A Solano Descendant's Birthday is Today
Guillermo Carlos Bouett (who is the author's father) was born on this day in 1915 on Avenue 32 in Los Angeles. His family soon moved to 427 Soiano Avenue in today's Solano Canyon, in a house that was built by Guillermo's grandmother, Maria Agustina Solano, in 1913. María is the daughter of Fransisco Solano, who founded what is now Solano Canyon in 1866, when he purchased 87 acres of land in the Stone Quarry Hills from the City of Los Angeles. María was born in 1861 and baptised in the Plaza Church downtown. In 1881, María married Guillermo Bouett, the namesake of the above-mentioned Guillermo Carlos, who was also baptized in the Plaza church. Guillermo Bouett is the son of French immigrant Jean Bouet. Guillermo Bouett became a Captain in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, and he lost his life in the line of duty in 1913, the same year that his widow built the house on Solano Avenue. He played baseball in Elysian Park with friends and attended the original Solano Avenue Elementary School. Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Guillermo Carlos Bouett.
¡Feliz Cumpliaños, Don Guillermo!
About the Author
Lawrence Bouett is a retired research scientist and registered professional engineer who now conducts historical and genealogical research full-time. A ninth-generation Californian, his primary historical research interests are Los Angeles in general and the Stone Quarry Hills in particular. His ancestors arrived in California with Portolá in 1769 and came to Los Angeles from Mission San Gabriel with the pobladores on September 4, 1781.
Lawrence Bouett may be contacted directly here.