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.

12 comments:

  1. beautiful home...love the landscaping...so perfect!

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  2. Amazing what you can find out about people who lived in these beautiful homes. Great stories! Lovely balance here (and some sunshine :)).

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    1. It was a funny day. Dark on this house, and light next door!

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  3. I remember your post on their Hawaii cruise!:) It is a lovely looking home, and obviously has been well-kept all this time!

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    1. That was actually a different family, Lulu, the Jamesons. Hawaii cruises must have been a trend!

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  4. Almost looks like you're venturing into Coventry with LOL!!! Interesting history...I've been in Taylor's...great store!!! At least the debate is over a Fresh and Easy and not a WalMart!!! But I hope Taylor's stands it's ground!!!

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    1. I thought the same thing! Fresh and Rasy has pulled out completely but I wouldn't have minded it too much, as long Taylor's could stay in town and business wouldn't be affected. I hear that a lot of people come up the hill to buy Taylor's meats, so it is possible. Luckily they're still there. Re: WalMart. Oh, dear god, NO!

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  5. Not my style but it is a beautiful home.

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    1. That's why there is all different architecture, huh? :-)

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  6. I always like your history posts, Adele.

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    1. Thanks, Petrea it's fun to see what the Internet has to offer!

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