News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.


by Joe Castillo

Native Sons Fundraiser….   The Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) are a 135 year old organization dedicated to the preservation of California history. The only membership requirement includes being born in the State of California. NSGW Rio Hondo Parlor #294 will be hosting a lunch fundraiser at Hathaway Ranch Museum, in Santa Fe Springs on Saturday April 12th. The fundraiser will include a taco bar complete with all you can eat tacos, burritos, quesadillas, rice, beans, salsa and all the trimmings. Selections include flavorsome and mouthwatering beef, chicken, pork and carne asada. In addition, a silent raffle and auction is included and museum tours of Hathaway Ranch and Oil Museum will be provided to all parties in attendance. The Hathaway Ranch and Oil Museum is a museum of five generations of Hathaway family and community history related to early farming, ranching and oil industry culture, as well as historical references to the Santa Fe Springs area. The Museum itself contains domestic items from the 19th Century including clothes, children’s toys and antique appliances. The grounds contain over a century of farming, ranching and oil drilling equipment, and a collection of turn of century gasoline engines. One of the many unique items is a 1941 International Woody Station Wagon with 1.2 million miles on its odometer. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Tickets will cost $20, which is quite a deal for exquisite and zesty Mexican food prepared and catered by Porky’s Place located in historic Azusa, California. The lunch starts at 11:00AM so come on out and support the Native Sons of the Golden West, Hathaway Ranch Museum and California history. For tickets and more information contact Fran Hubert (626) 332-1203 and Jim/Pat Caron (562) 944-1135… Historical Presentations …. The Time Jockey is offering a series of historical presentations on a variety of California historical topics to all interested community, educational and historical organizations. Topics include the History of California History, Growth of the Fast Food Industry in Southern California, Joaquin Murrieta, Richard Nixon and Mission San Gabriel. The Time Jockey has made presentations to the Richard M. Nixon Docent Volunteer group, Native Sons of the Golden West, El Monte Historical Association and Temple City Historical Society. The Time Jockey is sponsored by the Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) Historical Preservation Foundation and the NSGW California History Board, and is a historical writer for a local Southern California newspaper, including the Mid Valley News for the last 7 years. Donations are welcome, dinner is appreciated, but most of all you will enjoy a pleasing, informative and insightful presentation. Contact the Time Jockey Joe Castillo at for more information.

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