José D. Batz was born in Los Angeles, CA on Aug. 9. 1857. Batz was a farmer and sheepherder who in 1880 carved a wood cane with several hundred medallions of birds, beasts, reptiles, and fish.
He died in Los Angeles on April 15, 1936.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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