Roundup: February 14, 2018

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

Our Speaker: Jeanette Davis
Her Subject: The Donner Party Incident: A Family Perspective

Anyone hungry?  Perhaps you would care for some finger sandwiches or some tasty ribs (Whose?). Comments and jokes such as these have dogged the Donner Party members and their descendants ever since the party’s plight became public.  What has been lost among the notoriety is the hardship endured by its members during the winter of 1846-47.  Trapped in the mountains, the party members were pushed to the brink of human strength, resolve and endurance.  While some questions will never be answered, what is known is that a group of people bound together by circumstance faced cold, starvation and death.

Our February speaker, Jeanette Davis, herself a descendant of the Donner Family, will concentrate her talk on brothers George and Jacob Donner and their families. Stopped by the heavy snow, they were not camped at the namesake lake, but at Alder Creek, where they struggled to survive.  Perhaps more than any other family, they paid the price for their winter in the snow.

Jeanette is a California native, almost.  With her parents, she traveled Route 66 from Illinois and arrived in the state in time to celebrate her third birthday.  She grew up in the Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest and moved to this area to attend college.   She has lived here ever since.

 Jeanette is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona with a B. A. in History and an M. A. in Reading. She is retired from the Chino Valley Unified School District after 32 years of teaching.  She also taught for eight years at Citrus College in the Evening Division.

 Anyone acquainted with Jeanette knows she is an avid student and collector of Native American Culture.  She is a charter member of the San Dimas Corral and its Past Sheriff in 1987. Jeanette was the first female member to attend this Corral and, with Dr. Gloria Lothrop, to reach active status.

She is a docent for the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, a trustee for the Chaffey Museum of Art, and a literacy tutor at the Upland Library. Jeanette is a talented story teller with a sense of humor!

Posted by Jim Macklin, Deputy Sheriff. 

Dinner Reservations: As we announced last month, the cost of meals to the Corral will increase significantly.  However, a dinner reservation for the February Roundup still costs just $35.00.  Attend in February before the price goes up!

For the February Roundup, we will offer beef, fish or vegetarian dinners.  This month, that means Prime Top Sirloin Roasted with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Baked Atlantic Salmon with Toasted Almonds & Cream Sauce or Penne Pasta with Garlic Cream & a Fresh Vegetable Bouquet. Dessert involves Häagen-Dazs. Please choose your entrée and make out your check to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment online 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.

If you are paying by check, mail it to Ms. Therese Melbar, the new Registrar of Marks and Brands at 549 South Aldenville Avenue, Covina, CA 91723-2909. Late reservations or questions may be addressed to Therese via Email: or by telephone (661) 343-9373.

Please make your payments on the Corral’s webpage if possible! Paying online is easier and less expensive for you and more efficient for the Registrar to process. Just log onto our website ( and go to the Members Only tab.  Click on the Roundup Store option, and follow the instructions.  “Old Joe” Cavallo at (626) 372-5126 will gladly help you if needed.

Bronze Belt Buckles!  Two years ago, a limited number of Los Angeles Corral belt buckles were made available to our members.  They sold very quickly.  A few more will now be available to the membership once again.  Beginning with the February Roundup, these beautiful bronze buckles will be sold at the next three meetings for $25 each.  Cash or checks will be accepted.  Every member needs one.  Buy yours now!

Keepsake 46:  Another good reason to attend the February Roundup is to pick up your personal copy of our just released Keepsake 46!  The title is Indian Warfare in Baja California 1533-1857 by noted historian W. Michael Mathes, edited by Brian Dillon and Matthew Boxt with a foreword by Monsignor Francis Weber.  This is the Corral’s first publication to be offered by us on, so, if you want additional copies, check out If you do not attend the February Roundup, your copy of the Keepsake will be mailed to you.

2018 dues payment!  Thanks to more than half of the Corral members who paid their 2018 Corral dues already in early January! This is an outstanding record compared to prior years. The rest of you, please pay right away -  preferably on our website online at 2018 Annual Dues Store or alternatively with a check sent with your February Roundup reservation.

Future Los Angeles Corral Presentations:

March 14, 2018
Jonathan Ritter
Around the Campfire: Standup in the Early Americas

April 11, 2018
Michael Patris
Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps