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A 150 year old Mariachi style outfit belonging to Juan Sanchez, Victorian dresses, whips made of horse tail hair and a piano that dates back to 1820 are just part of the museum eclectic assembly of items.
The Rotarians took over official sponsorship of the museum in 2005 when the worldwide club celebrated its centennial. All Rotary clubs had been encouraged to work on a community project to mark the anniversary.
The club is currently trying to raise the estimated $1 million needed to fully restore the facility and to integrate it into the broader local history . or by calling (562) 697 8926 for an appointment.
By Valerie Marrs and Ben Baeder
MONTEBELLO As a descendant of one of the area first ranching families, Thomas Joseph Sanchez was a chief storyteller of a clan whose history in California stretches back to when the state was still part of Mexico, cows cost $5 a head and fortunes were gained or lost in the blink of an eye.
He was also the patriarch of a family so large that 150 relatives from every state in the West come each summer to the Sanchez Family Reunion at the Sanchez Adobe Museum, the oldest house in Montebello .
Today, relatives will bid final goodbyes to Sanchez, who died of cancer Monday at age 82. today in Rainbow Chapel, Gate 17, at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier.
Sanchez spent his last years working as a docent at the Sanchez Adobe, telling people about his grandfather, who once owned the house and in 1870 owned a 4,200 acre rancho on much of what is now Montebello , Monterey Park and the Whittier Narrows.
He was a walking encyclopedia of the family history in the area, said his brother, Marcus Sanchez.
proud of the museum, Bud Sanchez said. holds a lot of family artifacts. He really loved it there.
His grandfather, Juan Matias Sanchez, was a trapper in New Mexico and friendly with Kit Carson, who was convinced a fortune could be made trapping in California.
Juan Sanchez, who was illiterate, moved to the La Puente area from New Mexico in 1842 and years later was sent by the Workman Temple families to push cattle from the Los Angeles area up to Central California, where people came in droves to mine for gold.
cows cost $5 in Los Angeles, and they could get $70 for them up north, Bud Sanchez said.
Part of his reward was half of William Workman 8,400 acre La Merced ranch.
Unfortunately for Sanchez, his grandson said, the Workman Temple fortune faded through unwise investments in the Colorado silver boom.
In dire financial trouble, the two families asked Juan Sanchez to put up the ranch as security for a loan, which Sanchez felt obligated to do since by then the families were intermarried. The Workman Temple families were unable to emerge from their financial difficulties, and a lender foreclosed on the ranch.
Juan Sanchez was able to hold onto some family property.
He passed onto Tommy and Bud father, Tomas Sanchez, properties in the South Whittier/Santa Fe Springs area.