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Josefita Rebecca Otero (Manderfield)

Also Known As: "Josefa"
Birthplace: Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Territory, United States
Death: Died in Coronado, San Diego County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Henry Manderfield and Josefa Manderfield
Wife of Eduardo Manuel Otero
Ex-wife of Sgt. George W. Armijo, Rough Rider
Mother of Theodore Roosevelt Manderfield Armijo, Sr.
Sister of Florentina Manderfield and Eugenia Manderfield
Half sister of Cyrilla Manderfield and Enrique Houghton Salazar

Occupation: Artist
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About Josefita Rebecca Otero

Legend of the Las Lunas Ghost.


In the early 1900s control of the mansion passed to Eduardo Otero. In the 1920s multiple improvements to the mansion were made, including the addition of a solarium, a front portico, and ironwork that surrounded the entire property. It was Eduardo’s wife, Josefita, more familiarly known as "Pepe,” that was largely responsible for these many efforts. The daughter of William R. Manderfield, founder of the Santa Fe New Mexican, Josefita lovingly spent her days caring for her magnificent gardens and improving her fine home.

Over the years the mansion changed hands several times before it was purchased and renovated as a fine dining establishment in the 1970s. It was then that the ghost of Josefita began to appear. Perhaps she didn’t like the renovations or maybe she just wants to stick around to make sure they were doing a good job on the home that she had spent so many years looking after.

Dressed in 1920s period clothing, she has been described by employees as appearing very real. Most often she is seen in two former bedrooms on the second floor, an attic storeroom, and at the top of the stairs leading to the second floor bar.

At the top of the stairs sits an old rocking chair which she has often been seen sitting in and rocking slowly. On one occasion when an employee approached the ghostly apparition, she simply stood up then slowly vanished. More often she is seen walking up and down the stairs, a habit that has been so commonplace that employees barely notice anymore.

Where there’s one spirit, others seem to follow and more ghostly apparitions have been seen at the mansion. One of these is was a former servant named Cruz, who was thought to have been a groundskeeper. Most often seen on the main level, he is said to be particularly friendly to women and children and likes to play practical jokes on the employees and patrons. On one occasion he was seen sitting on a sofa as if waiting to be served. Dressed in vintage attire, the man was relaxing patiently when a waitress asked another staff member why he hadn’t been served. However, the response was "What man?” and when the waitress looked back to the sofa, the vintage spirit faded away.

Staff suggests that other spirits also roam this historic building.

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Josefita Rebecca Otero's Timeline

July 1880
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Territory, United States
April 9, 1903
Age 22
October 18, 1951
Age 71
Coronado, San Diego County, California, United States