Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lockart House



Today, I discovered that three families I've already written about, and now another, were all related.  I had a lot of fun writing this post.  This home is known as the Lockhart House, and also the Lockart House.  However, census records list the family name as Lockart.  So here's what I found... 

Adeline Louisa ("Adda") Lockart arrived in Sierra Madre in 1884, with her aunt, Mrs. John J. Hart.  Subsequently, Adda's younger brother David arrived in Sierra Madre, and the brother and sister built this home in 1885, for their widowed mother Mary Ann Mannerling Lockart. 

Many of our town's early settlers boarded with Mrs. Lockart while building their own houses, including the men who worked on The Pinney Hotel in 1887. Miss Adda Lockhart married Mr. Stephen Rendell Norris, and the couple had two children.  David and Adda's older sister, Katherine ("Kate"), was married to Mr. Almarin Decker, and the couple's home was next door to Mrs. Lockart's home. 

David Lockart worked with Mr. Decker on the Mt. Lowe Incline Railway.  Following Mr. Decker's death, Kate Lockart Decker and her daughter Marian returned to this home to live with Kate's mother, Mrs. Lockart.  At a later tme, Marian lived with her aunt and uncle, the Norrises.  Marian Decker Shaw passed away in 1981, at the age of 93, and she is buried in the Sierra Madre Cemetery.

10 comments:

  1. There are two things I really love about this photo - the mountains and that rocking chair on the porch. Wouldn't I love to be sitting there watching the world go by (or spotting you taking this photo :)).

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    1. Wouldn't it be fun? It's on the north side of the street, so in the evening they might even get some valley lights to enjoy.

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  2. Where do you get all this lovely information? Are you part of the Sierra Madre Heritage Society? The library? Was in your neck of the woods today, hiking to First Water. Found a bit of wildflower activity going on. Such a beautiful trail because up until FW, you hug the edge of the mountain all the way. I need new shoes, though, because I skied most of the way down.

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    1. Well... I have a couple of old books, and I often look at the Historical Preservation Society's website (I'm very ashamed to say that, although I belong to the Friends of the Library, I haven't yet joined the Historical Preservation Society. They don't have a "join online" option that I'm aware of, and boy-oh-boy do I procastinate when there is an envelope and stamp involved. Must take care of that this weekend!) But the place where I get a LOT of stuff is from Ancestry.com. I initially joined to do my own family history, but find myself spending all my time in the Sierra Madre area...

      Phew - you'll be sorry you asked!!

      Oh, hiking to First Water. I haven't done it in so very long. Last time I went up, only as far as the switchbacks, I had new shoes, and what a difference it made. Pretty steep terrain to be skiing on. I may have to try to get my out-of-shape self up there soon, to catch some of that wildflower action!

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  3. Once again, thanks for the memories.
    I wasn't aware SMadre was large enough to have its own cemetery. Where is it located and when was it birth??

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    1. Oh, the cemetery is a beauty. It's at the east end of Sierra Madre Boulevard, next to Sierra Vista Park. Lots of interesting people to visit, there. :)

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  4. You are just uncovering some fun stuff. It is all very incestuous, isn't it.

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    1. Isn't it, though? Every time I find out more, it seems that the town just gets smaller!

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  5. I always enjoy the history connections - and I have one for you. Pour a cup of coffee and prepare for six degrees of separation

    http://pasadenaadjacent.com/2010/09/09/bloom-where-you-are-planted/

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    1. That's a great story!!! And the Mt. Lowe site is very, very cool. I love it when you share your posts that occurred "before my time." Thanks!!!

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