Saddleback Valley Trails

Vol 3 No 11 Editor: Pat Weeks November 1996

South Orange County California Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo CA, 92690


Monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month and are held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA.

16 November 1996 Mr. Everett Ireland, President of the North San Diego Genealogical Society will discuss documentation of records in his presentation titled, "Is That Evidence Really Primary?" Election of officers will be held at this meeting, as well as general membership adoption of the new bylaws.

21 December 1996 The installation of officers for the upcoming year 1997 will be held at this meeting. We will follow with a holiday celebration and social hour.

18 January 1997 Newspaper research will be the topic of this meeting. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Pat Hall, former President of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society.

Other Local Events

2 November 1996 The British Isles Genealogical Research Association presents "A Day with John M. Kitzmiller,"

Chairman of the British Heritage Forum, to be held at the Hanalei Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

2 November 1996 North San Diego Co. Gen. Soc. Holds its 1996 genealogical seminar, featuring Gary Hoffman, developer of Gen Web, and Wendy Elliott, President of the Ca. State Gen. Alliance. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Carlsbad Senior Center, 779 Pine Ave., Carlsbad CA.

9 November 1996 Ron Bremer, author of "The Compendium of Historical Sources" will speak at the Genealogical Society of Riverside, Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside CA. Begins at 10:00 a.m.


Guests at our October meeting were Cheri Miller, Bob Wilson and Dee Pearson. Renewals for membership were made by members Susan Underbrink and Cheryl Douglas. By the way, we now have 151 members.

We welcome new member:

Robert Wilson


Candidates for the 1996 SOCCGS Executive Board are as follows:

President Janet Franks

Vice President Judy Deeter

Recording Secretary

Corr. Secretary Mel Kinnee

Treasurer Dorothy Gould

The election of the Board members will be held at our November meeting. As usual, the position of Recording Secretary is still open. John Smith suggests that the office could be shared by two or more members to ease the burden of the job. In that way, one would not be obliged to make every board meeting and general meeting. In addition, the committee position of Librarian is vacant.


We regret to announce the death of member Freda Covington in September.

The Saddleback Valley News, MV edition, Sept 17, 1996, published an article concerning Freda and her many accomplishments. She will be missed by the whole community.


There will be a Veterans Day observance at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Lake Forest on November 11th. The program begins at 11:00 a.m. and features music, speeches and a salute to America's Veterans. Guest speaker is Vi Cowden, World War II pilot with the Women's Air Service Division. The event will be hosted by many of our local chapters of patriotic groups.(Amer. Legion #257, Jewish War Vets #680, VFW #7893, Pearl Harbor Survivors Ch. 14, So Coast SAR, MV DAR, and Orange Co Cemetery District).

Alaskan Gold Rush

A new electronic database called "Ancestors" developed by librarians at the University Of Alaska and a professional genealogist contains early obituaries, newspaper and magazine articles, mining reports, business directories and records of pioneer organizations. It will be available online on the Internet this fall. Currently it is available only through Alaska and Polar Regions Dept., Rasmusson Library, P.O. Box 756800. Fairbanks AK 99755-6800, (907)474-7261.

The Alaska Historical Society and Alaska's Office of History and Archaeology are publishing "Sources of Alaskan and Yukon Gold Rushes and Gold Rush Communities". Contact Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Dept of Natural Resources, 3601 C. St., Suite 1200, Anchorage AK 99503.

Native Indians, Aleuts and Eskimos can start with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Enrollment Office, P.O. Box 25520 Juneau AK 99802 or contact its Canadian counterpart, the Dept of Indian and Northern Affairs, Room 122, 300 Main St., Whitehorse, Yukon Terr., Y1A 2B5.

For Canadian information, write to Yukon Archives, Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Y1A 2C6. Canadian mining records are at the Dawson Museum, P.O.Box 303, Dawson, Yukon Terr., Y0B 1G0 (article provided by Susan Ayland, NSDCGS "Paths to the Past" Oct. 1996)

A Short History of

El Toro Memorial Park

This article appeared in Questing Heirs June 1996, and is excerpts from the story of historians Judy Deeter and Joe Osterman. I found it very interesting and include it here as it appeared in Questing Heirs.PW)

The cemetery began in 1896, owned by El Toro Land and Water Co., and in 1927 was sold to Orange Co. Cemetery District #1 for $10.00 Some of those buried there are:

The Acuna's, Charles, Pete, Maria, Joe A., Joe M. Grace Marie, Antonio and Maurico.

Gerilliermo William Grijalva, born where the Prado Dam now stands. He was a descendent of a member of the Anza Expedition which crossed South Orange Co. In 1776. He was half Gariellino Indian.

The Serrano's, Andres, Jannnie, Francisco, Ruperto and Lois. Land where the park is along with surrounding lands was earlier awarded to Jose Serrano for services rendered by his father, Don Francisco Serrano, mayor of Los Angeles in 1799.

Anton Carle, who planted many of the Eucalyptus trees seen in El Toro today. It was hoped that they could be used for railroad ties, but that didn't pan out.

Delores Salazar, known as "Pile Row Charley" for his uncanny ability to be in the right place to get the "plum" assignments during work in the bean harvest.

Al (Alvino) and Si (Cyrus) Salazar who worked in the Whiting family orchards and [were] considered master irrigators.

Carl Juul, an immigrant from Denmark, known as the "Hermit of the Tin Mine", was a guard and caretaker of the Trabuco Tin Mine.

N.C. White, a carpenter who worked on homes for families Keating, Hoyle, Huddy and Twist.

Glaud H. Rodger family, early settlers in Laguna Canyon. Cordie and Ed Rodger worked the tin mines between 1904 and 1906.

William Woodhouse came to El Toro in 1894 and owned the first auto there.

Olif Fairchild, El Toro's first railroad station agent, born 1846 in New York.

The Beck family, Marie, Annie and Henry died Nov and Dec 1899, Henry of typhoid, wife Mary of Pneumonia, and Annie of TB. Their son, John, lived.

Joseph Rouse was the first man and the third person to be buried at this park. Died on June 23, 1896.

James and Louisa DeLong. He was first section foreman in charge of repairing railroad track between Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. Married Louisa Simmons in Missouri Sept 15, 1885. She died of TB May 1896, her younger sister, Maude Simmons was the first person buried in the new cemetery. Maude was born in Illinois and is thought to be the daughter of Henry S. Simmons and Julia Bowler.

Charles Lyons, born in PA. In 1847, an agent for Wells Fargo, and worked on the railroad.

The Reuben Waterman family. He was El Toro's fourth blacksmith.

The Rosenbaum family. Henry, father of Oscar, was the first person to sell Christmas trees in California when he sold them to miners in San Francisco in 1851.

Oscar Scott, son of El Toro pioneer, L. D. Scott, who came to the area in the 1880s. Edith Waterman Scott was the daughter of Reuben Waterman.

Harvey Swartz, estimated weight was nearly 500 pounds.

Joe Prothero family. John emigrated from Wales. Raymond was on the cemetery board.

George Harris, who came to Aliso Canyon about 1898. Was County Fire Warden, Assistant Game Warden, Road Boss, and member of Aliso School Board.

Milo B. Stevens, owned one of the biggest bean and barley farms in Orange Co. Ella Cook Stevens was the wife of Milo. Both were born nearby. Their families were pioneers in South Orange County. During the Civil War, the Cook family fought for the South and the Stevens for the North. Milo's grandfather was a drummer boy in the Union Army. Son George W. Stevens in 1956 constructed El Toro's first domestic water system. His wife Mae was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Swartz , farmers near what is now Saddleback Plaza.

Charles M. Salter, one of the oldest families to the area, came in 1888.

Andrew Wesley Thompson, the cemetery's only known Civil War veteran, came to Laguna Canyon about 1876 and helped establish the Mormon Colony there.

Cleophas Romero, called "PiPie", dug graves for many of the families.

Judge and Mrs. Keating. Their daughter married El Toro developer Dwight Whiting and the Whiting family are also buried in the same cemetery.

Other notable persons interred there were: Christian Kent Nelson, inventor of the "Eskimo Pie" in 1920; The Joseph Gray family (wife Rosie); Bertha Mabel Rhodes; Brigadier General Leonard Fribourg, who served in WWII and Vietnam; William A. Beaton, who enlisted in the army Apr 20 1917 during WWI.

Looking up the family tree is anything but a snap.

Especially when you discover that

You might be the sap!

--Lou Sequin, Saturday Evening Post

"Let George Do It"

By our own George McInnis

Let me tell you about "George", as in "let George do it". I'm sure you have all heard that phrase, but did you ever wonder WHY it is George that is expected to do EVERYTHING?

Well, my grandfather was George Mortimer Ketcham, a first cousin of George Mortimer Pullman of the Pullman Sleeping Car fame. When G.M. Pullman first developed his sleeping car he encountered the problem of passengers climbing into the berths with their boots on, ruining the clean sheets. Railroading was very "iffy" in those days, and the passengers, mostly men, did not want to be in a train wreck and have to get out without their boots. George M. Pullman had to come up with a solution. And being the promoter par excellence that he was, he solved it this way. He hired Negro porters to make up and break down the sleeping berths, and to offer each passenger a FREE "boot polishing". "Just leave those boots outside your berth, and they will be back there in the morning, all polished". It was the perfect solution to the problem.

But then a new problem arose. What would the passengers call those porters? Some prankster suggested calling the porters all "George", making it a huge joke on George Mortimer Pullman. So it was "George, get me some water", "George, make up my berth", George, it is cold in here" etc. etc. "Let George do it" came about.

When I was young, I hated the name George - it was always "let George do it", or "Georgie Porgie", or "by George". It was almost too much to bear. And, when working on my genealogy I discovered that a relative was the cause of it all ......too much to bear again.

The difference between a geologist and a genealogist is that one digs in the dirt and sometimes finds artifacts - and the other digs in the facts and sometimes finds dirt.

(From Shirley Fraser, author unknown)


A specialty reference library in your own backyard! The Ralph W. Miller Golf Library/Museum is located in the Industry Hills Recreation and Conference Center in the City of Industry just a few miles north of the Puente Hills Mall. It is the only public golf library in the Western United States and is the largest golf library in the world. It has 400 pre-1900 books, including rare volumes dating back to 1597. If your ancestor was into golf, he may show up in this book collection. They have 500 books and 1500 bound periodicals and an extensive photo collection of golf personalities. Call (818)854-2354 for hours. (By Roger Mount, WAGS Newsletter, Sept 1996)


Information on graves affected by the Tennessee Valley Authority has been gathered into an alphabetical listing including 30,630 graves. There is also a second set of records of the individual Reservoir Cemeteries. Eleven volumes covering the main channel of the Tennessee River from Kentucky Lake KY to Fort Loudon TN have been published. A surname search of the volumes "Complete TVA Burial Removal Records" can be made for $5 per surname by writing to Mountain Press, P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain TN, 37377 (from the Pathfinder, San Joaquin Co. Gen Soc., Nov 95 via WAGS Newsletter, Sept 1996)


Block 1 should be a common grandparent, with the names of his/her direct descendants listed at the top and down the side of this chart. EXAMPLE: Print your name in Block 3 at the top. Print a known first cousin's name in Block 3 on the side. Print your mother's or father's name in Block 2 at the top. Print the name of a brother or sister of the person in Block 2 at the top (and the parent of the cousin in Block 3 on the side) in block 2 on the side. Your common grandparent's name is printed in Block 1. To show second cousins, add the names of your children in Block 4 at the top and the names of your cousin's children in block 4 on the side. Family relationships can be extended by printing the name of a more distant common grandparent in Block 1. One can also add additional rows or blocks on the side or at the bottom of this chart.


By SOCCGS member Pat McCoy

In 1986 I began working on my family genealogy. As we were planning a family get-together, I wanted to surprise all the young people with their family history. My big mistake was to give each a duplicate copy of marriage certificates, birth and death certificates and many copies of census records. My mistake was not including an explanation to tie it all together, so the documents didn't mean much to the recipients.

I have been fortunate in using city directories and newspapers. I wrote to the Moberly Moniter in Moberly, MO for an obituary of my husband's grandfather. I also asked for any write up of the automobile accident where he had lost his life. Imagine my surprise when I received the front page of the newspaper describing the accident in detail. They had turned my request over to a genealogist who knew to check the newspaper three days after the accident.

The woman we knew as Mrs. Langton had already departed for Indiana with the remains when the "other" Mrs Langton arrived from Des Moines, IA. The front page continued with the full description of their many arguments over this "other" woman.

I later visited the Moberly public library and there found another newspaper arricle saying Mrs. Langton's parents from Arkansas were visiting her in her bereavement, giving me another location to check. I just may submit this story in the "Black Sheep of Your Genealogy" contest.

Many years later in my research I accidently discovered this Great Grandfather in the Glendale City Director. It was the right person, as his wife Jennie is listed, and his business is the Langton Hardwood Lumber Co. This family has been great fun to chase, and I am not through with them yet!


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