This is the home of one of our pioneer families: John Carlton Pegler, his wife Mary Bullock Pegler, and their three sons. Built in 1894, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Mr. Pegler was born in England in 1847. He was married to Mary Bullock in 1871 and the Peglers' three sons were all born in England. In 1880 the family travelled to the United States on the Guion Line steamer "Arizona," and subsequently resided in Laurens, Iowa, for the next nine years. Next, they moved to Salem, Oregon, where they lived for two years, during which time Mr. Pegler became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
The family arrived in Sierra Madre in 1893, purchased fourteen acres of land, and planted an orange grove. During their second summer on their ranch, water was scarce for all of Sierra Madre, and there was no water available for the Peglers' orchard. Mr. Pegler decided to develop his own water and dug a 235-foot well. The project was a success and, in addition to providing water for his own property, he was able to provide water to the southwest portion of the town for the following two years.
The Peglers were very involved in the growth of the community. Not only was Mr. Pegler one of the first trustees when the city of Sierra Madre was incorporated, Mrs. Pegler was one of the 54 founding members of the Woman's Club. It is also noteworthy that one of the Peglers' sons, Carlton, was married to Mabel Eva Robinson, the daughter of William Robinson, proprietor of our town's first grocery store, which he started in his home on Baldwin (now the home of Lunch Salon).
Mr. Pegler passed away in 1915, at the age of 68. Mrs. Pegler lived until her 85th year, passing away in 1932.
When I was taking this photo (quite some time ago), members of the family that own the house were outside picking flowers, and I spoke with them briefly. They seem very happy to be living in this historic home, and I'm sure the Peglers would be glad to see that their home is still beautiful, well cared for, and loved.
Source: Annals of Early Sierra Madre, Published in 1950 by the Sierra Madre Historical Society