and still at the Arboretum
As mentioned in a previous dispatch, the better half’s ancestors are tied into the history of this part of
Henry Dalton was born in
With California in the United States following the Mexican-American War, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo provided that the land grants would be honored. After filing his claim for Rancho Azusa de Dalton with the Public Land Commission, as required by the Land Act of 1851, Dalton disagreed with the 1860 US survey by Henry Hancock, and borrowed money from J.S. Slauson to fight the case through the courts. The courts decided against him after 24 years of litigation. Consequently in 1885,
Though Henry Dalton owned this land that is the site of Queen Anne Cottage, and the Hugo Reid Adobe, it is likely Lucky Baldwin acquired it through the public land commission after the Hancock survey took the land from Henry, who ultimately lost his claim in a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
It’s interesting to note Henry Dalton is a great great grandfather of singer Linda Ronstadt.
So who was Hugo Reid? According to the 1953 book “
The Reids became widely known for entertaining with lavish meals and relaxing ranch life at the Rancho Santa Anita. But by 1842 Reid is said to already have grown restless and tired of ranch life and spent the next few years traveling to foreign countries on his new trading vessel.
In the meantime,
could not keep up with the needs of the rancho and maintenance was becoming a financial burden. Only two years after obtaining full title on the Rancho Santa Anita property in 1845, they sold it to Reid’s former business associate Henry Dalton in 1847 for $2,700 (about 20-cents per acre!). Victoria
Reid then devoted his time to the San Gabriel Mission (he was appointed administrator by Governor Pio Pico and wrote a series of notable stories about Indians for the Los Angeles Star before he died at the age of 42 on December 12, 1852.
The adobe was constructed in 1840 with the help of Gabrielino laborers. It was built of sun-dried adobe blocks made by mixing clay soil, water and a straw binder. The roof was made of rawhide-lashed cane. As protection from the elements, the roof was smeared with
The Hugo Reid Adobe has been reconstructed using original methods and materials whenever possible. Inside you’ll found primitive handmade furniture such as the cowhide beds and rough-hewn chairs.
NO. 368 HUGO REID ADOBE - Hugo Reid, a Scotsman, petitioned the government of
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