Consists of the personal photographs and postcards collected by the Lanterman family as a founding family of La Cañada Flintridge,
California. Materials date from 1835 to 1980, with images documenting the family’s origins in New Jersey, its establishment
in La Cañada Flintridge, as well as its travels throughout the West.
The Lantermans are one of the founding families of La Cañada Flintridge, California. Originally from Blairstown, 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, the Lantermans 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). The Roy Lanterman family traveled extensively by car throughout California and the
West, often accompanied by other family members and friends.
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 and in La Cañada at either El Retiro or his
own home, Homewood. Frank Lanterman (1862-1940), Jacob’s son, also lived in La Cañada, at his home, Orange Knoll, with his
family. The Lanterman and La Fetra families often interacted, enjoying picnics and other family events outdoors at all four
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