The old Family Homestead
Business Rob Hoerntlein  

Women’s History Month

This will be a quick read and will help you understand my tender heart and tremendous patience. I can build rock solid companies that are very successful without hurting everyone around me and can teach you the same thing. It was passed down from a very strong matriarch who built business after business. She was an insightful investor as well.

In honor of Women's History Month this month, March. I want to tell you about some amazingly strong, insightful women in my own history.

I love hearing and reading all of the stories about historically significant women during Women's History Month. I know that many of us, including me, have significant women in our own histories that have important stories to tell. I am going to tell the stories of two of the women in my history here and may follow up with more. I would love to hear your stories, post them below.

Very near 1900 my great grandmother, great, great grandmother, granddad and great uncle moved from North Dakota to Los Angeles. They were looking for a place to raise their two boys in a safer, nurturing place where there was opportunity. They were escaping a violent environment. I believe my great uncle was an infant and my grandfather was about 8 years old.

They rented a large house and created a boarding house for the workers who needed a place to live. They saved their money and when the area got too big and busy for their little boys, they bought a large house in Inglewood, a very rural place just outside of Los Angeles. Just a note, many decades later, this is where Los Angeles International Airport was built.

Being from the upper mid-west they wanted a slower pace of life in a more rural setting for their little boys. They continued working hard and saving their money. They began buying up properties on their street until they owned about half of the block.

Eventually, this neighborhood got too big for their little boys, so they bought a big house in Hawthorne, a more rural place and created another boarding house. This was a more commercial area, so they ended up buying a mix of residential and commercial properties, including a gas station.

By now you can see that the two children were the biggest interest in their lives. Another note of interest, the Hawthorne house was eventually, many decades later incorporated into the city of Compton. Compton sounds familiar because it is the place that the movie "Out of Compton" was about.

When Hawthorne got too big they decided to move to an area that they were certain no one would ever want to live. They bought a map and directions to a property that they could homesteaded in the wilds of Orange county. They cleared the land, planted orange trees and built a house. This was where they raised their two little boys.

They were orphaned when granddad was in his late 20's and uncle was in his early 20's. Their mother and grandmother were such a huge part of their lives they honored them by grooming their gravesites for the rest of their lives. We grew flowers all year long for that purpose and visited the sites every memorial weekend. We made a whole weekend of it.

Despite their best efforts, the area grew up around the homestead, the boys lived there until they sold the property. They were upset about the sale for their whole lives. They sold it for $7,000 per acre and 10 months later their buyer sold it to the builders of Angels Stadium for $70,000 per acre. So, the old homestead is now the parking lot at Angels Stadium.

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