|The corner of Old Ranch Road and Churchill Road, in the Marlborough Terrace area|
Yesterday, we talked about the Churchill Ranch, where Frank Capra once lived. While looking for information about the area, I found some info on Wesley Churchill, the son of the founder of the Churchill Ranch. The info was on a website put together by his great-grandson, Steven Churchill.
Wesley Churchill was born in Connecticut in 1873. In 1889, he established a company in Cambridge, MA, which manufactured high-end bicycles for men and women, and the business became very successful. In addition to his interest in bicycles, Mr. Churchill had an interest in photography (a fairly new hobby at that time).
At about this time, across the country, Wesley Churchill's parents, William and Jane Churchill were residing on a large ranch in Sierra Madre, called the Churchill Ranch, when the elder Churchill died. Wesley and his wife, Eleanor Alice, to whom he was married in 1897, decided to move to nearby South Pasadena to be closer to Wesley's mother Jane (now a widow).
During this time, Wesley's interest in photography began to grow, resulting in many wonderful photos taken between the years 1900 and 1911, that are now on his great-grandson's website. The photos depict local areas, including Los Angeles and Catalina Island, and several photos of the Churchill Ranch, including the family home.