Roundup: February 13, 2019

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

Our Speaker: Mark Hall-Patton
His Subject: One Hump or Two: The Commercial Use of Camels in the Western United States

Mark Hall-Patton, long a member of our Corral, is the Museum Administrator for the Clark County Museum system in Nevada.  He has worked for public and private non-profit museums and has served as a consultant for museums and museum boards.  In addition, he can be seen on the television show Pawn Stars, where he lends his expertise, wisely and amusingly, on artifacts and items of interest.

His talk will focus on the subject of camels and why camels were used in the Western United States commercially after the military found them less than satisfactory.  The idea that camels, used as pack animals in some parts of the world, might solve the problems relating to shipping goods in the vast arid distances of the American West interested several entrepreneurs in the shipping industry.  Mark will discuss what happened to the camels brought to the area and why they are not found in the desert today.  Since they could eat almost anything, the story of their eventual demise is part of this story of the Western United States.

Join us for the program’s story of how our distinguished speaker became interested in these always-thirsty, curmudgeonly camels — one hump or two.

Future Los Angeles Corral Events

March 13, 2019 Roundup
Speaker is Larry Latimer
Biplanes to Space Shuttle: the aircraft/aerospace industry in Los Angeles County

April 10, 2019 Roundup
Speaker is Michael Holland
Treasures of the Los Angeles City Archives

Posted by Jim Macklin, Sheriff, Ann Shea, Deputy Sheriff, and Therese Melbar, Registrar

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 slow-roasted prime sirloin with a wild mushroom sauce. The fish dish will be baked Atlantic salmon with toasted almonds in a cream sauce.  The vegetarian dinner will be penne pasta in a tomato basil sauce (again, no mention of cheese)  with the usual boring but healthy fresh carrots, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and green beans.  After the December Roundup dessert of Cherries Jubilee Flambé served a month late in January, the chef will attempt to win you back with Chocolate Royale, which is similar to a baked chocolate souffle!

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: 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


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


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 or at (562) 408-6959 with any questions or news