $7.5 million.

1969

On January 8, 1969, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article that stated a $7.5 million aquatic recreation park was planned for the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon area of the Marrland Subdivision.

By the end of 1969, the $7.5 million aquatic recreation park proposed for the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon area of the Marrland Subdivision was dropped.

1970

In April of 1970, Janet Scott Cameron (now deceased) author of the book "Simi Grows Up", was identified as an owner of MarrLand Cabin Lot 80 in Block 28 of MarrLand Unit Number 3. This MarrLand Cabin Lot is located at the north end of Chivo Canyon. Historical accountings of the MarrLand Subdivision in the book "Simi Grows Up" by Janet Scott Cameron and in the book "Simi Valley, A Journey Through Time" by the Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum, contain many inaccuracies about the history of MarrLand.

1971

The 1971 Simi Valley General Plan was published which showed plans for Tapo Canyon Reservoir Park in Tapo Canyon, a Golf Course and Park, and a Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon Park within the MarrLand Subdivision.

On December 8, 1971, the Local Simi Valley newspaper published an article and a map that showed "the breakdown on City Land Use Plans." The map identified proposed locations for both a Las Llajas Canyon Reservoir and Park site and a Tapo Canyon Reservoir and Park site.

1972

In May of 1972, a report was issued by the U.S. Corps of Engineers with a map showing the proposed locations of the Tapo Canyon Dam and Reservoir and the Las Llajas Canyon Dam and Reservoir sites. The U.S. Corps of Engineers concluded that the Las Llajas Canyon Dam and Reservoir could not be supported by Flood Control benefits and that it was economically unjustified.

1975

In March of 1975, an attempt by Morton H. Marr to sell the MarrLand property and portions of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision failed. According to Ray H. Marr, the MarrLand property and portions of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision were previously sold to Milan Roven, who then defaulted on his Note. As the result of a failed sale the Fairfax Investment Corporation conveyed the MarrLand property, including the MarrLand Subdivision, back to Morton H. Marr by Grant Deed. This Grant Deed made no mention of the recorded "Reversion to Acreage Maps" in this conveyance to Morton H. Marr, which had been approved by the County of Ventura for the Marrland Subdivision in 1949, and which had Officially changed the condition and description of the land within the MarrLand Subdivision. In this conveyance, the original 5 recorded MarrLand Subdivision Tract Maps were still being used to transfer individual MarrLand Cabin Lots to Morton H. Marr, even though most of the ones he owned no longer existed according to the "Reversion to Acreage Maps." The only remote reference to the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" was a list of the Ventura County Assessor's Parcels Numbers which had been assigned to the "Reverted Acreage" by the Ventura County Assessor's Office for Tax purposes only, and as a direct result of the recording of the "Reversion to Acreage Maps." This "back and forth switch" between the recorded "Reversion to Acreage Maps" and the 5 original "recorded MarrLand Subdivision Tract Maps" would continue in the following years. In some instances the "Acreage Maps" would be used to improperly convince the public and the local community that the entire MarrLand property was a cattle ranch named the Marr Ranch. Little or no mention at all was made regarding the existence of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and the remaining individual MarrLand Cabin Lots. This conveyance from the Fairfax Investment Corporation to Morton H. Marr should have reflected the same exact legal descriptions to the MarrLand property that were contained in the 1941 "Deed of Commissioner" resulting from the 1940 Foreclosure Action.

In March of 1975, Ray H. Marr Quitclaimed the Oil, Gas and Mineral rights from the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property and MarrLand Subdivision to his Father Morton H. Marr. There was also no mention of the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" in this conveyance either. This conveyance of the Oil, Gas and Mineral rights was previously conveyed to Ray H. Marr from his Father Morton H. Marr in 1965 and then Subleased to Milan Roven and his Wife Blanca Roven.

On December 30, 1975, using the "Reversion to Acreage Maps" from 1949, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors entered into a "Land Conservation Act Contract" (LCA) with Morton H. Marr for the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property and MarrLand Subdivision. This act resulted in placing the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property and MarrLand Subdivision, road easements, park sites, the archery site, recreational facilities and recreational areas of the MarrLand Subdivision into an "Agricultural Preserve", except for 277 of the MarrLand Cabin Lots. The LCA Contract and the "Agricultural Preserve" designation on the MarrLand Subdivision not only provided Morton H. Marr with a substantial property Tax break, but also made it virtually impossible, if not very difficult, for any of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners to develop or improve their Cabin Lots and appurtenant easements. Under the LCA Contract, the Zoning of the Land was also changed from the Zoning of "R-E", "R-E-1Ac" and "R-A-5Ac" to "A-E" (Agricultural Exclusive).

1976

In 1976, the telephone book listed James Kern at 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road, Gerald Haigh at 5390 Las Llajas Canyon Road and Charles C. Stewart at 5680 Las Llajas Canyon Road. 3 residential telephone numbers were also identified (Source: Haines & Co.). This is evidence that minor housing development in the MarrLand Residential Subdivision did take place in addition to the MarrLand Clubhouse, stable and 3 other homes that were visible from the valley floor. Utilities such as electrical and telephone intended to service the MarrLand Residential Subdivision had been installed up Las Llajas Canyon to a point just past the current entrance to the Las Llajas Canyon Dam site. These utilities were subsequently removed and not replaced as the result of the construction of the Las Llajas Canyon Dam. Other utilities in Chivo Canyon were also removed and not replaced.

In December of 1976, the Ventura County Flood Control District held a meeting about the possibility of a flood control project in the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon areas of the MarrLand Subdivision. The proposed project was to consist of two dams, one in Las Llajas Canyon and one in Chivo Canyon.

1977

In 1977, the telephone book listed T.P. Haigh and James Kern at 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road, Gerald Haigh at 5390 Las Llajas Canyon Road and Charles C. Stewart at 5680 Las Llajas Canyon Road. 4 residential telephone numbers were identified (Source: Haines & Co.).

In April of 1977, the Ventura County Flood Control District had already mapped out the proposed locations for the Las Llajas Canyon and Chivo Canyon Dams and road easements. The location for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam used the same location that was originally mapped and proposed in January of 1949, and later conveyed as "Acreage" by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. to the Ventura County Flood Control District on October 13, 1980.

Between 1977, 1978 and 1979 hundreds of the MarrLand Cabin Lots located within the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon areas of the MarrLand Subdivision were taken by the Ventura County Flood Control District through condemnation procedures. As little as $100.00 was paid to the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners as compensation. In addition to these MarrLand Cabin Lots, the Ventura County Flood Control also obtained hundreds of  "Acreage" from Morton H. Marr based upon the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps." 

1978

In 1978, the Dale Poe Development Corporation (DPDC) purchased approximately 3,000 acres up Las Llajas Canyon north of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and north of the Bob Hope (Rocky Peak / Runkle Ranch) property. Access to this property could be made either through the Las Llajas Canyon Road, Tapo Canyon Road, and Brown's Canyon Road (De Soto Ave.). This property basically consists of the old "Pisgah Grande" property.

1979

In 1979, former City of Simi Valley Mayor Gregory Stratton and Congressman Elton Gallegly became Council Members for the City of Simi Valley.

On January 8, 1979, a "Judgment In Condemnation" was filed on the MarrLand Cabin Lot owned by Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh. The original amount offered by the Ventura County Flood Control District for the "Haigh" MarrLand Cabin Lot was $38,000.00. An action was then brought by the "Haigh's" in which they requested more money for their MarrLand Cabin Lot and were awarded $58,000.00, or $20,000.00 more. After this "payoff" by the Ventura County Flood Control District, Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh were conveniently relocated to another portion of the MarrLand property and to a house on Tapo Canyon Road. This was the same MarrLand Cabin Lot that was conveyed in 1931 to Gerald Leonard Haigh and Annie Ophelia Haigh for use in Howard Marr's "Insurance Scam."  After the transfer of this MarrLand Cabin Lot to the Ventura County Flood Control District, the previously assigned address of 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road became routinely used by the numerous tenants on the "Marr Ranch" portion of the MarrLand Subdivision which enabled them to receive mail, utility services, etc. while they resided in the MarrLand Club House, MarrLand Tract Office and other homes on the MarrLand Subdivision.

In March of 1979, the Simi Valley Draft General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was published. The EIR identified the MarrLand Club House as an Historical Feature in the MarrLand Residential Subdivision.

In July of 1979, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved plans for the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon Dams within the MarrLand Subdivision. In September of 1979, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors rejected the bids on the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon Dams as being too costly. It was recommended that the project be scaled down to one dam or that watercourse channel improvements be made instead of the dams.

In September of 1979, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District received a loan of $505,000 from the City of Simi Valley to build the Simi Hills Golf Course (south of the MarrLand Subdivision).

The Ventura County Grand Jury published their 1978 /1979 Report on the Las Llajas and Chivo Canyon Dams.

1980

In January of 1980, Jerry Gladden, Manager of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, gave construction contractor C.A. Rasmussen the authorization to begin work on the 18 hole Simi Hills Golf Course. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Public Facilities Corporation, a nonprofit corporation, was charged with the responsibility of financing the development of the course. The original entrance road to the MarrLand Residential Subdivision off of Alamo Street was removed and relocated to the north end of Texas Ave.

On January 4, 1980, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Granted, by Grant Deed, a 24 foot wide road easement from the north end of Texas Ave. for the purpose of ingress and egress to the MarrLand property, MarrLand Residential Subdivision and other properties located north of the MarrLand Subdivision. This Granted Road Easement was Granted to Morton H. Marr, the Dale Poe Development Corporation, and other persons (the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners are not specifically identified). This road was intended to replace the "original entrance road into the MarrLand Subdivision" which had been removed for construction of the Simi Hills Golf Course. This new entrance road is jointly owned by the City of Simi Valley and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and controlled by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. A gate from the MarrLand property was placed at the entrance to this road at the north end of Texas Ave. and was kept locked by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. At this time, there was no sign on the gate informing the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners as to how they could gain access to their properties through the locked gate. This road easement was intended to terminate when the Presidio Street is constructed and dedicated over this road easement. This Grant Deed was recorded on January 9, 1980, and was Notarized by Gordon R. Lindeen (Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Attorney). Since the construction of the Silverthorne at Indian Hills project by Centex Homes, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District posted a sign on the "green" gate at the north end of Texas Ave. stating that the Road Easement had been closed and directed all future traffic and the MarrLand Cabin Lot owners to Evening Sky Drive in the Silverthorne at Indian hills development.

On January 26, 1980, prior to purchasing the MarrLand property and the thousands of individual MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the MarrLand Subdivision and in contemplation of transferring certain properties to the Ventura County Flood Control District in connection with the construction of the Las Llajas Canyon Dam, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. gave Naim Perry of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. with the authority to act on behalf of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. on matters concerning the Ventura County Flood Control District.

On February 1, 1980, Morton H. Marr Quitclaimed to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. 4 Parcels (# 1-4) of the MarrLand property, including a portion of the MarrLand Subdivision (from the 1940's "Deed of Commissioner"), and 8 Parcels (# 5-12) containing thousands of individual MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the MarrLand Subdivision (from the "Tax Deeds" from 1947 and 1950), and MarrLand Unit "C" of the MarrLand Subdivision (from re-subdivision of 1942). The Officers of the corporation Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. were identified as Naim Perry, Rouhollah Kashani, Joseph Daneshgar and Belfor Shalomi. Their corporate address was at 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 520, Los Angeles, Ca.  90048. Some of the same Officers of the Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. were also later identified as the Officers of the Nu-Ville Development Corporation in connection with the "North Hills" project on MarrLand, a previously failed development attempt.

On February 4, 1980, and based on the Ventura County Assessor Parcel Numbers to the "Reverted Acreage", the Simi Valley City Council approved a 1,350 unit residential development concept for the MarrLand and MarrLand Residential Subdivision property (Marr Ranch property) and updated the General Plan to permit it. The developer, Property Management and Diversified Development, Inc., originally requested approval for a 1,600 unit development concept. Most of the residents attending the City Council meeting opposed the development. The developer promised to donate land for the YMCA and Boy's and Girl's Club facilities. Robert Levonian was identified as the developer and part owner of the property. The MarrLand and MarrLand Subdivision property was routinely referred to as the Marr Ranch and there was never any mention of the MarrLand Subdivision or MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner's existence within the area proposed for development. Robert Levonian has recently been identified as the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Consultant, Manager of Mount Sinai and with LCB and Associates.

The Simi Valley General Plan dated February 19, 1980, was published showing the entire 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property. The extension of Yosemite Ave. and another road is shown going through most of the south eastern portion of the MarrLand Subdivision and connecting with Presidio Drive. Presidio Drive is shown crossing the north eastern portion of the Simi Hills Golf Course property south of the MarrLand property. The boundaries of the MarrLand Subdivision and the locations of the MarrLand Cabin Lots are not identified on this General Plan.

In 1980, the Nu-Ville Development Corporation filed a draft specific plan identified as "North Hills."  The Officers of the Nu-Ville Development Corporation were identified as Jack Kashani and Jeseph Daneshgar. The type of business of this corporation was listed as Construction Supervisors. Their corporate address was at 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 520, Los Angeles, Ca.  90048. Some of the same Officers of the corporation Nu-Ville Development Corporation were also identified as the Officers of the corporation of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. The same address was used for both corporations.

On October 13, 1980, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. provided a Grant Deed to the Ventura County Flood Control District for the approximate 82.27 acre Las Llajas Canyon Dam Site and a "Non-Exclusive Easement" to the Ventura County Flood Control District and the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners. Beginning from Texas Street, past the MarrLand Club House, up the road to the east of the Simi Hills Golf Course and north of the Silverthorne at Indian Hills Tract (Centex Homes),  and into the Las Llajas Canyon. This "Non-Exclusive Easement" stated that it was "to be used jointly by the Ventura County Flood Control District and other parties (the MarrLand Cabin Lot owners) whose access rights are disrupted by the displacement of the existing Las Llajas Canyon Road."  For the purpose of this conveyance of the approximate 82.27 acre Llajas Canyon Dam Site to the Ventura County Flood Control District, the acreage created by the  1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps", which was not legally owned by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc., was improperly used for the Legal Descriptions instead of the legal descriptions to the thousands of individual MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been previously conveyed to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. on February 1, 1980. However, the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps" were not identified in the Legal Descriptions and the Legal Descriptions used for the "Acreage" were mainly those of the Simi Land and Water Company's Subdivision "O," prior to the Subdivision of the MarrLand property. Without performing a proper and thorough survey of the thousands of individual MarrLand Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the MarrLand Subdivision legally owned by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. and the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners, there was no possible way of determining the exact property locations of the Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. or the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner's properties. The exact location of these properties located within the approximate 82.27 acre Las Llajas Canyon Dam Site, those that had been conveyed to the Ventura County Flood Control District, and those that were being taken by the Ventura County Flood Control District through the Condemnation process for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam project, could not possibly have been located simply by using the  1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps".

October - November, 1980, a list and map of residential developments for the City of Simi Valley was published. The 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property is missing a 10 acre portion and is now 2,775.82 acres and is identified with Case Number SP-S-4, Marr Ranch. The boundaries of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and the locations of the MarrLand Cabin Lots are not identified. The Applicant/Developer is now identified as the Nu-Ville Development Corporation. The number of residential units has been increased from 1,350 units to 1,730 units.

1981

In 1981, the telephone book listed Ken Dayton, Walter H. Sheehan and Douglas Sheridan at 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road and Gerald Haigh at 5390 Las Llajas Canyon Road. There was no listing for 5680 Las Llajas Canyon Road. 4 residential telephone numbers were identified (Source: Haines & Co.).

1982

In 1982, the telephone book listed Granite Construction Company and Leslie G. Taylor at 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road, Gerald Haigh at 5390 Las Llajas Canyon Road. There was no listing for 5680 Las Llajas Canyon Road. 2 residential and 1 business telephone numbers were identified (Source: Haines & Co.).

On February 24, 1982, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. received a Tax Deed from the Ventura County Tax Collector resulting from a Sealed Bid they submitted for the purchase of  "Tax Defaulted" Lot 2 in Block 26 of MarrLand Unit No. 3. The amount paid for this MarrLand Cabin Lot was $100.00. This MarrLand Cabin Lot is located at the north end of Chivo Canyon. The most interesting and curious part of this conveyance from the Ventura County Tax Collector to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. is the fact that this particular MarrLand Cabin Lot was already owned by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. according to the Quitclaim Deed they received from Morton H. Marr on February 1, 1980. MarrLand Cabin Lot 2 in Block 26 of MarrLand Unit No. 3 was identified by the Ventura County Tax Collector on June 20, 1980, in a published "Delinquent Tax Notice - Certificate Of Intent To Sell Real Property To The State." This MarrLand Cabin Lot of the MarrLand Subdivision is only one example of many (approximately 40 or more) that were supposedly assessed for property taxes and assigned Assessor's Parcel Numbers by the Ventura County Assessor's Office through it's use of the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps" for the Assessor's Parcel Maps and Numbers for the Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. property.

On November 30, 1982, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. applied for a Nonrenewal of "All Of" the Land Conservation Act (LCA) Contract which had been placed on the MarrLand property in 1975 based on the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps."

1983

In 1983, the address of 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road which had been used for the property that was taken by the Ventura County Flood Control District on April 4, 1979, for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam project was being used by the "Condor Oil Company, Inc." as one of their business addresses. Other addresses included 3640 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley,  2126 Winifred Street, Simi Valley, 4545-5K E. Industrial Street, Simi Valley and 3445 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Persons associated with the "Condor Oil Company, Inc." were identified as Scott Huffman, Vice President, Gale Scott Huffman, Ray Turley, Carol Turley, Eugene Turley, Mitchell Turley, Chris Turley, Myron White and M.R. Sousa. On April 25, 1983, the address of 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road which had been used for the property that was taken by the Ventura County Flood Control District on April 4, 1979, for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam project was being used by the corporation "Well Master, Inc." in order to operate a business for the manufacturing and marketing data gathering and control devises. The California "Well Master, Inc." also had an out of State office located at 211 N. 2nd, Temple, Texas. Victor D. Turley was identified as the President of the Texas office.

On May 31, 1983, a "Certificate of Tentative Cancellation of Land Conservation Act Contract" requested by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. for 118.30 acres of the MarrLand property in connection with the Nu-Ville Development Corporation's "North Hills" development is approved and recorded by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The boundaries of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and the locations of the MarrLand Cabin Lots are not identified.

On October 18, 1983, a 10 acre portion of the MarrLand property that was missing from the original February 1, 1980, conveyance from Morton H. Marr to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. is conveyed to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. from Morton H. Marr. See the Oct.-Nov. City of Simi Valley map for SP-S-4, Marr Ranch, list of developments. The missing 10 acre portion of the MarrLand property is shown as a small notch on the east end of the MarrLand property.

1984

On or before June 30, 1984, and based on the Ventura County Assessor Parcel Numbers to the "Reverted Acreage", the County of Ventura "Merged" certain individual MarrLand Cabin Lots into new units of land and improperly provided false information about the conveyance of the Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. property in order to assist Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. in merging several of their individual MarrLand Cabin Lots into the "Acreage" created by the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps." A "Notice of Merger" was recorded by the County of Ventura on December 5, 1985.

On December 19, 1984, the Surveying company, Pace Engineering, Inc., hired by the developers of the MarrLand property wrote a letter requesting the City of Simi Valley to initiate a "General Plan Amendment and later a Specific Plan" for the MarrLand property in order to assist the developers of the MarrLand property and as a way of connecting "Yosemite Street and Presidio Avenue, and Yosemite Street and Flannigan Street" and also as a means of circumventing the "State Map Act" which "requires the signature and consent" of all of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners in order to apply for a General Plan Amendment on the MarrLand property. This request of the City of Simi Valley was also designed to change the original intended use of the MarrLand Subdivision. Robert Friedman of RBF, Associates, Inc. is copied on the letter. RBF Associates, Inc. are the current developers proposing development of the MarrLand Subdivision north of Presidio Drive (now The Crest At Wildhorse Canyon). Long Beach Equities, Inc. was the previous owner of that portion of the MarrLand property which now contains the Silverthorne at Indian Hills development (Centex Homes) and the Shawdowhawk at Indian Hills development (Richmond Homes).

1985

On February 19, 1985, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. conveyed by Corporation Grant Deed a portion of the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property to Long Beach Equities, Inc. In 1985, the developer of the MarrLand property, Long Beach Equities, Inc., prepared a new Draft Specific Plan for the MarrLand property referred to as "Rancho Cortijo" and requested the City of Simi Valley to initiate a Specific Plan and General Plan Amendment for the MarrLand property. The specific purpose for this request to the City was to make it possible to get around the requirement of obtaining the consents and authorizations from the remaining MarrLand Cabin Lot owners who also hold an interest in the surrounding Marrland Subdivision land and roads. In March of 1985, and based on the Ventura County Assessor Parcel Numbers to the "Reverted Acreage", the City of Simi Valley complied with the developer's (Long Beach Equities, Inc.) request to initiate a Specific Plan and General Plan Amendment for the MarrLand property. According to their 1992 and 1993 Statement of Officers with the State of California Secretary of State, show both of these Corporations, Long Beach Equities, Inc. and RBF Associates, Inc., using the same address of 2042 Armacost Avenue. RBF Associates, Inc. is a "Foreign Corporation" out of Chicago, Illinois. A date of April 2, 1985, was given for the application date of the City of Simi Valley initiated "Rancho Cortijo" Specific Plan for the MarrLand property. Both Long Beach Equities, Inc. and the City of Simi Valley were named as the applicants. The case number assigned to the "Rancho Cortijo" Specific Plan was SP-S-10.

On April 23, 1985, and by using the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps," based on the Ventura County Assessor Parcel Numbers to the "Reverted Acreage", and based on the "Notice of Merger," the County of Ventura approved, on behalf of these new land developers, 2 Parcel Map Waivers for the MarrLand property and portions of the MarrLand Subdivision. A short time after the County of Ventura approved the 2 Parcel Map Waivers for the MarrLand property and portions of the MarrLand Subdivision on April 23, 1985, the "Marr Diversion Channel" was considered for flood control purposes in lieu of a dam in Chivo Canyon. The "Marr Diversion Channel" was originally planned as one of the Flood Control Improvements in 1967 under a $25 million Bond.

On June 3, 1985, Long Beach Equities, Inc. purchased MarrLand Lot 30 in Block 20 of "MarrLand Unit B" for $500.00. This MarrLand Cabin Lot was one of many that were "Reverted" into the Acreage of the MarrLand Subdivision as a result of the County of Ventura's approval and recording of  the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps."

On December 5, 1985, the County of Ventura recorded a "Notice of Merger" that intentionally used and identified the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps", was based on the Ventura County Assessor Parcel Numbers to the "Reverted Acreage" and which was designed primarily to benefit and increase the buildable acreage of the properties of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. by "Merging" several of their individual Marrland Cabin Lots into the "Reverted Acreage" of the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps." The "Notice of Merger" became effective "on or before June 30, 1984" and stated that "certain parcels ceased to exist as individual parcels and merged into new units of land." In some ways this act by the County of Ventura actually assisted some of the MarrLand Cabin Lot owners with adjoining individual lots by Merging them and increasing the amount of buildable square footage. This "Notice of Merger" Falsely stated that the Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. property was conveyed to them using the Legal Descriptions from the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps." When in reality, they held title to thousands of the individual Marrland Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the Marrland Subdivision under the 5 original MarrLand Subdivision Tract Maps. The "Notice of Merger" also indicates that the approximate 82.27 Acres of property that was conveyed by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. to the Ventura County Flood Control District, as Acreage, for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam Site, and based on the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps, was now being taken "out of the Acreage" and placed back into the original MarrLand Subdivision Maps which contained the Marrland Cabin Lots, Parcels and Road Easements of the Marrland Subdivision.

On December 10, 1985, the County of Ventura passed Ordinance No. 3746 which changed the "R-E" Zoning on approximately 277 of the individual MarrLand Cabin Lots to an "A-E" Zoning designation. The Zoning change of these MarrLand Cabin Lots from "R-E" to "A-E" was intended to be consistent with the "A-E" Zoning of the remaining "Acreage" of the MarrLand Subdivision which had been changed on December 30, 1975, based on the  1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps," and which had been used for the purpose of placing the MarrLand Residential Subdivision into an "Agricultural Preserve" under an "Land Conservation Act Contract" (LCA) entered into between the County of Ventura and Morton H. Marr. 

1986

On January 1986, a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the "Rancho Cortijo" Specific Plan SP-S-10 was prepared for the City of Simi Valley.

In 1986, the telephone book listed Lynn Doane (Wife of Gaylen Bruce Doane of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.), Mary J. Eaton and Johnny Hilton at 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road. There were no listings for 5390 Las Llajas Canyon Road or 5680 Las Llajas Canyon Road. 3 residential telephone numbers were identified (Source: Haines & Co.).

1988

On October 18, 1988, the City of Simi Valley published it's General Plan Update Map with the City Limits, Sphere of Influence and Area of Interest. This map encompassed a portion of the area of the MarrLand property that received the County of Ventura's Parcel Map Waivers from April 23, 1985.

1989

On July 19, 1989, Morton H. Marr's Wife, Adah Yale Marr, dies in Dallas Texas. Shorty after her death, and in appreciation for the care his Wife received, Morton H. Marr became the founding donor for the construction of an Emergency Center at the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital named after his Wife Adah Yale Marr.

1990

In approximately 1990, the land Developer changed its name from Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. to the Simi Associates Limited Partnership.

Sometime in 1990, after Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. received the  "generous gifts" of the two Parcels within Howard Marr's April 20, 1931, "Club View Addition to Santa Susana" from the Ventura County Assessor's Office, Albert Rosen, an owner of property within this Subdivision, a former 1963 Honorary Simi Valley Mayor Candidate, frequent Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board Candidate, a past Board Member of the Ventura County Board of Education, and the Boyfriend of Dolores B. Taylor (Division Engineer for the Ventura County Flood Control District), filed "Claims" with the Ventura County Assessor's Office under Section 610 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code for the purpose of being added as an Assessee to these two Parcels along with Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.  The Ventura County Assessor's Office complied with Albert Rosen's request and accordingly mailed a letter of Notice to Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. informing them of Albert Rosen's actions and added Albert Rosen as an Assessee to the two Parcels.  Within this same Subdivision, Albert Rosen also filed additional "Claims" with the Ventura County Assessor's Office under Section 610 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code to several other Parcels which were in a "Tax Defaulted" status and was added as an Assessee to those Parcels as well. In some instances, the Ventura County Assessor's Office even went so far as to violate their own policies and changed the address of the legal owner to certain Parcels in order to reflect Albert Rosen's address. In addition to the Parcels within Howard Marr's April 20, 1931, "Club View Addition to Santa Susana," Albert Rosen also filed several more "Claims" with the Ventura County Assessor's Office under Section 610 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code for the purpose of being added as an Assessee to some of the "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots located within the MarrLand Subdivision.

On May 29, 1990, a "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lot was sold at a Public Auction by the Ventura County Tax Collector for $7,500.00. The minimum bid listed for this "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lot was $375.00.

On November 16, 1990, Gerald Leonard Haigh passed away in a Simi Valley nursing home at 88 years old. Gerald Leonard Haigh had been residing with his Wife, Annie Ophelia Haigh, on the MarrLand property off of  Tapo Canyon Road after the Ventura County Flood Control District condemned their MarrLand Cabin Lots for the Las Llajas Canyon Dam Site. The address of 5027 Las Llajas Canyon Road had been originally assigned to one of these MarrLand Cabin Lots and was later used by various persons residing and doing business within the MarrLand Subdivision. Gerald Leonard Haigh also assisted Howard Marr with his Insurance Fraud Scheme in the 1930's involving the MarrLand property. Gerald Leonard Haigh was survived by his Wife, Annie Ophelia Haigh; his Son, Jerry Lee Haigh; his Daughters, Jerene Burtchell and Babara Gene Ruth; his Brother, Wilfred (Wiff) Haigh; his Sister Ethel Taylor; his Grandchildren, John Hall, Brenda Collins (Ex- Wife of David William Heckathorne and former employee of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.), Tracy Haigh, Mike Haigh, Gina Rhoads, Maria Nighswander, Cheri Cox and Rex Burtchell, and twelve great-grandchildren.

The Statement of Officers filed on December 14, 1990, with the Secretary of State for the corporation Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. named Naim Perry, Rouhollah Kashani and Belfor Shalomi. The Project Officer was identified as G.B. Doane (Gaylen Bruce Doane).

1991

In 1991, Long Beach Equities, Inc. attempted to develop within the boundaries of the County of Ventura and began processing a Tentative Tract Map through the County of Ventura for a 249 Lot Subdivision on a 249.56 acre portion of the MarrLand Property. Now this property contains the newer housing tract developments of Silverthorne at Indian Hills by Centex Homes and Shadowhawk at Indian Hills by Richmond Homes. By 1993, these development efforts failed and Long beach Equities, Inc. was required to Annex the property to the City of Simi Valley for any future development proposals.

On April 30, 1991, the Dale Poe Development Corporation had the existing MarrLand Residential Subdivision and MarrLand property's "Las Llajas Canyon" access road Surveyed from the north end of Texas Avenue and through the Las Llajas Canyon, up to their approximate 3,000 acre property located north of the Bob Hope (Rocky Peak / Runkle Ranch) property.

In October of 1991, advance plans were being made by the Dale Poe Development Corporation in preparation for the approval pending and proposed Development of the MarrLand Property, and as a benefit to the future Development of their property. As a result of this they began the process of attempting to secure a road easement of 36 feet wide through the MarrLand Residential Subdivision, MarrLand Property, and up the Las Llajas Canyon.

On October 7, 1991, the Dale Poe Development Corporation filed a Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," naming a number of the MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners as Defendants, claiming that their MarrLand Cabin Lots were located upon the existing MarrLand Residential Subdivision and MarrLand property's "Las Llajas Canyon" access road that the Dale Poe Development Corporation was using for access to their property. On August 1, 1994, the Dale Poe Development Corporation Dismissed their entire Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," without prejudice. Part of the reason for this dismissal was the result of responding MarrLand Cabin Lot owners basically forcing the Dale Poe Development Corporation to perform additional land surveys to determine the exact location of the lots in question. The survey of the Las Llajas Canyon road does not provide a correlation or connection to previous surveys of this area and the relationship to existing individual lots. This perhaps was also part of the reason why Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. may have felt it was in their best interest to agree to a Stipulated Judgment on July 24, 1992, with the Dale Poe Development Corporation and provided them with a road easement over their property. In response, the Dale Poe Development Corporation finally began the process of dismissing its entire Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement" against all the other MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners by May 6, 1993. The actual dismissal became effective on August 1, 1994. In contradiction, according to the 1980 Survey of the "Las Llajas Canyon" access road by Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. and the Ventura County Flood Control District, any portion of this "Las Llajas Canyon" access road which was located within the MarrLand Residential Subdivision, was only located upon the properties of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc., and did not involve any of the other MarrLand Cabin Lot properties. The Dale Poe Development Corporation was involved with the Stevenson Ranch project in Santa Clarita and the property also known as Runkle Ranch, between Tapo Street and Sequoia Avenue, north of Royal Avenue in Simi Valley. And Gary Gorian of the Gorian Sinay Company, LLC/Parker Ranch project (north of the Metrolink Station) was an employee of the Dale Poe Development Corporation.

1992

In 1992, an investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission was started against persons associated with Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.

On March 1, 1992, the Land Conservation Act Contract (LCA), which in 1975 had been placed on and covered the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand Property and the MarrLand Residential Subdivision, Expired its term and was not renewed. the Zoning of the land remained "A-E" (Agricultural Exclusive), but the "Agricultural Preserve" designation under the LCA Contract was removed. This would now make it a little bit easier to develop the individual MarrLand Cabin Lot home sites.

On May 14, 1992, Donald E. Hunt, Assistant General Manager of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, sent an Interoffice Memorandum to Jerry Gladden, General Manager, requesting that the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District consider acquiring several of the "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots. On May 21, 1992, at a meeting of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, a motion was made by Director Rick Fields and seconded by Director James L. Meredith, to approve the submittal of the minimum bid proposals ranging in price from $110.00 to $120.00 to the Ventura County Tax Collector for the purchase of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots. There was no disclosure made to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board Members that at least two of the "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots were already named and involved in the October 7, 1991, Dale Poe Development Corporation's Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement."  On June 26, 1992, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Administrative Analyst, Edward R. Chavanec, sent a letter to Robin Jacob, Supervisor of the Ventura County Tax Collector's Office, containing the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District's "Agreement to Purchase" the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots.

On July 17, 1992, the Dale Poe Development Corporation dismissed their October 7, 1991, Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," without prejudice, against the following MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners; ROBERT L. MUELLER, NANCY R. MUELLER, TWYLA RUTH HAUSER, HILDA W. FULMER, BONNIE JEAN FRISINA, THOMAS ALLEN FRASER, DOROTHY FAITH FRASER, HEIRS OR DEVISEES OF JAY M, RUSSELL J. PAGE, RAYMOND L. PAGE, SHIRLEY SILVERBERG, HELEN BRODY, DAVID REAVLIN, JOANNIE SILVERBERG ZEISE, LINDA BRODY KRAVTCHENKO, KATIA KRAVTCHENKO, ADAM ZEISE, SERENA JOY ZEISE, HAPOEL MIZRACH, ALYN ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL, WILLIAM A. FULMER SR., WILLIAM A. FULMER JR., MARK A. FULMER, WARREN MINTHORNE, KEIKO MINTHORNE, JAMES ALTON SHISLEY, CATHERINE C. SHISLEY, REX LE ROY, LOU CRINKLAW WRIGHT FAMILY TRUST DATED, SADIE RAINES, MRS. VICTOR C. CAMPANELLI, MRS. ANTHONY CAMPANELLI, AUDREY M. VAIL, DANIEL P. VAIL, E.E. DEVOL, CARRIE C. CLAYPOOL, LILLIAN M. CLAYPOOL, VIRGINIA REYNOLDS, CHARLES L. GRAY FAMILY TRUST DATED 2/27/86 , CLARENCE W. SMITH, JEWEL E. SMITH, DONALD J. HARPER, ALLIE L. HARPER, THOMAS E. HARPER, THOMAS E. HARPER, FRANK C. OTERO, ALICE M. OTERO, NORA KRAGER, EUNICE KOWALSKE, ELAINE URBAN, EVELYN ETHEL BLAKE, MARVIN W. MOLLERS, GEORGE HUBERT MOLLERS, MELVIN K. MOLLERS, JOHN W. REDMOND, MYRTLE E. REDMOND, MORGAN O'CONNELL JR., WALTER INGRAM, MARION M. WIESE, JOHN CLIFFORD KEYS, WILLIAM G. KEYS, JAMES V. KEYS ELLE BELLE LIGHTBURN, HEIRS OR DEVISEES OF CLARA A. PENN DECEASED, JAMES BROOKS, LILLIS BROOKS, ELIZABETH BUCHRDEDER, in addition to many others. Still others remained named in the Lawsuit. On August 1, 1994, the Dale Poe Development Corporation dismissed their entire Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," without prejudice.

On July 24, 1992, a Stipulation between Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. and the Dale Poe Development Corporation was entered into regarding the October 7, 1991, Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement." The Stipulation basically provided the Dale Poe Development Corporation with their requested road easement up the Las Llajas Canyon road in exchange for a liability release.

On October 30, 1992, Robin Jacob, Deputy of the Redemption Division for the Ventura County Tax Collector's Office, sent a letter to Edward Chovanec, Administrative Analyst for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which stated that the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District's "Agreements to Purchase" six of the Tax Defaulted MarrLand Cabin Lots had been authorized by the Board of Supervisors and the Controller of the State of California.

On December 28, 1992, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. changed their name to The Simi Associates Limited Partnership. The California Secretary of State later identified the Corporate Status of Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. as being Suspended. On December 28, 1992, Marr Ranch Associates, Inc. conveyed their MarrLand property to The Simi Associates Limited Partnership.

1993

By 1993, and after Long Beach Equities, Inc. had failed to succeed in 1991 with development of a 249 Lot Subdivision on a 249.56 acre portion of the MarrLand Property within the boundaries of the County of Ventura and which now contains the developments of Silverthorne at Indian Hills (Centex Homes) and Shadowhawk at Indian Hills (Richmond Homes), plans were made by Long Beach Equities, Inc., RBF Associates, Inc. and the Simi Associates Limited Partnership (formally Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.) to annex and develop portions of the MarrLand Property within the City of Simi Valley boundaries.

On February 4, 1993, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors Approved Resolutions 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124, 1125 and 1126, to Accept and Record six (6) Tax Deeds from the Ventura County Tax Collector for the six (6) "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots. In support of it's acquisition of the six (6) "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors stated that the six (6) "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots were "desirable for park and recreational purposes" and their acquisition was "in the best interests of the District." These six (6) "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots were identified with the Assessor's Parcel Numbers of  620-0-130-165, 620-0-140-175, 620-0-150-215, 620-0-280-065, 620-0-300-075, 620-0-300-065. At least three (3) of the six (6) "Tax Defaulted" MarrLand Cabin Lots acquired by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District had been previously "Reverted to Acreage" according to the 1949 "Reversion to Acreage Maps." These three (3) MarrLand Cabin Lots are identified with the Assessor's Parcel Numbers of 620-0-280-065, 620-0-300-075, 620-0-300-065.

On May 6, 1993, the Dale Poe Development Corporation dismissed their October 7, 1991, Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," without prejudice, against the following MarrLand Cabin Lot Owners; ALVA EUGENE WEISS, MELVIN WARREN WEISS, GLEN D. CAMPBELL, ELIZABETH S. CAMPBELL, ANTHONY CAMPANELLI, VICTOR C. CAMPANELLI, ELIZABETH A. FRATTS, JERROLD BRENNER, CHRISTINE A. BRENNER, DALE A. ALTON. On August 1, 1994, the Dale Poe Development Corporation dismissed their entire Civil Action to "Quiet Title To a Prescription Easement," without prejudice.

On May 7, 1993, in response to a MarrLand Cabin Lot Owner's inquiry about potential Development on the MarrLand Property, the City of Simi Valley responded by stating that the City of Simi Valley was unaware of any Development plans for the MarrLand Property.

By December 14, 1993, the proposed Development Agreement between the City of Simi Valley, Long Beach Equities, Inc. (RBF Associates, Inc.) and the Simi Associates Limited Partnership (formally Marr Ranch Associates, Inc.), had already been assigned the designation of DA 93-1. This designation would appear to indicate that this was the first Development Agreement proposed by a Developer to the City of Simi Valley for the year 1993.

1994

On June 13, 1994, the City of Simi Valley states that "Several planning applications are currently on file for portions of the "Marr Ranch" site."

On June 18, 1994, the local Simi Valley newspaper published an article which stated that the Developers of the MarrLand Property were asking the City of Simi Valley to Exempt their proposed 550 single family home project from any future growth control laws in return for $3.57 million dollars. The article further stated that 892 acres of the proposed project would involve a portion of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and portions east of Tapo Canyon Road. The Developers also stated that they would donate 1,800 acres of "Open Space" to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and agreed to extend Yosemite Ave. through the MarrLand Residential Subdivision to Tapo Canyon Road.

On June 28, 1994, the City of Simi Valley stated that the proposed Development plans for the "Marr Ranch" (MarrLand Property) "would extend needed public services closer to the Marrland parcels, which would make the development of these lots more feasible" and that the MarrLand Parcels "cannot be part of the proposed Development Agreement, since Government Code Section 65865(a) provides that the Agreement may only apply to land owned by the applicant."

On November 14, 1994, a City of Simi Valley Memorandum pertaining to development of the MarrLand Property was sent to the Simi Valley City Council from the City of Simi Valley Department of Environmental Services.

PRESENT DAY

A 550 single family housing development was ultimately approved by the City of Simi Valley on the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property (includes the MarrLand Residential Subdivision)

The Silverthorne housing tract development was constructed south of the boundaries of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision off of Yosemite Ave.

The Shadowhawk housing tract development was constructed east of the boundaries of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision off of Evening Sky Drive.

Yosemite Ave. was extended through the MarrLand Residential Subdivision and renamed Cottonwood Drive.

A debris basin was constructed under Cottonwood Drive for the purpose of crossing Chivo Creek and for the purpose of extending Yosemite Ave.

A portion of the MarrLand Residential Subdivision is Re-Subdivided into a new housing tract named The Crest At Wildhorse Canyon.

50 additional housing units are pending for the Tapo Canyon portion of the 2,785.82 acre MarrLand property.

 

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In Howard Marr's Words

 

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