Catherine Rose Mulholland, granddaughter
of William Mulholland, former Chief Superintendent of the Los Angeles Department of
Water and Power, was an historian, writer, civic leader, and public speaker in the San
Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles area, where she spent much of her life. The
Catherine Mulholland Collection documents her personal and professional life, chronicles
the life of her grandfather, William Mulholland, and provides a unique perspective for
considering the early social, political and economic history of the greater Los Angeles
area. Most significantly, materials contained in this collection demonstrate the many
complex issues involved in Los Angeles water history, as well as the important roles
played by politicians and political movements, private business and industry, civic
organizations, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies in the quest to
provide water to the ever-expanding population of Los Angeles.
Catherine Rose Mulholland was born at Hollywood Methodist Hospital in Hollywood,
California on April 7, 1923, the first of three children born to William
"Perry" and Addie Camelia Haas Mulholland. Perry (1892-1962) was the eldest
son of William Mulholland (1855-1935), former Chief Superintendent of the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power, and Lillie Ferguson Mulholland (1867-1915), daughter of
James (1831-1910) and Francis Ann Fish Ferguson (1837-1926). Addie (1896-1980) was the
eldest daughter of John (1867-1917) and Katie May Ijams Haas (1877-1968), early settlers
in the San Fernando Valley. Catherine was raised on a citrus and walnut ranch known as
the Mulholland Orchard Ranch, located at the west end of the San Fernando Valley between
the towns of Chatsworth and Northridge, an area formerly known as Zelzah.
208.34 linear feet
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