This collection contains papers related to the life and business interests of Los Angeles pioneer businessman and ranch owner
Matthew Keller (1810-1881). Subject matter in the collection includes Los Angeles from 1851-1880, particularly reflected in
deeds and land papers for the Los Angeles area (a few relate to petroleum development) and the wine industry. There are also
photographs of the Los Angeles area at the turn of the century and biographical information on Matthew Keller and Henry Workman
Matthew Keller (1810-1881) was a Los Angeles pioneer businessman, vintner, and ranch owner who was born in Queenstown, County
Cork, Ireland, in 1810. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, and in 1832 came to New York. He moved to Texas in the
mid-1830s then spent the next twelve to fifteen years in Mexico. While in Guadalajara he met Andrew A. Boyle (who later was
to become owner of the Los Angeles property developed by his son-in-law William H. Workman, Jr., into Boyle Heights). Keller
and Boyle returned to the United States and later the two married sisters. Upon his return to the States, Keller went first
to New Orleans, then in 1849, to San Francisco. He finally settled in Los Angeles in 1851, opening a general merchandise store
at the corner of Los Angeles and Commercial streets. He purchased property on Alameda and Aliso, where the Union Station is
now located. There he built his home, planted fruit trees and vineyards. In 1852 he established his winery and brandy still,
to be known as the Rising Sun and Los Angeles Vineyards winery. He had warehouses in San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia.
In addition, he experimented with various agricultural crops--fruit trees, castor oil plants, hops, and cotton.
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