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April 2021

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Spring Greetings!

During this season, annual roundups are typically held. The family took this photo in 2020 at the Maxwell Ranch. Brandings are weather dependent, particularly the rain season. Moulton Ranch cattle had an “LM” insignia for Lewis Moulton. This brand was registered to the California Brand Book and inherited by Louise Moulton. It is still used to this day by the family.

From the Archive

Louise Moulton Hanson on horseback during a roundup. The cattle are in pens for the branding, circa 1950s (2017.05.419)

"I think that almost all ranchers are actually part of the environment; we live along with the environment."

Moulton Ranch roundup in the 1950s in modern day in Aliso Viejo. (2017.05.355)

Local History

Captain George Huddy and his wife, Elizabeth, of El Toro
Photo from the collection of the Orange County Historical Society.

Captain and Mrs. Huddy arrived in 1893. According to Janet Whitcomb, they purchased land in El Toro, modern day Lake Forest, from Dwight Whiting. Huddy built a home “up on a knoll adjacent to Aliso Road, then planted his place to apricots, walnuts, peaches and apples.”

Charlotte Moulton recalled in Orange County History Series, Volume 2 (1932) that “Captain and Mrs. Huddy were the last to go, removing to Orange about 1919. The older citizens of El Toro have fond memories of the Captain’s sea-going tales, of Mrs. Huddy’s afternoon teas, and her annual Easter Egg hunt for all the children of the community.”

Moulton Museum wishes you all a wonderful Easter!

Laguna Beach Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Laguna Beach in the Julian Moulton Collection (2018.46.16)

City of Aliso Viejo | Exhibition

You're cordially invited to the highly-anticipated Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Aliso Viejo Ranch! Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and noon for a self-guided tour of this historic space. We can't wait to see you there!

City of Laguna Hills | Exhibition

Visit their ongoing exhibition at the Laguna Hills Civic Center at 24035 El Toro Road | Laguna Hills, CA 92653. There are six life-sized terra cotta busts in the lobby. They feature Orange County pioneers. The Saddleback Valley landowners operated cattle ranches in our rolling hills. These busts were created with adobe clay by  T.J. Dixon and James Nelson.

Terra Cotta Busts – Don Juan Avila, John (Juan) Forster, and José Serrano
Terra Cotta Busts – Dwight Whiting, Richard O'Neill, and Lewis Moulton

Moulton Museum's Featured Collection

Virginia Anne Wood, a former Laguna Beach resident and teacher, had a local theater collection. Her goddaughter, Tori Ellis, donated Laguna Playhouse ephemera to the museum. This included the featured October 18, 1980 signed print by renowned cartoonist Phil Interlandi. Her family donated a series of playbills which have been digitized.

Do you have any personal collections that pertain to Rancho Niguel or Moulton Ranch? Please send us a digital copy to

Are you passionate about local history? Consider joining the Moulton Museum as a volunteer. If you’re interested, go to our form to be considered for a position: Thank you!

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