North Hollywood in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Founding Family in a Fledgling Town
The cold winters and the hard work of Iowa farm life once drove hundreds of thousands of "Hawkeyes" to California.
One of them was named Wilson C. Weddington. He came here in 1890 to visit his sister, and he never left. What he did leave was a huge imprint on what would become North Hollywood.
Weddington liked the place so much he brought his wife, Mary, and his family here, and bought a number of acres.
The Civil War veteran soon had a chance to stand out in the sparsely populated settlement then called Lankershim/Toluca. Lankershim was the biggest name in the area, but Weddington made his presence known after President Grover Cleveland appointed him to the job of postmaster in 1893. It was a title Weddington held for 22 years. The post office was also his home, and when he bought a general store in 1894, he moved the post office there. The general store became a family enterprise; Wilson and Mary Weddington's sons, Guy and Fred, both worked in the store.
The family was such a fixture that when the Red Car trolley at last arrived in the Valley in 1911,
Multi-Tasking in a Growing Town
Fred Weddington also became a lawman, and in 1904 he earned a big headline. Two thieves had beaten up an elderly Frenchman. Weddington, a deputy sheriff at the time, saddled up his horse and tracked them to a barley field where they were hiding, arresting them. They later went to prison.
The burgeoning town needed more services like a bank, and again, the Weddingtons obliged. They opened the Bank of Lankershim in 1910, and Fred Weddington got off his horse and got behind a desk. In 1927, the year North Hollywood acquired its name, the bank became part of the Security Pacific chain, operating from the now-venerable brick building at the northwest corner of Lankershim Boulevard and Weddington Street.
Local Roots, Local Legacy
The other Weddington brother, Guy, married Marjorie Davis, whose family arrived here from England in 1895, and built the area's first tennis court. Guy Weddington also kept his hand in agriculture, running a major fruit canning operation, and heading Weddington Investment Company, a family partnership that exists to this day. It is now operated by Wilson Weddington's great-grandson, Guy Weddington McCreary.
When Wilson Weddington died in 1923,
Erected by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 883.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #22 and #24 Grover Cleveland series lists.
Location. 34° 10.028′ N, 118° 22.566′ W. Marker is in North Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Weddington Street, on the right when traveling south on Lankershim Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood CA 91601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Portal Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Chandler (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lankershim Train Depot (about 600 feet away); Fire Station No. 60 (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Hollywood ParkAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences (approx. 0.2 miles away); Amelia Earhart (approx. ¼ mile away); El Camino Real Mission Bell (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Hollywood.
Regarding Weddington Family. Guy Weddington McCreary died in 2014. When North Hollywood was in decline in the 1970s, he led the fight to bring redevelopment to the community his family had built. He was also among the leaders in the effort to bring the Red Line subway to North Hollywood. He was an active member of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Association. The intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Weddington Street was dedicated in 2015 as Guy Weddington McCreary Memorial Square.
Also see . . . Angels Walk L.A. — Self-guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Weddington marker is part of the North Hollywood walk. (Submitted on August 10, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 29, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 4. submitted on September 12, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5. submitted on December 29, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.