The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley will host author Nat Read when he reveals the amazing tale of the “pioneer, beaver trapper/trader, grizzly bear hunter, Indian fighter, justice of the peace, farmer, rancher, politician, horticulturist, vintner, real estate entrepreneur and one of the great land holders in Southern California.”
Benjamin Davis “Don Benito” Wilson had holdings that included what are now Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Riverside and more. He faced near death experiences with Indians, grizzlies and a firing squad. Mount Wilson is named after him. All are invited to the next meeting of the Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at the Center For Spiritual Living (formerly known as the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science) located on the corner of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta.