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How Genial John Lang's Friends Dropped In.



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One of the most beautiful spots on the Southern Pacific Railroad is Lang's Station, away up in the mountains, about sixty-five [sic] miles north of Los Angeles. Here in this romantic spot, backed by towering mountains, John Lang drove his homestake and has established a beautiful abiding place which looks like an oasis to people coming from either end of the railroad. The country around boasts of quite a population of as good citizens as can be found in Los Angeles county. Mr. Lang has done much for the advancement of his section and has endeared himself to all the residents. The following account of a delightful affair lately transpiring at Lang's will shot the esteem in which he is held. The Herald has been in possession of the account for several days but has been prevented from publishing it owing to press of matter:

"One of the most magnificent affairs of the season came off last evening in honor of the birthday of Mr. Jno. Lang, proprietor of Sulphur Springs Hotel, at Lang Station. About one hundred people were present. It was one of the most complete surprise parties ever got up, Mr. Lang not dreaming of it until a long string of vehicles came in sight and the music arrived. Los Angeles and every place west for 100 miles was represented. Mr. Lang said it was the crowning pride of his life, and the immense crowd were much elated at the success of their efforts. Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Lang led the grand march into the spacious hall and formed at the head for the first grand waltz. The elegant Sulphur Spring Band were on hand and in a few moments the music began, and then occurred another surprise still greater. When the express train arrived from Los Angeles Mr. Lang's daughter, formerly Miss Agnes Land and husband, Mr. Sutton, got off, just married the same day, accompanied with brothers, sisters, and a large bridal party. All was done very quietly for the purpose of making the surprise as complete as possible. About this time it looked as though the Sulphur Spring Hotel would be carried off bodily, everyone trying to be first to kiss the bride. Lang Station is fast taking its place among the prominent places of interest. It has a great future before it. People once come here, they try to stay in some way, for no doubt it is the most healthy spot on the coast, and the most beautiful white sulphur springs. Among the numerous guests at the party were the following:

Mrs. Thomas Goss, Mr. Adams, Miss Addie Sutton, Mr. Oscar Sutton, Mrs. Agnes Sutton, Mr. Morris Sutton, Miss Mamie Wilkinson and others from Los Angeles, Miss Rinaldo and others, from Rinaldo Ranch. From Newhall and oil works — Miss Mary Delano, Miss A. Delano, Mrs. Thomas Delano, Miss A. Cowen, Messrs. Charles, William, Fred, and Thomas Delano and others to [sic] numerous to mention. From the vicinity of Lang's station — Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Miss Fannie and Minnie Mitchell, John and Frank Mitchell, Will Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin, Renus Erwin, Miss Brown, Mrs. John Smith, Miss M.W. Seymour, Mrs. And Mrs. J.B. Smith, Miss Jessie May and Georgia Smith, T. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and Miss Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Furneval, Miss Clara Furneval, Mrs. And Mrs. Warr, Mr. and Mrs. Weston, Misses Lizzie, Rebbecca, Sally and Katie Weston, Mr. Crosby, Mrs. F. Walker, Mr. J.E. Youngblood, Mr. and Mrs. Hicks, Jos. D. Conyer, Thomas Sullivan, Mr. Tobart, Chrisco Rush, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Youngling, Mr. and Mrs. Coves, Mr. and Mrs. Sebelius, of Tulare. Mr. and Mrs. John Lang, Misses Mamie and Margaret Lang, Messrs. J.B., W.S., J.G. Lang, Mr. Carlson, Lewis Greminger and Mr. and Mrs. Greminger, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Morell, Mr. Howe and many others.

To Mr. and Mrs. Lang and family all returned hearty thanks for their kind reception, treatment and superb supper. All left well pleased.

Managing Committee.

News story courtesy of Lauren Parker.


LANG FAMILY & HOTEL

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Locator Map

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Lang Kills Bear 1875

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Finds Chromite 1885

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Hotel Ad 1886

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Who's Who 1887

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Order for Eggs 1888

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Ranch Sale 1886-1889

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John Lang Bio 1889

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Hotel Burns Down 1906

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Possible Foundation 2001

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