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June 2021

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Happy Father's Day!

We reflect on the lasting legacies of the families that helped established Orange County. Lewis Moulton instilled the ranching spirit within each of his daughters, Charlotte & Louise.

Lewis Moulton holding baby Charlotte while standing outside their ranch house, 1910 (2017.05.18)

Lewis Fenno Moulton, circa 1920 (2018.30.07)

"Daddy, of course, had cars in the garage when I was a child, [but] he loved to drive a buggy with his mare, Lady. Rather than take a car, he would drive the two miles over to the El Toro post office, and I used to like to go with him." Charlotte Moulton Mathis, interview by Bettie Webber, May 28, 1991, OH 2205, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton. Read more about Lewis in the OC Register article from 2015 written by Janet Whitcomb here:

Featured Collection

John Lockwood Gail was Nellie's father. He was a merchant who established a series of general stores throughout California and Washington. As postmaster for the town of El Toro (later incorporated as Lake Forest) and Manager of El Toro Mercantile Store, he was at the hub of community activity from 1902-1904. Photo courtesy of the Gail Family and Shelli Andreski. (2019.20.14)
"Mr. John Gail, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Raymond, has purchased a grocery business at El Tora [El Toro]. Mr. Gail moved with his family from the state of Washington about three weeks ago, since which time they have been the guests at the Raymond home." Covina Argus Covina, California, 27 Sep 1902, Sat • Page 5

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California History

Nellie Gail Moulton, Louise, and Charlotte in Laguna Beach, 1915 (2017.05.197)

June 29, 1927 – City of Laguna Beach is incorporated.

June 1947 –  Mrs. Moulton served as the Laguna Beach Art Association (LBAA) first vice president and “volunteered to confer with Mrs. Stephens relative to disposition of his collection of paintings.”

1961 – Nellie helped establish the Laguna Beach School of Art which became the Laguna College of Art and Design. Happy 60th Anniversary, LCAD!

LCAD Campus Construction, circa 1960s

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