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Robert A. Walton Cup

On Washington's birthday, February 22, 1913, Montrose was founded by two developers, J. Frank Walters and Robert A. Walton. On a bright day with good weather about 4,000 guests were welcomed to a barbeque at the new development. The founders were hoping for a bonanza of sales for their newly-graded lots, especially as a trolley line had been promised. Family connections, a few letters and a short month later the railroad was under construction from Verdugo Park to Montrose, arriving in April 1913.

Robert A. Walton was born in Asheville, NC in 1875. After serving in the Army, he moved to California and became a partner in the Frederick A. Holmes real estate company. With Holmes' retirement, Robert continued the business as Holmes-Walton Co., developing the areas now known as Montrose, La Crescenta and Oakdale. In July 1915, the citizens of those three areas were so happy with his efforts they had a ceremony and presented him with a silver cup, in honor of his contributions and vision for the new community.

Flash forward to May 2017. The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce was contacted by an antique dealer in Maine who had just purchased some items including a three-handled silver cup engraved with Robert A. Walton's name. The dealer recognized the historic value of the cup and wanted to return it to its geographical home. The Historical Society was put in touch with the dealer, and verified the authenticity of the cup.

Now, 102 years after its presentation, the Robert A. Walton Cup is on its way home! Generous donors have already contributed to its purchase, and the Historical Society encourages you to join them in making possible the return of this tangible piece of our history.

Please click below to make a contribution to the purchase of the Robert A. Walton Cup.

(Select "Robert A. Walton Cup under the "Additional Donations" category)

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This Month's Meeting:

The Cobb Estate

Monday, August 21st 7:00pm
La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living
At the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta

The Cobb Estate property in Altadena is a popular trailhead for Rubio Canyon, Mt. Lowe and the Sam Merrill Trail. But the property itself has a dynamic history. It has been:
  • The site of an unsuccessful gold mine
  • The grand estate and mansion of a Northwest timber baron;
  • A Masonic retirement home;
  • The retreat house for an order of Roman Catholic nuns;
  • An investment for Hollywood comics the Marx Brothers, who tried to have it zoned and developed as a cemetery;
  • The prize in a hard-fought bidding war between real-estate developers and student environmentalists.
  • And the supposed site of nocturnal ghost appearances and UFO sightings.
Altadena Historical Society member Pam Wright will tell us its fascinating history.

This Month's Events:

Silent Movies in Two-Strike Park

Saturday, August 5th at 8:00pm
Two Strike Park
5107 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta
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Local celebrity Joe Renaudo, with his 100 year old hand-cranked projector will show some of his favorite silent movies, under the stars, accompanied by special guest musician Cliff Ritallick. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Step 100 years back in time, when traveling projectionists brought movies to towns too small to have a theater.

This program is free and brought to you by the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley and Los Angeles County Parks.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Show and Back-stage Tour

Saturday, August 26th at 2pm - Tour after the show.
1345 W 1st St
Los Angeles, California
Street parking, or pay lot next door to the theater.
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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater was established in 1963, and has carried on the ancient tradition of puppetry magic for over half-a-century. The Bob Baker Marionettes, in addition to their live performances, have appeared in many motion pictures and on frequent television shows. They have pioneered an old form of "theater in the round" which allows the puppeteers to perform their wizardry in full view of everyone. The audiences are able to enjoy the antics and intricacies of the skilled and beautifully executed marionettes in an intimate form... all of which has become a timeless and culturally celebrated living theater for all ages.
... All of this and ice cream, too!

Ticket price $10, pay when you arrive

Please RSVP with number in your party, so we have a rough number to give the theater.
Email lawlerdad@yahoo.com or call 818-441-4223

Deukmejian Stone Barn Tour

Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00pm
3429 Markridge, Rd, Glendale
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The stone barn in Deukmejian Wilderness Park was built by the wine-making Le Mesnager family in 1915. Long planned to be a nature center/museum/community room, its restoration has been plagued by a lack of funding. But currently the interior renovations are under construction, and the Historical Society has been invited to be the first group to preview the work.

We'll meet at the entrance to the barn on Sunday Sep. 3rd at 4:00.

This is a "HSCV members only" tour.

Regular meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the the Center for Spiritual Living, formerly known as the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science located at the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta.

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