Thursday, March 7, 2013
Former Home of the Roberts Family
Harold Roberts, originally from Kansas City, came to Sierra Madre in 1928, and opened a produce store at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue. The store, Roberts Market (photo courtesy Sierra Madre News.net), "Home of the Green Frog" began a long tradition for that corner. To this day, the store sells fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and other essentials, as Taylor's Meat & Produce. FYI, while the fate of Taylor's remains in the balance, they continue to do a booming business, and Fresh and Easy (mentioned in the link) has stopped all plans for development on that corner. According to info I found on the interwebs, members of the Roberts family continued to own the land as late as 2006 (possibly to this day, but I couldn't confirm that...).
So, when the Roberts family arrived in 1928, someone else had begun construction of this beautiful house. Unfortunately, the original owner was not able to keep the house, and Mr. Roberts purchased it in 1930. According to the 1940 census, Mr. Roberts, his wife Lelia, and daughters Roberta and Marcel lived in the home. Mr. Roberts reported that he worked 72 hours during the week prior to the census, and had worked 52 weeks in 1939. That's the way to be successful! Some of the hard work paid off, though, because passenger lists of the "Lurline" show that Mr. and Mrs. Robert enjoyed a cruise to Hawaii when they were in their 50's.