Roundup: November 8, 2017

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

Our Speaker: Philip Nathanson
Subject: Santa Fe’s Golds’ Rush: the Indian Curio Business and Santa Fe in the Latter Half of the 19th Century

After arriving in Santa Fe in the 1850s, Louis Gold and his sons Aaron, Abe and Jake became the pioneer merchants in New Mexico dealing in Indian curios and related goods, best known for establishing Gold’s Free Museum and Old Q-Riosity (sic)  Shop on San Francisco Street and Burro Alley in the early 1800s. The three sons managed various  enterprises into the early 20th century, when Jake was jailed and Abe died. This is the story of my great- great- grandfather Louis Gold and his significant and colorful frontier merchant descendants and their Santa Fe.

Philip D. Nathanson, a member of our Corral since 2012,  was born in Connecticut and went west in time to attend high school in then-smoggy Pasadena. He has a B.A. degree from UCLA and a Ph. D. ( Economics ) from the University of Michigan. He has published on early California photography and purchased an image of Gold’s Free Museum and Old Q-Riosity Shop decades ago before he knew it was his ancestor’s store.

Factoid:  What is the structure on the roof of the “Museum” behind the sign?

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Our ANNUAL RENDEDZVOUS will take place in the Mayordomo’s Garden (and environs) at Mission San Fernando from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. “Come join us where early California history is still alive and well”. See the flyers and printed invitations. Tours, Auction, Presentations, FOOD! (by The Bear Pit)

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

12/13/17 –Peter Blodgett –National Parks Out West

01/10/18 –Brian Dervin Dillon – California-Irish Paradise.

02/14/18 –Jeanette Davis – The Donner Incident-The Family Perspective

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Dinner reservations cost $35.00 each.  Please choose your entrée (beef, chicken, fish, or vegetarian) and make out your check to “Westerners, Los Angeles Corral,” or submit your payment by PayPal AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, but no later than one week before the roundup date.  Walk-ins can be served, but entrée choices will be limited to what is on hand: the “late price” is $40.00. Mail your check to:  Mr. James Macklin, Keeper of the Chips, 1221 Greenfield Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006-4148.  Contact Jim at or (626) 446-6411, with late reservations or questions. You can also get information from Mr. John & Mrs. Ann Shea, Registrars, Marks & Brands, via Email: or or by telephone (562) 408-6959.

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Now you can put your money where your mouse is, and make your dinner selection and pay for it over the Internet.   Just log onto our website and go to the Member’s Only tab.   Click on the pay option, and follow the instructions. The two-step process is easy once you get used to it. Mr. Joseph “Old Joe” Cavallo (626-372-5126) will gladly help you navigate on your initial PayPal voyage.