The mystery clarifies and clarifies. Here's the real scoop. Brian has some stuff about cattle at CamPen at one time and Mark citing the Fed. "Govt. purchase in '42 , etc. out of the reference is correct. Originally, CamPen was one of the last great Spanish Land Grant properties remaining in CA before the Fed. Govt. bought it for use as a Marine Base. It's real name was "Rancho Margarita de las Flores" before the purchase. The Rancho Foreman back then, who married into the Spanish family that owned the Rancho, susequently became the owner. His name was Tim O'Neill ("TO"). He branded his cattle on the Rancho with a "TO" brand. The brand had a "T" on top and connected to an "O" on the bottom. Wish I could demo with my keyboard. Now, you almost have it right with your Sharpie/Marker outline, but your "T" is too stubby and the cross/horizontal top of the "T" needs to be "dogeared" at the ends or pointing down slightly.
After the Marines purchased the Base, the Commanders intended to preserve the rich history and heritage of the Rancho, some examples of which were: Base vehicles had the "T""O" brand placed as a logo on the vehicle to show it was a Marine Corps Base vehicle, much like a TacMark; the original Rancho Ranch House was not torn down, but made into the Base Commanding General's Quarters (still is today); entryways into various Base Housing areas had the logo carved/painted into/onto them. I was the Base Communications-Electronics Officer from '77 - '80 and had the logo put on the Base Telephone Directory during those years. I think you get the idea.
Brian gets over to the Base more than I do these days, he's good with a camera and putting pics on the G. So, if he would be so kind, maybe he could shoot a pic from one of the many examples and put it here for all to see. A good one would be the O'Neill Heights Entry Way sign which has a 2' diameter "T" "O" brand/logo at the top made of 1/4" steel. HA! I and a few other residents built it as a self help project in '77. There are some ole pics back in the '40's of Base vehicles with the logos which might be found in the Base Library.
Hope this helps demystify the situation.
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on Thu May 03, 2007 10:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.