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6.  Any questions on how to use PayPal? Help is available. Call 626-233-2579 to speak with Jim Macklin.


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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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Zoom Presentation: April 15, 2021

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Zoom Roundup: March 10, 2021

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The passcode for the Zoom was emailed to Corral members in February.

If you do not regularly receive Corral emails, please contact Brian Dillon at  briandervindillon@gmail.com for a virtual invitation.

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Updated Auction List

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Roundup: September 2020

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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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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.

Fandango Fundraiser 2020

April 2020 Roundup CANCELLED- final

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!

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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.

Roundup: November 13, 2019

Rendezvous Photos

You can view an album of photos from last month’s rendezvous here.


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

Our Speaker: Stephen Gee
His Subject: Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon

Stephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of several award-winning books on John Parkinson and noted structures in Los Angeles. His most recent work is the history of the Los Angeles City Hall. Mr. Gee, in addition to his books, wrote, directed and produced the award­winning PBS documentary on John Parkinson. He is a graduate of City University of London and began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995.

When it opened its doors in 1928, the new Los Angeles City Hall was the tallest building in the city and undeniably beloved by its citizens, and they had not even seen the interior. More than a half-million people lined the streets to celebrate the dedication of the new structure that symbolized Los Angeles’s transition from a growing western city to a world-class metropolis. The current building, the last in a series of city halls, is a symbol of the ambition of the people, and it is one of the most enduring and recognized landmarks in California. The Los Angeles City Historical Society has donated posters showing all the City Halls for our meeting.

Remember NOVEMBER IS HAT NIGHT at the Los Angeles Corral. Wear your best head gear and join the fun. You may be the big winner this year.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

December 11, 2019
Brian Dillon on Wyatt and Josie Earp

January 8, 2020
To Be Announced

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, fish and vegetarian. The beef will be Kalbi top sirloin, grilled and topped with a sweet and spicy sauce. The chef has selected Atlantic salmon with toasted almonds and a cream sauce as the seafood entree. The vegetarian option this month is eggplant parmesan. Dessert will be Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.

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.

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.

Rendezvous: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Location: 1763 Royal Oaks Drive North, Bradbury, CA
Time: 2:00 to 5:30 PM
Theme: A Stroll Down Memory Lane with the Old Folks at Home

Enjoy nine significant features at the Rendezvous this year!

    1. Visits with Good Friends
    2. Shopping for Old Books and Art
    3. Taking pictures with “Old Friends” – Vintage Cars
    4. Tours of Royal Oaks and Amy & Jim Macklin’s new home
    5. Enjoying an old-time buffet dinner by an award-winning Chef
    6. Singing old favorite tunes with TheBanjo Buddies
    7. Celebrate designation of Bill Warren as our 2019 Honored Guest and the Corral’s newest Honorary Member
    8. Valet parking provided just steps away
    9. You’ll be home by sundown! Or at least comin’ round the mountain!

Remember that the purpose of the Rendezvous is to raise money!  Help the Los Angeles Corral build the resources for its historical educational outreach and for its new technological initiatives. If you cannot attend, at least make a donation. 

The Rendezvous Fee is $50. Please make out your check for $50 to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment online as EARLY AS YOU CAN but no later than one week before the Rendezvous date. Just log onto our website and go to the Members Only tab. Click on the Rendezvous Store option and follow the instructions. 

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.eduor by telephone: (661) 343-9373.

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Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

November 13, 2019        
Roundup and Annual Hat Night      
Stephen Gee on the Los Angeles City Hall

December 11, 2019
Roundup with Traditional Christmas Dessert
Cherries Jubilee and Installation of Trail Bosses for 2020

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 (Updated List)

Once again, you can buy books, art pieces and other ephemera donated to the Corral. You can order items on the lists here. Contact Brian Dillon via email at briandervindillon@gmail.com.  To view the items included in this year’s Book and Art Sale, 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.

Roundup: September 11, 2019

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

Our Speaker: Elizabeth Pomeroy
Her Subject: Glen Dawson, a Man of Many Interests

Elizabeth Pomeroy is a native Californian and has been active in the education field for many years as a teacher and administrator.  She holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA.  Elizabeth founded her own publishing company, Many Moons Press, in 2000 and publishes books on Southern California.  She is a member of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners and the Huntington Corral in addition to numerous historical societies in the area.

Elizabeth will present an illustrated program on the life and accomplishments of Glen Dawson, who was a founder of the Los Angeles Corral in 1946, sheriff in 1959, and a dedicated member for many years.  He was a man of books as well as an avid climber.  The program will also trace the 105-year history of Dawson’s Book Shop, founded by his father.  

Join us for what should be a notable evening with a program presented by one of our own members about an outstanding member of the Corral who is no longer with us, but is not forgotten.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

October 19, 2019
Rendezvous at Royal Oaks
Home of Jim and Amy Macklin

November 13, 2019        
Roundup and Annual Hat Night      
Stephen Gee on the Los Angeles City Hall

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 roasted sliced top sirloin with a mushroom sauce.  The chicken dish will be a delicious Pancetta Chicken breast topped with rosemary, garlic and pancetta.  The vegetarian dinner will be an amazing penne pasta in a tomato basil sauce with flavorful carrots, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and green beans.  The dessert this month is the popular Chocolate Royale. 

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.

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.

Roundup: August 14, 2019

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

Our Speaker: Dr. Abraham Hoffman
His Subject: Bernardo de Galvez, Defender of the Old Southwest

Abe Hoffman has been a member of the Corral since 1974 and has served as Branding Iron editor, Sheriff in 1997 and book review editor.  He is the author of numerous books, including a volume on the Owens Valley-Los Angeles water controversy.  Dr. Hoffman is an educator, award-winning author, and  Living Legend of Westerners International.

Although the American Revolution doesn’t seem to be the usual Westerners topic, the fact is that Bernardo de Galvez spent his early years as an army officer chasing and fighting Apaches in the Southwest.  His uncle, Jose de Galvez, played a major role in organizing the Serra-Portola expedition that established Alta California as a Spanish colony.  Before the War for Independence began, Bernardo de Galvez served as governor of Louisiana and smuggled weapons, ammunition and supplies to the insurgent colonists.  He also led expeditions to capture British forts in the Lower Mississippi Valley and at Pensacola.  Galvez was long overlooked by historians, but the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida recognized his contributions to the war effort.  In 2014 Galvez was named an Honorary American Citizen, only the eighth person to be so recognized by Congress.  Join us on August 14for an informative program about a mainly forgotten figure in Western history.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

September 10, 2019      
Roundup    
Elizabeth Pomeroy on Glen Dawson

October 19, 2019            
Rendezvous at Royal Oaks
Home of Jim and Amy Macklin

Buckskin Bulletin

Click here for the June 2019 edition of the Buckskin Bulletin.

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, fish and vegetarian.  The beef will be Kalbi prime top sirloin topped with a delicious sweet & spicy sauce.  The fish dish will be baked salmon with toasted almonds & cream sauce.  The vegetarian dinner will be stuffed zucchini. The dessert this month is a delicious seasonal favorite—strawberry shortcake.

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.

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.

Art

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

Books (Updated!)

To view the items included in this year’s book 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.

Roundup: July 10, 2019

An updated list of auction items can be found at the end of the announcement.

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

Our Speaker: Alyssa Kreikemeier
Her Subject: Western Eyes, Western Skies: A Cultural and Environmental History of Air in the American West

Alyssa Kreikemeier is the Los Angeles Corral’s 2019 Autry Fellow.  She holds a Master in Education degree and is a PhD Candidate at Boston University in the American Studies Program.  

Ms. Kreikemeier’s presentaion will include a cultural and environmental exploration of Western skies. She will review how our Western skies shaped the historical development of the U.S. West from the late nineteenth century through the mid twentieth century.  She will describe the results of her research at the Autry to explain how Western skies impacted the original inhabitants and the immigrants who made their way through it.   She will reveal how the wide-open spaces, distant horizons and the grandeur of the scenery in the American West have been constructed and portrayed in tourism materials and popular culture to create the notions we have about the West.  Big Sky, Beyond the Blue Horizon, Golden California indeed!  She will also cover how Western Indian tribes understood, used and responded to the sky both in worldviews and as a natural phenomenon and how non-Native inhabitants of the West responded to the same things.

Join us for what should be a notable evening with a scholar the Autry National Center and we selected to research this thoughtful topic!

Suggestions for future programs are always welcome!  Contact Ann Shea at 562-408-6959 or annwshea@ca.rr.comwith your ideas and program topics.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

August 14, 2019
Roundup
Dr. Abe Hoffman on Bernardo De Galvez

September 11, 2019
Roundup
Elizabeth Pomeroy on Glen Dawson

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 roasted sliced top sirloin with a mushroom sauce. The chicken dish will be a delicious chicken dijonaise.  The vegetarian dinner will be an amazing penne pasta in a tomato basil sauce with flavorful carrots, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and green beans. The dessert this month is stark naked vanilla Häagen-Dazs. 

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.

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.

Art

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

Books (Updated!)

To view the items included in this year’s book 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.

Fandango: Saturday, June 15, 2019

Fandango 2019

Location
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 North Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA  90807

Time
3:00-6:00 PM

Activities
Socializing with old friends & new ones
Fine dining
Great sale of books, art, etc. at low prices
Good music
Tours of historic site

For the 2019 Fandango, we are gathering our Corral family together at still another historic rancho – Rancho Los Cerritos.  The adobe was built in 1844 by Jonathan Temple. Jotham Bixby, the father of Long Beach, acquired the rancho and later sold portions of it which eventually became the cities of Downey, Paramount and Lakewood.   You’ll enjoy seeing this historic property!

The bar opens at 3:00 pm, and soon thereafter, as the attendees become relaxed and at ease, Trader Brian Dillon will open his outdoor marketplace with fascinating history and historical books, art works and ephemera. Due to recent donations of collections acquired over members’ lifetimes, there will be some very desirable collector items at reasonable prices.  See the links to available items at the bottom of this notice.

Docents will be available for tours of the historic site. And, the dinner, served at 5:00pm, will be fresh, nutritious and especially tasty. It’s likely you will not go home hungry.  At the Fandango, we will enjoy socializing with old friends and getting acquainted with new ones.

Feel free to invite your family, friends and neighbors.  All are welcome – especially if they bring money for the sale! This would be a good opportunity to introduce someone who might value becoming a member.

Travel Assistance to Our Fellow Members

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

For those who have difficulty driving at night, you’ll be able to return home before the sun goes down, since we’re starting at 3:00pm.

Event Reservations

Event reservations cost $50.00 each. Please make out your check for $50 per person payable to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment onlineas EARLY AS YOU CAN but no later than one week before the Fandango date.  Just log onto our website and go to the Members Only tab.  Click on the Fandango Store option and follow the instructions.

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.eduor by telephone (661) 343-9373.

The Trail Bosses look forward to your joining them for this important fund-raising event to support the Corral’s publications and other activities!

Books and Art Pieces for Sale

Once again, you can buy books, art pieces and other ephemera donated to the Corral. Contact Brian Dillon via email at briandervindillon@gmail.comor just attend the Fandango on June 15th!

Art

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

Books (Updated!)

To view the items included in this year’s book 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roundup: May 8, 2019

An updated list of auction items can be found at the end of the announcement.

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

Our Speaker: Mike Eberts
His Subject: A Tragic Event in the History of Griffith Park

Dr. Mike Eberts was born in East Hollywood and is a product of the Los Angeles public schools and California State University, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Southern California. Mike has taught at Glendale Community College since 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at Glendale Community College, he spent several years in the newspaper field. His book, Centennial History of Griffith Park, was published by the Historical Society of Southern California in 1996. He has prepared an on-line update covering the years from 1996 to 2011.

Whenever there is a deadly fire, comparisons are made to the Griffith Park Fire on October 3, 1933.  Although it was relatively small in terms of acres consumed, it was the deadliest fire in Los Angeles history. And, until last year, it was the deadliest wildfire in California history. Elements of the Griffith Park tragedy include a massive number of untrained Depression-era relief workers, overconfident bosses, a lack of equipment and expertise and hot, dry weather with Santa Ana winds. When the trained firefighters finally arrived, the worst had already happened. Attend the May Roundup and learn what came next in this chapter of the tragic history of Griffith Park.

Suggestions for future programs are always welcome!  Contact Ann Shea at 562-408-6959 or annwshea@ca.rr.comwith your ideas and program topics.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

June 15, 2019
Fandango
Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach

July 10, 2019 Roundup
Speaker is the Corral’s Autry National Center Fellow, Dr. Alyssa Kreikemeier, on Western Skies: The Effect on People Who Traveled Through the West

August 14, 2019
Speaker is Dr. Abe Hoffman on Bernardo De Galvez

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, fish and vegetarian. The beef will be Kalbi top sirloin, grilled and topped with a sweet and spicy sauce. The fish entrée is baked salmon with toasted almonds and cream sauce. The vegetarian dinner is eggplant Parmesan. The dessert this month is one of the crowd favorites, Chocolate Royale, a baked chocolate souffle style dessert.

Please choose your entrée and make out your check for $40 to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment onlineas 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.eduor by telephone: (661) 343-9373.

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. Contact Brian Dillon via email at briandervindillon@gmail.com.

An updated

Art

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

Books (Updated!)

To view the items included in this year’s book 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.

Roundup: April 10, 2019

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

Our Speaker: Larry Latimer
His Subject: Downey’s Aerospace History from Biplanes to Missiles to the Moon

Larry Latimer is a business owner, researcher, historian and author in Downey.

His book on the history of Downey was published by Arcadia Press as a part of the “Images of America” series. In addition to his other work, Mr. Latimer also makes occasional presentations to audiences ranging from 3rd graders to senior citizens on Downey’s unique history. Larry is a board member of the Downey Historical Society and a former president of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation which is headquartered at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. The slides in his presentation are from his extensive digital collection of historical images related to Downey and its fascinating aerospace history.

The relationship of Downey and the aircraft/aerospace industry dates back to the early decades of the last century. Private planes and military aircraft were produced in large numbers at plants in Downey. As the industry shifted from aircraft to aerospace, Downey came to the forefront as North American Rockwell, later a part of Boeing, began aerospace operations. Research and engineering studies done in Downey resulted in advances that led to the space capsule and to the space shuttle. A full-size mock-up of the shuttle was housed in one of the buildings. All of this took place in a relatively small area, surrounded by orange groves and housing tracts. Even more interesting is what has happened to the original site where the engineers, mechanics and other professionals transformed the industry from aircraft to taking men to the moon and the International Space Station. Attend this interesting presentation to discover the links between Downey and space flight and what happened to the original plant.

Suggestions for future programs are always welcome!  Contact Ann Shea at 562-408-6959 or annwshea@ca.rr.comwith your ideas and program topics.

Posted by Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

May 8, 2019 Roundup
Speaker is Michael Eberts
History of Griffith Park

June 15, 2019
Fandango
Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach

July 10, 2019 Roundup
Speaker is the Corral’s Autry National Center Fellow

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 grilled and slow roasted sirloin with a wild mushroom sauce. The chicken is roulade of chicken, sliced breast of chicken stuffed with a julienne of vegetables and melted cheeses in a spinach sauce. The vegetarian offering is penne pasta with tomato, basil, carrots, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and green beans.  The dessert this month is something different, a seasonal lemon cake.

Please choose your entrée and make out your check for $40 to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment onlineas 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.eduor by telephone: (661) 343-9373.

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

Books and art pieces will be available for sale at the Roundup.  Once Brian Dillon returns from his travels, you will be able to check out the books and art available on our webpage and purchase your choices online once again.  Previous lists are available below:

Art

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

Books

To view the items included in this year’s book 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.

Living Legend No. 62 – Dr. Gary D. Turner

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Westerners International Living Legend No. 62 Dr. Gary D. Turner

Gary Turner has been an active member of the Los Angeles Corral of WI since 1979. He has held leadership positions throughout his entire length of membership. Gary is an impressive speaker with a knack for humor and has presented many history programs for his Corral and many other organizations.  Gary has also published numerous articles for the Corral quarterly publication, The Branding Iron. He is a cowboy poet, limerick dispenser, and book publisher.  Gary, a native of Venice, California has a BA in History from Whittier College and was awarded a Ph.D. in Education, from the Claremont Graduate School. Gary has been a life-long educator teaching Social Studies and English. He has also served as an administrator and completed his education career as Principal of Verdugo Hills High School. In his youth, Gary studied classical piano and was a star high school and college football player. Gary and his wife, Vicki, have been passionate supporters of local football and have had the Verdugo Hills football stadium, Turner Field and Stadium, named in their honor. Dr. Turner and Vicki have traveled the world and have visited 15 foreign countries. Additional passions include grandkids, conservation, fishing and big game hunting – not to mention his vast knowledge of western history.

Thanks to Brian Dervin Dillon, Ph.D., 2017 Sheriff of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners for his nomination.