Historical figure Jose Estudillo performed by actor on Zoom


TEMECULA – Actor Bill Veale performed Jose Estudillo, one of the first San Jacinto Valley pioneers, in a special Zoom presentation Monday, July 27, sponsored by the Temecula Valley Historical Society.

The Evening with Jose Estudillo, performed by Veale, delighted the many Zoom participants who were originally hoping to enjoy a live performance that was canceled at Vail Headquarters due to the latest changes in the coronavirus pandemic regulations.

José Estudillo was a husband and father of 12 children. He was a horse trainer, influential rancher in the San Jacinto Valley and lived under three countries that governed California during his lifetime – Spain, Mexico and the United States. He had interactions with Gov. Pio Pico, Gen. Stephen Kearney and explorer Kit Carson.

The performance had Veale wearing what Estudillo may have worn when he lived at his home in San Jacinto, at 150 S. Dillon Ave. in San Jacinto. The Estudillo Mansion is now designated a historical landmark.

For more information on the Temecula Valley Historical Society, visit https://www.temeculahistoricalsociety.org.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Historical Society.