1. Charles F. Davis, History of Monrovia and Duarte (Monrovia, 1918, 28-31; John L. Wiley, History of Monrovia (Pasadena, 1927), 42, 60. The town was named for William N. Monroe, a railroad contractor, who had purchased land from Lucky Baldwin and settled on the site of Monrovia in 1884. Monroe was one of the promoters of the real estate development and vice-president of the San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit.
2. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 448, 26-27. The right-of-way contained 4.37 acres, and was purchased from Ruth W. Patton and Annie Wilson $2,185.
3. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 10,010, San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Railroad vs. W. R. Huff, et al; Wiley, op. cit., 48, 60; Deeds, bk. 461, 159; bk. 556, 285-286. Wiley says that the railroad originally intended to build from Los Angeles to Monrovia and then on to San Bernardino.
4. Deeds (1887-1889), passim.
5. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 9,407, San Gabriel Valley Ra, Transit Railroad vs. G. A. Dobinson.
6. Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 24, 407.
7. Deeds, bk. 375, 223-224; bk. 378, 88.
8. Deeds, bk. 385, 133-134.
9. Deeds, bk. 412, 77-79; bk. 390, 91-92.
10.Deeds, bk. 423, 270-272. Another deed was recorded a few days later in which the railroad explained that it had not meant to promise that it would run ten trains per day each way.
11. Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 25, 570, 626; b. 26, 104, 157-162.
12. Davis, op. cit., 42.
13. Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1888; Davis, op. cit., 42.
14. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 9,407, San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Railroad vs. G. A. Dobinson.
15. Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 27, 44 4L445, 557, 641-643, 670. 687.
16. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 10,010, San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Railroad vs. W. R. Huff, et al.
17. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 9,407, San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Railroad vs. G. A. Dobinson.
18. Pasadena Star, October 1, 16, 1889.
19. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case No. 13,813, Adam Becker vs. San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Railroad. June 3, 1890, the Los Angeles Times reported a rumor that the railroad would be pushed to San Pedro.
20. Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1891. Newspaper advertisements said that “Wilson’s Peak and Sierra Madre trains arrive and depart from depot corner of Aliso and Anderson Streets, Los Angeles, as follows: . . . 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:10 p., and 5:10 p .m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 5:10 p .m. only.” It was signed “W. G. Kerckhoff, Receiver, S. P. Jewett, General Manager.” Los Angeles Express, August 11, 1891.
21. Los Angeles Express, December 31, 1891. The Express also stated that the railroad would be broad-gauged during 1892. Officers of the railroad at the beginning of 1892 were John Bryson, Sr., president, W. B. Kerckhoff, vice-president and general manager, F. Q. Story, treasurer, H. A. Unruh, secretary, and C. O. Monroe, superintendent.
22. Los Angeles Express, January 2, 1892; Pasadena Star, March 2, June 4, 1892. This interesting item appeared in the Express for January 9, 1892: “The safe in the office of the San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit Company on Aliso Street was blown open by burglars last night. They were rewarded by getting $225. The safe, however, was a total wreck. The police department cautions all business men . . . to leave no money or valuables in their safes at night. It is impossible to give police protection so far out.”
23. San Francisco Examiner, April 12, 1893, as cited in Stuart Daggett, “Notes” (notes used by Daggett in writing his Chapters on the History of the Southern Pacific, Bancroft Library), folder 52.
24. Shorb was a station on the Southern Pacific line near Atlantic Avenue and Mission Road in Alhambra.
25. E. T. Wright, Official Map of the County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, 1898); Glenn S. Dumke, “Early Interurban Transportation in the Los Angeles Area,” Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly, XXII (December, 1940), 137