Montecito Magazine 2020

Deere and Ford vehicles, all displaying the “Poz- zebon Backhoe Services” brand. Most of the old dairy buildings are gone, but the three houses re- main. Gene, however, lives across town in a house on Peach Grove Lane, not far from Earl Warren Showgrounds. He’s retired, but is hardly inactive. At 96, he still occasionally climbs aboard a tractor to help Dennis mow his hayfield. Julie & April Ouellette 805.895.1421 Century 21 Butler Realty, Inc. DRE# 00974906 DRE# 02044390 Team Ouellette Over 30 Years of Exceptional Service 28 Montecito Magazine Summer–Fall 2020 Left – Lines of cows prepared for milking. “We were milking in the early years about 35–40 head. Later on we increased that to 60 head.” –Gene Pozzebon, Oral History Tape #37, October 12, 1993 “He keeps busy,” Nancy says. “He’s always doing something.” Down on North Milpas Street, the former Live Oak Dairy building now houses a restaurant called Bossie’s Kitchen. A short block to the west on Canon Perdido, the erstwhile Riviera creamery, where McConnell’s once produced its ice cream, has been demolished to make room for the Plaza Riviera apartments, currently under construction. The Riviera and Live Oak dairies are long gone, as are all the other local dairies. Most were once owned by Italian or Swiss-Italian families like the Bazzis, the Durbianos, the Prevedellos, the Tognazzinis, the Zanescos — and the Pozzebons. Sixty-eight years have passed since the Torro Canyon Dairy went out of business, but Gene still finds himself waking up at 3 a.m. Having no cows to milk, he rolls over and goes back to sleep. His memories of life on the farm are mostly happy ones, despite the remarkably long days that he and his parents used to put in. “We enjoyed it,” he says. “In those days, we didn’t know any better.” u Painting © Cathy Quiel