Notable Eagle Rock People

Here is a list of notable people who have stayed in Eagle Rock over the years.
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Mayor, Eagle Rock City 1920-22, Lived on Loleta

Adams, Edward

Assembled over 40 parcels to allow construction of Eagle Rock Plaza

Adams, John Quincy

Eagle Rock Blvd.

Built house now used as Cresse Mortuary

Affleck, Ben

Occidental College alumnus; Lived in the Egasse-Braasch house with Matt Damon while writing the “Good Will Hunting” screenplay.

Alatorre, Richard

Councilman 14th district 1983-99

Aldrin, Anders

Regionalist/Modern painter. Studied Otis Art Inst.

Allison, Guy

Composer Pianist, toured with Doobie Brothers   (Sharon Gould)

Angelillo, Orlindo R.

Civil Engineer. Ran for Governor of California

Arbogast, Emerald

5212 Highland View

She founded an early school for mentally handicapped children. US Mother of the Year 1960. Mrs.Glenn T. Arbogast

Argus, J.E.

Purchased the Japanese style garden created by C. C. Loomis on Hill Drive, which included the Argus Bowl, the site of early performances of community organizations, avant guard dance and music.

Asa, Oren

Publisher Eagle Rock Sentinel

Babson, Helen

Founding principal of Eagle Rock High School served 1927-1945. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar in 1905. while she was there she held thecollege and U.S. women’s hi jump record. She was also a published poet.

Bailey, John Timothy

born in Indiana,
Chairman First Eagle Rock City Board of Trustees 1911, Mayor 1911, laid out Kenilworth and built 2 houses, Trustee of Church of the Good Shepherd (Bungalow Church)

Bailey, Paul

Publisher Eagle Rock Advertiser, Westernlore Press

Becker, Ernest

Early real estate broker, located on Colorado Boulevard

Bell, Juanita Aurelia

Owner Scholfield and Shepherd real estate. Built and developed many properties and subdivisions in Eagle Rock.

Bergsvik, Elmer M

Eagle Rock City Trustee ca 1922

Biles, Fred

Mr. Biles was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told” He served on the Eagle Rock Board of Trade in 1911 and was manager of the Eagle Rock Bank.


Ellenwood Dr.

Blankenship Castle Ellenwood Dr

Blumer, May M.

Ellenwood Dr.

Ms. Blumer was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”

Bobo, Roger

World famous tuba virtuoso, brass pedagogue and conductor (Played first solo tuba concert in the history of Carnegie Hall) first chair tuba with the Los Angeles Philharminic. (Sharon Gould)

Bobo, Willie

Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz composer and percussionist. Lived in Eagle Rock, daughter graduated from ERHS.

Braasch, A.J. and Constance

2327 Hill Drive

Heating company businessman (A.J.) and piano tutor and artist (Constance) Commissioned the (now known as) Egasse-Braasch House in 1923

Bramble, Claude


Eagle Rock City Manager, Marshall and Street Supt.

Brando, Marlon

Married Anna Kashfi in Eagle Rock, October 11, 1957 at the home of his grandmother, Bessie Pennebaker, and his aunt and uncle, Betty and Ollie Lindemeyer.

Brayton, Jennie C.

Artist & Real Estate develper (with husband Colonel)

Brigman, Anne W.


“Died in Eagle Rock, Wrote “Songs of a Pagan”

Broomall, Jesse James

Dahlia Dr.

Farmer and Dahlia breeder.

Bruce, Wallace E.


b. Lewiston, Maine ,First ER City Board of Trustees ’11,ER Board of Trade 1911

Budwig, Monty

Bass player in many Jazz ensembles in the 50’s and 60’s. ER Location and date unknown.(Bill Clancy)

Buff, Conrad II

Painter Muralist, Children’s book illustrator

Buff, Conrad III

Linda Rosa

Buff was one of Los Angeles’ formost post war architects.

Buff, Conrad IV

Film editor Oscar for “Titanic”

Buff, Mary Marsh

Linda Rosa

Children’s book author


Eagle Rock City Clerk

Cantore, Dan

Olympic Weightlifter (1974 US Weightlifter of the Year; Member of the US Weightlifter Hall of Fame) (Sharon Gould)


1325 Saginaw

Built house on Wiota later 1325 Saginaw

Citrin, Herb


Invented the concept of valet parking


Musician Leading jazz bass player

Connor, John Anthony

Plein air style painter

Cook, W. J.

5227 Sierra Villa

Eagle Rock City Treasurer ca 1922. Lived at “Valle Vista” Hill Dr. then at 5227 Sierra Villa

Cooley, Frances

Pioneers ’61

Cota, Carole

Eagle Rock High School ( W’ 64), Rose Queen 1966

Councilman, Bill

Drew Katzenjammer Kids

Cowan, Mrs.

President WTCC 1911

Cowan, William Keene

born in Missouri; First Eagle Rock City Board of Trustees 1911; built “Rosemary” and moved to “Vista del Valle”

Cox, George E

Eagle Rock City Board of Trustees


Judge, Eagle Rock City Municipal Court

Culley, Benjamin H.

Dean of Men, Occidental College, Teacher at Eagle Rock High, Graduated Eagle Rock High in the first graduating class, 1929.

Curtis, H B

Eagle Rock City Trustee ca 1922

Damon, Matt

Hill Dr

Lived in Egasse-Braasch House with Ben Affleck while writing “Good Will Hunting

De Brulier, Nigel

Actor mostly in silent films. ER location and date unknown(Bill Clancy)

De Swart, Jan

Artist Modern sculptor in plastics

De Vega, Henry

Played Reeds with Gerald Wilson

Drengberg, J

First Eagle Rock postman

Ducker, P H

Member. Eagle Rock City Water Board ca 1922

Ecke, Hans

Developed Poinsettia

Eckert, Bessie

Mrs. Eckert was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”

Eckert, Fred

Foreman on the Gates strawberry ranch. Superintendent ER City Water Dept. CA 1922. Built one of the earliest suburban houses on Yosemite Drive with his wife Edith in 1909

Eddy, J W

Built “Angels Flight” , his retirement residence was on Colorado Blvd & El Rio (then Eddy Avenue)

Edwards, Edward Alden

Painted paintings sets murals. Taught Lincoln High school. Restored at SW Museum. Founded Antelope Valley Indian Museum.

Edwards, Godfrey

Built Women’s Club; E&W Building. Member: Eagle Rock City Water Board ca 1922. Member Library Board.

Ellenwood, William Henry

Two-story house at Ellenwood and Hill

He was born in 1840 in Illinois and died in 1917.He owned a ranch in the area occupied now by Ellenwood Drive. He is buried at Forest Lawn with his first wife, Virginia Cole Ellenwood. They had 16 children. (per Donna Zinser, great-grand-daughter)

Erhardt, Ann

Stepmother of Amelia Erhardt, who visted her her in Eagle Rock.

Evans, Carroll

Owner Carroll Evans Insurance

Ferdon, James

Built “Happyland”tract, College Inn building, old Mason’s Hall and Ferdon Building at Merton and Eagle Rock. Owned Ferdon-Silverwood house and Gates Ranch

Fey, Frances Hatch

Ms Fey was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”

Foulkes,, Llyn

Lived in ER in the 60’s, painted large rocks which may have been inspired by local landscapes

Frackelton, John

Built the farmhouse which still stands on Frackelton Place with his wife Katherine V. Frackelton. Parents of Elena Frackelton Murdock.

Frackelton, Katherine V.

Founding Member of the Women’s Twentieth Century Club

Frackleton, William

Early teacher in Eagle Rocks first school. Brother to John.

French, Jennie L.

First Principal of West (Dahlia Heights) School 1916-1927

Gabel-Luddy, Emily

Councilmember and former mayor of Burbank

Galpin, Cromwell

Mayor of ER City, donated land for first schoolhouse

Gardiner, Blanche

Member Library Board, Librarian 1913-1942

Green, Jay

Onteora Way

Lived on Onteora Way between 1975-1985, Owner of the famous Poo-Bahs record shop, still located in Pasadena. Jay was an active parent and Jazz journalist and met John Rinaldo, when his step-son was in band during the early 80’s. The Pro Jazz concerts on Sundays that Rinaldo played with many pros, were friends of Jay and he attended all the concerts with greats like Shelly Mann and many others.

Harrison, Anne Hare

1854 Monte Flora

Hatch, Leander O.

City Attorney, Eagle Rock City 1915-May 8, 1922 Member Library board,passed bonds for ER Carnegie Library.

Hatch, Mrs. L. A.

Member Library Board

Hidas, Andrew

President Western State University

Holland, C. A.

Councilman 14th district 1929-

Holland, John C.

Councilman 14th district 1947-

Hopps, Walter


d. 2005 Popularized Avant Garde artists in the 60’s

Houck, Hudson

NFL Coach

Houston, Cisco

Folk musician, attended Eagle Rock High School

Ingram, Roger

Trumpet player graduated ERHS Played in state Championship band led by John Rinaldo, played in Woody Herman’s last Herd (Bill Clancy)

Juett, George

One of the founders of Juett, Clements, Lenney, which grew from a bicycle tire shop into a long time auto repair buisiness on Colorado Boulevard. Later taught at Pasadena City College

Kaufman, Robert Craig

Craig Kauffman graduated from Eagle Rock High School with Walter Hopps. He was one of the original artists associated with L.A.’s infamous Ferus Gallery in the late 1950s and ’60s, Kauffman has yo-yoed between the more traditional concerns of abstract painting and making the vacuum-formed plastic wall reliefs that earned him membership in L.A.’s so-called Finish Fetish school. Dissimilar on the surface, both aspects of his work actually reflect a lifelong interest in the properties of light and the aesthetics of the Far East.

Kelly, Joe

Second princpal at Eagle Rock High School. Later Los Angeles Suprintendant of Schools

Kemp, Jack


Attended Occidental College 1953-1957, played NFL football, U.S. Congressman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Vice-Presidential candidate (Bob Dole)

Kincheloe, James E

born in Kentucky, First Eagle Rock City Board of Trustees 1911 (represented east end), house: “Rosemont”

Kratz, Richard P.

Defender and popularizer of the interocular lens surgery which is now commonly used to treat cataracts.

Kuncl, Ralph

President, University of Redlands

Lawhon, DavidWilder


Navy fighter pilot in World War II; President of Manufacturing for Capitol Records/EMI Music

Lawson, Harry A


Editor and publisher of the Eagle Rock Sentinel. Born on Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Canada. Died Thanksgiving 1978.

Le Clere, Mary Louise


born in Monticello, Came to Eagle Rock 1913, Founder; Eagle Rock Presbyterian Church, 1914, DAR (San Raphael) 1920, BP Women’s Club 1923, ERVHS 1961, Pioneers ’61

Line, Francis

Owned the Eagle Rock

Lorenz, Anetta De Young

Mrs. John Lorenz, was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”

Lorenz, John

came from Austria with Kargers

Lutz, Dan

Regionalist/ modern painter USC Painting faculty

Manning, Donald O

L.A. City Fire Chief

Martsolf, Benjamin B


Eagle Rock City Clerk ca 1922

Mason, T C

Member. Eagle Rock City Water Board ca 1922

Mattison, George C

Eagle Rock City Trustee ca 1922


[ May Co.] Joe & Audry Lazaroni lived in his summer house on Escarpa

Mc Nitt, Rollin

Eagle Rock City Attorney, Boy Scouts Scrapbook

Menasco, Esa Von Grofe

Mdme. Played Cello at the 20th Century club opening.

Miller, Mrs. W. L.

Member Library Board

Miller, W. L.

Owner of the Sentinel

Minskey, Dardy Rosemary Blackadder

Showgirl and producer. Married Minsky of Minsky”s Burlesque. Sister of Lili St Cyr

Moore, Alice Dirks

A longtime community activist who was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”,the Women’s Twentieth Century Club Garden was named for her.

Moreno, Carlos

California Supreme Court Justice

Morris, Bertha

5411 Hillmont

1st Worthy Matron Eagle Rock Eastern Star, Goat & plant expert, friend of Helen Pratt, Husband : Rufus

Mugnaini, Joseph

Artist and Illustrator known for his collaborations with Ray Bradbury. ER location and dates unknown (Malcom Bell)

Murdock, Elena Frackleton

Mrs. Ray Murdock, was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”. This pioneering historian and teacher contributed many early photographs and her memories of growing up in 19th century Eagle Rock.

Muzingo, Gina

Interior designer specializing in food service and kitchen design.

Muzingo, Patrick Michael

Drummer plays in many contemporary and rock bands. Pioneer of pool skating.

Muzingo, Robert (Bobby)

Film composerand orchestrator for many prominent films

Neal, William

Asst. City Attorney

Newhan, Beth Ellenwood

Mrs.Newhan was interviewed in the Eagle Rock Sentinel in 1961 for the 50 year anniversary series “Memories of Old Eagle Rock Told”

Null Marian M

Lived at “Valle Vista”, Hill Dr., Wrote “”Davy Crockett Forgotten Pioneer”

Nutting, Wayne


Nutting was born in Michigan. He owned Dahlia Motors on Colorado Boulevard where he repaired and restored Stanley Steamers. He his wife and a passenger died at Knott’s Berry Farm in a fire in his Stanley.

Obama, Barack

Occidental College

Attended Occidental College first two years before transferring to Columbia University, 44th President of the United States (taking office January 20, 2009)

Orkin, Ruth


Photographer famed for her photo series shot from the window of her central park adjacent apartment while she was raising her family.

Osborne, Sherril B.

Eagle Rock City Mayor ca 1922 Councilman 14th district to 1929

Pacheco, Nick

Councilman 14th district 1999-2003

Patterson, Shirley

Miss California

Pedigo, Kate

Artist & Author — “Eagle Rock’s Grandma Moses”

Perry, Robert

Author “Landscape plants for Western Regions”

Phinney, Carle & Myrtle

Eagle Rock’s first doctor


First Eagle Rock City Clerk

Pitts, ZaSu

York Pl.

Star of “Greed”

Pratt, Helen


Early bird authority. Named Ridgeway (now Ridgeview) for the famous ornithologist

Puthuff, Hanson

College View Ave.

Painter Leading Plein Air artist

Real, James

Owned the Eagle Rock

Rinaldo, John

Inspirational instrumental music instructor at Eagle Rock High School, his stage band won state honors at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Roberts, Howard

s Carrie

Roberts, Mrs. Carrie A.

Ellenwood Dr

d Pittman Member Library Board

Rodgers, Ralph B


Root, Orlando J.

d 2-17-28 (suicide)
5269 La Roda Ave.

Manager of Root & Vandervoort Of East Moline, Ill.(Moline Auto Co.) Autos & engines, trustee of Eagle Rock Bank, 1st President of Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce 1913.

Ross, Laura

d 12-76

Wrote poetry

Rupp, Fred

Inspirational instrumental music instructor at Eagle Rock High School


328 Highland View

Built 1928 (Genine)

Scholfield, Sarah J.

d 1956
Hartwick St. and later Mt. Royal Drive

Came to Eagle Rock in 1917; with her father, William Sheppard, founded Scholfield & Sheppard Real Estate

Shaw, Hartley

City Attorney,City of Eagle Rock 1911-15. Later Judge Shaw

Shaw, Robert

Ellenwood Dr.

Choral director (Robert Shaw Chorale)

Shawn, Ted

Addison Way

Modern Dancer


Shearin Ave.

Clerk of Eagle Rock School District, known as Professor.

Shedd, John C.

(Dr.) Oxy professor, developer, poet

Sherman, Dr. Benjamin F.

Wrote “La Paloma” & “Feilcita”, “(Escondido)”

Silverwood, Francis B.


Silverwood’s, developer Eagle Rock’s “Happyland”, Lyricist for California’s state song “I Love you Calfornia””adopted 1988.

Snow, May E.

First President of the Eagle Rock Business and Professinal Women’s Club

Snyder, Arthur K

Councilman 14th district 67-83

St Cyr, Lili

(Willis Marie Blackadder) Burlesque Queen, entrepreneur

St Denis, Ruth

Addison Way

Modern Dancer

Steinbeck, John

Author Lived in Eagle Rock several times [click here for more information]

Stowe, Madeline


Actress, Film debut “Stakeout”, 1987; Member of TV “Raines” cast, 2007

Swan, Howard

Addison Way

Taught Chorale at ERHS & Oxy

Swan, Anna

First library

Swanson, Emil

Owner Eagle Rock Lumber

Taylor, Jesse H

Eagle Rock City Trustee ca 1922

Thompson, Marshall


Actor, Occidental College student, was on cross country team; in 1994 left Oxy fro movies “To Hell and Back”; host of TV’s “Daktari

Thrasher, Edward L.

Councilman ca 1935

Tritch, Stewart

Colorado Blvd.

Owner of Tritch Hardware. Father of Merritt and Jack, the current owners, and Stewart, who died in World War II.

Trumbo, Dalton

Blacklisted Hollywood Writer, Mitzi Trumbo

Tucker, Sean D.

Algoma Ave.

1970 Graduate of Eagle Rock High School. He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in the last couple of years and is considered the world’s finest aerobatic pilot and flies the most sophisticated aerobatic plane in the world.

Vallance, George T.

Vallance sang Scottish songs on radio, produced the opening show for Yosemite (Eagle) Theater. He was married to Harry Lauder’s sister. He owned and managed grocery stores.

Varble, H.A.

Vincent Ave.

Photographed several panoramas of ER valley and class photos for East (San Raphael) School

Verdugo, Jose Maria

Received grant for Rancho San Raphael from the King of Spain

Verdugo, Julio

Last Verdugo family owner of Rancho San Raphael

Veysey, Charles F.


Wagner, Lindsay


Wildey, Otto G.

Developer of ER, Built LA coluseum and many others as contractor, President LA Yacht club.Traveled to Tahiti from 1931 thru 1936 to escape depression.

Wilson, Scott

Founder Northeast Trees, Agriculture teacher at Eagle Rock High School

Woods, Elizabeth

ERHS Eagles Scream Founder

Young, Charles W.

born in Illinois, First Eagle Rock City Board of Trustees 1911, House “Castle Crags” above Ellis Ave., Eagle Rock City Clerk

Young, Emma Elinor

Longtime chair of the California History and Landmarks section of the Womens Twentieth Century Club, She was a friend and mentor to many authors, most famously, John Steinbeck.