Ceremony Will Take Place at San Francisco in July.
Bride to be is the Daughter of J. de Barth Shorb, Who in His Lifetime Did Much to Develop the Resources of Los Angeles County and Southern California
Old residents of Los Angeles will be especially interested in the announcement which comes from the north of the engagement of Miss Edith Shorb, now a resident of San Francisco, and James King Steele, a promising young business man of Sacramento.The date for the marriage has been fixed, July 18 next, at the residence of Mrs. Shorb on Gough street, San Francisco.Miss Shorb is the daughter of the late J. de Barth Shorb, who, for many years was one of the foremost men in Los Angeles county striving for and always having faith in the success of its future.Mr. Shorb built up many enterprises, and promoted others.He organized and conducted the San Gabriel Wine Company, which has given away to the Dolge Felt Factory; was first president of the Monrovia division of the Southern Pacific Railway Company, which was a private line before it was absorbed by the Southern Pacific Company; and to him the importation of the foreign grapes into the manufactory of wine in Southern California is rightly attributed.He was for many years president of the State Board of Viticulture.
On her mother’s side Miss Edith Shorb is the granddaughter of B. D. Wilson, who was one of the first Americans to settle in Southern California, crossing the plains as early as 1841, and locating in Los Angeles in 1843, after having spent several years on the grant owned by him where Riverside now stands.There he married the daughter of Don Bernardo Yorba, who owned the adjacent rancho along the Santa Ana River at Yorbe, Orange county.“Don Benito” Wilson, as he was commonly called, was beloved by Mexicans and Americans alike.He built the trail to Mt. Wilson, which bears his name, for the purpose of bringing down lumber from its heights.He accumulated wealth in a general merchandise store which stood on the corner now occupied by the Farmers’ and Merchants’ Bank.The cannon which he took as a captain in the war with Mexico, still stands at the corner, where he placed it as a hitching post for this store.Mr. Wilson later moved to San Gabriel, where he died in 1878.He owned from the mountains to the foothills, Pasadena, Alhambra, and the homestead of the Shorbs, now the property of H. E. Huntington.Miss Wilson and Mrs. George S. Patton, the aunts of Miss Shorb, still live at the old Wilson homestead, adjoining the Pasadena Country Club and the H. E. Huntington ranch.Dr. J. de Barth Shorb is also a brother of Miss Shorb.
Miss Shorb has never cared for society, but she devoted herself to her mother.Since her father’s death and the reverses of fortune that came to the family, she has bravely helped to bear the strain.She is a fine horsewoman and proficient in many athletic diversions.