Living History Tour 2012

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presented the annual Living History Tour. Participants toured the grounds as Marilyn Monroe’s grandmother, and Buster Keaton’s cameraman come to life. They joined Jazz Age Performers-- Vaudeville Flappers, singers, dancers, magicians, and even a celebrity chef -- on this unique outdoor stage.

Did you know that the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, located at Washington and Normandie is one of the city’s oldest, most historically significant cemeteries? Founded in 1884, it is now home to many generations of Los Angeles’s citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed. Each year, WAHA tells some of their life stories while touring the historic grounds amid elaborately-carved monuments of L.A.’s first lawn cemetery. You will meet some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early performers and entertainment industry personages (presented by costumed actors at graveside) portray the lives of a Civil War-era escape artist, a headlining dancer who lost her life in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, a mezzo soprano who fought for civil rights, and a Chinese-American dancer/actor/MC, among other quirky characters.

This year’s tour commemorates not only Los Angeles’s longtime role as the center of this country’s entertainment industry, but also the roles several of these personages played in the larger history of civil rights. In addition, the tour memorializes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865).

This year’s portrayals will include:

Della Hogan Monroe, Marilyn Monroe’s colorful grandmother

Victor Dol, L.A.’s first chef trained in Paris, who opened a restaurant in 1876 that soon earned the nickname “Delmonico’s of the West”












Rita Carewe, a Jazz Age starlet and “BabyWAMPAS”(Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) winner who appeared in films with Delores del Rio, Edward Everett Horton, and Mary Pickford











Sadie Chandler Cole, a Fisk Jubilee singer and a civil rights activist who helped desegregate L.A.’s cafes and beaches.












Byron Houck, baseball pitcher for the 1913 World Series Philadelphia A’s, who later became Buster Keaton’s cameraman on “The General.” Houck was the Vernon Tigers’ ace pitcher when the team was owned by Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle.








Mildred Washington, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer who headlined at Sebastian’s Cotton Club in Los Angeles















Harry Cooke, Magician and Civil War Union Army “scout” who was America’s first Escape Artist











Honorable Wu (Harry Gee Haw), actor, singer, dancer, and vaudeville impresario known as “The Broadway Mandarin.”


Advance Ticket Sales Only -- No Walk-ins!

Tours depart approximately every 25 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m., with the last tour at noon. The public is invited. Tickets are by advance reservation only; each tour has a limited number of spaces. The Living History Tour is a three-hour docent-led walk through the cemetery, over uneven terrain; visitors are advised to wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.

Tickets are by reservation only: $25 in advance, paid by September 24; $35 after that or on day of tour, if space is available. (Children under 10 attend free.)

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is located at 1831 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.

To order tickets in advance, log onto or send a check made payable to “WAHA” to:

WAHA Living History Tour

2410 Fourth Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90018

Please include an e-mail address or phone number for confirmation.

FOR INFORMATION, please call the WAHA Reservations Hotline at 323-732-4223, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit



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