Our Community: Montebello
by Ms. Rosie Beccera Davies' 3rd grade class
Washington Elementary School
600 A.D. - Gabrielino Indians lived in the Montebello area.
(from a book called The Gabrielino by Bruce Miller)
|600's - The Gabrielinos used canoes made of tule for transportation. They also walked a lot.|
|1700||1700 - The Spanish came to California and began to take the land.||1770 - The first San Gabriel mission was built in Montebello but then it moved to San Gabriel.|
|1771 - The Spanish gave land to a priest called Junípero Serra - Made the Mission San Gabriel.
|1860||1860 - The Church people gave some land to a Spanish family called Lugo's.|
|1870||1870 - Lugo's lost the land in a bet and gave it to Alesandro Reppetto.|
|1871 - 50,000 acres of land was for sheep and cattle raising.
||1871 - The family sold wool from the sheeps, milk and beef.|
|1877 - There were ranchos for pasturing the sheep. The ranchos were called Rancho de la Merced, Rancho San Antonio, and Bartolo.|
|1885 - The land was sold to a group in Los Angeles called Newmark. Newmark was the first name of Montebello.|
|1899 - We were named Montebello which means beautiful hills.|
|1900||1902 - Our school Washington Elementary was built on Maple Ave.|
|1914 - There were 15,000 people. Many were Japanese and Mexicans.||
1917 - Oil came out of the ground. This meant lots of money. You can still see the oil makers today.
|1920||1920's - Union Pacific and Santa Fe Railway in Montebello.|
|1928 - 41 students total at our school Washington. Mr. Macy (our principal) says that now there are 1024 students.||1921 - The hills had lots of flowers an advertisement said "Come to Montebello - where the flowers grow". (Partners Newsletter volume 24 fall 1995)||1924 - Banks, a newspaper, Auto mobil agencies were in Montebello.
1928 - The buses in Montebello were different than the ones today. They had not a lot of room for people. In 1928 the Montebello buses were called safety coaches.
|1930||1930 - The total of population was 5,498. 2,708 men, females were 2,790. (Population California Census 1930)||1930 - Over 30 nurseries were in Montebello. They sold lots of flowers.|
|1940||1940 - Total population was 8,016.||1940's - Locomotive on Olimpic and Newmark (now called Montebello Blvd.)|
|1948 - The total population in Montebello was 18,396. 18,197 of the race White and 199 Non-White. (Bureau of the Census September 1, 1948 Washington D.C.)|
|1955 - 28,500 people lived in Montebello. (From City Hall Records)||1957 - We had a newspaper called "The News" and "The Messanger".|
|1960||1960's - The community was making a new freeway called the 60 Pomona Freeway.|
|1997 - 38,900 Total Population. (Tomas Brothers Guide 1997)|