Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Bit More on the Churchill Ranch

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.


14 comments:

  1. I wonder way led his parents west? tuberculosis?

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    1. I wonder that too. Lots of our original locals escapted here for health purposes, including the esteemed Mr. Carter. I tried to find something, but got nowhere in the 15 minutes I was allotted. Will keep you "posted" if I find more. So many fun things to look for...

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  2. Like that photograph. Amazing how a street signs (with beautiful trees behind) can do it for me! Where oh where, Adele, do you find the time to post all this amazing history. Well done, you!!!!

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    1. Oh, LOL, I do appreciate you! This time, sadly, I used the time I had previously chosen for sleeping. Plus, I very rarely watch TV anymore (not a bad thing, of course). Hoping to rectify the sleeping situation in mere moments!

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    2. Thank you, Adele. I have been amazed and I am really enjoying the historical stories. Thank you, again!

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    3. Oh, you're the best!! I'm probably going to be a bit disappointing in the history category for the next couple of days - I have to try to catch up on other things (and take walks so I can get more photos!).

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  3. Very cool history...and I checked out the website...very cool photos!!! We have loads of old family photos...from my uncle and grandparents crossing the ocean in the ship while immigrating to the US to cool period shots of my dad in a sailor suit as a kid, and my grandmother in some wonderful fashions!!!

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    1. Aren't they cool? You should post some of those family photos on your blog. Nostalgia Days in Mammoth Lakes! It would be really interesting to see them.

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  4. wow, interesting...i wouldn't think high end bicycles would be so popular back then!

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    1. Aren't they - I'm so excited that I found that site!

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  6. That's so cool - to think all the back story you can get from a street sign! I love those old photos, old W Churchill had quite an eye! :)

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    1. I thought it was cool, too. Old Ranch Road runs through a lot of neighborhoods, and a couple of cities around here. I'm wondering now how it got named, i.e., after whose "Old Ranch"?

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