Roundup: January 14, 2015

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

Speaker: Jerry Gordon
Subject: Frank A. Miller: Peace, Beliefs, and Culture

Riverside, California and Frank A. Miller cannot be thought of separately. Miller made a significant impact on the area during his lifetime beginning when he was 17 in 1874. His family moved that year to Riverside from Wisconsin. By the time he died in 1935, he had built a destination hotel that still attracts thousands of visitors to Riverside and to his Mission Inn. During his lifetime, he was a businessperson, a promoter, and a community backer who contributed to local churches, schools, hospitals, performance halls and numerous individuals he considered in need of his support.

Perhaps Miller’s most noteworthy contributions were in areas most people were unaware of and form the focus of this presentation. His religious beliefs were far more liberal than people realize. His support, understanding, and acceptance of cultures different from his own were truly refreshing and certainly different and unique for his time. Above all, his advocacy for peace was perhaps his most outstanding achievement that lingers to the present.

This presentation will uncover some of those projects and people who benefitted from his generosity. He expressed his support for his community through his religious or spiritual beliefs, his recognition and acceptance of people much different from himself, and his unrelenting efforts on behalf of world peace. This talk will not trace the history of the Mission Inn or for that matter the history of Riverside but rather will look at Miller as a caring and compassionate individual. Riverside was fortunate to have Frank A. Miller as a resident of its community.

John Selmer
Deputy Sheriff


Sittin’ Around the Campfire

Corral News

Dinner Reservations

Dinners cost $35 each and the reservation deadline is January 2, 2015, no matter how hung over you are. Late reservations can be accepted, but you won’t be able to choose your entrée and you will pay $40.  Please mail your reservation and your check—payable to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral”—to Jim Shuttleworth, Registrar of Marks & Brands, 2625 S. Pepperdale Drive, Rowland Heights, CA 91748. You may also call Jim at 909-595-6655 with questions or late reservations.

PAYPAL is now available

Put your money where your mouse is. Instead of mailing in your check, now you can make your dinner reservations online. Just log onto our website and go to the Members Only tab.

Upcoming Roundup Speakers & Programs

February 11, 2015 ….. Barbara Schultz—SoCal Aviation History

March 11, 2015 ….. Brian Dillon—World War II in China

April 8, 2015….. Jack Prichett—Old Spanish Trail 

Joint Meeting with the Old Spanish Trail Association

Our April 8th meeting will include members of the Old Spanish Trail Association. The Old Spanish Trail was a mule trail used from 1829 to 1848 between Santa Fe and Los Angeles. OSTA members have promised to tie up their more flatulent mules outside the dining room. We have made no such promises in return.

Trail Boss Meeting January 14th at 4 p.m.

Trail Bosses will meet at 4 p.m. in the Almansor Court dining room right before the next Roundup. If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the mechanics of Corral operation, then please stop in and grab a chair.

Corral Officers Elected

At the December meeting our esteemed former Sheriff Eric Nelson announced the results of the election for the Corral’s 2015 officers. Paul McClure will serve as Sheriff, John Selmer as Deputy Sheriff, Jim Macklin as Keeper of the Chips, and Jim Shuttleworth as Registrar of Marks and Brands.

Book Donations Appreciated

Please feel free to donate local and Western history books to Eric Nelson’s “prix fixe” book sales at each of the Roundups.  Remember this is not an auction; it’s a sale. Arrive early grab the pick of the litter.