Lanterman Family Photograph Collection

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Lanterman House History Center and Archives
4420 Encinas Drive
La Canada Flintridge, California 91011
(818) 790-1421

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lanterman Family Photograph Collection
Dates: 1835-1980
Collection Number: LFPC
Creator/Collector: Lanterman, Roy S., 1869-1948. Lanterman, Emily Constance, 1873-1949. Lanterman, Frank. Lanterman, Lloyd Stanley, 1897-1987. La Fetra, Stella Lanterman, 1858-1933. Lanterman family.
Extent: 6 boxes
Repository: Lanterman House History Center and Archives
La Canada Flintridge, California 91011
Abstract: 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.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. Contact the Lanterman House Archives at least 48 hours in advance to ensure access to the materials. For additional information, please contact the Lanterman House Archives.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Lanterman Family Photograph Collection. Collection Number: LFPC. Lanterman House History Center and Archives

Acquisition Information

On April 21, 1987, the City of La Cañada Flintridge purchased the family papers and the furnishings of the Lanterman House from the Church of the Lighted Window (now known as the La Cañada Congregational Church), which had inherited them from the last surviving member of the Lanterman family.

Biography/Administrative History

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 family homes.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lanterman Family Photograph Collection consists of personal photographs and postcards dating from 1836 to 1980. Notable in the collection are many cased glass plate format photographs of early Lanterman family relatives from Blairstown, New Jersey. These include members of the Peter Lanterman family, including his son, who became a founder of La Cañada, Jacob L. Lanterman. There are numerous images of Jacob’s home, Homewood, as well as the homes of his children, Roy, Stella, and Frank Lanterman. The Roy Lanterman family documented their extensive travel by car and boat throughout the West, including Catalina Island, Klamath Falls, the Grand Canyon, and trips to their vacation home on Balboa Island. They also photographed their everyday life at home with friends at picnics, church, and while playing croquet on their lawn. The La Fetra family of Glendora is also highlighted in this collection, as Stella La Fetra, daughter Jacob Lanterman, married into this family. The photograph collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Family (Individual) 2. Friends (Individual) 3. Gravesites 4. Group Photographs 5. Residences 6. Family Trips 7. Oversize and other formats

Indexing Terms

Families—California—Los Angeles.
Family life—California, Southern.
Automobile travel.
Lanterman, Emily Constance, 1873-1949.
Lanterman, Frank.
Lanterman, Frank Dexter, 1862-1940.
Lanterman, Jacob L., -1908.
Lanterman, Lloyd Stanley, 1897-1987.
Lanterman, Roy S., 1869-1948.
La Fetra, Stella Lanterman, 1858-1933.
La Fetra family.
Lanterman family.
Ralphs family.
Pate family.
La Cañada Flintridge (Calif.)—History.
Glendora (Calif.)—History.
Blairstown (N.J.)—History.
Balboa (Calif.)
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)

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