by Sr. Anna Mary Meyer - 2001
This is only as "early" as 1950 (on). I
knew Tom La Madrid rather well as my blacksmith and as a friend.
He worked on many of the old Butterfield Stage Coaches to restore them
to perfection and had them in many parades including the Historical Days
parades in San Diego. He also restored the old covered wagons (for the
same purpose) and did beautiful wrought iron work for many people who
wanted it for decoration or purposeful gateways, etc. Tom and his
wife lived on the corner behind what was the Lakeside Inn (it is a shop
of some sort now). Tom had a son by the name of Fred, who is now also
deceased. Tom was a hard constant worker who couldn't stand
laziness -- and would easily say so!
From an obituary dated
Alice Donahoo, wife of Thomas H. Donahoo of Lakeside, Cal., died
suddenly at her home last Friday, March 31, 1916 . . . Mr. and Mrs.
Donahoo were among the first settlers in La Mesa, living here until
about three years ago, when they moved to Lakeside. Mr. Donahoo
built and operated the blacksmith now owned by Geo. L. Williams and
through their large acquaintance he and his wife made a host of friends
in this community.
The deceased is survived
by . . . three daughters, Mrs. C. K. Couns [Kouns] of Lakeside, Mrs. J.
B. Davis and Mrs. T. A. Baugher of La mesa . . .