The area of Glendora in which I live, the
tree grows and the treedeck is built is on the alluvial fan of Big Dalton
Canyon. Big Dalton Canyon frames Mount Baldy, the highest peak in the San
Gabriel Mountains, from many locations in Glendora. Unfortunately you cannot
see Mount Baldy from my treedeck as Blue Bird Hill blocks the view.
South Hills separate upper Glendora, which is in a valley created by the
streams of the Little and Big Dalton Canyons, from the rest of the San Gabriel
Valley. This area is sometimes referred to as the Glendora Ampitheatre.
South Hills of the Glendora were called the San Jose Hills in the mid-1800's.
The street I live on is named San Jose as it was one of the first residential
subdivisions of land out of the San Jose Addition. The San Jose Addition was an
addition to the Rancho San Jose.
The Rancho San Jose was started in 1837
when Ygnacio Palomares and Ricardo Vejar entered a request for a grant of land
on the unoccupied plains east of the Puente Hills. Juan Bautista Alvarado,
their friend and the governor of California approved the grant April 15 and
they were given possession August 3.
Luis Arenas, Ygancio Palomares
brother-in-law, joined up with his brother-in-law and Ricardo Vejar and they
petitioned the governor, Juan Bautista Alvarado for additional grazing lands.
These additional lands were granted on March 14,1840 and became known as the
San Jose Addition.
Henry Dalton was born in England in 1803. He left at
England at 17, sailed to Callao, a small seaport of Lima Peru and became a
merchant eventually commanding a small fleet of merchant vessels. In 1841,
after business troubles and prolonged illness, he took his best ship, the Rose,
and decided to smuggle goods into Mexico, as Santa Ana, now in power, had
decreed that all prohibited goods be burnt, thus catapulting their value.
Finding smuggling less lucrative than expected he decided to settle in
California. By 1846 he had become a prominent figure in California coastal
trade and occupied a store on Calle Principal, what is now the corner of Main
and Spring, in the Los Angeles pueblo.
In 1844 Henry Dalton purchased Luis
Arenas 1/3 portion of the San Jose Rancho, the San Jose Addition and the Rancho
Azusa. (approximately the area of the present day cities of Claremont, Pomona,
Laverne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa and Irwindale) On April 12, 1845 after
petitioning for a grant of the Canyons on the Azusa and Boca Megra (now San
Gabriel and Dalton Canyons) Henry Dalton was awarded the grant.
increased his holdings to include the Rancho San Franscisquito and Santa Anita.
In the end Dalton owned an unbroken expanse of land from the present day San
Dimas to the eastern edge of Pasadena.