News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.

The El Monte Historical Society Museum Presents The Quarterly Tea Meeting

By Joe Castillo

costillo_web_2Guest Speaker : Joe Castillo, Historical Columnist for Mid Valley News, President of Savannah Memorial Park Cemetery, Board Member with Native Sons of the Golden West and the Historical Preservation Foundation.

When : Sunday, February 24, program begins at 1:00 pm

Where : Historical Society Museum, 3150 Tyler Avenue, El Monte CA 91731


First of all, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Joe Castillo, and I was elected President of the Board of Directors for Savannah Memorial Cemetery in July 2012. I have lived in San Gabriel for most of my life and spent a considerable amount of time at Rosemead Park as well as the In ‘N Out on Rosemead Boulevard. I am presently a columnist for the Mid Valley News and write the ‘Town Tweets’ column covering San Gabriel and Rosemead happenings. I also write the ‘Time Jockey’ column covering historical persons, places and events in the San Gabriel Valley. I am a Grand Officer for the Native Sons of the Golden West, which is a 125-year plus organization whose mission it is to preserve the history of California. So as you can see I am a local resident who has an interest in the local community and its history, which eventually led me to historical Savannah Cemetery. One of the first events I participated in as President was to ride in an antique Ford in the 4th of July, 2012 Parade in Rosemead. Past President Dwain Crum and fellow board member Ross Plasencia also rode in same vehicle representing Savannah. It was so good to see the spirit of the city along the parade route and to notice how much community support came out to participate in and support the various parade entries.

If you haven’t heard the great news by now, Savannah Memorial Cemetery was designated by the State of California as Historical Landmark site #1046. This is great news for Savannah as well as the community as we are one of the few cemeteries in California which have been awarded this designation.


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