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"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" is the famous line from the classic Western "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", and it's a philosophy that local historians have often followed. Genealogist Jo Anne Sadler has researched two of our local pioneers to rediscover the true facts of their lives, and will present her surprising findings. Her facts will be accompanied by commentary from two local historians who have "printed the legend": Mike Lawler, president of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley, and filmmaker John Newcombe, who produced the classic local history movie "Rancho La Canada".
Colonel Theodore Pickens, a Southerner who fought for the Union in the Civil War was the first American who lived in CV, and his legacy is a reputation as a cantankerous scoundrel, who exploited the land and other settlers, collected his money and moved on. The true story discovered by Jo Anne Sadler is more complex, and will surprise you. The Bathey Family homesteaded Goss Canyon at the top of Briggs starting in the 1880's, and were fixtures here in the valley until the 1960's... or were they? Hear their life story, and find out the further mysteries their stories reveal. We'll also be viewing previously unseen photos of the Batheys' life in CV in the 1800's, which display the simple and rural, yet cultured life they led.