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Rosemead in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

William L. Dodson

(1872–1914) (No Stone)

 

— Savannah Memorial Park —

 
William L. Dodson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, December 1, 2018
1. William L. Dodson Marker
Inscription.  One of our most flamboyant residents. The son of one of the earliest pioneer families that settled in the area. Most of his young life was spent taking care of his invalid mother, keeping up with all the household duties, and helping his father raise his younger siblings. When he got older, he became a very successful female impersonator and performed in Los Angeles. When his father became ill, he returned home and opened his own Millinery Shop in El Monte. His creations were sought after by the most fashionable ladies from the area. He was a successful gentleman who had the respect of everyone in town.
 
Location. 34° 4.89′ N, 118° 4.062′ W. Marker is in Rosemead, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Valley Boulevard east of Loma Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9263 Valley Blvd, Rosemead CA 91770, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William R. Dodson (here, next to this marker); James E. Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege Mortar (within shouting
The William L. Dodson Marker is on the Left image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, December 1, 2018
2. The William L. Dodson Marker is on the Left
distance of this marker); Savannah Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); El Monte (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Lion (approx. 2.2 miles away); Gay’s Lion Farm (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rosemead.
 
Also see . . .  Is He or Isn’t She?. “The Los Angeles Times ran this obituary on August 20, 1914: ‘William L. Dodson, a milliner, 40 years of age, died Tuesday evening at the family residence, No. 685 East Forty-First Street. He was a native son, born and reared in El Monte. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Dodson, were pioneers of Los Angeles County. Mr. Dodson formerly was an impersonator of female characters, closing a two-year engagement on the Pantages circuit last October in Los Angeles. He was a prominent Mason and he and Mrs. Dodson were members of the Eastern Star, No. 168. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church in El Monte. Burial will be in the El Monte Cemetery.’” (Submitted on March 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
Categories.
Smart Millinery for May 1905 image. Click for full size.
By the New Idea Magazine, May 1905
3. Smart Millinery for May 1905
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Last updated on March 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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