Consists of the personal photographs and some paper ephemera collected by the Lanterman family as a founding family of La
Cañada Flintridge, California. Materials date from 1867 to the 1940s, with images of the Lanterman House and California travel.
The Lantermans are one of the founding families of La Cañada Flintridge, California. Originally from New Jersey, Jacob Luce
Lanterman (1827-1908) and his wife Ammoretta (1831-1902) brought their children Roy, Frank, and Stella, to California in the
1870s. Along with their children and grandchildren, they established La Cañada’s first local church, founded its school district,
and played a large role in the development of its land.
Dr. Roy S. Lanterman (1869-1948), and his wife Emily C. Folsom (1873-1949) settled in La Cañada, building their home, El Retiro,
now known as the Lanterman House, in 1915. They had two sons, California State Assemblyman Frank Dexter Lanterman (1901-1981),
who championed water rights for unincorporated areas as well as reforms in the treatment of the developmentally disabled,
and engineer Lloyd Lanterman (1897-1987). Florence Pate (1904-1956), daughter of local pioneer Charles Pate (1874-1961) and
close family friend, was engaged to Lloyd and participated in some of the family activities. The Lantermans traveled extensively
by car throughout California to numerous national parks and historical locations, including Yosemite National Park and the
Panama-California Exposition in San Francisco.
Stella Bell Lanterman (1858-1933) married prominent businessman Lawson M. La Fetra (1844-1907) and lived in Glendora, California.
Jacob Lanterman would spend his later years staying at both his daughter’s house, Orange Grove, and in La Cañada at either
El Retiro or his own home, Homewood. The Lanterman and La Fetra families often interacted, enjoying picnics and other family
events outdoors at all three family homes, including Jacob Lanterman’s Homewood.
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