The Brydons

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Robert Walter Brydon

Male 1869 - 1935  (65 years)


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  • Name Robert Walter Brydon 
    Born 9 Jun 1869  Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1871  Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Living on lot 2 con 8,
    Immigration 1889  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Naturalization 1900  , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Naturalization Records of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, CA, 1876-1915
      Publication Number: M1614 Publisher: NARA
      State: California
      Court: Superior Court
      Short Description: NARA M1614. Naturalization Records of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, California, 1876-1915.
      Immigrant Surname: Brydon
      Immigrant Given Name: Robert W
      Document Type: Declaration of Intention
      Document Year: 1900
      Birth Country: Canada
    Residence 1900  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His occupation is harness maker.
    Occupation 1907  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    president of Brydon Bros. Harness and Saddlery Co. 
    Residence 1920  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    census gives approx birth date 
    Residence 1930  Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 May 1935  Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Taken by Stroke
    Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1492  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 

    Father Robert Armstrong Brydon,   b. 25 Dec 1844, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1923, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Christina C. Slater,   b. 1848, Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1912, , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1869  Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Edith G. Young,   b. Mar 1870, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1904, , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1900  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Caroline Lee,   b. 29 Oct 1868, Huron, Erie, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1952, , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1907  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Lee Brydon,   b. 4 Dec 1910, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1973  (Age 63 years)
    +2. Kathryn Adela Brydon,   b. 26 Mar 1914, , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1993, , Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 24 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jun 1869 - Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1889 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1900 - , Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jan 1900 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - president of Brydon Bros. Harness and Saddlery Co. - 1907 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Apr 1907 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - census gives approx birth date - 1920 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 1935 - Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Brydon
    Brydon
    Robert Walter Brydon

    photo by Tropico Gravers, findagrave.com

    Histories
    Brydon Bros.
    Brydon Bros.
    Their mark on one of the saddles they made.
    1725 Milan Avenue, Pasadena, California
    1725 Milan Avenue, Pasadena, California
    Robert W. Brydon's house : and was built in 1912.
    This 8 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 5,318 sq ft three-story house is situated on approximately three quarters of an acre of picturesque grounds. Featured at the recent Huntington Library exhibit in San Marino was a framed copy of the original garden plan designed by Charles & Henry Greene. The main house was designed in 1910 & finished being built in 1912 by the Althouse Brothers, with a major addition designed by Henry Greene in 1917 and built by Peter Hall, who also did magnificent work on the Greene's Gamble House & Blacker House. The fine interior detailing of rich natural woods is featured in the elegant public rooms. A handsome three-car garage designed by Henry Greene includes room for guest quarters on the second floor. Highlighting the park-like grounds is a large pool and covered patio with fireplace.
    It was renovated in 1929.
    saddle by Brydon Bros. of Los Angeles
    saddle by Brydon Bros. of Los Angeles
    Brydon Bros. ad
    Brydon Bros. ad
    Brydon Bros. saddle - side view
    Brydon Bros. saddle - side view
    Brydon Bros saddle - end view
    Brydon Bros saddle - end view
    Brydon Brothers holster
    Brydon Brothers holster

    Newspapers
    Brydon Bros. Harness and Saddlery Co.
    Brydon Bros. Harness and Saddlery Co.
    '...everything in the way of horse goods and carriage equipment'
    "...everything in the way of horse goods and carriage equipment"
    Brydon Bros in Los Angeles
    'His famous saddles held against autos'
    "His famous saddles held against autos"
    Robert W. Brydon starts in a job as an errand boy in a saddle shop

    Places
    Los Angeles, California, 239 South Main St.
    Los Angeles, California, 239 South Main St.
    This once was the location of Brydon Bros. saddlery. This photo was taken in the 50s. Google maps in 2009 shows a parking lot at this address.
    photo by Charles W. Cushman

    Weddings
    'to be quietly married'
    "to be quietly married"
    Miss Caroline Lee and Robert W. Brydon

  • Notes 
    • His daughter's wedding announcement:
      "The beautiful garden of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter Brydon, in South Pasadena was the setting yesterday for the marriage of their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Lee Brydon, to Charles Ranald MacDonald, son of Dr. and Mrs. G. R. E. MacDonald of Alhambra. Dr"

      He was involved in a lawsuit ...
      Los Angeles Times, Jun 11, 1930
      "Declaring that he had left the Calvary Presbyterian Church of South Pasadena, and, therefore, did not consider himself liable for the payment of a subscription he made on a new church building, Robert W. Brydon yesterday filed an answer to the church's suit for $9475..."

      Los Angeles Times, Sep 16, 1931
      "R. W. Brydon, retired leather merchant, banker and civic leader, defending himself in a suit brought by the Calvary Presbyterian Church of South Pasadena to compel him to fulfill a $12,500 building fund pledge, yesterday told a jury in Superior Judge Guerin's..."

      It was settled in 1935 in favour of the plaintiff.

      He lived at 1725 Milan Avenue...

      He died at his house in 1935.

      Brydon Bros. Saddlery sold out in 1935 to F.O. Baird. The F.O. Baird firm closed shortly thereafter when an employee embezzled all the funds.

      Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1935:

      R. W. BRYDON, PIONEER, DIES

      Harness Merchant, Long in Business on Main Street, Taken by Stroke.

      Robert W. Brydon, old-time harness merchant, who came to Los Angeles when it was a traffic violation to trot a horse across First and Main streets, died at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.
      The end came of a heart attack at his home, 1725 Milan avenue, South Pasadena, after a three-years illness. Mr. Brydon, 65 years of age, had been confined to his bed for the past six weeks.

      BORN IN CANADA
      From Galt, Ontario, Can., his birthplace, Mr. Brydon came to California in 1889 and after about five years of ranching in Orange county established Brydon Brothers Harness and Saddlery Company at 239 South Main street where it remained until moving to 215 South Main two years ago.
      Mr. Brydon saddled Lucky Baldwin's thoroughbreds, made the harness for Capt. Banning's famous coach horses, and did a tremendous trade throughout the country.

      BUSINESS HELD UP
      Through the years of the automobile his business has consistently held up with such clients as the Santa Margarita ranch, Tom Mix, the Adohr Creamery and other firms.
      He leaves his widow, Carrie Lee Brydon, two daughters, Mrs. Charles MacDonald and Kathryn Brydon of South Pasadena, a brother Richard of La Verne, and a sister, Mrs. Jack Hastings of Los Angeles.
      Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cresse's funeral chapel at 5860 North Figueroa. Burial plans will be decided today.

      CIVIC WORKER
      Mr. Brydon was on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Southern California, an active worker for the Community Chest in South Pasadena, and a member of the Masonic order, Oneonta Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Pasadena.
      His active pallbearers will be employees of thirty years standing with his firm. They are Frank Coenen, James Conry, James Petrie, John Petrie, Frank Moreno and W. Stark.