May 2020

Lewis F. Moulton decided to leave home in 1874 on a daring adventure to California. It was not an easy journey during these times as it required many forms of transportation. According to his oldest daughter Charlotte Moulton Mathis in her oral history, “In 1874, when Father was twenty years old, he came from Boston on a Pacific mail steamer and across the Isthmus of Panama by train. He took another Pacific mail vessel to San Francisco. After a few days he caught a San Diego-bound boat which landed him at Wilmington, from whence he proceeded by stage to Santa Ana. He arrived there at midnight on May 6, 1874.”

The Moulton Museum honors our military personnel this Memorial Day weekend. This 35mm slide was created by Nellie Gail Moulton circa 1960s.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Moulton Museum! We hope you enjoy this beautiful moment with Nellie Gail Moulton holding baby Charlotte and smiling outside ranch house in 1910. (Image courtesy of the #MoultonMuseum, 2017.05.20)

This day in history in 1991, Charlotte Moulton Mathis was interviewed for the OC Pioneers Council oral history project at @cophfullerton. She was the oldest daughter of Lewis Fenno Moulton and Nellie Gail. She shared about the “acquisition of land and partnerships of her father and his interaction with employees on the 21,000 acre ranch, her education and family traditions, and her own line of descendants.” Visit to learn more.

From the Archive

Tustin, Cal. May 31 1893

Messrs L. F. Moulton and Co. El Toro. Gentlemen, We expressed your yesterday 5 # sample of rack salt sent us by the salt works; this is the same we quoted you at 13.50/ 1.00 at El Toro. Awaiting your valued commands We remain,

Very Respectfully

Utt and Lewis



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