Daily Drive in Camarillo pays homage to three brothers—Charles (“C.J.”), Erastus, and Wendell Daily—who were early settlers of the Pleasant Valley. Yet Hueneme can boast a connection to them as well. At least two brothers were gainfully employed at the 6,000-acre John Patterson Ranch—C.J. as a manager—during the late-1890s. By 1916, the Daily brothers would own thousands of acres in the fertile Pleasant Valley, where they would introduce lima beans, sugar beets, peas, lettuce, avocados, walnut, and citrus that would eventually end up being shipped out of the Wharf at Hueneme.
Joy Todd, who has resided in Camarillo for more than 50 years, comes to us from the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, where she presently serves as president. Her research in the historical society archives—sometimes only short newspaper clips—led to further research.
A Southern California native who grew up in Northridge, Joy graduated from San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN) with a degree in Political Science and History. In 2014 she received the honorary title of Doña from the Pleasant Valley Historical Society for her volunteer service in the community and served on the Ventura County Civil Grand Jury for two years.