The 29th Annual Living History Tour Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

Sunday, September 22 - Tours depart from 9 a.m. until Noon

They were champions and enthusiasts…pioneers of sports in Southern California and trailblazers who helped break color lines. Now their stories will come alive, as actors at graveside in the historic Angelus Rosedale Cemetery give first-person portrayals of some of the sportsmen – and women – who are buried there.

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery is home to generations of Angelenos from every walk of life. Cornelius Johnson, Winner of the Gold at the 1916 Olympics 
in Nazi Germany 
Each year, West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) tells some of their life stories while visitors tour the historic grounds with the cemetery’s elaborately-carved monuments.In this way, the Living History Tour helps educate the citizens of Los Angeles about our history, and the community’s cultural heritage.

Aug19wahatuftsweb2At this year’s tour, visitors will hear first-hand accounts of the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, and the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, where high jumper Cornelius Johnson won a gold medal.

Visitors will meet the “Father of Southern California Golf,” Edward Tufts, and one of the women who golfed with him on early courses, Georgia Dennis Silent.

They’ll learn from a former Los Angeles mayor why cycling in the 1890s was all the rage, and they will discover how sports fishing was invented when they meet
Pauline Barrett, an angler who broke world records when she reeled in a 416-pound bass in 1901.

Edward Tufts, Father of
Southern California Golf

Aug19wahaChasewebAnd, visitors will meet a veritable field of baseball dreams, including a pitcher who played in the Nisei League, an outfielder who played in the Negro Leagues, and the legendary Cubs first baseman and manager Frank Chance, of the famed double-play team of Tinkers to Evers to Chance.

These personages are just a handful of the 100,000 people for whom Angelus Rosedale cemetery is the final resting place. Rosedale Cemetery (now Angelus Rosedale) was founded in 1884, when Los Angeles was a small town and its location at what is now the corner of Washington Boulevard and Normandie Avenue was in the countryside, outside the city limits. It was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races, Frank Chance, Legendary Cubs First
Baseman and Manager

faiths, creeds – and countries.

Aug19wahabarrettwebTICKET SALES/TOUR TIMES

Tours depart approximately every 20 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. (Advance paid reservations are required; each tour group’s participants are pre-assigned. This tour usually sells out. A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of the tour, space available basis.)

Early Bird prices (through September 12) are $30 per ticket for the general public. All tickets after September 12 are $35.

Pauline Barrett
Helped invent sports fishing
Purchase online at (after August 7), OR mail a check made out to “WAHA” send to Living History Tour,

2263 S. Harvard Blvd., LA CA 90018. call 323-909-WAHA for more information.




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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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