The Pasadena Museum of History acquired a small collection of photographs of early Californians.
Stearns was born in Massachusetts incame to Mexico in and became a Mexican citizen in He became fluent in Spanish and converted to the Roman Catholic religion, although one bio says his background was Jewish.
He came to Monterey, Any beautiful women in Pasadena, in and settled in Los Angeles in He became friends with Juan Bandini and joined with him and others in a mini revolution against the Mexican Governor.
He became rich at wwomen and began to buy large ranchos. Although friends with American Consul Larkin in Monterey, Stearns seems to have taken a neutral position in the war with Mexico. When Stearns was 43 and she, 16, he married Arcadia Bandini, said to be Any beautiful women in Pasadena most beautiful woman in California.
His face had also been scarred by a knife attack. Their home in Los Angeles, El Palacio, became a social and political center.
He tried to mortgage the land, sold ,00 acres, and recovered some money but died in San Francisco in When Arcadia died inshe was one of the richest women in the country.
By The Pasadena Star-News pasadenastarnews dfmdev. October 5, at 7: August 28, at 4: Inhe shipped the first gold from the Placerita Canyon area to the Philadelphia Mint.
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