H. E. and Arabella Huntington “Entertainments” recorded: San Marino Ranch, CA

By Nancy Armitage (includes Timeline of Huntington events)

An example of what French Elite Haviland or “Haviland E.H” looks like. A fancy footed scalloped tea cup & saucer by Haviland; with white & gold with pink roses. It must have been difficult to create this plates with the scallop, but they are very pretty. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Yes, Henry & Arabella Huntington did entertain alot at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch! As you will soon see by my “Huntington Family Timeline” blog. The H.E. Huntingtons hosted many fun luncheons, teas, & dinners at their residence in Southern California. This blog is a timeline of many Huntington Events from 1913 the year they got married to 1927 (when Mr. Huntington died). These “entertainments” have been well-recorded by several different sources & myself.

At the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch entertaining was on a intimate smaller scale then Arabella Huntington was used to in the past. But her entertainments even though intimate were quite formal at the Ranch, the Sit-Down Luncheons or Formal Dinners were usually for 12 guests. At Mrs. Huntington’s New York Mansion located at No. 2 East 57th St. NYC; they had much larger entertaining with 24 or more guests at sit-down dinners with many courses. At Mrs. Huntington’s SF Nob Hill Mansion, she (& then husband, Collis Huntington) entertained up to 110 guests. They were very formal dinners with up to 12-14 courses served & located in the art gallery-salon-ballroom. At the San Marino Ranch, “Edwards and Belle Huntington usually entertained 6 to 12 guests for a sit-down formal luncheons (4-courses) & formal dinners with about 6 or more courses. At their “Sundays at the Ranch” they might have had 20-60 people or more for buffet-style parties. The Huntington’s immediate family & a couple houseguests would add up to 20 people. At the San Marino Ranch, larger tea parties of 100 or 200 or more, they had once or twice a year or more. Some of the Huntington parties, they hosted at their private clubs like the California Club or the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Mrs. Arabella D. Huntington referred to her parties or celebrations as “Entertainments”. There were many of these entertainments but with different names. Some were called “At-Homes”, or “Five o’clock Tea”, Bridge Club, Lawn Parties, or “Sundays at the Ranch”. There were Luncheons for 12 guests, & formal Dinners for 12 guests. Mr. Henry E. Huntington referred to their entertainments as “receptions” in his correspondence. “Belle” & “Edwards” Huntington were usually “In-Residence” at the San Marino Ranch from about January to about April or May, it varied from year to year. In 1916 & 1919, the Huntingtons were at the Ranch almost the whole year, going to NYC for the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays. Per the Head Butler at the time, Alfonso Gomez, when entertaining at home, Mrs. Huntington loved entertaining for luncheons & bridge, & 12 dinner guests for formal dinners. Also, large parties at their clubs (50-200 people), & Sundays at the Ranch (20-60 people) or Tea in the Lath House with 12-20 ladies for bridge parties or card parties probably on a monthly basis.

In the 1920’s, luncheons for 12 guests could have be a 4-course formal meal. Starting with a “cocktail” could be a fruit cocktail or shrimp cocktail, soup or salad, entree, & dessert. These meals would be served with water, maybe wine. Even a party of 12 luncheon guests wasn’t a easy fete with 4-courses. Let’s review what the Huntington servant staff had to undertake for a one luncheon of 12 luncheon guests.

First, a pretty tablecloth & a lovely flower arrangement handpicked from the Huntington family gardens. Mrs. Huntington was partial to damask and lace. Maybe 3 small flower arrangements in the middle of the Dining Room table. Maybe a silver “epergne” bowl or bowls of fruit or nuts on the table. For a 4-course luncheon, they would have had to use 48 pieces of fine china plateware & 24 glasses (water & wine) & coffee or tea with dessert…add tea cups & saucers, & a bread roll… add another plate…oh my! They had the servant staff that could handle it & treated their guests like royalty.

A couple of times a year, Mrs. Arabella Huntington hosted a “large” ladies luncheon tea at the Huntington Mansion. These luncheon tea parties could have been 50-200 guests, maybe more. They might have been recorded by Mrs. Huntington & her social secretary, Miss Carrie Campbell. But after Arabella died, Miss Campbell was asked to burn all Mrs. Huntington private papers, but some things survived thank goodness.

We know that in 1915, Mr. & Mrs. Howard (Leslie) Huntington hosted a lovely tea & reception (Garden Party) at there home in “Oak Knoll” on Hillcrest Ave. in Pasadena. They invited 300-400 guests to the party on April 14, 1915 from 4- 6pm. Document: LA Evening Herald Newspaper No. 141 Wed. April 14, 1915. Arabella & Leslie were dear friends, they would have luncheon & tea almost everyday when Belle & Edwards (HEH) were “In-Residence” at the San Marino Ranch. Arabella & Edwards helped Leslie with that luncheon in 1915: Mr. Huntington generously sent 100’s plants over to make their garden look fabulous for the party in Oak Knoll area of Pasadena!

The Huntiingtons had a sweet tooth for sure, serving amazing French fruit & berry tarts & homemade goodies by their dessert chef, Mrs. Kley. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Some of Mrs. Arabella Huntington’s “Large Ladies Luncheons” were recorded by HEH’s brother-in-law, E. Burke Holladay: Sept. 15, 1919, May 6, 1920, May 21, 1921, Feb. 5, 1922, & Feb. 10, 1924. These 6 large luncheons could have been for 50-200 guests or more, I’m not sure, Burke wasn’t good about descriptive details (food, menus, decor, or guests) about these luncheons in his journal. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 (E. Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA.

According to the Huntington’s Head Butler, Alfonso Gomez, in the 1920’s, Mrs. Arabella “Belle” Huntington loved to entertain. The Huntingtons hosted “Sundays at the Ranch”; which was a wonderful way for family & friends to get together. Mr. Huntington’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Howard Huntington (Leslie) also informs us of that “every Sunday” was a “Sundays at the Ranch” & many “entertainments” in the 1920’s (in her affidavit). Just the immediate family was about 20 people, so with the Huntington’s houseguests & friends, the number could have easily been 40- 60 guests. Many of her elegant china plateware was service for 60-80 people. LA Examiner newspaper writes about the Huntington Tea in the Loggia with the Sec’y of the Navy (1919). We know of a Valentine’s Luncheon with Admiral & Mrs. Eberle (1922) was enjoyed. Mr. H. E. Huntington hosted 180 guests for “Cosmo Rays” scholarly Lecture and Tea Reception. But the fanciest Huntington “entertainment” at the Ranch was Mr. Huntington’s “Royal Dinner” of the Royal Weekend. Mr. Huntington hosted the Crown Prince & Princess of Alphonsus of Sweden (& his wife Louise) in 1926 for a elegant sit-down multi-course dinner for 24 dinner guests. And a weekend for fun events: Mr. Huntington planned for the young couple like the Hollywood Bowl, Breakfasts, Tea Parties, Movie Studios, & Royal Dinner.

Imperial Punch – Cold (1924) Hotel Huntington, Pasadena, CA

This Imperial Punch is very refreshing punch & was served at the Hotel Huntington in 1924. It was listed on the menu, the 1st Annual Gridiron Dinner for the Pasadena Press Club in April of 1924. That menu was included in the Huntington Library Huntington family menu ephemera. Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Huntington (Arabella) could have attended this event. On the most part, HEH had a cordial relationship with the Press. In his private correspondence, researchers can often find letters to the press and/or press releases. In his early years working at Southern Pacific Co., HEH had to write the press releases for his Uncle Collis Huntington. This recipe was adapted from 1899, Cassell’s Dictionary of Cookery, it could also be called Champagne Punch, which Arabella Huntington loved.

1 qt. pineapple juice

4 oranges (1 c.) orange juice

1 t. vanilla extract (opt.)

1 c. Captain Morgan rum

1 qt. Hock wine (sweet German Rhine wine)

1 pt. Seltzer water (lemon flavored)

Juice of a lemon

2 t. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon spice

1 bottle J. Roget or Korbel champagne (added last & have it iced cold)

7 lb. store bought large ice cubes

Add the pumpkin spice or cinnamon to lemon juice. add all ingredients to a large punch bowl. Add champagne last. Make a ice ring or add large cubes of ice to punch bowl. Stir. Add slices of orange slices. Serve this champagne punch in champagne glasses. Recipe: Nancy Armitage Document: HEH Coll. Eph E42-35 (Huntington Hotel Menu, April 1924) .

Dresden porcelain teacups & saucers. Mrs. Huntington owned several patterns of Dresden; there was “Empress” (above), “Chateau” & ornate “Marie Antoinette” & Modern Dresden, too.

There was definitely a pattern of the Huntington entertainments. I recorded all of them on my Huntington Family Timeline that I put together in 2004: When the Huntington’s first arrived at the San Marino Ranch, entertaining almost every night of the week & when they were ready to leave SMR to go to back to New York City, lots of entertaining went on.

Timeline of Huntington’s Entertainments (SMR):

Sun. June 5, 1909, H. E. Huntington met his sister, Carrie Holladay, at Los Angeles train depot in new Lozier automobile: “Reached LA in the morning Edwards (HEH) met us at the depot with his new Lozier car & we motored out to the ranch & he took us all over his beautiful new house near San Gabriel-” [HEH is soon to move in in 1910] HEH Coll. MS 53/2/2 (Burkes Journal)  Historical Note: Mr. Huntington mansion was being built from 1908 to 1910 when he moved in. He often would go out to the Ranch on Sundays to see how progress was moving along on the Mansion. Probably with a picnic lunch for the friends & family he took with him. Early on in the 1900’s, his sister Carrie & her husband, Burke would visit HEH from Oneonta & San Francisco. They would come & visit HEH & stay for 1 month at a time. Then, later HEH bought them a house on Rosalind Rd. in Pasadena & they saw each other often as neighbors.

1910 Tea in the Lath House (SMR) article by Mr. Robinson in 1910 in California Garden Magazine about Mr. Henry E. Huntington –“Lath House as a tea resort”. 

Roses & flowers galore to decorate the dining room for a large ladies luncheon. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

April 1913 Henry E. Huntington & Mrs. Collis P. Huntington (Arabella) actually get married in downtown Los Angeles first (the Legal One he called it). Then that June, they travel to Paris & got married at the American Church in Paris, France. They stayed in Hotel Bristol in Paris for 4-5 months, & going on small trips around Europe like to Nancy, France, England & Switzerland. Mr. Huntington was desperate to buy the Chateau Beauregard for his new wife as a wedding present. That didn’t work out, the owner Maurice de Forest would not sell it to Huntington. But they were able to get a 10-year lease the Chateau Beauregard La Celle St. Cloud “S & O”, Paris to H. E. Huntington from 1913-1923. After they renovated the entire Chateau Beauregard, HEH paid all bills for flowers, plants, herbs, trees & all the 30 employees, etc. Document: HEH curator Dan Lewis told me this at Huntington Library San Marino, CA & HEH Coll. MS 12/1-30 ncat (Chateau Beauregard 7 boxes)

January 1914: Luncheon Tea Reception at the Hotel Huntington Pasadena, CA opens for the 1st season of the grand hotel. Mr. H. E. Huntington & the Huntington Land & Improvement Co. owned the hotel. They were 3 large events for the opening of the hotel , a luncheon tea reception, formal dinner, & formal society ball & 1800 people came. Document: HEH Coll MS 1 F/3 uncat (Ledgers of Huntington Land & Improvement Co. at Huntington Library San Marino, CA; Pasadena History Museum (Hotel Huntington papers) Mr. Henry E. Huntington owned the Hotel Huntington in Pasadena from 1914 to 1918.

Jan. 23, 1914 Henry E. Huntington & his wife, Arabella Huntington had a tea or luncheon with Otheman Stevens at Huntington Mansion SMR. Book: HEH A biography by Thorpe p.303

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Edwards Huntington “Belle & Edwards” enjoyed intimate teas in the Small Drawing Room & the Drawing Rooms. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, February 1st or 8th, 1914: Tea for 4 or 6 guests at the Huntington Mansion: “Tea with Belle”: Dr. Ernest Bryant & Wm. “Billy” Dunn (close friend with HEH take tea with HEH & ADH). A letter sent from HEH to Mr. W. E. Dunn records a intimate tea with Belle. Document: HEH Coll. MS 12572 HEH Correspondence Box 131 (Letter from HEH to “Billy Dunn inviting them to tea)at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA 

February 23, 1914 Multi–Course Banquet Dinner for 100 guests– California Club, downtown Los Angeles, CA. A formal celebration in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. & Arabella Huntington – given to them by Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Dunn & Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Bryant. Doc. HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Journals) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA & HEH a bio by Thorpe book: from a Letter from Leslie Huntington to her sister in law, Elizabeth Metcalf: “The Club was handsomely decorated with spring flowers, a fancy dinner was served & there was music afterward by Tandler’s Quartet. Leslie [Huntington] wrote a glowing account of the occasion to Elizabeth [Huntington Metcalf] ‘it was gorgeous & I had lots of fun… Father had a beautiful time and looked so handsome. Aunt Belle wore 7 strands of pearls (each of them as big as your thumb nail). Her entire front was covered with them. Her dress was covered with black diamonds. She told me it cost a ransom in itself. Oh me! What a life!’ Book: HEH a Biography by Thorpe; “guests of honor, Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington. Spring blossoms & ferns will form the table decoration, the predominating color being yellow. Assistings the hosts in receiving will be Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Huntington…100 guests will be entertained. Document; Los Angeles Herald Newspaper Number 97, Feb. 23, 1914

Feb. 28- ? 1914 to March 28, 1914 Carrie & Burke Holladay (HEH’s sister) & their son, Collis Holladay & daughter, Helen Holladay were houseguests of the Huntingtons. Many Luncheons & Teas served for 6-10 guests & formal dinners enjoys for 4 weeks. En Route to San Marino Ranch…”Carrie & I left San Francisco for LA on the night train coast line… torrents of rain”: Document: HEH Coll. MS 53/2 (1-2) 1-2 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal)

abt. Feb. 30, 1914 A christening of HEH’s grandchild – “Howard & Leslie [Huntington] had Edwards [HEH] & Belle & 1/2 dozen [ppl] over to their house at [1450 Hillcrest “Oak Knoll”, Pasadena] for luncheon & for the Christening afterward of their 2 youngest children.” Book: H.E.Huntington a Biography by Thorpe. Technically, Oak Knoll property was on the San Marino Ranch.

Luncheons & Teas with Belle & Leslie Huntington (almost daily in the 1920’s) when the H. E. Huntingtons were “In-Residence at the San Marino Ranch) Document: HEH Coll. HEH MS 38/6 (Affidavit of Leslie Huntington Brehm – Mrs. Howard Huntington) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Sundays at the Ranch (Leslie Huntington Brehm states “every Sunday” they would have Sundays at the Ranch) in the 1920’s when “in-residence”   Document: HEH Coll. HEH MS 38/6 (Affidavit of Leslie Huntington Brehm) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Sundays at the Huntington Ranch were festive at the Huntington Mansion. They was probably served buffet style, they could have had from 50-100 or more guests.

April 10, 1914 Los Angeles Herald Newspaper Front Page news announces “H. E. Huntington bids southland Farewell”: The Huntingtons are leaving in their private railroad car “San Marino I” from LA to NYC. Photo of H.E. Huntington & son, Howard Huntington on front cover. Document: LA Herald Number 137 April 10, 1914 (they are leaving the San Marino Ranch to go to New York City)

May 16, 1914 The H. E. Huntington’s are aboard the grand ship, RMS “George Washington” Steamship. “Edward & Belle” are in the “Imperial Suite” (included the parlor, large dining room, toilet, & showers) traveling from NYC to France with huge entourage of employees & servants. Document: HEH Coll. MS 12/-30 (Chateau de Beauregard papers) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Oct. 28, 1914 “RMS “Olympic” Cunard ship From France to NYC: Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington with a entourage of employees & servants. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Varnum “Catherine” (HEH’s secy), Mr. McGillivary (Head Butler), Miss Reifer (HEH’s ladies maid), A. Gomez (HEH’s valet & butler), Temple (footmen) & cook. Document: HEH Coll MS 12 1/30 uncat (Chat B. papers) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Mrs. Huntington Ladies Tea & Fancy Luncheons were a big undertaking but they had the servant staff to help them. They served lovely tea, with tea sandwiches, scones or Southern buttermilk biscuits & fancy desserts like French Gateaux (tea cake), petit fours, & candies. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

April 14, 1915 Reception & Tea for 400 guests at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Howard (Leslie) Huntington, Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA Reception & Tea: 4-6 PM more then 400 guests were bidden! “[at the home of] Mr. & Mrs. Howard (Leslie) Huntington ‘Oak Knoll’ was the scene this afternoon of one of the prettiest affairs of the season when from 4-6 pm Mrs. Huntington [Leslie] entertained with a reception & tea. The house was a gower of spring blossoms & foliage, while the gardens were aglow” [some of the guests were]: Mrs. Fred Bixby, Mrs. Ernest Bryant, Mrs. Wm Ellsworth Dunn, Mrs. Fred Sears, Mrs. Geo. J. Denis, Miss Katherine Banning, Mrs. Henry M. Robinson, Mrs. Ella Brooks Solano, Mrs. Allan C. Balch, Mrs. Tod Ford, Mrs. Rob. Pitcairn, Mrs. Edw. Robbins, Mrs. John S. Cravens, Mrs. Wesley Clark, Mrs. Jefferson Paul Chandler, Mrs. Geo. Flint, Mrs. Henry E. Huntington [Arabella], Mrs. George P. Patton Jr., Miss Annie Wilson, Miss Anita Patton, Mrs. Albert Sherman Hoyt, Mrs. John Barnes Miller, Mrs. Randolph Huntington Miner, Mrs. Richard Jewett Schweppe, Mrs. I. N. Van Nuys, Mrs. Edwin Jessup Marshall, Mrs. Granville MacGowen, Mrs. Dean Mason, Mrs. Irving Armstrong, Mrs. Volney Craig. ” Document: Los Angeles Evening Herald No. 141 Wed. April 14, 1915. Leslie & Howard Huntington lived on Hillcrest Ave. in Pasadena, CA “Oak Knoll”. Mr. Henry E. Huntington paid for everything, he even sent 100’s plants over to Mrs. Leslie Huntington garden to make it looks fantastic for a springtime garden party. Many of these ladies were dear friends of Mrs. Arabella Huntington.

A refreshing drink is Garden Party Fruit Punch, & behind it is one of Mrs. Huntington’s many rose patterned plates (American- Homer Laughlin Co.). Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Thurs. April 15, 1915 The E. Burke Hollidays with their two children (Helen & Collis) arrived in Los Angeles & are houseguests at the H.E. Huntington’s (“Belle & Edwards”) Mansion SMR. Document HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burke Journals) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA  

Mon. April 26, 1915 Edward & Mary Lewis come for a visit to see Howard & Leslie Huntington they are HEH’s cousins. Document HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burke Journals) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA  

May 1915 H. E. Huntington Household Expense at the Huntington Mansion -San Marino Ranch Foremans Reports: massive amounts of eggs & milk & citrus are consumed at the Huntington Mansion.

March 11, 1916 headlines in LA Herald newspaper: “Plan Big Welcome for Huntington & Party in LA”  HEH’s Infor: 2 private railroad train cars rode on Santa Fe RR from NYC to San Marino Ranch……….HEH’s friend & lawyer – W. E. Dunn & Mr. & Mrs. Howard [Leslie] Huntington were there to meet them at the train station.” also. Document: Los Angeles Herald No. 113, March 11, 1916. 

Hot Pink Formosa Azalea plants, grow really well in Southern California.

Easter Sunday- April 23, 1916: The Huntingtons could have celebrated Easter at the Hotel Huntington (Easter Egg Roll & great festivities for the guests) or their clubs for Easter Luncheon, or the San Marino Ranch. Also Mcgready’s San Gabriel Playhouse would often do the “Passion Play”.

Sunday, May 28, 1916 Huntington Mansion at “Sundays at the Ranch” SMR: 10-12 Dinner Guests with Belle & Henry “Edwards” Huntington with: Mr. & Mrs. Patton, Miss Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. “Billy” Dunn, Carrie (HEH’s sister) & Burke Holladay, Mrs. Clara Darling, [most likely Carrie Campbell & Geo. Hapgood to make 12 quests]. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918) “The Club was handsomely decorated with spring flowers, a fancy dinner was served & there was music afterward by Tandler’s Quartet

Eve. Thurs. June 8, 1916 Club (California Club or Jonathan Club or restaurant or at Howard & Leslie Huntington house?) 14-16 Dinner Guests going out to Dinner: “We all H. [Holladays- 4 – Burke & Carrie Holladay with Collis & Helen Holladay] went to dinner with Mr. & Mrs. George Patton, there were also present – Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Denis, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Flint, Miss Wilson, Edwards [HEH], & Belle”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918) at Huntington Library, San Marino Nancy Note: Burke forgets to tell us where they went to dinner.

Sterling silver teapot with a ivory handle with sugar & creamer on a silver tray. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, June 18, 1916 Several Wellesley College Girls are Houseguests of the Huntingtons; Lunch & Dinner guests at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, CA: “Sunday at the Ranch”, 8 or 10 Luncheon guests & Dinner guests: House guests are Carrie & Burke Holliday, their son, Collis Holliday (student at Harvard University) & their daughter, Helen Holladay (Student at Wellesley College), Helen’s friends: Dorothy Jones & Miss Amy Townsend of NYC. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journal 1914-1918) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA  

Wed. June 21, 1916 6-8 Luncheon Guests at the Huntington Mansion, SMR: “Ex-Judge & Mrs. Sepulveda lunched with Edwards [HEH] & Belle here & remained till after 5pm. He knew my grandfather, James Ord at Santa Barbara. She is one of the De La Guerra Family”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Historical Note: the De La Guerra Family was the 1st family of Santa Barbara.

Sunday, June 22, 1916 San Marino Ranch to California Club, Downtown Los Angeles, CA:  Luncheon for 6 guests: Arabella & H. E. “Edwards” Huntington attend a formal luncheon at California Club in LA, Calif. with Carrie (HEH’s sister) & Burke Holladay by Capt. & Mrs. Randolph Huntington.  Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journal 1914-1918) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA 

Friday, June 23, 1916 Howard & Leslie Huntington’s Mansion in “Oak Knoll” (in Pasadena across the Street from Hotel Huntington) 8-10 Dinner guests at Leslie & Howard Huntington: “Collis left Boston for home. Eve. Helen & I dined with Leslie Huntington [Howard Huntington’s wife] at her house affir [sp.] attended amateur performance of “Premella” in open air–very good”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918) Nancy Note: Leslie Huntington is pregnant with her baby girl Leslie .

Sunday, March 13, 1917 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 8 guests for Luncheon or Tea with “Belle & Edwards” (HEH) Huntington: “The Cosmo Morgans “Mother Morgan, Percy & Daisy [Morgan] & his brother Cosmo – called on Edwards [HEH] & Belle & us [Burke & Carrie Holliday] in the afternoon.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918) at Huntington Library SM, CA

March 15, 1917 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA [Mr. Huntington was a silent partner at the Mission Inn] Fancy Evening Meal Menu: Consomme, Ox Joints, Steamed Striped Bass, Pascaline, Apple Fritters with Rum Sauce, Roast Riverside Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Ribs of Beef au Jus, Benedictine Punch, Cocoanut Cream Pie, Baked Rice Pudding, Cupid Chips, Water thins. Document: HEH Coll. HEH MS Eph 40-41 [Huntington Family Menu Ephemera] at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Pink multi color geraniums with yellow & orange roses. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, April 8, 1917 Easter Sunday with the Huntingtons (San Marino Ranch or Hotel Huntington or both) Howard & Leslie Huntington were also members of the Valley Hunt Club, they could have gone to Easter Sunday Bunch or at the Hotel Huntington, also. Many festivities at both places for Easter.

Sunday, May 13, 1917 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, CA – 8-10 guests for Tea or Luncheon with Belle & H. E. Huntington & The Cosmo Morgans: “Mother Morgan, Percy, & Daisy [Morgan] & his brother, Cosmo – called on Edwards [HEH] & Belle & us [Burke & Carrie Holladay – HEH’s sister] in the afternoon.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Holladay Journal 1914-1918). Burke Holladay is HEH’s brother in law; married to Carrie Holladay at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Thurs. May 17, 1917 Huntington Mansion, San Marino, CA (Luncheon or Tea in the large Library with architect, Myron Hunt & the Huntingtons & the Holladays: “we began the 1st steps towards building our new house down here [333 Rosalind Rd. “Oak Knoll” Pasadena, CA] by having a consultation with Myron Hunt, architect, who came out to Edwards [HEH] place – we just talked it over with him in the library [Large Library], then went on the lot.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Sunday, June 17, 1917 Huntington Mansion, SMR: 8 guests of Luncheon with Belle & HEH with Wm. Dunn’s, Burke & Carrie Hollidays & Carrie & ? George Hapgood. “Carrie Campbell arrived Friday night. I met her in LA at S.P. [Southern Pacific Train] station… hottest weather in 35 years… Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Dunn came to lunch.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Historical note: Billy Dunn was H. E.” Edwards” Huntington’s best friend & partner in the Huntington Land & Improvement Co.; they shared a enormous desk at the Huntington Building where HEH’s company: Pacific Electric Co. was located downtown Los Angeles, CA 

June 27, 1917 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 10-12 Dinner guests with the Holladays & the Huntingtons [Holladays are houseguests) “Carrie & I went to the lot [construction site of Rosalind Rd.) with Hertrick [Mr. Wm. Hertrich superintendent of the San Marino Ranch], whom we consulted as to cutting trees & moving soil preparation to building.” Eve. – W. E. Dunn & wife were at supper here & remained til 10:00pm -” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA [Dinner Party: Arabella “Belle” & Edwards (HEH), Carrie & Burke Holladay, Collis & Helen Holladay, Mr. & Mrs. William Dunn,(Maybe the Howard Huntingtons, Carrie M. Campbell & Geo. Hapgood)

Thurs. June 28, 1917 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, 8 guests for Luncheon or Tea/? Myron Hunt – 6 Guests for Dinner with Belle & HEH & the Holladays: “Carrie & I went with Myron Hunt, architect to see other houses to determine to heating finish & many details we visited the Bakers or Baxters., the J. Wilsons, & the Loring Place – the latter on the other side of the Arroyo Seco. Document:HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino Historical Note: “we visited” was a form of “Calling” on people. The Huntington could have been with them & they would have taken the Huntington’s Limousine & made a day of their calling on friends with architect Myron Hunt.

May, June, July, & August 1917: Luncheons & Dinners for 10-12 or more guests over those months. The Holladay family (3) with their children, Collis & Helen Holladay were houseguests of the Huntingtons; Many Luncheons & Dinners for 8-10 guests if the Howard & Leslie Huntington joined them, maybe Carrie Campbell to make an even number guests at the Huntington dining table.

4th of July 1917 on San Marino Ranch. I know that the Huntington’s were “in residence” at the SMR at that time, but I don’t know what they did for 4th of July. They could have gone to Hotel Huntington or Valley Hunt Club (Howard Huntington was a member) or the Beach Club at the Jonathan Club (HEH was a member) to see the sunset of the Pacific & the fireworks at nighttime. The Huntingtons could have been invited on a Navy Ship in Long Beach to see sunset & the fireworks over the ocean. They were friends to the top men in the Navy, like the Secretary of the Navy.

Wed. July 11th, 1917 4-6 guests for Luncheons & Dinner with HEH & Belle, “Leaving Carrie at Edwards [HEH] Helen [Burke Holladay’s daughter] & I boarded the Coast Line Limited [RR] at 8 pm started to San Francisco arrived there at 10pm.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino

Wed. July 25, 1917 Huntington Mansion San Marino 4-8 luncheon guests “Drove to Edwards [HEH] home at San Marino arrived at 11:25. Found Carrie well but wearied by great heat – introduced [John] McGaw to Edwards [HEH] after taking him around the grounds drove him into the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles. Returning to lunch [SMR] – found that a good deal of soil had been moved on our lot preparing for the new house” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918) Nancy Note: The Holladay are still houseguests of the Huntingtons.

August 1, 1917 “SS Yale” Pacific Steamship PSS The Admiral Line ran from Los Angeles to San Francisco & Pacific Northwest. [the Huntingtons & their company Southern Pacific Co. owned the steamship company). There was a dinner menu in the Huntington menu ephemera: Fancy Dinner Menu: RELISHES: California Fruit Cocktail, Spiced New Beets, Mixed Pickles, Salted Almonds, Queen Olives, Chow Chow, Spanish Canapes SOUPS:Cream of Asparagus, Consomme Julianne, FISH: Boiled Chicken Halibut with Shrimp Sauce, Parsley Potatoes, BOILED Brisket of Beef with Horseradish Sauce, Cold Virginia Ham, ENTREES: Calves head & Feet a la Creole, Haricot of Ox Joint Jardiniere, Orange Fritters with Claret Sauce, ROASTS Prime Ribs of Beef au jus with Yorkshire Pudding, Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce or Jelly VEGETABLES: Baked Cauliflower au Gratin, Buttered Garden Beets, Creamed Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Irish Potatoes SALADS: Lettuce & Tomato with Mayonnaise Dressing. PASTRY & DESSERTS Steamed Cabinet Pudding with Almond Sauce, Neapolitan Ice Cream with Cake, Apple Pie, Lemon Pie, Wine Jelly, Lady Fingers, [French] Macaroons, Candied Figs, Assorted Nuts, Layered Raisins, Fresh Fruit in Season, FROMAGE Course: Camembert, Roquefort, Swiss and American Cheese, Toasted Water crackers. CAFE Cafe Noir Document: HEH Coll MS Eph E41-80 [Huntington family menu ephemera Collection] at the Huntington Library San Marino, CA. If ever there was a menu that reminded me of Arabella Huntington it is this one. This menu mimics so many foods that are on Huntington Menus & at the Huntington Mansions. I wonder if Arabella Huntington gave her advice on the menus of the Southern Pacific Co. ships they owned? There is Southern Food, French Food, English Food, & Spanish food (Archer’s favorite- Arabella’s son).

Mid-April 1917 California Club, downtown Los Angeles, CA the Huntingtons enjoyed several Luncheons & Dinners. At one of them, Mrs. Arabella Huntington breaks her ankle on the outer steps of the California Club. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals 1914-1918)

Oct. 1917 – May 1927 George Hapgood employment dates, George was HEH’s personal secretary, End of Affidavit states Oct. 1916? [maybe he interviewed in 1916] Document: HEH Coll MS 37 1/-8 uncat (Huntington estate papers) So to make 12 dinner guests (Arabella favorite number of guests) at the Huntington Dining Table, Carrie Campbell & George Hapgood were often asked to dine with the Huntington Family.

Aug. 24, 1918 to around Sept. 29, 1918 H.E. Huntington & Arabella were at the Huntington Mansion at the San Marino Ranch.

Sun. Sept. 29, 1918 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 10-12 guests for dinner with the Pattons. “Edwards gave Carrie [Holliday his sister] a very beautiful oil painting, ‘Portrait of a Woman’ by_________ unpacking. Eve. Mr. & Mrs. Patton & Anita Patton, Miss Wilson, Leslie [Huntington], [The Hollidays & their daughter Helen] were at SMR with Belle & HEH to dinner.] Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Abt. Oct. 16, 1918 Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, CA “Delightful Luncheon: Complimenting Mrs. Henry E. Huntington [Arabella] with a charming luncheon. Mrs. George Denis, entertained yesterday at the Alexandria Hotel, her guests including Mrs. George Patton, Mrs. Bourke Cochran, Miss [Carrie] Campbell, Mrs. Hancock Banning, Mrs. Henry O’Melvany [O’Melveny], Mrs. Henry Jensen, & Mrs. [Arabella] Huntington”. Document: Los Angeles Herald Newspaper, Number 299 Oct. 16,1918 probably in the Palm Court Dining Room at Alexandria Hotel located at 501 S. Spring Street & 4th St. in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Hotel Alexandria was a very elegant hotel in downtown at the time.

“Diana, the Huntress” in the Arabella Huntington Collection. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

April 20, 1919 Easter Sunday on the Huntington’s train car “San Marino I”, they might have stopped in Texas to see all of Arabella’s family at the San Marcos Farms in Texas.

April 21, 1919 Mr. & Mrs. Henry “Edwards” Huntington (Arabella) arrived home to the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, CA Welcome Back Luncheon & Welcome Dinner for 6-12 guests; “Edwards [HEH] & Belle arrived this morning from NY. We met them at 9:15 at the house, took lunch with them, also dinner. Belle, Edwards, Carrie C. [Campbell] came over & looked at the house” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal- HEH’s brother in law) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA [Howard Huntington & Leslie & family (6 children) would have celebrated with them & days to follow.]

Monday, April, 21, 1919, April 23, April 24, 1919, & May 5, 1919 Entertainments: 6-12 Dinner guests at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch, CA Formal Dinners, tux for men & long sequined gowns for women & formal luncheons also with 4 courses. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

April 23, 1919 – 4 or more for tea & 6-8 Dinner guests at Huntington Mansion, SMR “Helen [Holladay] went to luncheon with Leslie [Mrs. Howard Huntington] in LA & later to the matinee: “Carpetland”…. We called on Edwards [HEH] & Belle in the afternoon & dined there in the evening”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Burke Holladay was H.E.Huntington’s brother-in-law married to Carrie Holladay.

Mon. May 5, 1919 4-6 or more Dinner guests at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: “Edwards [HEH] came over in the forenoon & we dined there at night, we have no cook, only Sarah Rosine.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (E. Burke Holladay Journal-HEH’s brother in law)

Tues. May 6, 1919 Huntington Mansion Tea at the Burke and Carrie Holladays in Pasadena/SMR 8 dinner guests: “Percy & Daisy Morgan came to tea with Percy Jr. also Edwards, Belle, & Carrie C. [Campbell] took dinner with Edwards & Belle as we also did every night this week: Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

May 7, 1919, May 8 1919 , May 9 1919, May 10, & May 11, 1919, May 13, 1919 : Dinner for 8-12 guests Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: Holladays (4) & Huntingtons (4) Belle, Edwards, Carrie, & George Hapgood, sometimes the Howard Huntingtons (Leslie) they came to dinner on May 11, 1919. Document; HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

May 13, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch – 6 dinner guests. “Dined with Belle & Edwards” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burkes Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Wed. May 14, 1919 Huntington Mansion SMR – “Luncheon at Belle’s” could be 20-50 or more people: “Carrie [Holladay] went to luncheon at Belle’s” could be a large ladies luncheon or bridge club. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal)

Several of Mrs. Huntington’s Haviland collection looked similar to this one above: Haviland Elite Works footed teacup & scalloped saucer; mint green & gold Wedgewood plate. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Thurs, May 15, 1919 Huntington Mansion SMR – Tea with Edward & Belle; ” [Burke Holladay] brought Mr. Ashton Johnston to the house & showed him around – also thru Edward’s [HEH] place. Aft. Carrie & I called on Edward & Belle”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Sunday, May 18, 1919 Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch 10-12 Dinner guests: [HEH’s daughters from SF & Berkeley are in town on their way to Grand Canyon; staying at Howard Huntington house. 12 guests for formal dinner: “We dined with them, also at Edwards [HEH]; Dinner Guests for Sunday Night Dinner: HEH & Belle, Caroline & Burke Holladay with Helen & Collis Holladay [their daughter & son], Howard & Leslie Huntington, Marian Huntington, Carrie Campbell, Elizabeth [Huntington] & Brockway Metcalf from Berkeley. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

May 21, 1919 Huntington Mansion, SMR 4-6 or more dinner guests “we dined again with Belle & Edwards” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Historical note: “To Dine” is to dress for dress in elegant long dresses & tuxs for the gentlemen & enjoy a multi course meal (think Downton Abbey style)

May 25, 1919 Huntington Mansion SMR 8-10 Dinner Guests: with Holladays (4) Howard Huntingtons (2), HEH & Belle Huntington (2) “went to dinner at Edwards [HEH]. Howard & Leslie (Huntington) were there.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA. Nancy Note: Carrie Campbell & Geo. Hapgood make it 10 dinner guests.

May 29, & Wed. May 30, 1919: 6-10 Dinner Guests at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: “we dined again with Edwards [HEH] & Belle, Wed. Also. June 15, & June 22. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Between Wed. May 31 & June 15, 1919 Huntington Mansion, at the San Marino Ranch & then to LA Symphony – Holladay [H. E. Huntington & Arabella’s – LA Symphony Box- 4 box seats] “Aft. We went to the Symphony Orchestra at Clunes Auditorium -downtown Los Angeles, taking Mrs. Green & Ethel Wade, occupying a box of Edwards [HEH]. Wed. After dinner we drove over to Edwards [HEH], found them at dinner & left at 9:30Pm” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Between May 31, & June 15, 1919 “They [The H. E. Huntingtons] left 9:30 pm for LA to spend the night in their [Private] R. R. car [the “San Marino I”] tomorrow morning & go to Paso Robles for Belle’s Rheumatism (The Mud Baths)” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Friday 4th of July the Huntingtons were “in-residence” at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch,CA. They could have enjoyed 4th of July at the Beach Club at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica or invited on a Navy ship in Long Beach, CA to see the fireworks and the sunset at the Pacific Ocean.

Sunday July 6, 1919 6-8 guests for Tea and/or 6 Dinner with Belle & HEH: Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch in the evening: “warm day, Howard, Leslie [Huntington] & [6] children “called” in afternoon. We (3) dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH].” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA We 3 is Burke & Carrie Holladay who was HEH’s sister & their daughter Helen Holladay. “Dined” means a formal dinner party with men in tux & women in fancy long gowns. To make a even number of 6 at the Dining Table, Carrie Campbell would have been asked to join them.

July 9, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: Luncheon & Dinner with Belle & Edwards 8-10 guests. I lunched with Belle, Edwards (HEH) & Mr. Patton, after lunch we drove to the Mason Opera House LA & saw “Moliere” played by Henry Miller & Blanche Bates. Eve: we all dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH]” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA their children could be home from college & Mr. & Mrs. Patton, too. Also, July 10 they dined with the Huntingtons.

Sun. July 13, 1919 – 6 luncheon guests/12 guests for afternoon tea with Belle & H. E. Huntington at the San Marino Ranch: “Carrie Campbell lunched with us, we dined with Belle & Edwards. In the aft. Mr. & Mrs. Patton called on HEH’s Cousins: Carrie O. (Ord), Charlotte King, & Clarisse Ryan”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Wed. July 16, 1919 Mrs. Huntington entertaining 12 guests at “the Big House” (Guest Cottage on San Marino Ranch) “Belle Huntington is entertaining at the Big House; HEH [H. E. Huntington] dined in LA. Eve: 16th Helen & I dined at the Big House. Belle entertained Howard & Leslie Huntington, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bixbee [Bixby], & their 2 daughters & Miss Shaw & us.” [Holladays] Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Nancy note: possibly Miss Carrie Campbell.

Sunday, July 20 , 1919 The Huntington had 14 luncheon guests – “Sundays at the Ranch” Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch- Burke Holladay wrote in his journal: “Col. & Mrs. Denis, Mr. & Mrs. Buchanan, Carrie & Burke Holladay, Mr. & Mrs. Cosmo Morgan, Mr. & Mrs. Kann or Kane, Carrie M. Campbell, Mr. Sherwin, Belle & Edwards Huntington, “Eve. We dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH] like we generally been doing” Formal dinner for 4 -8 guests.” Info from Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

A lovely collection of plates in the Arabella Huntington Collection. They are French Sevres tea or luncheon plates, soup bowls & wine coolers; in hot pink, white & gold. They are decorated with foliage & landscapes. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Thurs. July 24, 1919 – 6 or 8 or more dinner guests at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch “Clara Perkins & children [HEH daughter & grandchildren] are at the [Hotel] Maryland in Pasadena, she & we dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH]. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Tues. July 29, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 10-12 dinner guests: “Collis Holliday came to Pasadena from Harvard [University] …dressed hurriedly & went over to Edwards to dinner.” (Carrie & Burke Holladay with son & daughter, Collis & Helen Holladay) with Clara Huntington (HEH’s daughter) & 2 children, Belle & Edwards (HEH), maybe Carrie Campbell, & Geo. Hapgood.

August 9, 1919 Black tie affair at the Jonathan club LA, CA in honor of Secretary of the Navy, H. E. Huntington is the President of the Jonathan Club. Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Huntington (Arabella & Edwards) host a black tie affair & fancy dress dinner/ball. “local social events planned in honor of Secretary of Navy [Josephus] Daniels & Mrs. [Adelaide] Daniels, will be the [dinner] banquet & reception to be given this evening at the Jonathan Club [H.E. Huntington: Honorary President of the Jonathan Club in the SF Blue Book 1919]. A [black] tie affair… and dancing will be enjoyed. The most prominent citizens…” are invited: Mr. & Mrs. Adamson, Judge & Mrs. Benj. F. Bledsoe, Dr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Bryant, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Chandler, Jr., Judge & Mrs. Frederick Taft (relative of former President of US), Mr. & Mrs. Isadora B. Dockwidler, Prof. & Mrs. Geo. Ellery Hale [Evelina], Judge & Mrs. Leslie R. Hewitt, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sherman Hoyt, Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Huntington [Leslie], Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington [Arabella], Lt. Commander & Mrs. Henry M. Jenson, Dr. & Mrs. Milbanks Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Issac Milbanks, Mr. & Mrs. Johnson Jones, Mr. & Mrs. John Barnes Miller, Mr. & Mrs. W. Mulholland, Mr. & Mrs. John McGroaty, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Henry O’Melveny , Mr. & Mrs. George Patton, Sr [Mayor of San Marino], Governor & Mrs. Wm. Stephens, Mr. Otherman Stephens, Mrs. Cameron E. Thom, Judge & Mrs. L. H. Valentine, Mr. & Mrs. I. N. Van Nuys, O.F. Waite, Mr. & Mrs Wm. Wendt [Famous plein air painter], Mr. Alfred Wilcox, Judge & Mrs. Frank R. Willis, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Wilson II, Judge Perry Wood…& many more listed. with Secretary of Navy Daniels, Commander-in-Chief & officers of the Pacific Fleet” Document: Los Angeles Herald No. 242 Aug. 9, 1919

August 11, 1919 12 or more guests for Tea in the Loggia with Sec’y of the Navy at the Huntington Mansion Loggia, San Marino Ranch: “Aft: Carrie & Helen went over to Edwards [HEH] & helped Belle to receive Mrs. Denis & her luncheon guests including Mrs. Joseph Daniels, Sec’y of the Navy, Josephus Daniel & Major Souder [Synder] also came. Mayor of San Marino – Mr. Patton (Geo. Patton Sr.] & Mrs. Patton & Carrie Campbell & George Hapgood. Information from Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal. “When the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels & his wife stopped briefly in Los Angeles in August 1919, the Huntington’s gave a small tea for them. Edward drove out with them from Los Angeles, along with the mayor. He 1st took them on a stroll through the gardens & then showed them a selection of his choice books & manuscripts. Then Belle presided over a tea in their honor, served on the loggie for a select group of guests. Document: H. E. Huntington a Biography Mr. Thorpe p.372 quote from the LA Examiner Newspaper Aug. 12, 1919 HEH MS 7/10 (33) at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Tues. Aug 26, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch the Huntington had 14-16 dinner guests with Belle & H.E. Huntington: “Belle & Edwards [HEH] persuaded us to delay trip (to SF) one day. Eve: We all 4 [Carrie, Burke, Collis & Helen], dined with Belle & Edwards, & Mr. & Mrs. Patton, Col. & Mrs. Patton, Howard & Leslie [Huntington], Col. & Mrs. Denis.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals) maybe Carrie Campbell & Geo. Hapgood.

Fri. Sept. 12, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 8 dinner guests: “Garcsche Ord & we all dined at Edwards [HEH]& Belle.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals) Carrie Campbell would have been asked to join to make it a even 8 dinner guests; Ord related to the family.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 1919 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 8 dinner guests: “Carrie, Collis, & I with Belle & Edwards, Leslie & Howard [Huntington]. Helen stayed in bed.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals) Carrie Campbell would have been called upon to be Collis Dinner guest for a even number 8 dinner guests.

Mon. Sept. 15, 1919 San Marino Ranch & California Club entertainment hosted by Belle Huntington [Mrs. Henry E. Huntington], downtown Los Angeles, CA (75-100 guests – amt. unknown) : “…Belle gave a formal luncheon at the California Club, Leslie [Mrs. Howard E. Huntington] sent her machine [car] for Carrie [Holliday] & took her to the lunch- later she went around shopping with Belle- looking for Spanish furniture & Belle brought her home [in her limousine].” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals) Nancy Note: Arabella Huntington is decorating the Guest Cottage or Archer’s Cottage. She also owns the Old Mill -El Molino Viejo & she has plans to create a Artist’s Colony. She is in the process of buying furniture for it. Document: HEH Coll.MS 19/1-18 (uncat) Bio File (Alfonso Gomez tapes-interviews)

Tues. Sept. 16, 1919 – 6 guests to dinner ” Eve. Carrie [Holladay], Collis [Holladay] & I dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH]” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (Carrie Campbell, social secretary & friend of Mrs. Huntington’s would have been asked to join to make a even number 6.

Friday, Sept. 19, 1919 Huntington Mansion SMR 6-8 Dinner guests: “I (Burke) drove Carrie over to Edwards [HEH] about 10:45, she remained for lunch, later Helen went after her. We all diner there. Dinner.”Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals)

Sat. Sept. 20, 1919 H.E. Huntington & Arabella D.Huntington leave the San Marino Ranch to NYC after Breakfast in the Guest Cottage: The Huntingtons at the San Marino Ranch: “Edwards & Belle [Huntington] with Carrie Campbell & Mr. Hapgood left for New York on the Santa Fe [RR] in the morning in Edwards [HEH] private [RR] car “San Marino”. Carrie, Helen, & I drove over to the other house at 8:30 while they were at breakfast. Leslie & Howard [Huntington] came in & we all went with them to the Santa Fe Station at Pasadena [Raymond below Green Street] where they got abroad.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journals)

Sept. 20, 1919 Breakfast at the “Guest Cottage” San Marino Ranch “Edwards & Belle [Huntington] with Carrie Campbell & Mr. Hapgood left for New York on the Santa Fe [train] in the morning in Edwards [HEH’s] private [RR] car “San Marino”. Carrie, Helen, & I drove over to the other house at 8:30 while they were at breakfast. Leslie & Howard [Huntington] came in & we all went with them to the Santa Fe Station at Pasadena [Raymond Ave. below Green Street] where they go abroad.” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Historical Note: The “other house” is “H. E. Huntington Guest House”, built in 1916, the Huntingtons called it the “cottage” but it was really a very large 6 bedroom large house. it had all with several sitting rooms & bathrooms. It had a large hall & kitchenette for guests breakfast trays. This Huntington’s guest house looked like a small Southern white house with 4 pillar columns in front, It had a half moon driveway & a lovely large veranda that Mrs. Huntington could entertain on. The Huntingtons did some entertaining (small & large) at this house. There were 30 chairs stored in a room for “entertainments”.

August 30, 1919 Huntington Mansion, No. 2 57th Street, New York City, NY – a very important document called the “Deed of Trust” was signed. It was signed by H. E. Huntington & his wife, Arabella D. Huntington giving Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens (& the estate of San Marino Ranch with all the paintings, important documents, rare books, etc) in San Marino, in Los Angeles Co. to the State of California. Now, 100+ years later we are all enjoying the Huntingtons generosity!

A French Nicoise Salad with Tuna, Eggs, Potatoes, French beans, & Tomatoes. it is tossed with a tangy French Vinaigrette dressing.

Mon. March 8, 1920 HEH & Belle Huntington arrive at the Huntington Mansion at the San Marino Ranch, CA 10 luncheon guests: “Edwards [HEH] & Belle [Huntington] arrived from NY via Santa Fe reached LA at 8:30 am accompanied with Carrie Campbell, Mr. Hapgood & Dr. Coley. We all with Garesche – went over there to Ranch & us stayed lunch”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal)

Sometime in the 1920’s, Mr. Henry E. Huntington applies for a new passport to travel out of the USA. Residence: New York, NY USA, B. Feb. 27, 1850, BP. Oneonta, NY, Father: Solon B. Harwinton, Conn. (Deceased) “I have resided outside the US following places: France May 16, 1914 to Sept. 25, 1914 Retired: permanent residence at San Gabriel, CA, Lost Last passport Spouse: Arabella D. Huntington, “I am to go abroad temporarily; intend to return within 6 mos. France: Travel England”: [Purpose of Passport] Travel: Port of New York, departed, Sailing on board “the Aquitania” July 31, 1920 Signed: Henry E. Huntington Stamped: July 9, 1920 Document: HEH Coll. MS 12 1-30 uncat (Chateau Beauregard papers) Historical Note: at this time, a husband & wife are usually on the same USA passport while traveling.

Mon. March 22, 1920 – 8 or 10 guests for tea at the H. E. Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, “I [Burke Holladay] drove into town [downtown Los Angeles] & at 11:30 Hotel Clark met Colonel & Mrs. C. C. Beeber of Huntington, Friends of Leonora [HEH’s sister] & brought them out to [Holladays] Rosalind Rd. They lunched with us & later we took them over & they called with us on Belle & Edwards [HEH] & had tea. Eve. & much more rain”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Tea in the afternoon with March roses. A great color combination for roses is yellow, light pink & hot pink! Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

April 1, 1920 – 6 dinner guests at Huntington Mansion SMR “We 3 (Carrie, Burke, and daughter Helen Holladay] dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH] Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA with either Mr. Hapgood or Carrie Campbell to make even 6 guests.

Sunday, April 4, 1920 is Easter Sunday (I’m not sure what they did for Easter, so many options they had). They could have been at Howard & Leslie Huntington’s, or Hotel Huntington in Pasadena, Valley Hunt Club Easter festivities (Howard Huntington was a member), or HEH’s clubs: Annandale Club, San Gabriel Country Club, Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, California Club LA or Jonathan Club in LA. If it was really nice weather the Huntington could have hosted “Easter Sunday at the Ranch” at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch.

Elegant Soup for Easter Brunch or Easter Dinner could have been Vichyssoise (Leek & Potato Soup served warm or color) or Cucumber Soup. You can’t see him but there is a bunny hiding under the soup vessel on the plate! Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, April 11, 1920 – 6 Dinner Guests at the Huntington Mansion on SMR: “Reached home at 4:30pm Carrie & Helen & I took over to dine with Belle & Edwards [HEH]. Edwards & Mary Lewis arrived on the Santa Fe, from Oneonta, [NY]. At 7:30 pm I met them we had a light supper at the Maryland [Hotel] Grill [Pasadena, CA] & I brought them home…. we all talked til after midnight.” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Historical Note; Mr. H. E. Huntington & Huntington Land & Improvement Co. owned the Hotel Maryland in Pasadena at one time.

Wed. April 14, 1920 Princess Clara [Huntington] von Hatzfeldt staying as houseguests of Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Huntington at the Huntington Mansion, SMR: 10-12 Dinner guests: “We all 5 went over & dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH] at San Marino Ranch. Clara Hatzfeldt was there also, having lately arrived from NY & being their guest.” Document: Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Historical Note: Princess Clara von Hatzfeldt would have had a entourage of servants butlers & maid; most likely she was invited to use the “Guest Cottage” which was a large house with 6 bedrooms with sitting rooms & Large Hall, etc. The 12 guests for this Huntington dinner were probably Belle & Edwards, Princess Clara, Carrie & Burke Holliday, Helen Holliday, Howard & Leslie Huntington, Edwards & Mary Lewis, Carrie Campbell & George Hapgood to make up Belle’s favorite number of guests -12. I read a article about Princess Clara Hatzfeldt & when she was traveling she had a huge entourage of servants with her & sometimes 20 trucks.

Thurs. April 15, 1920 “At 12:15 Carrie, Ed Lewis, & I drove into LA, left Carrie [Holladay] at the California Club, where she attended a luncheon given by Mrs. Banning. Ed [Lewis] & I got lunch at the Pig & Whistle [a fun ice cream & sandwich restaurant in Hollywood] & then went Gramman’s [Chinese] theatre & saw a picture “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”. At 3 went after Carrie & drove to the Regent [Hotel or Club] on 6th St. Westlake Park & called on Mrs. Beeber. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Historical note: Arabella Huntington was most likely invited she was a friend to Mrs. Banning.

Tues. April 20, 1920 “Even number of 8” Dinner Guests at Huntington Mansion “Mrs. Blue, guest of Mrs. Blues – Ed & Mary Lewis [HEH’s & Carrie Holladay’s cousins], Carrie Holladay, & Helen Holladay, Belle, HEH, & Hapgood & Carrie Campbell to make it even “8”. Eve. I dined with Mr. & Mrs. O. D. Baldwin [in San Francisco). At Pas. Carrie lunched at the Rose Tea Inn [a tea house on Orange Grove at the time in Pasadena]. Also, Ed & Mary Lewis – as guests of Mrs. Blue- They all dined with Belle [Huntington]. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Wed. April 21, 1920 Rosalind Rd. / at least 10 dinner guests or more Leslie & Howard Huntington host of dinner at Hillhurst House in Oak Knoll. “Lecture & Luncheon & Recital at the Valley Hunt Club, Pasadena, CA [Burke Holladay] in SF: “I lunched with Frank Wakefield. In Pas.: Carrie H. & Mary [Lewis] took last symphony recital & lecture [at VHC?] Eve. Leslie [Huntington] gave a dinner & Mary & Ed Lewis & Carrie & Helen H. were there.” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Historical Note: Howard & Leslie are member of the Valley Hunt Club. Book: Southern California Social Register 1920 (for Pasadena & Los Angeles). HEH & Arabella Huntington & Princess Clara von Hatzfeldt could possibly be at this dinner party, too.

by May of 1920, H. E. Huntington & Arabella Huntington leave the San Marino Ranch in their private railroad car “San Marino I” & “San Marino II” . They would travel about 1 week or more across country to their Huntington mansion in New York City.

May 6, 1920 Large Ladies Luncheon hosted by Mrs. Arabella Huntington – possible 100-200 guests at Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

May 10, 1920 Huntington Mansion SMR, 8-12 Dinner Guests with Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington (Arabella): “Eve. We all dined with Belle & Edwards [HEH]” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journals) Dinner guests at the Huntingtons were Ed & Mary Lewis, Princess von, Hatzfeldt?, Burke & Carrie Holladay, maybe Howard & Leslie Huntington, Carrie Campbell & George Hapgood & Belle & Edward Huntington. [At this point in time, Burke Holladay starts to fail at telling us who attended the Huntingtons dinner parties. We know that Ed & Mary Lewis are there because Burke takes them to a luncheon at the Marcels the next day. Sometimes, Burke gets uppity in his journal & states “others were there”].

May 12, 1920 Howard Huntington’s House in “Oak Knoll”, Pasadena: The whole Huntington clan dines at Leslie & Howard Huntington’s House. 8-12 dinner guests: “we all dined with Howard & Leslie Huntington” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journals)

May 18, 1920 Tuesday, Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA “Reception”: Mr. & Mrs. H.E. Huntington were invited to a reception inaugurating the 43th Convention of the Assn.: National Electric Light Assoc & Convention: May 18th to 22nd. Document HEH Coll. HEH Box 198 uncat (Mr. HEH personal papers). Historical Note: Mr. Huntington & the Huntington Land & Improvement Co. had sold the Hotel Huntington in 1918 but he still own Southern California Edison & many other electric companies.

Sunday, May 23, 1920 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, 6-8 Dinner Guests with H.E.Huntington & Belle: “We all dined with Belle & Edwards. Princess Hatzfelt is still in town” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journals). Princess Clara von Hatzfeldt from England.

Tues. May 25, 1920 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 6-8 guests for tea: “Calling guests” with Belle & H. E. Huntington [Edwards]: “…Harry & Elise Milliken drove over from Glendale. We [Burke, Carrie, Collis, & Helen Holladay] to call on Belle & Edwards [Huntington] & brought them back her to dinner.

Sunday, May 30, 1920: 14 guests for Luncheon at the Holladays on Rosalind Rd. Pasadena: “We had a luncheon party at the house: ie. Belle & Edwards [H.E. Huntington] Clara Hatzfeldt [Princess Clara von Hatzfeldt], Carrie Campbell, Col. & Mrs. Denis, Mrs. J. P. Jones, & Mrs. H. [Hancock] Banning, Mrs. Thom & Judge Ross. As Helen would have made the 13th, she disappeared, but she made perfect ice cream & chocolate almonds. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burkes Journals) E. Burke Holladay is the Brother-in-law of H. E. Huntington Historical Note: In upper-class society when dining at a sit-down luncheon or formal dinner, even numbers were of utmost importance. One must have a “luncheon or dinner partner” to chat with & make conversation during the meal.

June 1, 1920 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: It is Arabella D. Huntington’s 70th Birthday, they must have had a party & a big celebration, but nothing was recorded. Arabella Huntington writes a letter to her son, Archer Huntington: “I am 70 years old today-the three score & ten- & I am ill & must prepare to disappear one of these days. I want you to do something for me. Write out as far as you can remember something of the days we have lived together.” Document: HSA AMH 1920 (Hispanic Museum, NYC) & this letter proves Arabella Huntington’s real age and year and date of her birth; that she was born on June 1st, 1850. Arabella often fibbed about her age on luxury cruise ships.

Tea in the Afternoon. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

July 2, 1920 Gilded Age Tea: The White House Tea Salon Room, San Francisco, CA 11-2pm Luncheon-Tea Menu Tea: Pot of Tea, Iced Tea, Green Tea, Mixed Tea, Orange Pekoe, Ceylon, English Breakfast, Oolong and Spider Leg. Beverages: Iced Coffee, Egg Drinks, Pot of Cocoa, Milk, Horlick Malted Milk, Pot of Coffee. Bouillons and Broths: Cream Clam Chowder, Beef Bouillon, Clam Bouillon, Tomato Nectar, Chicken Broth. Cocktails: California Oyster [Cocktail- often a first course], Shrimp [Cocktail], Imperial Citrus Cocktail. Relishes: Salon, Special, Grapefruit Salads: Chicken, Shrimp, Potato Salad, Iced Cantaloupe, Lettuce hearts & tomatoes, Salon, Crab Salad, Asparagus tip [Tea] Sandwiches: Ready to serve: Anchovy Canape, Chicken, Roast Pork, White House Special, Deviled Olives Sardines, Salon (3 Layers), Bread & Butter, Deviled Egg Hot Sandwiches: Creamed chicken on toast, Toasted ham, Hot Turkey Sandwich with asparagus tips, Fried ham & egg sandwich, Toasted cream cheese sandwich Dessert: Marmalade Nut Cream, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries & Cream, Fresh Raspberries & Cream, Pies, Cakes, & Pudding: Huckleberry Pie, Pine-Nut Cream Pie, Fresh Apple Pie, Chocolate Delight [Chocolate Mousse], Chocolate Blanc Mange, Almond Sponge Cake, Lemon Layer Cake, Sliced Currant Cake, Old-fashioned Strawberry or Raspberry shortcake, Fancy Cakes [petit fours, etc] French Pastry. Document: HEH Coll MS Eph E42-4 (Huntington Menu Ephemera) Historical Note: this Huntington menu was most likely Arabella Huntingtons. This is a marvelous illustration about tea in the 1920’s & different kinds of foods for afternoon luncheons & tea in the Gilded Age. “Salon Sandwich” (3 layers) sounds like the beginnings of a “club sandwich” (turkey, tomato & bacon), but because this was a fancy tea house it was probably anchovy paste, with egg sandwich & deviled olives, sometimes pecans.

March 13, 1921, Henry “Edwards” Huntington & his wife, Arabella arrive at the San Marino Ranch by their private railroad car, “San Marino I” & “San Marino II” . The Huntington’s stayed at the Ranch until June 15 or 16, 1921. Luncheon with 10 guests at Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch; “Edwards [HEH] & Belle Huntington arrive Via Santa Fe [train] this morning [From NY] accompanied by Miss Campbell, Mr. Hapgood, & Dr. Coley. Edwards has been quite ill in NY. Belle also has been ill. Both are not better. We 4 – went over to Edwards finding them at Breakfast – remained all morning & lunched there”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Bright Yellow, pink, coral and orange -yellow -red called “Perfect Moment” & oranges roses. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, March 27, 1921 is Easter Sunday- Easter Brunch or Easter Dinner at Hotel Huntington or San Marino Ranch, CA. Easter Sunday (I’m not sure what they did, so many options they had) They could have been at Howard & Leslie Huntington’s, or Valley Hunt Club (Howard Huntington was a member), or Annandale Club, San Gabriel Country Club, Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, California Club LA or Jonathan Club in LA (HEH was a member). If it was really nice weather they could hosted “Sunday at the Ranch” at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch.

May 21, 1921 Large Ladies Luncheon (possibly 100-200 or more guests for a fancy luncheon) Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Chocolate Ganache over small cake, a French “Petit Four” for a luncheon or dinner.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 1922 New Years Day at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, Mr. & Mrs. Henry E. Huntington (Arabella) arrive home to San Marino Ranch from Huntington Mansion located at No. 2 East 57 th St. NYC, by 9:00 pm. New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday that year, so the Pasadena Rose parade & New Year’s Football games events were a couple days later.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 1922 New Years Day, Pasadena CA Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch: “Rained all day long 4:30 PM went to the home of Dr. & Mrs Wills & had Egg Nog & Cake. Edwards [HEH] & Belle [Huntington] arrive home at about 9pm. Having come from NY via New Orleans accompanied by Dr. Coley & Mrs. Leakey & Mr. Hapgood. Carrie, Collis & I [Holladay] went over to the house [San Marino Ranch] & awaited their arrival – Edwards has been quite ill in NY & looked very tired & while (sic) on his arrival – Belle was tired also.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Monday Jan. 2, 1922 Pasadena Rose Parade / Huntington Mansion San Marino 6-8 guests for Dinner with Belle & H. E. Huntingtons celebrated as New Year’s Day: “Harry Ord arrived in LA…Aft. The great Football Game was played at Tournament Park [Cal Tech] bet. The U.C. [University of California Berkeley or UCLA] & Washington & Jefferson College was a tie. O to O. I went as guest of Col. R. F. Thompson with Admiral & Mrs. Eberle. Helen went with Harry Ord. Eve: Carrie & I took dinner with Edwards & Belle [Huntington]” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Wed. Jan 4, 1922 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 4-8 dinner guests and/or luncheon with Belle & HEH: “We C & I with Belle & Edwards who is much better”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Nancy Note: Leslie & Howard could be there & Carrie Campbell & Geo. Hapgood.

Lemon Curd tart with whipped cream and raspberry on top for afternoon tea time. Individual size tarts about 4″inches across are just perfect for tea..

Sun. Jan. 8, 1922 Tea or Dinner at Huntington Mansion 4-6 guests “Sunday Eve we took Harry O [Ord] Called on Belle & HEH”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Could be Carrie & Burke Holladay with their daughter Helen Holladay.

Jan. 31, 1922 Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch 4-6 or more guests for dinner with Belle & Edwards (HEH): “Drove the sedan with Helen [Holladay] P.A. [Pierce Arrow]. C & I dined with Belle & Edwards Document: HEH Coll MS 10968

Sun. Feb. 5, 1922 The Huntingtons host 12 Luncheon guests at the Huntington Mansion; also 4-6 Formal Dinner guests at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: “Belle & Edward [Huntington] gave a luncheon to Admiral & Mrs. Eberle, we (2) were there – also Mr. Patton & Anita, Mr. & Mrs. E. J. Marshall, Leslie Huntington [Howards wife] & Mr. Judah.  At 4:30 we drove with them in the Sedan to Hotel Virginia in Long Beach [CA] returning & dining with B & E.” Document HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burke Journals)

Wed. Feb. 8, 1922 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 8-10 Dinner Guests with Belle & HEH: “Elizabeth [Huntington Metcalf] & Brockway [Metcalf] are staying a few days with Edwards & B. having motored down from Piedmont, we 4 [Holladays] dined there tonight.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal) Nancy Note: Elizabeth is HEH’s daughter.

Lidded sugar bowls as a “soup vessel”, to keep the soup hot from kitchen to Dining Room Table.. A smart little entertaining trick of Mrs. Arabella Huntington’.s. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Wed. Feb. 15, 1922 Holladays House, Rosalind Rd. Pasadena, CA: 16 dinner guests for multi-course formal dinner at Holladays: In honor of Belle & Edwards Huntington. Burke writes in his journal: “This is my 60th birthday. This eve. Carrie & I gave a dinner at our house in honor of Belle & Edwards [HEH]. The other guests were Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Patton, E. J. Marshalls, W. P. Harrisons, McGowans, W. E. Dunns which with us 4: [Burke, Carrie, Collis & Helen Holladay] made 16 in all.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal) Historical Note; Mr. Henry Huntington birthday would have been on Feb. 27; I’m not sure what they are celebrating in honor of Belle & Edwards Huntington, but for sure a St. Valentine’s Day theme.

Thurs, Feb. 16, 1922, March 12, 1922, March 17, 1922 All Evenings that the Huntington hosted a dinner party for 4-6 guests: with Carrie & Burke Holladay “Dined with B & E”. (Belle & Edwards Huntington) Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal)

Mon, Feb. 27, 1922 “This is Edwards [HEH] birthday. He feels much better then when he arrived from NY on Jan’y 1st, but is getting worried over Howard’s [Huntington’s] condition. Howard has trouble of the stomach. The doctor tells him it is ulceration & that his stomach has shrunk greatly. For over a month he ate only milk very frequently – had no pain but has become very weak -has gone to bed- artificial feeding has been resort to. He is in a very dangerous condition. Collis [Holladay] came home from office-…” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal)

Thur., March 2. 1922 & Fri. March 3, 1922, San Marino Ranch Dinner for 6 guests for dinner: “I drove to LA & met Elizabeth & Brockway Metcalf at 8:50, who came down on the “Owl” [RR train] owning to Howards condition.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal) Historical Note: Elizabeth is HEH’s daughter.

Sat. Mar. 3, 1922 Huntington Mansion 6 Dinner Guest:s “Clara [Huntington] Perkins arrived from Los Gatos & stayed at her fathers [HEH]. Elizabeth & Brockway M. left for home on 6 pm train.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal)

Sat. March 18, 1922 – Tea for 8 or 10 guests at Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch: “Calling Guests: Holladays, Fairchilds & Bairds: “In the aft., we took Mr. & Mrs. Fairchild & Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Baird to call on Belle & Edwards. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (Burke Holladay Journal) Could have included Geo Hapgood & Carrie Campbell

Tues. March 21, 1922 “The Blue Boy” & “Mrs. Siddons”paintings arrived to the San Marino Ranch hand-delivered by Sir Joseph Duveen; Formal Dinner for 4-6 guests as Duveen is a Houseguest at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch. Historical note: Before Gainsborough “The Blue Boy’ ever left London, there was a huge art exhibition with him (very successful) and another one in New York City (lines around the block for people to see “Blue Boy”.

Sunday, April 16, 1922 Easter Sunday at the San Marino Ranch or Hotel Huntington or Howard Huntingtons.

Mon. Dec. 25, 1922 Christmas Day Huntington Mansion SMR, 14-16 Dinner guests at 2:00pm: ” We all 4 [Holladays] took Christmas Dinner at 2:00pm with Belle & Edwards [Huntington] Leslie & her children except the baby were there. At night, we C & I had Christmas dinner with the Arnolds. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 (E. Burke Holladays Journal) Historical Note: Widower Leslie Huntington came to luncheon dinner with her children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Teddy, Henry Jr. Harriet, no baby David. Also, Mr. Hapgood & Carrie Campbell would have most likely attended this Christmas feast with the Huntingtons. It was unusual for the Huntingtons to be at the Ranch at Christmas time. Also, The Huntingtons had a large reception on Christmas tea reception for all the employees and servants that lived on the San marino Ranch. There was Christmas music and lots of presents giving out to them and tea food was served.

French fried Beignets dusted with powdered sugar; so popular in New Orleans, LA. When the Huntingtons (whether Collis and Arabella in 1880’s or 1890’s or Henry Edwards and Arabella) always stopped in New Orleans on train rides from NYC to California.

1923 : E. Burke Holladay who has given us much information of the Huntington entertainments & where abouts of the Arabella & H. E. Huntington . In 1923, he states often “and others were there”, so details are really cut off to a minimum. Also, Carrie & Burke Holladay might not have been invited to every single party the H. E. Huntington hosted.

Mon., Feb. 12, 1923 Huntington Mansion ( SMR) Large Luncheon of 12-14-guests with “Arabella & Edwards”: “Belle & Edwards (HEH) gave a large luncheon to Mrs. Eberle, The Denis, Harrisons (Mr. & Mrs. W. P. Harrison of Los Angeles, CA], McCrary’s [McCreary, the San Gabriel Playhouse owner], Carrie & I (the Holladays) went.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals) Historical note: Mr. Hapgood (HEH’s secretary) most likely would have been asked to join this large luncheon to make a even 12 guests. Could be a St. Valentine’s day theme which is coming up. Document: HEH Coll Ms 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals)

Sat. Feb. 24, 1923 Huntington Mansion SMR, Calling Guests- Mrs. Le Blond & her son, Mr. Burnaby: “We took her [Mrs. LeBlond] & her son, Mr. Burnaby to call on Belle & Edw. [HEH] & see the Blue Boy. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals) Historical Note: the Huntingtons (especially Arabella are getting upset that ppl want to come to their house to see the “Blue Boy” & not them).

Tues. Feb. 27, 1923 HEH’s Birthday SMR/ Leslie Huntington’s Oak Knoll House Pasadena, CA 12-20 Dinner Guests for HEH’s 73th Birthday “Edwards [HEH] Birthday Dinner given by Leslie [Huntington] at her house.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Sat. March 10, 1923 San Marino Ranch Arabella & H.E.Huntington are in -residence at the SMR. Archer M. & Anna Hyatt Huntington get married on this day and it is their shared birthdays, too. She is a famous sculptress. Archer sent his mother, Arabella, a telegram announcing his joy. Archer & Anna, are going off on a boat to Guatemala & he will write her later. It is odd, Arabella Huntington is not at this special ceremony.

Sun. March 11, 1923 Huntington Mansion SMR 10-20 guests or more for a formal dinner with HEH & Arabella Huntington: “Carrie & I [Holladay] attended a formal dinner given by Belle & Edwards.” Document: HEH Coll Ms 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay)

Fri. Mar 23, 1923 California Club Downtown Los Angeles, CA “8-10 guests for Formal Luncheon: ” Carrie & I lunched with the Denis’at the California Club, Belle & Edwards [H.E.Huntington] & Dr. & Mrs. Barlow were also there.”

March 24, 1923 SMR Calling guests at Belle and Edwards (HEH) Huntingtons: “Aft. took the Fords over to see Belle & Edwards” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: Mr. & Mrs. Merton Ford were there visitors and maybe they were invited to tea.

Mon. Mar. 26, 1923 Large Dinner (200 Men) & Lecture at Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA ; Sarah Bernhardt dies: “Mon. golf lesson. Sara Bernhardt died in Paris today. Eve. I dined at Hotel Huntington as guest of Dr. Baer who entertained 200 men. Dr Julien Arnold spoke of development of China. Fred. Ward spoke”. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: HEH would have been invited to this event; Baer & Arnold were two of his close friends. No mention by Burke Holladay?

Sun. April 15, 1923 Lunch at Arnolds & 4-6 guests for Formal Dinner with B and E. at Huntington Mansion: “We [Burke & his wife, Carrie Holladay] lunched with the Arnolds to symphony in LA; later called on Belle & Edwards [HEH]. Eve. We dined with Belle & Edw. [HEH]. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: Carrie Huntington Holliday is HEH’s closest sister & she lives in Pasadena, CA.

Burke Holladay’s Journal in 1923 often states “others were there”, cutting us off with no information. Burke is HEH’s brothers in law & he is becoming a snob in high society. Or he is mad or jealous of people in Huntington family? Or he is running out of room in his journal, Edwards is “Edw.” or Edwards [HEH] & Arabella are referred to as B & E. Burke also brings these people to “Call” on B & E. We don’t know if he is just taking them over or was HEH called and notified or if HEH even knows about the visitors.

Sunday, May 6, 1923 Luncheon with Pattons, Eberles & others were there… Location?? Dinner at the Valley Hunt Club [Pasadena] with the Devereauxs. “W. C & I lunched with the Pattons, Eberles & others were there. Eve. We were guests of the Devereaux at the Valley Hunt Club [Pasadena] . Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: W. might mean Wilshire Country Club ?? Wilshire CC located in Hancock Park in LA, CA

May 12, 1923 SMR & Ship “SS California”: “We lunched with Admiral & Mrs. Eberle on the flag ship, “California”, Edwards [HEH] & Belle [Huntington] & others were there. Later we brought Admiral & Mrs. Eberle home with us for the weekend.” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA & HEH 37/1-8 uncate. Historical Note: SS California Flag ship was located in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, CA

May 13, 1923 Luncheon Party for 14 guests at Holladays Residences on 333 Rosalind Rd. Pasadena, CA “We [Holladays] had a luncheon party of 14, the Eberles, Pattons, Huntingtons, Denis’, Dr. Mims from Nashville [12 with their adult children: Collis & Helen Holladay] Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: not sure who the 14th person was, maybe Caroline Campbell, friend & social secretary to Arabella Huntington.

May 20 & 23, 1923 Holladays dined with B & E [Belle & “Edwards” who was HEH Huntington. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA Historical Note: no details, could be their children too, 6-8 guests??

Sat. June 2, 1923 Visitors to SMR: “Geo W. Fairfield of Oneonta came out about 4- went with me to call on Edwards [HEH]- Saw Library [Huntington] and pictures & ret’d & dined with us” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA

Sunday, June 3, 1923 Huntington Mansion, SMR “Dr. M. Degauff new house to discuss greater efficiently to our oil wells, Dined all at Edwards [SMR].” Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals) at Huntington Library, San Marino CA. Nancy Note: Burke is failing to tell us who is dining at the Huntingtons. He also seems to only say Edwards not Arabella and Edwards…

Tues. Oct 9, 1923 Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch: “They [Belle & Edwards Huntington] having arrived from NY to Ranch.”[San Marino Ranch] Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Friday Oct. 12, 1923 Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch: “Collis [Holladay] was at Edwards [HEH] for dinner. They [B & E] having arrived from NY to SMR on [Tues. Oct. 9th] we went over later after steak dinner with the Bassetts.” Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals) Historical Note: Collis Holladay HEH’s nephew works in one of HEH’s companies, like Southern California Edison.

Thurs. Nov 28, 1923 Huntington Family at the Holladays 8-12 guests for Thanksgiving dinner. “Mr. & Mrs. Geo. J. Denis dined with us. Belle & Edw. are expected to do so as well. But Belle was taken ill & could not. Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Tues. Dec. 25, 1923 Christmas Day at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch. 8-10 Christmas Dinner Guests: “Christmas Day – Carrie, Collis, & I took dinner at 1:30 pm with Belle & Edwards. (Helen[Holladay] is in Nashville as a bridemaid). Belle came to the table 1st time at much reduced weight [since Thanksgiving]. Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Sat. Dec. 29,1923 Huntington Mansion, SMR Formal Dinner” Last night Carrie & I dined with Edwards, Belle came down to the library but did not fell strong enough to go into the dining room.” Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Rose & Pink Polka dot Birthday Tea Party with pink polka-dots ribbons & plates. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Notice: Guests & Friends come to tea or Luncheon with Mr. & Mrs. Huntington at the Huntington Ranch: When Mr. H. E. Huntington was alive, his Huntington [Library] Guest Register was located in the Large Library. Note: if the person signed Mr. Huntington’s Library Guest Register Book, they had to be located in the Large Library of the Huntington Mansion at the San Marino Ranch.

Sun. Jan. 6, 1924, “Carrie , Miss Magt. Foster & I diner at Vista Del Arroyo. [Pasadena,Ca] . Aft. Called on B & E. Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Mon. Jan 7, 1924 Huntington Library SMR ” Carrie [Holladay] too Miss Foster to Edwards [HEH’s] Library there showed her through” Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals)

Thurs. January 10, 1924 10th Anniversary Party & Formal Opening of the Huntington Hotel, Pasadena, CA Season 1923-24 hosted by D.M. Linnards Menu: Hors d’oeuvres varies, Essence de Volaille Madeleine, Celery Mignonette, Olives, Amandes Salles, Ris de Veau a la Creme with Toast Melba, Dinde aux Champignons Huntington [Turkey with Mushrooms], Spiced Satsuma Plums, Punch Mont-Blanc, Salade Oak Knoll, Petit Sandwiches, Meringues Glaces Bellevue, Gateaux a l’Orange, Mocha, Mints Document: Ephemera folder Special Collections Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA Historical Note: Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Huntington were probably in attendance. Punch Mont-Blanc is made by vanilla ice cream vodka, heavy cream or half & half, & Chambord raspberry liqueur.

January 31, 1924 Guests for Luncheon or Tea at the Huntington Mansion in San Marino Ranch: General Sir Maxwell 103 Lancaster Gate London W2 & Margaret W. Bon Ynaji /Bonynaji, of Los Angeles, also Paul D. Cranath. CA Document: “Huntington Guest Register”signed (Large Library of the Huntington Mansion-15′ x 20′ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Sunday, Feb. 10, 1924 Huntington Mansion San Marino Luncheon with B and E. for 10-12 luncheon guests: “Carrie & I lunched with B & E. [Belle & Edwards] at luncheon given to Prof. & Mrs. Sloane, also present Curtis Stone, Prof. & Mrs. Hale, Mr. & Mrs. Marshall. After, we motored to Mrs. Benedicts near Covina who gave a large tea – we remained to a cold supper. Document: HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (E. Burke Holladay Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Wed. Feb. 27, 1924 Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch 8-10 or more luncheon guests for H.E. Huntington’s 74th birthday: “Edwards [HEH] 74th Birthday. He & Belle gave a family luncheon – Carrie, Helen & I, Leslie, her Harriet, [young] Howard & the baby Teddy. Edward came down to lunch, although he has lately been ill”. Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals) Historical: Duveen & Birley are houseguests & Edward E. Ayer of Chicago, Ill. signed Huntington Guest Register, Large Library of Huntington Mansion.

Sun. March 9, 1924 Huntington Library SMR 6-8 Dinner guests: “Eve. Dined with B and E.” Document HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladays Journals) Historical note: Duveen & Birley are also there.

March 18, 1924 Guest- Paul D. Cranath, & maybe tea Document: Huntington Library San Marino, Guest Register Large Library

Tues. April 8, 1924 Huntington Mansion SMR, Tea Guests: S.W. Dyson, Perrnis, Frieda Perrins, Elispeth Perrirs, Jermaine S. Duncan, Stewart Durrvarr or Duncan Document: Huntington Guest Register, Large Library of Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch

Sunday April 20, 1924 Easter Sunday at the San Marino Ranch

Feb. 10, 1924 – 12 guests for luncheon at the Huntington Mansion (SMR) “Carrie & I [Holladays] lunched with B. & E. [Belle & Edwards -HEH] at luncheon given to Prof. & Mrs. Sloane, also present Curtis Sloane, Prof. & Mrs. Hale, Mr. & Mrs. Marshall. After, we motored to Mrs. Benedict’s near Covina who gave a large tea- we remained to a cold supper.” Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burke Holladays Journal) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. Nancy Note: Because Mrs. Huntington liked 12 guests at her table, her friend & social sec’y, Carrie Campbell would have been asked to join them because they had a odd number of people. Probably a St. Valentine’s Luncheon.

Mrs. Arabella Huntington gold & white, “Best” English Copeland & Garrett plateware. Photo & Illustration by Nancy Armitage

Feb. 18, 1924 Sir Joseph Duveen of New York & Oswald Birley of London Sign Mr. Huntington guest book located in Large Library. They both are houseguests of the Huntington’s at the Huntington Mansion at San Marino Ranch. Duveen probably is delivering artwork paintings. Birley is painting Mr. & Mrs. Huntington large portraits & it probably took several weeks or months. Many breakfast, luncheons, teas, & dinners with the Huntingtons Document: “Huntington Guest Register” 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number

Feb. 26, 1924 – 4 guests: Huntington Mansion Edith Garrigies of New York City, Homer B. King of Pasadena, CA, Eleanor M. King Pasadena CA & Carl Moon of Pasadena, CA Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Wed. Feb. 27, 1924 Guest: Edward E. Ayers (Pres. Chicago Fields Museum) Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library of the Huntington Mansion- 15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Nancy Note: it is also H. E. Huntington birthday, they would have had a dinner at the mansion or their club.

Sunday, March 9, 1924 6-8 Guests for formal dinner: “Eve. Dined with B & E [Belle & Edwards HEH]”. Document: HEH Coll. ME 10968 (Burke Holladay journals) at Huntington Library. If Sir Oswald Birley is still painting the Huntington’s; Birley & Duveen are still houseguests there were at dinner; Carrie Campbell & Hapgood often joined them for dinner.

Wed. March 26, 1924 Guests at Huntington Mansion (SMR): Warren E. & Mary James Dennis Louisa F. Scribner & Chas. Scribner: Tea with Belle & Edwards or Luncheon. Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (located in the Large Library -15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Tues. April 8, 1924 -6 Guests for tea or luncheon at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: C. W. Dyson Perrins & his spouse, Frieda Perrins with Elispeth Perrins [daughter in law?], Jermaine S. Duncan & Steward Durrvarr (?sp). Document: “Huntington Guest Register” 15 x 20 large leather book no call number. Nancy Note: Charles Wm. Dyson Perrins educated at Oxford was a philanthropist & bibliophile & owner Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce factory.

Wed. April 16, 1924 Milliken is a Nobel Prize Winner: R.Rd [Rosalind Road] Large Dinner, University Club [Dr.] Robt. Milliken “attended a lg. dinner to Robt. A. Milliken at University Club LA by Trustees of Cal Tech [Calif. Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA]. On eve of his dept. to rec’d the Nobel Prize”. Document: HEH Coll MS 10968 (Burke Hollidays Journal – HEH’s brother in law) Mr. Huntington was most likely be at this dinner, too.

April 26, 1924 Hotel Huntington, Pasadena, CA hosting Pasadena Press Club Dinner with Toastmaster: Hon. Benjamin T. Bledsoe, Gov. of Calif.: Hon. Friend W. Richardson, Editor of New Mexico State Tribune Carl C. Magee. 1st Annual Gridiron Dinner Menu: Incidentally, Cantaloupe Oak Knoll [Cocktail], Bouillon en Tasse Madrilene, [Relish Dish Celery, Salted Nuts, Olives], Cassolett of Lobster Thermidor, Petit Sandwich, Punch Imperial, Wafers favorite, Spring Chicken Roti Huntington, Garden Peas al la Menthe, Sweet Potato Glace, Tomato au Fromage, Toasted Saltines, Glace a la Vanille, Gateau Assortis, “Bananas” Mocha, Mints. Document: HEH Coll MS Eph E42-35 (Huntington Menu Ephemera)Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. Nancy Note: This was Mr. H. E. Huntington’s menu, he most likely attended this event, especially because the Governor was there. HEH would have only missed it if he was sick.

April 29, 1924 Guests for Tea or Luncheon at Huntington Mansion: Zelia Nuttall from Casa Alvarado Coyoacan DF Mexico City, Mexico Document:”Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15 x 20 large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Nancy Note: Zelia Nuttall (American Archaeologist & Anthropologist in pre-Aztec Mexican cultures & pre-Columbian manuscripts; Born in San Francisco, CA.

June 1, 1924 Arabella Huntington Birthday, she was 74 years old & they would have celebrated Luncheon or Dinner, either at their private clubs or at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch.

June 4th, 1924 Guests: Dr. Stephen D. Prsay/ Orsay, Budapest, Hungary Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15 x 20 large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

June 15, 1924 Formal Dinner for 6-10 guests at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch with HEH & ADH the Holladays & maybe Leslie Huntington & her new husband or children. Document : HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals-HEH brother in law)

Monday, June 16, 1924 Guests for tea and a tour: Carlton Brown, Archibald L. Bouton, & John S. Tailors/Tailord? Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15 x 20 large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Formal Brunches, Luncheon and dinner parties with fine china and crytal glasses. The plates with gold & green and white plates; gold encrusted Italian wine & etched water glasses. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

June 16, 1924 Huntington Mansion SMR- H.E. Huntington & Belle leave SMR to NYC: “Edwards & Belle [Huntington] left their San Marino home to go to NY. Carrie & I took dinner with them (as we all did last night) & they left at about 10 am [the next day]. Document : HEH Coll. MS 10968 uncat (Burke Holladay Journals- HEH’s brother-in-law). Nancy Note: Belle & HEH would board their private railroad car, “San Marino I” & “San Marino II” the night before, spend the night on the train & it would take off in the morning. This is the last day Mrs. Arabella Huntington was at Huntington Mansion in San Marino Ranch – she died exactly 3 months later in NYC on Tues. Sept. 16, 1924.

July 10, 1924 Guests for Tea or Luncheon: Minnie C. Burton from Florence, Italy & Harry Burton, with Fred. E. Watson of South Pasadena, Ca Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA (HEH & ADH were not in residence)

July 18, 1924 Guests at Huntington mansion SMR: Margaret Bouton (Mrs. Archibald L. Bouton – 1st reader at the Huntington Library – of New York University), Caroline MacNair Bouton, with S. Seymour Charming & Helen H. Thomas Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Oct. 1, 1924 Guests at the Huntington Mansion (SMR): Alba & John Reilly with Euariacos & Onegh Fairbanks Document: signed the “Huntington Guest Register” (located in Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Nov. 1, 1924 Guests at Huntington Mansion SMR – A. Eirmann & June Geoffrey are visitors. Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (located in HEH’s Large Library-15 x 20 large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Sunday, November 30, 1924 Dinner at Huntington Mansion with Sir Joseph Duveen & Mrs. Duveen & Mr. H. E. Huntington. Sir Jos. Duveen (Friend & Art Dealer to HEH & ADH) is a houseguest & helping Mr. Huntington with Mrs. Arabella D. Huntington’s final funeral. Among all HEH’s personal papers were 2 poems: “Come Live with me & be my love” titled “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” by Christopher Marlowe & “Yesterday” they were both typed up in turquoise ink (Duveen always typed in turquoise ink). These poems were among all the ADH memorial notes, cards, letters, & telegrams to HEH. Those poems could have been read at Mrs. Huntington’s Funeral.

December of 1924 San Marino Ranch, Calif. Final Funeral of Mrs. Arabella “Belle” D. Huntington, wife of Henry E. Huntington, in the Large Drawing Room was the location of the funeral & they buried her at the Huntington Mausoleum on the San Marino Ranch, CA. (later the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA) Excerpts from “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”: by Christopher Marlow “Come Live with me & be my love, & we will all the pleasures prove, that Valleys, groves, hills, & fields, Woods, or steepy mountains yields….And I will make thee beds of Roses & a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle”…; http://www.poetryfoundation.org (Poem found in Mr. H.E. Huntington personal papers)

“Yesterday” by Emily Dickinson “Yesterday is History ’tis so far away, Yesterday is Poetry ’tis Philosophic, Yesterday is mystery, where it is today, While we shrewdly speculate, Flutter both away”. Document: HEH Coll HEH Box 199-200 (HEH personal things) both those poems were in the box.

Teatime with pink, white, and lime green; gold and white plates. Photo credit: Nancy Armitage

Sunday, April 12, 1925 Easter Sunday at Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch – probably Leslie Huntington family were at the ranch 10-12 guests for lunch or dinner or a Hotel Huntington in Pasadena, CA (Hotel fun events like Easter Egg roll) or they could have gone to the Valley Hunt Club were Leslie Huntington Brehm was a member -Easter Egg Hunt & and such.

Feb. 10, 1925 Guest Huntington Mansion, SMR – Helen Chaffee Howard, Boston, Mass. & Mary E. Keeley Pasadena, Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15 x 20 large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Feb. 26, 1925 Guests: Huntington Mansion SMR -Bliss Cannan from New Canaan, Conn. & Julian Hawthorn Boston, Mass. Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

March 26, 1925 – 3 guests for Tea or Luncheon: Huntington Mansion SMR (the Arnolds were good friends of the Huntingtons) – Louise Larcque Arnold of Pasadena, CA with Ruth Draper of NYC & Harriet Marple of NYC Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

June of the 1920’s (1925 or 1926) Graduation Tea hosted by Mr. H.E. Huntington, Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch CA: There was a lovely tea in the Large Library for his granddaughter, Margaret Huntington & her Cal Poly classmates. In June, sometimes in the 1920’s, a tea reception for the whole California Poly Tech. in Pasadena 8th grade. One of the guests, Mildred E. Godfrey writes that, “Mr. Huntington very thoughtfully invited the class to tea in the library of his home & then allowed us to go through the library, which was not yet open to the public (1925)” Document: HEH Coll MS. 19/4 (Letter to Mr. Carpenter [a librarian?] from Mildred E. Godfrey, one of Miss Margaret Huntington’s Cal Poly classmates; Margaret was Howard Huntington’s daughter. Historical Note: she doesn’t mention Mrs. Huntington I am assuming this graduation tea was in 1925, after Arabella died (1924).

Dec. 31, 1925 Guests for tea at Huntington Mansion SMR: John M. Manly Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

January 20, 1925 Guests at Huntington Mansion SMR: Cora Edgesion Sanders & Williams Andrews Clark, Jr. Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library -15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

March 2, 1926 or March 9, 1926 Mr. H. E. Huntington hosts 180 guests for Lecture “Cosmic Rays” & Tea Reception at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch. The lecture was called “Cosmic Rays” for the Cal Tech Associates which Henry E. Huntington was a member with a Tea Reception afterwards at the Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch, CA. H.E. “Edwards” Huntington writes to his sister, Carrie: “… I wish you had been here for the reception of the California Technology Associates] last Tuesday. About 180 were here, & everything passed off very well. It did not seem best for me to go down [stairs]”. [HEH was recovering from surgery with wounds that would not heal] Document: HEH Coll. MS 669 (Box 180 correspondence March 13, 1926 at Huntington Library San Marino, CA Nancy Note: one of the largest “entertainments” hosted by Mr. Huntington at Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch.

Sunday, April 4, 1926 Easter Sunday at the San Marino Ranch

Friday July 23, 1926 “The Royal Dinner” 24 Dinner guests for Henry Huntington’s “Royal Dinner” in honor of Prince & Princess of Sweden Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, CA & limousines & cars took the 24 guests off to the Hollywood Bowl for a evening concert. Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 (corr. & seating chart) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

June 15, 1926 – 12 men came to luncheon at the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch. Luncheon with H. E. Huntington, there was McAdoo (who ran all the buses in Los Angeles) Wm. Randolph Hearst, (he ran the newspapers- LA Herald Examiner, San Francisco Examiner, & Houston Chronicle) & several other men. The conversation was about the buses & cars in LA; putting the Huntington-owned Pacific Electric trains out of business. The Huntington head butler, Alfonso Gomez reported that Mr. Huntington was so upset he went upstairs & never returned to the lunch. Later, HEH stated to his butler, Alfonso Gomez “never mix business with pleasure”. Document: HEH Coll. HEH 19/1-18 uncat (Alfonso Gomez interviews) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA On June 15, 1926, William Randolph Hearst Document: signed the “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA [none of the other men had the nerve to sign Mr. Huntington’s library guest book] Mr. Huntington did not like Hearst very much per Alfonso Gomez.

June of 1926: Luncheon 6-8 guests Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: Delightful Luncheon with H. E. Huntington “Edwards” & Abby A. Rockefeller & John D. Rockefeller Jr. & their 3 young sons. Document: signed but no date “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA Document: Letter: June 1926 from H. E. Huntington to his sister Carrie Holladay, stating it was a such delightful luncheon with the Rockefellers.

No date 1926: Edgar Goodspeed from Chicago, Elfleda B. Goodspeed Chicago & C. T. B. Goodspeed Chicago, Ill. & Thomas W. Williams from Chicago. Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

no date 1926 : 8 luncheon or tea guests: Ivy L. Lee, Camelia B. Lee, Geraldine R. McAlpin, Alice Bigelow Lee, James is hee II (sp?) James Lee, Ivy L. Lee Jr. & Harold Cook Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Royal Weekend with Mr. Huntington & HRH Crown Prince Gustavus Adolphus & HRH Princess Louise of Sweden:

Wednesday, July 21, 1926 to Sat. July 24, 1926 Huntington Mansion on San Marino Ranch – Breakfast Luncheons & Dinners with HRH Crown Prince Gustavus Adolphus & HRH Princess Louise of Sweden arrive at the Ranch to stay with Mr. H. E. Huntington, with their royal entourage of servants. They either stayed at the Guest Cottage or Hotel Huntington in Pasadena, CA.

Royal Dinner & Swedish Royal Tour H. E. Huntington Schedule:

Wed. July 21 to Sat. Jul. 24, 1926 Royal Weekend with Prince & Princess of Sweden. H. E. “Edwards” Huntington had a wonderful weekend schedule of events to the Hollywood bowl concert, tea parties, & the Royal dinner at the Huntington San Marino Ranch. Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 (corr & seating chart) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Wed. night, July 21, 1926: Royal Weekend -Mission Inn Dinner Banquet 150-200 People then Mr. Huntington’s then Huntington Hotel; Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 corr.

Thurs. July 22, 1926 Royal Weekend Mayor Public Library, Shrine Auditorium Dr. Milliken, & Mr. Monten, Arcadia Luncheon with Prince Erik of Denmark, Tea at Midwick Club, 6:00 pm Mr. Huntington dress for dinner 7:15 Dinner Biltmore Hotel downtown Los Angeles, CA Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 corr.

Friday July 23, 1926 Royal Weekend : Breakfast with Mr. Huntington [San Marino Ranch], Museum Exposition Park – Prehistoric Fossils [USC], MGM Meyer Studio, Take photos & Luncheon, Warner Bros. Studio, Famous Players Studio, Dinner with Mr. Huntington “Royal Dinner” for 24 royals and guests, & Hollywood Bowl for a concert.Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 corr.

Friday, July 23, 1926 The “Royal Dinner” for 24 dinner guests at Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch: Guest List for the multi-course formal dinner: 1. Mr. Henry “Edwards” Huntington 2. HRH Princess Louise of Sweden (Guest of Honor) 3. Dr. Milliken (Chief exec. officer at Caltech) 4. Mrs. Hale 5. Count Goran Posse 6. Mrs. Milliken, 7. Mr. “Burke” Holladay 8. Councillor Fritz Henriksson, 9. Mr. Wallerdadt 10. His Excellency Walmer S. Buston, 11. The Hon. Miss Christine de Reutersward 12. HH Prince Erick of Denmark 13. Mrs. Carrie Holladay (Hostess & HEH’s sister) 14. HRH the Crown Prince Alphonsus of Sweden (Guest of Honor) 15. Mrs. Robinson 16. Mr. Marshall de Rudebeck 17. Mrs. Monten 18. Capt. Asbrink 19. Hon. M. Mouten [Swedish Minister] 20. Col. Solbert 21. Dr. Hale 22. Mrs. Wallerstedt 23. Mr. Robinson, 24 H.H. Princess Erick. Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 corr. (with a seating chart)

Friday, July 23, 1926 “The Royal Dinner” 24 Dinner guests for Henry Huntington’s “Royal Dinner” in honor of Prince & Princess of Sweden Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch, CA & limousines & cars took the 24 guests off to the Hollywood Bowl for a evening concert. Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 (corr & seating chart) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

Sat. July 24, 1926 of the Royal Weekend at Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch “Breakfast with Mr. Robinson & Mr. Huntington, Oil Fields, Luncheon at Bolsa Chica Gun Club, 6:00 pm Arrival Central [Train] Station Los Angeles, 6:15 pm Southern Pacific Train [North] to Yosemite”Document: HEH Coll MS 822 Box 182 corr. (Seating Chart)

Summertime: July &/or August 1926 – Houseguests at the Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: Mr. & Mrs. Homer L. Ferguson & Family are houseguests of H. E. Huntington. “Dear Mr. Huntington: Since my return home I have been pretty busy gathering up the threads of our business & getting in harness again. First of all, I want to thank you for the splendid summer in your beautiful home & for your great kindness to my family”…. Document: Letter to HEH from Homer L. Ferguson published Book: Munitions Industry: US Congress Senate Historical note: Mr. Ferguson had 2 daughters I think.

Oct. 6, 1926 Tea/Luncheon for 10 guests: Otto W. H. Kahn, New York (Financier ) Mr. Kahn came with Frank Crownenstein , with Leonard J. Cushing New York City, with Jasssatt of New York with Helen S. Danft (Darft) Forest Hills, NY, Orrid E. A. Gray & E. A. Gaylon, London, Norman Waites of London, Stephen W. Royce of Pasadena (owner of Huntington Hotel of Pasadena) & A. W. Loasky of New York. Document: Huntington Guest Register (Large Library- 15 x 20 large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

“If these walls could talk…” Main Hallway in the Huntington Mansion on the San Marino Ranch; which became the Huntngton Library, San Marino CA. Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Abt. Oct. 7-8, 1926 Tea/Luncheon & Tour around the Ranch with Mr. Huntington & Mr. & Mrs. Plummer (Board of Director, 1st National Bank) had a wonderful trip to Los Angeles & appreciated the “Very cordial way in which you [HEH] showed him & Mrs. Plummer around the Ranch” Book: Munition Industry by US Congress & Senate (Letter to Mr. H. E. Huntington from Mr. Homer L. Ferguson after October of 1926)

Oct. 22, 1926 William A. Spill of Pasadena, CA & Ivelar J. Stone of Pasadena, CA Clarence C. Little (University of Michigan) & Harry M. Tickner or Ticknor of Pasadena, CA . Document: signed the Huntington Guest Register (Located in Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Nov. 9. 1926 Guest: Henry Guppy of John Ryland Library Document: Huntington Guest Register (located in Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Nov. 24, 1926 Guests: Sir Gyles Isham (12th Baronet of English Aristocrat, English Actor, & Historian) Lamport Hall, Lathampton, Northhampton, England with Michael Franklin from 50 Porchester Terrace W2 London England Document: signed “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Nov. 26, 1926 Guest: Huntington Mansion SMR : Frank C. Lockwood Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Dec. 11. 1926 Guests of Mr. H.E. Huntington’s Library : J. C. Harper, La Jolla, CA came with Dr. Rob. A. Milliken of Pasadena (Nobel prize winner) & Donalds R. Dielsey of Pasadena, CA. Document: Huntington Guest Register (Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Jan. 25, 1927 Guests of Huntington Library, San Marino Ranch – Dan J. Kinley (University of Illinois) & Lalee N. Kinley Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (Large Library-15″ x 20″ large leather book no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

April 1927 Guests: Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch; HEH writes to Archer & Ana Huntington (Anna Hyatt Huntington- famous American sculptress) …please come to visit San Marino Estate & see the newly constructed mausoleum for Arabella; HEH wrote, ‘you will appreciate also the [Arabella Huntington] Collection which I have made for the memorial, ..the collection cost several million.. it is quite worthy. In it beauty, of the lovely character which we both loved”. Document: Essay by Shelley M. Bennett called “Henry & Arabella Huntington: Selling 18th Cent. France to 20th Century Americans”. www. huntington.org

Did Archer M. Huntington (Arabella’s son) ever come to the ranch? Either they (Archer & Anna Huntington) came at this time (April of 1927), one month before Mr. Huntington died or they came to Arabella D. Huntington final funeral (Dec. of 1924). Or Archer Huntington came to both. Several things lead me to this conclusion: HEH & Archer were in correspondence, Archer talked about how it was too difficult to go across country & how uncomfortable train beds were for him; Archer was a very tall man at 6 ft. 5″ tall. HEH stated in the next letter that he would have a bed made for him in his private railroad car “San Marino I”.

Anna Huntington’s sculpture “Diana the Huntress” by the Boone Gallery at the Huntington Library, San Marino Photo Credit: Nancy Armitage

Also, in 1924, Archer inherited the Old Mill “El Molino Viejo” in San Marino from his mother, Arabella. He had to deal with his business affairs & also some items in the Huntington Mansion that were his mother’s too. Several of Anna Huntington’s sculptures (a nude in front of the Boone Gallery -Above) & 2 great dane dogs were at Huntington Mansion in San Marino Ranch. Either Anna gave them to HEH or he bought them from her; also, in the Huntington archives there are pictures of Anna Huntington at the Ranch. The H. E. Huntington cottage is called “Archer’s Cottage”, on the Huntington Library guard’s HEH Mansion map, there is a room labeled “Archer’s Room” (upstairs) . Also, H. E. Huntington & Archer M. Huntington both had the duty of closing Arabella D. Huntington estate. Document: HEH Coll. MS 37/1-18 uncat (Arabella Huntingtons Surrogate Court) pages & pages document how these 2 men (for 3 full years) had to sell or donate all her property. Her numerous mansions, paintings, furniture, murals, Gorham & Sheffield silver & plateware. Even in 1949 a auction house in Pasadena called Curtis Taylor was still trying to sell “Arabella Huntington Collection” processions. There was plateware, Dutch delft, Royal Crown Derby, Meissen, Dresden, Japanese, & Russian plateware.

Example of ornate Crown Derby fine porcelain plateware which we know Mrs. Huntington owned. We just don’t know which pattern.

January 18, 1927 Guests: at Huntington Mansion San Marino Ranch Fanny Hastings Plimpton & Leo Plimpton Document: signatures in the Huntington Guest Register (Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

January 25, 1927 Guests: for Tea/Luncheon at Huntington Mansion SMR Dan J. Kinley (University of Illinois) & Kalee N. Kinley Document: signed Huntington Guest Register (Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Feb. 1, 1927 Guests: Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: John Willis Baer, of Pasadena CA with John Grier Hibbern (Princeton University), Joey or Jerry D. Hibbern. Thorpe Book & Document: Huntington Guest Register (Large Library – 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Feb. 21, 1927 Guest of Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch: D. V. Valegeles (Sp?) Veligeles Document: Huntington Guest Register (Large Library- 15″ x 20″ large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library San Marino, CA

March 26, 1927 Guest of Huntington Mansion, San Marino Ranch Samuel A. Elliot (Minister & President of American Unitaian Association)

May 10-13, 1927 Henry “Edward” Huntington & his doctors: Coley & Dr. Bryant his friend & his doctor boarded his train. It took one week to get across the county to NYC, they went to Philadelphia.

May 23, 1927 10 AM Henry E. Huntington sadly died in a hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Buried at the Mausoleum alongside of his love, Arabella Huntington, San Marino Ranch, Calif (which is now the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Document: HEH Coll. HEH 19 1/18 (uncat) the Huntington’s Head Butler Alfonso Gomez interviews, her talks of Mrs. Huntington’s bridge club, & Large Ladies Luncheons, & Ladies party favors; HEH Coll. HEH 38/6 Leslie Huntington Brehm Affidavit); HEH Coll. HEH MS 10968 (E. Burke Holladays Journals); Document: HEH Coll. MS 669 (Box 180 correspondence March 13, 1926 at the Huntington Library San Marino, CA; Document: “Huntington Guest Register” (located in the Large Library- 15 x 20 large leather book, no call number) at Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

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