Amable and Clementine Lamer

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Amable and Clementine Lamer

Amable Lamer and his wife, Clementine, are two figures very intimately connected with the early history of Burbank and Southern California. He, a native of Quebec, came to Los Angeles in the fifties and there met and married Miss Clementine Clement, who was born in Los Angeles in 1859, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clement, having come to Southern California in 1853. Michael Clement had the first distillery and also the first brickyard in Los Angeles, the latter having been located in the Elysian Park district.

Not long after theit marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Lamer went to San Francisco to live, but after about six years they returned south and took up their residence on property of Mrs. Lamer's father at First and Anderson Streets in Los Angeles. Subsequently, Mr. Lamer purchased a ranch at the corner of Main Street and Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles. In addition to carrying on his ranching, Amable Lamer engaged in the trade of carriage-maker in the early days.

It was in 1894 that the Lamers took up their residence in the Burbank area, purchasing forty-one acres of property bordered by the present streets known as Clark, Magnolia, Reese and Keystone. Here Mr. Lamer farmed for a number of years, and then turned over half of the property to his son, Victor, and returned to Los Angeles to live. Ultimately the ranch property became so valuable that it was sold for subdivision purposes, but the Lamer name is perpetuated in the name of one of Burbank's streets, which runs through the property.

Mr. and Mrs. Lamer came back to Burbank to live later in life, and both passed away here, he in 1926, and she in 1928.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lamer in the order of their ages are: Mrs. Emma G. Fischer; Victor, who is deceased; Louis, of Hollywood; Mrs. Marie C. Rogan; and Mrs. Florence Prott.

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