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shelled by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Just after 7 p.m. that evening, the submarine

I-17 surfaced in the Santa Barbara Channel and set

to work with its 5.5-inch deck gun in the first at-

tack by a foreign power on the continental United

States since the War of 1812. The shells, which did

little damage, were meant for the Ellwood Oil Field

facilities, but one of them overshot the mark and

exploded on the Tecolote Ranch. Another shell hit

the ranch, but failed to explode and was retrieved

intact by ranch foreman Pete Venznor (an uncle

of baseball superstar Ted Williams, who visited

the ranch several times as a boy). After being dis-

armed, the shell ended up on display in the Spald-

ings’ house, a souvenir of the ranch’s historic en-

counter with the I-17.

Above – Tecolote Ranch house entrance. Current

owner Mark Linehan recently reacquired the original

decorative front doors (left). In the 1930s Silsby

Spalding hired local Goleta blacksmith, Jim Smith to

craft the doors; Smith spent five years fabricating them

along with other carbon-steel ornamental hardware,

grillwork and a fence around the property.

John Iwerks © 2017