Roundup: December 14, 2022

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Living Legend No. 53 John W. Robinson

John Wesley Robinson

Westerners International Living Legend No. 53 John Wesley Robinson

John Wesley Robinson (1929-2018) was born in Long Beach, California. He attended the University of Southern California, and graduated in 1951. John did his military service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, then after demobilization began to contemplate what to do with his life, and how he could make a living combining his his favorite subject, history, with his favorite pastime, hiking and mountain climbing. Much later, he went to grad school at California State University, Long Beach, where in 1966 he earned an M.A. Degree in History. John taught history for 35 years at the grade school and junior high school level, the final 32 years within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District of Orange County.

John W. Robinson was the Hiking Historian, a modern-day John Muir. He was equally at home trudging towards some mountaintop as he was in the research library. He climbed and took detailed notes on dozens of the tallest peaks in the North American West, and in Canada, Alaska, and Mexico. His love of the outdoors was nurtured as a child through family camping trips to Yosemite and YMCA summer camps in the San Gabriel Mountains during the 1930s. By the mid-1950s Robinson was leading Sierra Club hikes to and through California’s Sierra Nevada, as well as lower-elevation ranges closer to Los Angeles. He was a mainstay of the Southern California Sierra Club, and was repeatedly commended by that organization for his outstanding dedication to the protection and preservation of the Golden State’s natural wonders, especially through his unique talent of enhancing public awareness of them. In 1959 Robinson was given the Sierra Club’s Hundred Peaks Award in recognition of having climbed that many mountains in three different New World countries. Thirty-two years later, he was honored again by the Sierra Club’s Outings Service Award, for having introduced so many neophyte hikers and backpackers to the great outdoors.

John was the universally-acknowledged master of historical writing about the mountains, deserts, and all the lightly-populated wild places that still exist in Southern California. His publications were the antidote to the too-narrow, exclusively urban, writing of most academic historians who seldom venture beyond the Los Angeles city limits. Robinson understood the importance of topography and cartography to accurate historical writing better than any cellar-dwelling urban historian or Ivory Tower shut-in who remained innocent of in-person exposure to any of the places they wrote about. John also reveled in, as the old saying goes, “all of the -ologies.” In addition to his primary devotion to history, he was as knowledgable about the geology, climatology, botany, zoology, etymology, ethnology and archaeology of his beloved Southern California as were most experts in every one of these varied fields. Robinson considered familiarity with the “-ologies” as necessary for understanding history as most chairborne academics did political science, or economics.

John W. Robinson published a remarkable number of full-length books and articles on the history of out-of-the way places few Southern California city-dwellers were familiar with. He kicked off his writing career with Camping and Climbing in Baja California (1967), which was followed by Trails of the Angeles (1971). This handy hiking and back-packing guide has been in print for more than 50 years, and has sold more than 80,000 copies. It is one of the books, quite literally, on the shelf of every Boy Scout and Sierra Club member in Los Angeles County. Robinson indulged his own personal fascination with mining and prospecting history with Mines of the East Fork (1972), the first of what would be several books on the old mines of Southern California. This was followed, that same year, by yet another “trail” book, San Bernardino Mountain Trails (1972), and then by The Mount Wilson Story (1973), Mines of the San Gabriels (1973), and Mines of the San Bernardinos (1977). The books that John Robinson was most famous for, and for which he truly deserves a permanent spot atop literary Mount Olympus, are his beautifully-illustrated, large-format “mountain trilogy,” The San Gabriels (1977), The San Bernardinos (1989), and The San Jacintos (1993).

Even while writing one hiker’s guide or magnificent summary of the cultural and natural history of yet another Southern California mountain range after another, John contributed article after article to the Branding Iron, the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International quarterly publication. He wrote about the old Ridge Route over the mountains from Los Angeles to the San Joaquin Valley, about the old Plank Road through the desert of Imperial County, and about what happened in and around Los Angeles during the Civil War, to name but a few of his many and varied Branding Iron articles. Robinson was also a mainstay of the California Territorial Quarterly, and its most prolific Southern California contributor. During the 25 years of this wonderful quarterly’s existence, John published an unsurpassed 44 articles on Southern California historical topics within its pages.

Not just the most prominent Sierra Clubber of Southern California, John Robinson was also a member of the Oregon-California Trails Association, and a founder of the California chapter of the Old Spanish Trail association. John won the Donald H. Pflueger Award from the Historical Society of Southern California, twice, in 1992 and in 1998, and the Scholastic Authorship Award of the Conference of California Historical Societies in 2003. He was made a Fellow of the Historical Society of Southern California in 2005 for “Exceptional lifetime achievements that have brought distinction to history.”

John W. Robinson was one of the most dedicated members of Westerners International you could ever hope to meet. He belonged to and was active within three different corrals, Los Angeles, Huntington, and San Dimas, and served as Sheriff of the Los Angeles Corral in 2001. Robinson won the Westerners International Coke Wood Award for his historical writing three times, in 1990, 1992, and 1995. In recognition of his prolific output as an historian, and his many and varied contributions to all three of the corrals he honored with his presence, John W. Robinson was made Westerners International Living Legend No. 53 in 2010.

It is hard to describe John W. Robinson without recourse to superlatives. Olympian is the adjective that comes most readily to mind, not only for his influential and inspirational publications, but also in its original, elevational, context. No Southern California historian exemplified the old saying “Without Geography, you are nowhere” better than he did. Place names held a special fascination for him, but whereas most of his urban-dwelling peers only studied the origins of the names of towns and cities, John delighted in revealing the sources of the names of creeks, mountain passes, overgrown alpine meadows, and abandoned wagon roads. He linked each place to the long-dead people, Indians and settlers alike, who named them, passed through or used them, or lived near them. And he was able to do this because he went to every last place he ever wrote about, no matter how isolated, nor difficult of pedestrian access.

John Robinson was a kind, gentle, and generous soul. Modest, humble, and immensely likable, he was always willing to share his knowledge with friends, students, fellow historians, even total strangers he met along the trail or in conference rooms. He was always willing to review and red-ink drafts given him by younger writers, and to encourage them in their efforts: the writer of this brief summary was one such admirer, and is still grateful for the time and thought he put into pre-publication reviews of his own research write-ups. Only the most productive writers know that every minute spent working on a draft written by someone else is a minute stolen from the work you should be doing on your own drafts, but John was never too busy to ignore the swarm of younger writers clamoring for his editorial suggestions and, of course, his approval. He could correct the most embarrassing error so avuncularly that you were left brimming with pride that he cared enough about your own work to help you get it right.

Late in life, John donated his extensive collection of books, maps, manuscripts, and drafts to the Los Angeles Corral’s archive in the Special Collections division of the University of Southern California Library. As he grew older, and the robust young body that had conquered so many tall mountains began to lose its battle against old age, he had to stop hiking, and then driving, but he never lost his wonderful sense of humor nor his upbeat outlook on life. John W. Robinson may now be gone, but his writing lives on. There is no doubt whatsoever that his wonderful literary legacy will continue to inspire and enchant hikers no less than historians in all of the places he wrote about. And there is also no doubt that future generations not yet born will, in years to come, still turn to John’s books, articles, and trail guides. These will continue to be the best pathway for escaping the claustrophobia that so plagues the overcrowded City of the Angels and its environs. Nor is there any doubt that once these future Angeleños have been guided by John W. Robinson’s writing to the wonderful wild lands that can provide solace for their minds, spirits, and bodies, they will thank him, as past generations have always done, for so generously sharing his wisdom.

 

By Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 2018, revised 2022.

Living Legend No. 63 – Jerome R. (Jerry) Selmer

Jerome R. (Jerry) Selmer

Westerners International Living Legend No. 63 Jerome R. (Jerry) Selmer

 

Jerry Selmer (1933-2018) joined the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International in the Fall of 1975, at the invitation of former Sheriff Sid Platford. Long before that, however, he was a friend and admirer of Homer Britzman. Britzman founded the Los Angeles Corral in 1946, and lived in Charlie Russell’s old house, surrounded by wonderful works of art by that brilliant Western artist. Jerry was Britzman’s neighbor, and it was while visiting the Britzman/Russell house that the “western bug” first bit the much younger Selmer.

Jerry Selmer was a 3rd generation Californian who always made his home in the Los Angeles area. How his family got to the Golden State is a riveting tale still awaiting publication, involving final farewells from the 1862 Shiloh battlefield written in human blood, and a shipwreck, marooning, and miraculous rescue from the freezing wastes of Tierra del Fuego. Hope springs eternal that even though Jerry has left us, his son John, a second-generation Los Angeles Corral member and former Sheriff, may yet be motivated to write down his remarkable family history and publish it.

Jerry attended Pasadena City College, then UCLA, where he graduated with a B.A. in Public Administration in 1955. Also in the ROTC, he traded his cap and gown for a 2nd Lieutenant’s uniform in the U.S. Army. After promotion to 1st Lieutenant, Selmer finished his military obligation in the California National Guard as a Captain. As an officer he became proficient as an instructor of enlisted personnel, a skill that was seamlessly transferred into civilian life. Jerry worked for the City of Los Angeles, rising up through the ranks over a 31-year career culminating in the post of Assistant City Administrator, the Mayor’s “go to” guy for 42,000+ city employees and 25 separate Unions. Here again, Selmer’s mediation skills spared one Los Angeles Mayor after another a great many headaches, and aided the smooth functioning of America’s second-largest city.

Selmer served in many different Los Angeles Corral positions, including Wrangler and Registrar, mentored by former Sheriffs Everett Hager and Elwood “Dutch” Holland, before becoming Deputy Sheriff in 1984, and Sheriff in 1985. During his tenure as Sheriff, Jerry planned the Corral’s 40th anniversary, and served as the chair of the committee that ensured that this important landmark was celebrated to the pleasure and satisfaction of all. So successful was he in this effort that Jerry was called back twenty years later to plan and execute the Corral’s 60th Anniversary, and, most recently, in 2016, its 70th. Jerry Selmer also personally recruited at least a half-dozen new members into the Los Angeles Corral, including his son John, who became Sheriff in 2016, and Jim Macklin, the hardest-working Keeper of the Chips our Corral has ever had, who also later moved on into the Sheriff’s slot.

Jerry published articles in the Branding Iron, including an insightful review of our Corral’s own history. He also contributed dozens of insightful book reviews to that same quarterly journal, which for nearly forty years have sent readers off in search of worthwhile, recently published, books on Western Americana. Selmer was also responsible for another kind of writing, the revision of the Corral’s Range Rules. This task could only have been done with the aid of another one of Jerry’s greatest gifts: his tried and true ability to find consensus amongst the bewildering variety of opinions generated within any large voluntary association such as the Westerners.

Selmer was a talented and captivating public speaker. He was the invited lecturer to the Los Angeles Corral at its monthly round-ups on topics as diverse as The History of the Southwest Museum and Charles Lummis, The Civil War in the West, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, and the Penitentes of New Mexico. His research interests were broad, incorporating western mining, ghost towns, American Indian culture history, and Western American art.

Jerry and his beloved wife Doris were married for 62 happy years. Very much a team, together they were active not only in the Westerners, but also the Zamorano Club, the Friends of Arcadia Public Library, the Arcadia Historical Society, the Miniature Book Society, and, the San Dimas Festival of Western Art, an annual event where Jerry served as Judge. The Selmers for more than six decades also engaged in their passion for travel throughout their beloved West, not just within the United States, but also in Canada and Mexico, usually far from the beaten track, seeking out remnants of the past still lingering into the present.

Upon his retirement from the City of Los Angeles, Jerry became the Executive Director of the Southwest Museum, the oldest and most prestigious museum of the Los Angeles Area. He guided it for four years through its most difficult period over the century-plus of its existence. Long before this, however, he exercised his teaching skills within the City of Los Angeles employee training program, mostly in public administration, and then expanded the number and nature of his lectures to include regular presentations at Los Angeles City College, the Southwest Museum itself, and the University of Southern California. Selmer also served on the City of Arcadia Public Library Board, the Friends of Mission San Fernando Archival Center, and as an honored advisor to the City of Los Angeles ’Contracting Procedures.

Jerry Selmer, through his wise counsel and vast experience, mentored a great many Los Angeles Corral members, officers, and Sheriffs, including the writer of this brief summary. His firm hand on the tiller guided our Corral through the rocks and shoals periodically encountered during his more than four decades of active service, and he always brought us through the occasional storms to calm waters. Jerry’s immense contribution to the Los Angeles Corral was recognized in 2018 when he was made the 63rd Living Legend of Westerners International, shortly before he left his many friends and admirers for the final time.

 

By Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 2017, revised 2022.

Living Legend No. 46 – Richard H. Dillon

Richard H. Dillon

Westerners International Living Legend No. 46 Richard H. Dillon

 

Richard H. “Dick” Dillon (1924-2016) was a world-renowned California historian, librarian, teacher, and public speaker. He published dozens of full-length books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of reviews over an 80-year period, all without the benefit of the Internet, Email, or even an electric typewriter. A complete bibliography of his published works appears alongside his biography in Aloha, Amigos! the Los Angeles Corral’s Brand Book 24, published in 2020.

Born in Sausalito, California, Richard H. Dillon was the youngest of four Army brat brothers. His childhood curiosity about long-ago times and faraway places developed through stamp collecting. By age five friends, relatives, and total strangers were saving stamps for him, and his family still has thousands of the ones he collected in the late 1920’s and early ‘30’s. Dick Dillon was first published at age 10 in a San Francisco newspaper: it was a dog story, in the Jack London mold. He later wrote a campus gossip column called “Rumah Hassit” all through high school, where his nick-name, owing to his Black Irish good looks and Spanish fluency, was “Duke Lopez.” He graduated from Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley in 1941 and began studying history, geography, and anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley while still only 17.

Dick Dillon left the university in 1943 at age 19 to serve in the American Army in the ETO. He was a WWII combat soldier in the famous 79th Division in France (where he was WIA in 1944), Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Czechoslovakia. His nick-name in the Army, bestowed by his quasi-literate hillbilly peers, was “the Perfesser.” Dillon returned to U.C. Berkeley in 1946 only days after demobilization. He earned an M.A. in History, and also published his first scholarly work, in 1949. He took yet another degree at Berkeley in Library Science in 1950.

By the early 1950’s, Dick Dillon had become the primary non-fiction book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. He honked out hundreds of reviews for that paper until 1959, even as he was doing research for what would become a Tsunami of full-length books on Western History and Historical Biography published during the next two decades. His writing and publishing took place simultaneously with his position, for nearly 30 years, as the head librarian of the Sutro Library, first at San Francisco City Hall, then on the University of San Francisco Campus. An historical “triple threat,” Dillon taught history and Librarianship at the University of San Francisco for forty years and also, occasionally, at U.C. Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Hawaii. The Richard H. Dillon Literary Archive was established at the Powell Library, Special Collections, UCLA, in the late 1950s, and presently incorporates more than 80 shelf-feet of research material donated for more than 65 years.

For nearly seven decades Richard H. Dillon cranked out one full-length book after another: biographies, and California and Western American history. During his most productive period, in the mid-1960s, he even published two full-length books within a single year, three times over. More than a dozen of his non-fiction books have been re-issued as paperbacks, and many remain in print today, some of them more than sixty years after their initial appearance. Towards the end of his long and productive life, Dillon’s writing came full circle, most of his output now book reviews, hundreds of them, written for the Buckskin Bulletin of Westerner’s International, Signals from Telegraph Hill, the newsletter of the San Francisco Corral of Westerners International, True West Magazine, and the California Territorial Quarterly.

Dick Dillon was a Phi Beta Kappa, a member of many historical societies, and the past President of the Book Club of California. He was the recipient of many literary awards for non-fiction writing, including: 1960– The Phelan Award for Embarcadero; 1966– Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History, for J. Ross Browne, Confidential Agent in Old California; 1966-Award of Merit, California Historical Society; 1966- Gold Medal, Commonwealth Club of California for Meriwether Lewis; 1967-Silver Medal, Commonwealth Club of California, for Fool’s Gold; 1970-Laura Bride Powers Memorial Award, City and County of San Francisco; 1973- Golden Quill Award, Los Vendedores, for Burnt Out Fires; 1973-Golden Spur Award, Western Writers of America, for Burnt Out Fires; 1975- made a Fellow of the Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco; 1977-Award of Merit, Rounce & Coffin Club of Los Angeles, for Images of Chinatown; 1983-made a Fellow of the California Historical Society; 1986-Philip A. Danielson Award, Westerners International, for The Later Days of the California Missions; 1997-Award of Merit, San Francisco Historical Society; 1997-Oscar Lewis Award, Book Club of California; 1997– Award of Merit, Napa County Historical Society; 1999-Award of Merit, Rounce & Coffin Club, Los Angeles, for Artful Deeds in the Life of the Felon, Grovenor Layton.

Dick Dillon joined the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners in the early 1950s, and was a regular contributor to its quarterly Branding Iron. He also published chapters in its Brand Books 7 (1957) and 8 (1959). When another corral was formed in San Francisco in 1965, much closer to home, Dillon joined that one too, and became active in both organizations despite their 400 mile separation. No single Westerner gave illustrated slide presentations on historical topics to a greater number of corrals than he, not just repeatedly at the San Francisco and Los Angeles Corrals, but in every other corral within the state of California, including many that have subsequently ceased to exist, and at sister corrals in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, New York, and even in London, England. In recognition of his unparalleled contribution to historical writing, teaching, and lecturing, Richard H. Dillon was named Westerners International Living Legend No. 46 in 2003. An even more unique honor came two years later, in 2005, when he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by ten different organizations that banded together to celebrate his contribution to Western History: the Bancroft Library, Book Club of California, California State Library Foundation, Gleeson Library, Huntington Library, Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, Society of California Pioneers, Sutro Library, UCLA Library, and the San Francisco Corral of Westerners.

In the early 1980s Richard H. Dillon had the unusual pleasure of collaborating on archaeological and historical research projects with his oldest son, Brian. The “double-Dillons” began publishing as co-authors on history and prehistory almost exactly 40 years ago. More recently, beginning in 2012, the Dillon literary duo became a trio, with the addition of RHD’s grandson, John. All three literary Dillons went to U.C. Berkeley, and all three became members of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International. This “triple-Dillon” research and writing team won the Coke Wood Award for historical writing from Westerner’s International three years in a row, each time for articles published in the California Territorial Quarterly.

Dick Dillon dropped dead at age 92 in the middle of an historical discussion he was having with an admirer, with all of his mental faculties intact. Still writing up to his final day, an unfinished book review was in his typewriter when he went west. Upon learning of Dillon’s passing, his long-time friend and admirer, the late historian Dr. Robert Chandler (Westerners International Living Legend No. 64) eulogized him by saying: “A Giant Has Fallen.” Dick Dillon’s fellow historian Monsignor Francis J. Weber, of Mission San Fernando, California (Westerners International Living Legend No. 60) said, upon learning of the passing of his old friend of more than 50 years: “You don’t know whether to pray For Dick Dillon, or pray To Him.” Richard H. Dillon’s literary contributions are even continuing post-mortem, as his unpublished research notes are selectively updated and expanded by his son Brian. These are periodically published in the Los Angeles Corral’s quarterly Branding Iron, which journal has been edited since 2017 by Dick Dillon’s grandson, John.

 

By Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 2016, revised 2022.

Living Legend No. 64 – Dr. Robert J. Chandler

Dr. Robert J. Chandler

Westerners International Living Legend No. 64 Dr. Robert J. Chandler

Dr. Robert J. Chandler (1942-2019), an Army brat, was born in Utah. Much of his childhood was spent in Hawaii, many of his student years in Southern California, and he spent most of his adult life in Northern California. Bob joined the San Francisco Corral of Westerners in 1987. Thirty years later, in 2017, during a moment of weakness, he allowed himself to be persuaded by Brian D. Dillon to also join the Los Angeles Corral.

Chandler was repeatedly the Sheriff of the San Francisco Corral, having served in that capacity in 1992, 2002, and finally from 2016 through 2017. He made over a half-dozen presentations to the San Francisco Corral and in 2016 also graced the Los Angeles Corral with his benign presence as a scholarly presenter. Bob contributed articles to the Los Angeles Corral’s Branding Iron, and his books were favorable reviewed within its pages. Chandler had the unique honor of seeing his penultimate literary opus get published quite literally on the day he died as the lead article of Branding Iron No. 293. What may very well be Bob’s final publication was his chapter in Aloha, Amigos! the Los Angeles Corral Brand Book 24, published posthumously in 2020.

Dr. Chandler was an historian of international repute, specializing in California history, political history, economic, monetary and banking history, historical ephemera, printing and lithography, and the history of California racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities. Bob earned his Ph.D. in history in 1978 at U.C. Riverside: his dissertation was The Press and Civil Liberties in California During the Civil War. He then spent 32 years as Senior Research Historian for Wells Fargo Bank, based in San Francisco. Bob wrote more than 60 articles on California during the Gold Rush and Civil War periods on civil rights, commerce, finance, gold, journalism, politics, military suppression, numismatics, philately, printing, stagecoaching, steamships, and Wells Fargo generally. He served as an editorial advisor to the California Territorial Quarterly until that outstanding journal became a casualty of the catastrophic Camp Fire in 2018, and was one of that journal’s most consistent contributors for more than twenty years.

Bob was the co-editor (with Bob Schoeppner) of the very first two Brand Books published by the San Francisco Corral (BB 1: 1996; BB 2: 2001). He was also the recipient of three prestigious Westerners International Coke Wood Awards, the first (for 2001) for California Stagecoaching: The Dusty Reality (Dogtown Territorial Quarterly 47, Fall, 2001: 4-24, 34-40); the second (for 2005) for his co-authored article with Steve Potash The Pacific Mail: Pioneering U.S. Flag Steamship Company (The Argonaut, 16, Summer, 2005: 54-106), and the third (for 2010) for his three articles on the Pony Express (California Territorial Quarterly, 81, Spring 2010: 4-27; 28-41; 42-49). Chandler’s books include an Illustrated History of California (2004); Arcadia’s Wells Fargo (2006); Gold, Silk, Pioneers & Mail: The Story of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company (co-authored with Stephen J. Potash, 2007); and San Francisco Lithographer: African American Artist Grafton Tyler Brown (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014). Bob’s final book, An E Clampus Vitus Hoax Gone Awry: Sir Francis Drake’s 1579 Plate of Brasse was published by the Grand Council of the ECV in 2018.

In addition to being one of the most active of all Westerners, Dr. Chandler was a member of the bibliophilic Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, and also served on the Council of the Friends of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Director of the San Ramon Valley Museum and the past President (2003-2011) of the Western Cover [Philatelic] Society and also its secretary. He was the President (2005-2007) of the Book Club of California, and was the long-time (1996-2013) editor of its Quarterly News-Letter. Bob was the President (1981-82) of the San Francisco Civil War Round Table, he was an honorary Kentucky Colonel and the past President of the Fighting ‘49ers Toastmasters (1980, 1982, 1984, 1992).

Bob “Clamper” Chandler was the living embodiment of his alter-ego, Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. He was the X-Noble Grand Humbug of Yerba Buena #1, the Mother Lodge, of E Clampus Vitus, holding this exalted position in 2005-2006. During his few remaining minutes of spare time stolen from his research, writing, publishing, and public speaking Bob was also a devoted husband to his long-suffering wife Susan and a loving father to his three adult children, all of whom willingly served out life sentences as his closest relatives without any possibility of parole.

In recognition of Dr. Robert Chandler’s exemplary service to Westerners International, to the advancement of California History, and of his many contributions to Western Civilization, especially his valiant efforts in stemming the rising tide of illiteracy on the Pacific Littoral, he was made a Living Legend of both the San Francisco and Los Angeles Corrals, Westerners International, in 2018.

By Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 2018; revised 2022

The Westerners Brand Book #25 (2022)

Award Winning Cowboy Poetry, Historical Verse, and Rhapsodic Rhymes
Gary Turner and Tami Turner-Revel, Editors

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Synopsis

Los Angeles Corral Brand Book 25, Award Winning Cowboy Poetry, Historical Verse, and Rhapsodic Rhymes has just been published. It is the first full-length book of poetry ever published by any of the 70+ Westerners Corrals around the world, and is beautifully illustrated with original artwork by renowned western artist Nancy Putney. Brand Book 25 reprises poems that won the Fred Olds Cowboy Poetry Award from Westerners International between 2007 and 2019, as well as brand-new offerings published for the very first time. Contributors include Bill Bender, Joseph Cavallo, Barbara J. Goldeen, Tim Heflin, Abraham Hoffman, Eric Nelson, Pablo/Paul McClure, Kenneth Pauley, Jan Porter, Paul Rippens, Jerry Selmer, Paul & Nolene Showalter, Froylán Tiscareño, Daryl Turner, Gary Turner, and Loren Wendt. Gary Turner and Tami Turner-Revel, editors; hardbound, illustrated, 368 pages, 2022.

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The Westerners Brand Book #24 (2020)

Aloha Amigos!
Brian Dervin Dillon, Editor

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Synopsis

Los Angeles Corral Brand Book 24, Aloha, Amigos! Is the Richard H. Dillon Memorial Volume. Dick Dillon (1924-2016) was a world-famous western historian, librarian, teacher, and public speaker. He was the single most productive historical writer on California and the American West, who published dozens of full-length books, hundreds of scholarly journal and popular magazine articles, and thousands of book reviews over a longer period of time (82 years) than any other writer. Richard H. Dillon was a long-time member of both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Corrals of Westerners International, and was made a W.I. Living Legend in 2003.

Aloha Amigos! Won the Westerner’s International Best Book Award in 2021. It features the first ever biography of Richard H. Dillon, culture-historical studies and paeans by his friends, colleagues, and admirers, and the first comprehensive bibliography of his published works. Contributors from four different Westerners International corrals include Will Bagley, Peter Blodgett, John Boessenecker, Matthew Boxt, Phil Brigandi, Robert Chandler, David Dary, James Delgado, Brian D. Dillon, Lynn Downey, Abraham Hoffman, Tommy Killion, Gary Kurutz, Valerie Sherer Mathes, James Shuttleworth, Kevin Starr, and Francis J. Weber. Brian Dervin Dillon, editor; hardbound, illustrated, 588 pages, 2020. To order: please use the multi-volume order form following this notice.

Contents

    • Foreword — Kevin Starr

I: Biographical

    • Duke Lopez in Sausalito (1924-1943) — Brian Dervin Dillon
    • The Perfesser with his Uncle Samuel (1943-1946) — Brian Dervin Dillon
    • Sutro Dick, the Kid in the Candy Store (1946-1959) — Brian Dervin Dillon
    • Dick Dillon, the Literary Alchemist (1959-1979) — Brian Dervin Dillon
    • Aloha, Amigos! the Latest Word from RHD (1979-2016) — Brian Dervin Dillon
    • RHD Biographical Notes, Bibliography, Appendices — Brian Dervin Dillon

II: Culture-Historical Contributions

    • Late Prehistory at La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico — Matthew A. Boxt
    • California’s Twelve “Apostles” — Francis J. Weber
    • Later Travel on the Southern Emigrant Trail — Phil Brigandi
    • Black Rights and Squelched Secessionists in California — Robert J. Chandler
    • San Francisco’s Old Ship Saloon — James P. Delgado
    • Helen Hillyer Brown, the Comstock and Beyond — Lynn Downey
    • The Pacific Mail Steamship Line — James Shuttleworth
    • The Women’s National Indian Association in Northern California — Valerie Sherer Mathes

III: Paeans

    • Historian, Librarian, and Biblio-Friend — Gary Turner and Tami Turner-Revel
    • Postcards from Dick Dillon — David Dary
    • Dillonography — John Boessenecker
    • Richard H. Dillon, Book Reviewer — Abraham Hoffman
    • Richard H. Dillon as Documentary Editor — Peter J. Blodgett
    • Historian’s Historian — Will Bagley

IV: Dick Dillon’s Literary Legacy

    • Richard H. Dillon’s Published Works — Brian Dervin Dillon

V: About the ContributorsVI: The Los Angeles Corral

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Roundup: August 10 2022

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Roundup Synopsis

Taken From Branding Iron 307 Summer 2022. 

In August, the Westerners welcomed Jillian Moore to the Corral. The Wyoming native, and Ph.D. candidate in English at Duquesne University, spoke of subjects related to her forthcoming dissertation. Her talk, entitled “Selling the Image of ‘The West’: Frontier Economies,” challenged us to take stock of what we enjoy about the American West, to ponder the reasons for our interest, and to take care to be appreciative of the history and culture of its Native inhabitants, rather than appropriative. Speaking on such topics in front of a body founded almost solely on appreciation of the West posed some danger, but Ms. Moore rather deftly navigated those choppy waters to enlighten where others may have admonished. If we were to distill the thesis of her discussion into a single phrase, perhaps the most apt would be, “Give credit where credit is due.”
Perhaps the most impactful section of the presentation featured a historic, Blackfoot-made capote, juxtaposed against a modern, Native-”inspired” coat from the Pendleton company. Ms. Moore highlighted the specific elements of the historic garment, illustrating its connection to a specific time, place, and ethnic group. No such specificity was present in the Pendleton coat, as it was simply a mishmash of Native-like designs in a stereotypically Southwestern color scheme. This comparison served to drive home the point that we should be wary of objects and ideas formed from disparate bits of the art and history of marginalized groups, like America’s indigenous communities, and forcing them through a cultural meat-grinder to arrive at something more readily digestible to consumers unfamiliar with the originals.
In the question-and-answer section following the main presentation, Ms. Moore reiterated that the intention of efforts to mitigate this type of co-option is not to demonize those who occasionally stray from appreciation into appropriation (“Let he who is without sin,” etc.), but rather to properly attribute artifacts and ideas to the cultures that bore them. Most scholars would never use a source in their research without citing it. The same thinking could be applied to consumers in the context of the art and artifacts of our indigenous neighbors. It is possible, and likely preferable, to spend our money on goods made by the people whose culture such products represent. Or, at the very least, we can give credit where credit is due.
— Alan Griffin

 

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Roundup: March 9, 2022

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Roundup Synopsis

Taken From Branding Iron 306 Spring 2022. 

In March, the Corral was treated to a talk by Nick Curry. Assuming the style of a fireside chat, Mr. Curry expounded on his research about a historic Angeleno of much importance, if little current recognition, Dan Murphy. Murphy was an early investor in the local economy and, along with men like Edward L. Doheny, helped shape the area into what it is today. In fact, Dan Murphy picked up with oil drilling in the area where Doheny left off, and became fabulously wealthy as a result. The foundation that resulted from the dissemination of his wealth has done much for education and the preservation of local history in Los Angeles.

Dan Murphy was born in 1858 in Pennsylvania, and came to Los Angeles by way of a family homestead in Kansas, which he shared with his parents and seven siblings. Murphy eventually moved out West and immediately formed an affinity for the railroad, working on a spur line that ran down to San Diego. Before long, he met Frank Monaghan, and the two had plans to bridge the Colorado River. Doing just that, they drew the attention of Charlie Crawford who tasked them with building a general store near the new bridge. In so doing, they founded the town of Needles in 1883.

The two men were known for their honesty, a rare commodity in the railroad business, and successfully ran the store until 1911. During their time in Needles, they founded a bank. This led them to invest in a number of mining and oil drilling operations throughout the region. Key to Dan Murphy’s future success was his purchase, sight-unseen, of land which would become the Brea Canyon Oil Company. The well, which continues to produce today, eventually left Murphy in possession of a fantastic mansion and a fortune of $200 million by the time of his death in 1939.

Having no children, Murphy entrusted his fortune to his niece Bernardine. Enter the Catholic church and the Los Angeles diocese. The Murphy family had been closely connected to the church for decades, so much so that Dan had once donated $1 million to the Pope in one lump sum. During her time in Rome, Bernardine, now the executor of the Murphy fortune, was wooed by an Italian prince. Los Angeles churchmen grew concerned that if Bernardine were to marry this man, then she, along with her fortune, would move to Rome and leave the Los Angeles diocese in the lurch. So, the church hatched a plan. A dissatisfied priest was found, released from his vows, and wed to Bernardine. Thus the Murphy fortune remained in Los Angeles. Now known as the Dan Murphy Foundation, it provides more money to Catholic causes today than even the Doheny Foundation.

The Dan Murphy Foundation was crucial to the formation of the archives put together by Westerners Living Legend Msgr. Francis Weber. That archive was, in turn, essential in gathering the information used for the most recent book about Dan Murphy entitled Ice and Oil, by Joseph Francis Ryan, reviewed in Branding Iron 303.
— Alan Griffin

 

Photos from the Roundup

 

Living Legend No. 66 – Bob Clark

Westerners International Living Legend No. 66 Bob Clark

Robert A. Clark, distinguished third-generation bookman, publisher, and historian, has had the longest connection with the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners International of any living member, from his own infancy.  Paul Galleher, co-owner of the Arthur H. Clark Company, was one of the original 1946 founders of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners.  Galleher served as the Corrals second Sheriff in 1948, the same year that Robert A. Clark was born in Pasadena. Bobs father Art Clark soon joined the Los Angeles Corral, and became very active within it. While Harry Truman was in the White House a very young Bob Clark not only cruised the lanes between the stacks of his family’s bookstore on all fours but also later attended” some of the earliest L.A. Corral Trail Boss meetings as a silent, grade-school-aged observer. His attendance was facilitated during the late 1940s and early 1950s because the L.A. Westerners meetings were held at the A.H. Clark offices/bookstore. In 1953, Bobs father Art Clark became the Los Angeles Corrals lucky 7th Sheriff. Bob Clark reminisces about how the L.A. Corral provided an informal education during the Eisenhower years: Augie Schatra and Don Meadows would complain and holler, but Ray Billington calmed the waters…I watched in awe, and learned about how board meetings worked from these guys.”

Bobs formal education was at Humboldt State University, where he earned a degree in history, then joined the family publishing business full-time. The Arthur H. Clark Company, founded by Bobs grandfather in 1902, has an outstanding record of publication in Western American history that is second to none.  Robert A. Clark followed in his fathers and grandfathers footsteps as Editor in Chief (1984) of this very productive and well-respected publishing company and then as CEO (1989) as it moved and expanded from Glendale, California, to Spokane, Washington, and finally to Norman, Oklahoma.

Robert A. Clark began attending the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners meetings once again, now as an adult, alongside his father.  He became a member in his own right in the 1970s.  Bob served as the head of the Los Angeles Corral in 1988, following in his fathers footsteps as its first-ever second-generation Sheriff. Bobs interests and geographical peregrinations led him to join three other Westerners Corrals: Huntington (California), Spokane (Washington), and Cross Timbers (Oklahoma). In doing so he may be unique amongst all Westerners around the world, since his memberships in far-flung corrals are separated almost exactly by 1200+ miles North-South and the same distance East-West. Bobs long-term commitment to Westerners International was recognized by his election to the WI Board, where he served as President (the Sheriff of all Sheriffs), for the years 2000-2002.

Bob Clark was no less active in the Western History Association. He joined this organization in 1974,attended its conference meetings annually and served in various capacities. He also served on the board of trustees for the Washington State Historical Society from 1990 to 1999, and was vice-president of the board from between 2000 and 2006. Robert A. Clark has also been active in the Oregon-California Trails Association, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Association, and the Mormon History Association.

Simultaneously with his service to Westerners International and other historical organizations, while still at the tiller of the most respected scholarly press specializing in Western American history bearing his family name, Bob Clarks output reached its zenith: he was personally responsible for publishing 400+ works on the American West through the A.H. Clark company and the University of Oklahoma Press. He also somehow found the time to serve as production editor and designer for no fewer than five different scholarly journals on Western American history: the Southern California Quarterly,California History (the California Historical Society Quarterly), Overland Journal (the California-Oregon Trails Association Quarterly), the California Mission Studies Quarterly Boletín, and We Proceeded On (the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Association Quarterly).

Rounding out Bobs 16-hour workdays, week after week, year after year, he continued the family’s antiquarian book-selling business as part of the A.H. Clark Companys fully-rounded commitment to Western American history. Not only the publisher of works by other leading scholars, including Westerners from many different corrals, Bob has also contributed in his own write” as well, as the author, co-author, and editor of three books, and several dozen book introductions and articles on Western American history.

After more than eight decades in Glendale, California, Bob moved the Arthur H. Clark Company to Spokane, Washington, in 1989. Then, in 2006, Bob moved both himself and his wife Sheila along with the A.H. Clark Company to Norman, Oklahoma. There it functioned as an imprint of the University of Oklahoma Press under his direction. In 2012 Bob and Sheila moved back west to Baja British Columbia” where he was honored to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of Washington State University Press. The veteran of more years in scholarly publishing than any other three or four hard-working bibliophiles, Bob finally retired in 2019. He is now most easily reached by cell phone on the Pullman, Washington, golf course, except during inclement weather.

Few historian-publishers have had a closer and more formative relationship with the Frontier West than Robert A. Clark. For more than half a century just about every member of all 70+ Westerners Corrals around the world have enthused about books published by him. These find places of honor on bookshelves in both public and private libraries alongside earlier volumes published by Bobs father and grandfather. Western historians for more than a century have thanked their lucky stars that three generations of Clarks, and the wonderful Arthur H. Clark Company, have so diligently and outstandingly filled their literary needs for so long.

The Los Angeles Corral is pleased and proud to announce that the Home Ranch of Westerners International has accepted Robert A. Clark as Living Legend No. 66, an honor as well-deserved as it is overdue

Nominated by Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 8 17 2019

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The Westerners Brand Book #23 (2019)

Life, Leisure and Entertainment in the Old West
Joseph Cavallo, Editor

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Synopsis

Los Angeles Corral Brand Book 23, Life, Leisure, and Entertainment in the Old West was the first Los Angeles Corral Brand Book to appear after a very long, 15-year, hiatus. It re-established the Los Angeles Corral as a literary leader amongst Westerners International organizations around the world. Its ten chapters are on topics as diverse as Wild West shows, Hollywood’s take on the “old west,” a multicultural review of western music spanning four centuries, prostitution in far-western timberlands, even motorcycle racing more than a century ago.
Contributors include Carla Laureen Bollinger, Joseph Cavallo, Paul F. Clark, Brian Dervin Dillon, Mark Hall-Patton, Abraham Hoffman, Deke Keasbey, Gary Turner and Tami Turner-Revel, and Kiara M. Vigil. Joseph Cavallo, editor; hardbound, illustrated, 309 pages, 2019.

Contents

  • Preface — Joseph Cavallo
  • Life & Leisure in Early Los Angeles 1860-1910 — Deke Keasbey
  • California Musical Traditions 1542-1923 — Brian Dervin Dillon
  • The Wild West Got Wilder When The Circus, Wild West Shows, Rodeos, and Vaudeville Came to Town — Carla Laureen Bollinger
  • William S. Hart   Actor and Author — Abraham Hoffman
  • Medicine Men and Snake Oil Salesmen who Entertained and Cure-Alls that did Not Cure — Gary Turner and Tami Turner-Revel
  • Early Museums in the West — Mark Hall-Patton
  • Roaring into the 20th Century, Early Outdoor Motorcycle Recreation in California — Paul F. Clark
  • Hollywood’s Indian: A Cultural History of Native American Actors — Kiara M. Vigil
  • The Iverson Movie Ranch: An Historic Hollywood Studio Zone Location — Carla Laureen Bollinger
  • Red Cloud, California: All The Best Bad Things Obtainable — Brian Dervin Dillon
  • Biographical Sketches — The Contributors

350 copies were printed.

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Roundup: March 11, 2020

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

A .pdf of the Roundup Announcement can be downloaded here

Our Speaker: Bruce Merritt
His Subject: The Founding of the Society of Colonial Wars in Los Angeles in 1895

The Founders of the Society of Colonial Wars in Los Angeles were a group of notable individuals in early Los Angeles.   Most were prominent individuals.   These included two Mayors, a US Senator, a major banker and more!

According to his site, Bruce Gordon Merritt is a retired trial lawyer with a passion for history.  Born in Iowa City, Iowa, he grew up in Southern California and attended Occidental College, where he majored in history.  Intent on a career as a historian, he was admitted to a doctoral program in American History at Harvard.  His studies, however, were interrupted by the draft and by the time he returned to civilian life, he had decided upon a career in the law.  He attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1972.  Following a clerkship with a law firm in London, he began that practice of law in Los Angeles.  In the 1980s he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and handled several high profile criminal cases, including the successful prosecution of the president and general counsel of CalAm Corporation, once the nation’s largest tax shelter promoter, and the case of Nikolai and Svetlana Ogorodnikov, who were convicted of recruiting FBI agent Richard Miller for Soviet intelligence.  Following his time as a federal prosecutor, he joined the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton as a litigation partner, first in Los Angeles and later in New York.  In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Since his retirement from the law, Bruce has pursued his passion for historical research.  He has published articles in both the Journal of American History, and the Southern California Quarterly.  Bruce has also authored a book, St. Mark’s Journey, on the history of a pioneer church in Glendale, CA.  

Attend this Roundup to learn about several prominent and colorful citizens who were founding members of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of California! 

Register for the March Roundup before the Thursday deadline to reserve your place at this historic event!    The deadline to register is March 5th, for our March 11th Roundup!   

Final Dues Reminder

This is a final reminder to our members to renew their 2020 Corral dues.   As per our Range Rules, we will begin to send out late notices for dues after February 15th with an added late charge of $10 for dues received after March 1st.

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

April 8, 2020
Mike Post
The Chimineas Ranch of the Carrizo Plain National Monument

May 13, 2020
Steve Baker
Notable Women of Monrovia and their Enduring Impact on Society

June 20, 2020
Fandango!
Preparations are underway for a memorable event! 

Dinner Fees, Reservation Deadline & Meal Choices

Please make your reservations by Thursday, March 5th, so that we can include your meal preference when placing the food order for our event.   This month, your entrée selection is beef, fish and vegetarian.  The beef selection is bacon wrapped USDA prime Top Sirloin grilled & wrapped in thick applewood bacon.  The fish option is Baked Atlantic Salmon seasoned & topped with a whole grain mustard sauce & toasted lemon wedge.  This month, the vegetarian option is Pasta Primavera with tomato basil sauce with a medley of carrots, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms & green beans.  Our dessert will be Panna Cotta!

Please observe the registration deadline and  place your order no later than Thursday, February 6th 

The Roundup Dinner Fee is $40 for those who register before the deadline.  Those who register late or walk-in will be charged $45, and may be limited to their choice of meal.  If registering online at www.lawesterners.org, the Roundup Store can be reached through the Members Only tab.  Be sure to select your meal option, then pay using a PayPal account or by credit card.

New Mailing Address for Roundup Reservations & Dues

Our Registrar of Marks and Brands position is currently vacant.  Until this position is filled, the Trail Bosses kindly request that all Roundup reservations and membership dues be sent to our Keeper of the Chips, Mr. John Shea, at 13613 Barlin Avenue, Downey, CA 90242-5107.  Questions or late reservations?   Please direct all reservation or membership dues questions to John Shea by phone at (562) 408-6959.  

Los Angeles Corral Ongoing Book Auction

Did you know that donated books are available for purchase throughout the year?   Books can be purchased outside the Fandango and Rendezvous by contacting Past Sheriff Brian Dervin Dillon directly.  After payment is received, books can be picked up at one of our Roundups, or other arrangements can be made.    Request a copy of the new, 2020 book list with an Email to:  briandervindillon@gmail.com.  If you place your order via Email, books can be delivered to you at the monthly Roundups! 

 You can find the updated list of auction items here.

Registrar of Marks and Brands         

If you read this notice in its entirety, you may be an excellent candidate for our open Registrar position.   Contact a Trail Boss for more information!

Roundup: February 12, 2020

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

A .pdf of the Roundup Announcement can be downloaded here

Our Speaker: Charles King
His Subject: Wild West Gunslingers: Short biographies of various gunmen, lawmen, feuds, and their outcomes.

Charles Randy King will entertain us with stories of “Wild West” gunmen, lawmen, and feuds.   A series of old-time photographs will accompany his talk on notable characters such as gunfighter Pink Higgins; businessman, cowboy and gambler Luke Short; lawman and professional killer Jim “Killin’ Jim” Miller; and fearless frontiersman, detective and Marshal “Wild” Bill Fossett.  After this presentation, the lines may blur between those you consider a lawful man or a gunman.

Charles Randy King is a Corresponding Member of our Corral.  He has worked in the broadcast industry for most of his adult life, while raising a family and actively being involved in community affairs.  Randy has always been an avid student of American History and gravitates to the “Wild West”, which is the genre of several of his published books.  He has also worked and collaborated with the History Academy in Gettysburg, PA, providing crucial research, development, and budgeting for various projects for shows of historical content for presentation to a variety of cable networks.  These include the History Channel, National Geographic, and the Military Channel.  In addition to his published books, Charles Randy King has developed and written two screen plays, of which one screen play and one book have been ‘optioned’ and are currently in development for the movie industry.

Brand Book 23 Release and Book Signing

It’s time to celebrate Westerner style.  Come be a part of our celebration this evening with Editor Joe Cavallo for the release of the new, highly anticipated, beautiful, high-quality, limited edition Brand Book 23!  A special author and contributor signing event will take place during our social hour, so plan on arriving early to attend this grand event which has been sixteen years in the making. Copies will be available for those who previously preordered.   For those who have not yet submitted their book order, copies of Brand Book 23 may be purchased at this event.  This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Register for the February Roundup before the Thursday deadline to reserve your place at this historic event!    The deadline to register is February 6th, for our February 12th Roundup!

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

March 11, 2020
Bruce Merritt
The Founding of the Society of Colonial Wars in Los Angeles in 1895.

April 8, 2020
Mike Post
The Chimineas Ranch of the Carrizo Plain National Monument

May 13, 2020
Steve Baker
Notable Women of Monrovia and their Enduring Impact on Society

Dinner Fees, Reservation Deadline & Meal Choices

Please make your reservations by Thursday, February 6th, so that we can include your meal preference when placing the food order for our event.   This month, your meal selection is beef, chicken and vegetarian.  The beef meal will be Top Sirloin grilled and slow roasted.  The chicken option is Baked Garlic Chicken, lightly breaded, topped with garlic and parmesan cheese.  The Vegetarian entrée is Vegan Tartare, an artfully displayed seared seasonal fruit or vegetable diced & atop a bed of avocados & topped with a balsamic vinaigrette and a homemade crostini.  Our dessert will be Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream! 

Please observe the registration deadline for this special event and place your order no later than Thursday, February 6th

The Roundup Dinner Fee is $40 for those who register before the deadline.  Those who register late or walk-in will be charged $45, and may be limited to their choice of meal.  The Roundup Store can be reached through the Members Only tab.   Be sure to select your meal option, then pay using a PayPal account or by credit card.

New Mailing Address for Roundup Reservations & Dues

Our Registrar of Marks and Brands position is currently vacant.    Until this position is filled, the Trail Bosses kindly request that all Roundup reservations and membership dues be sent to our Keeper of the Chips, Mr. John Shea, at 13613 Barlin Avenue, Downey, CA 90242-5107.  Questions or late reservations?   Please direct all reservation or membership dues questions to John Shea by phone at (562) 408-6959.

Dues Renewal Reminder

As a reminder to all members, if you have not already renewed your 2020 dues, please send in your payment of $50.00 or renew online as soon as possible.   Members who have not already renewed will receive a reminder from a Trail Boss until we have a new Registrar.  Your dues help support our Fellowship program and pay for the Branding Iron, Special Keepsakes and Westerners International dues.

The Dues Store is located under the Members Only tab. Pay using a PayPal account or credit or debit card (through PayPal).   If paying by check, please forward your payment to: Mr. John Shea, at 13613 Barlin Avenue, Downey, CA 90242-5107.  Thank you.

Los Angeles Corral Ongoing Book Auction

Many books have been donated since our last public auction at the October 2019 Rendezvous!  Request a copy of the new, 2020 book list with an Email to:  briandervindillon@gmail.com.  If you place your order via Email, books can be delivered to you at the monthly Roundups!  You can find the updated list of auction items here.

Roundup: January 8, 2020

Sheriff Ann Shea declares the January Roundup as E Clampus Vitus Night!   Clampers are encouraged to wear ECV regalia.

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

A .pdf of the Roundup Announcement can be downloaded here

Our Speaker: Mark Mutz, Corral Member, Newspaper Publisher and member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (Peter Lebec Chapter)
His Subject: Stories: The Myths, the Facts, and the Realities

Mark Mutz has always had an interest in history and events.  As we go through life, we can begin to realize that the descriptions of many events in history are tainted in such a fashion as to make the subject of the events appear quite different than the actual circumstances.   

Mark’s love of history and events started at an early age.  He was born and raised in New England, where history was all around him.  There were stories of Indian Wars, some of which occurred 140 years before the United States declared independence.  One battle lead to a day of Thanksgiving being declared in 1637, following the Mystic Massacre during the Pequot War. 

When walking through the woods, he occasionally came across stone walls in the middle of stands of Oak trees that were third or fourth growth.  Other times, he found lone Chestnut trees and later realized that the oaks had replaced these mighty trees.  He also remembers walking through a graveyard and finding a headstone marked for “A Soldier of the Revolution”.   

Stories are all around us and the retelling can share the facts, portray the reality, or turn them into myths.  While stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska as an Infantryman, Mark also found an old cemetery for Russians, complete with little houses on each grave.  When he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, there were more graves, but this time for Veterans of the Civil War. 

One of the biggest problems in telling an accurate story is getting accurate information to base it on.  For Mark, the art of storytelling involves presenting a topic in a space ranging from ¼ to two pages long that allows the reader to develop a complete picture in their mind when reading the Fence Post, a newspaper that Mark and spouse Dorothy own and publish monthly.   

Come spend an evening with the Westerners, as we listen to storytelling presented by our newest Corresponding Member, Mark Mutz!

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

February 12, 2020     
Randy King        
Wild West Gunslingers: Short biographies of various gunmen, lawmen, feuds, and their outcomes.

March 11, 2020      
Bruce Merritt
The Founding of the Society of Colonial Wars in Los Angeles in 1895.    

Dinner Fees, Reservation Deadline & Meal Choices

Please make your reservations by Thursday, January 2nd, so that we can include your meal preferences when placing the food order for our event.   This month, your meal selection is beef, chicken and vegetarian.  The beef meal will be Top Sirloin grilled and slow roasted.  The chicken option is Baked Garlic Chicken, lightly breaded, topped with garlic and parmesan cheese.  The Vegetarian entrée is Vegetable Pad Thai, made from classic Pad Thai noodles with stir fry fresh vegetables and topped with scallions and peanuts.    The dessert for January is Panna Cotta.

The Roundup Dinner Fee is unchanged for 2020 at $40 for those who register before the deadline.  If registering online at www.lawesterners.org, the Roundup Store can be reached through the Members Only tab, and entering the password. Be sure to select your meal option, then pay using a PayPal account or by credit card.

If paying by check, please mail your meal selection and payment to: Mr. Aaron Tate, Registrar of Marks and Brands, 9768 via Roma, Burbank, CA 91504. 

Questions or late reservations can be directed to Aaron Tate by calling or texting to (818) 804-9926, or email at airnbobo@gmail.com

Early reservations are strongly recommended and preferred, as there will be only limited, or potentially no meals available for walk-ins.  The cost for late registrations and walk-ins is $45.

Dues Renewal Reminder

As a reminder to all members, it’s time to renew your dues!  If you have not already renewed your 2020 dues, please send in your payment or renew online as soon as possible.   As per our Range Rules, Article VI, dues shall be paid yearly by February 15th.  Members who have not renewed by this date will receive a notice from our Registrar of Marks and Brands.    

The Dues Store is located under the Members Only tab at www.lawesterners.org.   Use the same password to enter this members only section of our website and pay using a PayPal account or credit or debit card (through PayPal).   If paying by check, please forward your payment to:   Mr. Aaron Tate, 9768 via Roma, Burbank, CA 91504.  With Brand Book 23 due out in February, and Brand Book 24 already in process, this is a wonderful time to be a Westerner!   Your dues also help support our Fellowship program and pay for the Branding Iron, Special Keepsakes and Westerners International dues.

Visit our Corral at Live on the Green! 

We will be tabling at the Live on Green! Festival at the Pasadena Convention Center on December 29-31.   Volunteer to help us promote membership in the LA Corral or, at least, when you visit this outstanding free festival, stop by the Eubanks Equestrian Pavilion and visit our booth!  Contact Jim Macklin to volunteer at (626) 305-2391 jhmacklincpa@gmail.com.

Roundup: December 11, 2019

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

Our Speaker: Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D.
His Subject: Wyatt and Josie Earp: Fact, Fiction, and Myth

Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., Past Sheriff of our Los Angeles Corral, just received his 8th consecutive Coke Wood Award from Westerners International for his historical publications, one of which (2015) was on Wyatt and his wife Josie Earp. Brian’s family has a distant connection with that of the famous lawman, and Brian’s younger brother and co-author has worked for 30 years in the cemetery in Colma, California, where Wyatt and Josie are buried.

Dozens of Hollywood movies and hundreds of hours of T.V. programs have been devoted to Wyatt Earp. Almost every Tinseltown leading man, over the past 70+ years, has portrayed the hero of the O.K. Corral shootout. Earp himself was an advisor to early Hollywood “horse operas,” and both William S. Hart and Tom Mix were pallbearers at his 1929 funeral. But what just about every last big or small screen portrayal of Wyatt Earp has in common is an almost complete absence of facts. With the recent revelation that the supposedly definitive biography of Josie is fraudulent, it seems that no aspect of the lawman’s life was left untouched by fictionalizers and mythologizers. This promises to be a fascinating program to end our year.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

January 8, 2020
Mark Mutz
Stories: the Myths, the Facts, the Realities

February 11, 2020
Randy King
Wild West Gunslingers: Short Biographies of various gunmen, lawmen, feuds, and their outcomes

Dinner Fees, Reservations & Meal Choices

The Roundup Dinner Fee is $40 including ample, convenient and free parking. The dinner choices for this Roundup are beef, chicken and vegetarian.  The  beef will  be  Sliced Top Sirloin,  grilled and slow-roasted,  with a wild mushroom sauce. The chef has selected Chicken Dijonaise, a boneless chicken breast served with a delicious whole grain mustard sauce and garnished with almonds for your chicken option. The vegetarian option this month is Butternut Squash Ravioli with beurre blanc sauce and pine nuts. Dessert will be our very popular traditional Cherries Jubilee Flambé.

Please choose your entrée and make out your check for $40 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. Just log onto our website and go to the Members Only tab. Click on the Roundup Store option and follow the instructions. Walk-ins can be served, but entrée choices will be limited to what is on hand. The “late price” is now $45.00.

If you are paying by check, mail it to Ms. Therese Melbar, 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: tmelbar@cpp.edu or by telephone: (661) 343-9373.

NOTE: This Roundup is our annual holiday celebration. Also, it’s the time of the year that we pass the gold-panning pans for donations to our servers at the Almansor Court to express our appreciation for their diligent and patient care of us all year.  Remember to bring a generous amount of cash!

Brand Book 23

Click the image below to read an update about the upcoming Brand Book!

 BB 23 FLYER REVISED la corral members version 11 17 19

Travel Assistance to Our Fellow Members

Please keep in mind that some of our members can no longer drive or are uncomfortable driving on the freeways at night. If such members live in your area, please get in touch to see if they would come with you to the Roundups. Call Michele Clark, our Sunshine Wrangler, at (626) 822-1522 if you need a ride.

Books and Art Pieces for Sale

Once again, you can buy books, art pieces and other ephemera donated to the Corral. You can order items on the lists below. Contact Brian Dillon via email at briandervindillon@gmail.com.

Updated List

To view the items included in this year’s auction, click here.

Contact Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff, at 13613 Barlin Avenue, Downey, CA 90242-5107 at annwshea@ca.rr.com or at (562) 408-6959 with any questions or news.