Rendezvous 2017

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Roundup: August 9, 2017

Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA.
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM

Our Speaker: Paul Spitzzeri
Subject: Get Square with the Rebs: The Civil War Diary of Charles M. Jenkins

This presentation covers the remarkable discovery among the holdings of the Historical Society of Southern California in late 2015 of the diary of Charles M. Jenkins, the only Los Angeles resident to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War. Jenkins was part of a group of California volunteers assigned to a Massachusetts cavalry unit that served in Virginia. In 1863, he was captured by the Confederates and sent to several prison camps,including the notorious Andersonville, from which he remarkably survived. His remaining, post parole, service will be detailed, as well as his long and tortuous route home. Oh, to be a soldier in the field at the end of the “War Between the States”!

Paul Spitzzeri is a past Sheriff of our Corral and is museum director at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry, where he has worked since 1988. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton,where he obtained a B. A. and M. A. in history, Paul has published extensively on local and state history, including an award-winning 2008 biography of the Workman and Temple families.

Factoid: Where was Andersonville?


Late-Breaking News and Crystal Ball Gazing/Upcoming Speakers

News too hot to wait until the next Roundup?  Send to your Deputy Sheriff, Steve Kanter,

The speaker roster through next March, 2018 has been locked in and can be viewed on below. Stay tuned.

9/13/17– Robert (“Roy”) Ritchie –Early, Very Early Local Customs


11/8/17 –Philip Nathanson -A Family’s Western Odyssey

Reminder10/28/17—ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS  

We will gather in the Mayordomo’s Garden at Mission San Fernando from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. “Come join us where early California history is still alive and well”. Details and printed invitations forthcoming.


Department of Recurrent Reminders


Dinner reservations still cost $35.00 each.  Please choose your entrée (beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian) and make out your check to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment by PayPal AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, but no later than one week before the roundup date.  Walk-ins can be served, but entrée choices will be limited to what is on hand: the “late price” is $40.00. Since Jim Macklin, Keeper of the Chips, will be temporarily unavailable, mail your check to Mr. John & Mrs. Ann Shea, Registrars, Marks & Brands, 13613 Barlin Avenue, Downey, CA, 90242-5107 or contact John & Ann via Email: or or by telephone (562) 408-6959, with late reservations or questions..

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