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George Blum

  • Birth 9 Oct 1861 Switzerland
  • Death 31 Jul 1932 Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Section H, Tier B, Grave 24
  • Memorial ID 47482328

George Blum was as Swiss stone cutter who emigrated to America, winding up in Chicago. There he met and married Magdalena, who came from the small Swiss village of Beggingen. They honeymooned in California, loved the place, and settled in Los Angeles.

In 1891 the Blums acquired a ranch in Aliso Canyon near Acton, where they raised grain and bees. George Blum worked in the mines and cut stone; he was the mason for the old Los Angeles County court house.

By 1908 the Blums could devote all their time to their two thousand-acre ranch and their six children.

Water rights were obtained in Aliso and Gleason Canyons. Underground dams were built to bring water to the surface, then piped to the ranch in 6" and 8" cement pipes that they made. The first orchards of 1,200 pear and apple trees were planted in 1910 and 1911.

Nine hives of bees in 1893 started the production of comb honey. By 1915 they had up to 500 hives. A good comb honey crop in 1915 resulted in enough money to finish the large rock house they had started in 1912.

Obituary from "The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise A.B. Thatcher, Editor"

Thursday, August 4, 1932

George Blum passed away Sunday, July 31, at 10:10 P.M. He was born in Switzerland, October 9, 1861. Came to the United States in 1880. He was married in 1889 to Magdalena Greutman. To them were born six children. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Geo. J. and Wm. O., and four daughters, Mrs. Frieda Krawit, Mrs. Alma Haller and Misses Bertha and Emma, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Blum was a pioneer of Los Angeles where he made his residence in 1889, and one of the pioneers of Acton where he has resided since 1891. Being a stonecutter by trade he had a large part in the building of the Los Angeles court house. He demonstrated his skill in that he has built a hillside farm that is not only noted for its farm products, but the buildings which will ever stand as monuments.

Rev. H. Hood of Palmdale officiated. Mr. Walfred Johnson and W. McAdams gave short talks. The Acton church was filled with Mr. Blum's host of friends. There were many beautiful floral tributes to his memory.

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  • Created by: GVMP Vols
  • Added: 2 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47482328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Blum (9 Oct 1861–31 Jul 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47482328, citing Grand View Memorial Park and Crematory, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by GVMP Vols (contributor 47223172) .