2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures
Digital photo of Elsa (Rigg) Brown and son Loren Brown 1923 -
gift of Melissa Brown Bidermann 2010 – Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley – photo 1438 (click on image to enlarge)
Melissa Bidermann of Granda Hills shares this priceless photograph of her family taken in the Fall of 1923. Here at the 25 acre Brown Ranch off of Ventura Boulevard near Reseda Boulevard, Elsa (Rigg) Brown holds her little son Loren Austin Brown.
The first 25 acres was bought around 1917 or 1918, and an additional 20 acres was added around 1925.
Elsa’s husband David Crane Brown was to become the first
president of the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce. His election is believed to have taken place at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzana Ranch.
Where now stands grocery and drug stores, and the 101 freeway rushes by, was once seen a great flat farming Valley. David Brown was once the president of the Valley Walnut Growers Association. Walnut saplings still "volunteer" throughout the west San Fernando Valley.