On Saturday, September 26, 2009, I had the possibility to take part in the 2009 Livin Hisory Tour at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery. I portrayed Remi Nadeau, a prominant determine in Los Angeles heritage.
Here’s a transcript of my porrtrayal. . .
Superior Early morning Everybody! My title is Remi Nadeau. Uncle Rem if you like.
If my title seems common to you, it is possibly my grandfather you are wondering of. That Remi Nadeau built is fame and fortune listed here in Los Angeles hauling borax from the Cerro Gordo Mine in Dying Valley to Los Angeles. Do any of you remember the previous boxes of Borax Cleaning soap? What was the emblem? That is righ! The 20 Mule Crew. That was grandpa’s notion. Just about every group was comprised of eighteen mules, 2 horses, and 4 wagons. Just about every coach could haul 20 to thirty tons on borax.
My grandfather correctly reinvested his income in land. Tons of it. 3-thousand, two hundred, and fifty acres! Some say that he was the holder of the major contiguous tract of land in Southern California held by any non-public person. On some of his land he planted grapes. And at a single time he had the major winery in Southern California, producing 200,000 gallons of wine a day.
His title may also be common from the famed Nadeau lodge downtown. You’d figure out it far better right now as the web-site of the Los Angeles Periods Mirror Square building. My grandfather achieved a great deal of opposition when building his lodge, because he required to create a four-story building, rather than the customary two. He did create his lodge, and put in California’s initially elevator.
But all that is his story.
There is a further famed Remi Nadeau. This a single is an author. You may have read the book “The Drinking water Seekers,” about the early drinking water wars listed here in Los Angeles. A single of his other books is continue to in print right now. It is called “Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of California.”
I’m not him possibly. That is my nephew.
My Grandfather is buried listed here at Rosedale, up on the hill driving me. My nephew you won’t discover listed here because, like all of you, he’s continue to among the living.
Developing up in the shadow of someone famed like my grandfather, whom I was named following, gave me the impetus, the travel, to make a title for myself in my possess proper. And, that’s what I did. For the previous forty a long time of my life I was a rancher in Soledad Canyon, which at the time was regarded as portion of Saugus.
Now I was born I 1867 in Montana. At the age of just a single 12 months previous I was brought all-around the Horn to Los Angeles. Listed here I grew up on my grandfather’s rancho. During that time I developed my like of animals and life on a ranch.
I remember my initially position. I was a freighter, just like my grandfather. I hauled wood from the eucalyptus groves listed here in the basin to the brick kilns in Los Angeles. The eucalyptus groves were an business started off by my father Joseph and Mr. Phineas Banning. You may perhaps have read of him as properly. At other situations in my life I was co-operator of a home furnishings retail store, and a builder and a contractor. I definitely attained my real estate in real estate. Sometimes we Nadeau’s could be cash weak, but we were always land loaded. I helped subdivide and sell my grandfather’s broad land holdings. Some would say that by age of forty I had already attained my prominence in culture.
After my father died in 1908, I attained my inheritance and I was last but not least ready to do what I had always required – create my possess ranch. And, so I acquired the land and moved up to Soledad Canyon.
My ranch adjoined the ranch of Mr. Jon Mitchell. We promptly struck up a friendship and formed a partnership in the cattle increasing sector. It was a partnership that would previous right up until the day I died. Jointly we acquired the previous Cuneo farm in the canyon and expanded our lands. The yearly cattle spherical-ups at the Nadeau-Mitchell ranch were an function not to be skipped. It seemed the entire Santa Clarita Valley turned out for it.
Now, I was a little bit of an experimenter on the ranch. When Luther Burbank arrived out with his Spineless Cactus for stock feed, I decided to give it a test and plated above one hundred acres of it. Have you ever read of cactus fed beef? I didn’t imagine so. Certainly, it didn’t operate out so properly. One more time I acquired Arabian horses and tried out horse breeding.
As I talked about, I also liked animals. I always had a handful of ranch canines all-around mostly Shepherd mixes. But I had a single very particular dog. His title was Goofus. Superior title for a dog, never you imagine? He was my very best pal proper up right up until the finish. I had a particular horse, named Chappo, that all the Nadeau little ones applied to ride. He outlived me be 37 a long time!
Then in 1927 I last but not least had the possibility to do what I always required to do. I constructed a deer farm and protect. Now, that seems specifically what it is – portion farm and portion protect. Some of the deer we lifted for venison, but a sure percentage I allowed to roam free. It was my hope that these deer would repopulate the grasslands and forests of California.
I expended $forty,000 location up the deer farm in Canyon Country. I imported deer from Central Europe and Central The united states. I brought in mule deer from Arizona. And, I even acquired the total stock of deer from the Mesa, Arizona, zoo. And that’s how I ended up with buffalo on the deer farm. Odd, is not it? I have to say that the venison bar-b-ques on the Nadeau-Mitchell ranch were famed.
The deer farm and protect was open up to the public, and individuals arrived from all above California to picnic underneath terrific oaks, see and pet the deer, and commune with mother nature. I even had a single very famed customer. You may perhaps have read his title prior to. Albert Einstein! But mostly it was little ones from the nearby educational institutions that would appear up. I liked to impress them by calling out to the deer, and they’d appear up advertisement take in proper out of my pocket.
Now it is accurate, I hardly ever did marry. But I liked the little ones. And there were sufficient Nadeau little ones in any case.
Speaking of little ones, it reminds of a story about my most loved niece Marilyn. A single time my loved ones was up at the ranch for goal observe, which was a widespread thing for our loved ones to do. Marilyn was only about yeah-superior. As he loved ones shot targets, Marilyn wondered absent from the group. Now as a rancher, you know you have to check out little ones on the ranch! So, I followed her. I identified her above by a barbed-wire fence. At the base of the fence was a Diamond-Back Rattler, completely ready to strike! I pulled her back, pulled out my pistol, and shot the sake dead. Nicely, that built me a hero in her eyes. Possibly the rest of the family’s as well.
If I have time, I do have a single other story. I guess I must say, if you have time. I have all the time in the entire world.
This is a Xmas story, which must be coming up quickly I imagine. My loved ones, possibly like yours, would get with each other every single Xmas. Sometimes we’d get with each other at the Deaveaux club in Glendale, or a further club, or up at the ranch. This a single 12 months, I imagine it was 1937, it was my cousin Margarete’s flip to host. She chose to have the function at the Women’s Club in Santa Monica.
She lined up tables finish to finish and coated them in with white linen. She’d even absent up to the ranch and brought back tumble weeds, spray painted them white, dusted them with glitter, and hun blue glass bulbs from them. It was definitely pretty spectacular.
So the Xmas supper had been appear and absent. The little ones had all opened their presents, and the grown ups had opened their joke or gag presents (I guess you could contact them). But continue to there was no Uncle Rem (that’s me). It is a extended travel from Saugus, so the loved ones was understandably worried.
Eventually, I did show up. But, I’m a little bit humiliated to inform you that I was. . . inebriated. Drunk as a skunk, extra like. Now, I have to inform you that pretty much no person in our loved ones drank alcoholic beverages at this time. My loved ones was a little bit disappointed and extra than a very little scandalized.
But when I walked in and noticed that wonderful table, properly, I imagined it was a stage. I jumped up on the closest bench upcoming to my niece Marilyn, and then climbed up on the table. There I started dancing an previous smooth shoe. Then I started singing a single of those previous people tracks that looks to have 70 verses. Nicely, that was rather acceptable, taking into consideration I was 70 a long time previous! Quite spry for an previous male. I wager my cousin Margarete wished she’d had a pen to compose down all the verses. Nicely, the evening ended properly, and my loved ones forgave me my transgression.
It was only a handful of a long time later on in 1941 that my cousin Margarete arrived up the ranch to examine on me. It could be isolated up there in some cases. When she identified me I was in mattress, coated in all my flannel blankets and the wood stove going proper beside me. It was the center of summertime, so she knew one thing wasn’t proper.
The loved ones arrived up and took me to Old Sans – that’s the Seventh Day Adventist Medical center in Glendale. It turns out I had pneumonia. A handful of times later on I handed absent surrounded by my loving loved ones. My very best pal and small business partner, Jon Mitchell, was even a pall bearer at my funeral.
The loved ones decided to bury me listed here with the rest of my loved ones – my father Joseph and Stepmother Fannie, and all my brothers and sisters. There are truly a few Nadeau loved ones plots listed here. This a single, my mother’s at the front gate, and my grandfather’s up on the hill. It is fitting that I must be buried listed here. It was one hundred twenty five a long time in the past, that my grandfather donated this land to be applied as a the Rosedale Cemetery. At first, it was a portion of the broad Nadeau land holdings.
Nicely, I want to thank all of you for coming and viewing me and listening to my stories. It is not typically I get site visitors listed here. I hope you love meeting some of my other neighbors listed here. Thank you.