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)
This Month's Meeting:
WWII Tuskegee Airman
Monday, September 18th 7:00pm
Lt. Col. Robert Friend
La Crescenta Center for Spiritual Living
At the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta
We are honored to host WWII veteran Lt. Col. Robert Friend, one of only 19 surviving Tuskegee Airmen. These pioneers were the first African American pilots to serve in the US armed forces. Their units served with distinction flying bomber escort in the European Theater, going head-to-head with Germany's best pilots. The Tuskegee Airman were named for the airfield in Tuskegee, Alabama where they trained.
This Month's Events:
Galco's Soda Pop Store
Saturday, September 23rd at 10:30am
Galco's Old World Market
5702 York Blvd, Highland Park
Galco's Old World Market is one of the oldest businesses in Los Angeles, family owned since 1896. In the last few decades they have become famous for their selection of soda pop. They have specially recreated such out-of-production favorites such as Orange Crush, Dr. Pepper and RC Cola. As well they stock regional favorites, such as Moxie and Delaware Punch. Lately they've expanded into imported and craft beers and wines. You will be amazed at their selection of candies from your childhood (wax lips or candy cigarettes anyone?), plus toys and novelties from the '50s and '60s (Gumbys, paddle-balls and balsa wood gliders). It's an entire store dedicated to retro, that has been visited by Huell Howser not once, but twice ("Amaaazing!").
We'll have a personal tour by John Nese, the owner and creator of this amazing store. Plan to have lunch at Galco's Deli afterward, while you sample some of the unusual sodas you've purchased.
Galco's Old World Market is located at 5702 York Blvd in Highland Park. They have a large parking lot adjacent.
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.