Crescenta Valley Pioneers and Their Legacies

Crescenta Valley Pioneers and Their Legacies

by Jo Anne Sadler


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Their names run deep through local history and lore, adorning street signs, canyons, historical buildings, homes and ranches in the swath of suburbia between Pasadena and Tujunga, where the towns of La Crescenta and La Ca ada took shape, along with the unique community of Montrose. Profiled in the pages of Crescenta Valley Pioneers and Their Legacies by author Jo Anne Sadler, a researcher and frequent writer for the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, are such singularly important local characters as Theodor Pickens, the first permanent settler; Dr. Benjamin B. Briggs, the founder of La Crescenta; Jacob L. Lanterman and Adolphus W. Williams, the original developers of Rancho La Ca ada; and the Le Mesnager family, whose historic wine barn still stands in Deukmejian Wilderness Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495626
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jo Anne Sadler started doing family history research in the late 1970s and has always been interested in local history and the lives of what some consider ordinary"? people. She has written family history and research articles since the 1980s and has given and/or participated in several presentations in recent years about people who lived in the Crescenta Valley. A Minnesota native, she has resided in the Glendale area for over thirty-five years."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

1 The Bathey Family 11

2 Good Dr. Briggs and the Founding of La Crescenta 23

3 Delia W. Dunks, Health Resort Operator 39

4 James Franklin Dunsmoor, aka Frank Dunsmore 48

5 The Hall Family 55

6 The Lanterman Family 75

7 The Le Mesnager Family and the Stone Barn 89

8 Theodor Pickens, Fact versus Fiction 101

9 The Elusive General Shields 120

10 Adolphus W. Williams and the Founding of La Cañada 129

Bibliography 137

Index 139

About the Author 143

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