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Theodore Twitchell


Theodore "Cap" Twitchell

When Charles Preisker was appointed to the Board of Supervisors, he replaced a retiring F.C. Twitchell, who was the father of Theodore "Cap" Twitchell. Cap Twitchell joined the firm in 1926 after earning his law degree from Berkeley School of Law in 1926. The firm became known as Preisker, Goble & Twitchell.

Like Charles Preisker, Cap Twitchell was also a well-respected politician.    He served on the County Board of Supervisors from 1943 to 1950, elected twice without opposition, serving as the chairman of the Board during his last term. He also served as chairman of the County Planning and Public Works Committee.

Although Charles Preisker may have laid the groundwork for flood control and the building of a dam to protect  the Santa Maria Valley, it was Cap Twitchell who was instrumental in making the dam a reality.  The dam was (and is) vital to the agricultural well-being of the Santa Maria Valley. Besides the work he undertook to get the dam built, he served as  chairman and legal counsel for the Santa Barbara County Water Agency from 1942 until his death in 1955. 

Unfortunately, Cap passed away in 1955 at the age of 52 before construction of the Vaquero Dam began in July 1956, and was completed on June 28, 1958. The name of the Vaquero Dam was changed to the Twitchell Dam in 1957 to honor Cap Twitchell for the countless hours he devoted to the dam project.  

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