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Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Museum SFV Speaker Series - History of Jue Joe Ranch - Sat. August 8th - Noon - 2:00 pm; Free

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, as part of its History of Speaker Series is pleased to present The History of Jue Joe Ranch.

Date:  Saturday, August 8, 2020

Time:  Noon - 2:00 pm   (Learn about history during lunch!)

Cost:   Free  (we would appreciate a $10 donation)

“Descendant of the 2nd emperor of the Song Dynasty (Zhao Gunagyi), Jue Joe was born and raised in a chicken coop, in 1860. He grew up dirt poor and vowed that his descendants would never suffer as he had. So at the age of 14 he sailed alone to California, working as a cabin boy, and jumped ship in San Francisco. He sailed with 16 lbs of rice and landed with 1/4 lb left. So he went to the Chinese Six Companies for help. They sent him to St. Helena and Marysville to work the vineyards. Then he found work on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the Mojave Desert he met Otto Brant who was hoboing his way to L.A. They became friends and together hoboed to that destination. According to San Tong, Jue Joe learned business from Otto Brant and what land and water would mean to future settlers of the L.A. Basin. “ – written by Auntie Soo-Yin.

In 1913, California passed a law that forbid aliens (Non-Americans) from purchasing land in the state. The openly racist ALIEN LAND ACT was aimed at a growing and prosperous Asian population whose success threatened white hegemony in the Golden State.

But Chinese born Jue Joe was friends with the very powerful Otto Brant. The fascinating story of how Otto Brant helped his Asian friend purchase land, in spite of the restrictive law.

Franky Ortega, educator and historian of the SFV and WWII history tying in the valley will present.

Unfortunately, the Jue Joe Ranch is in the process of being demolished. It is historic but was not protected as an historic building by the City of Los Angeles. Franky has been out to the ranch and will provide an update on the latest with The Ranch.

Free to all Museum members and guests.

A $10 suggested donation would be appreciated to support YOUR Museum. You can go to our website at to make a donation on PayPal.

Presentation and Q&A session to follow.

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