RANCH. Graham and Janet build The Ritz, 1937.

(10) The Ritz, or The Hotel. The Ritz was built around 1937 or 1938 by Margaret Walker Davis for her daughter Janet, sister of Amelia Davis, wife of Clinton B. Hollister, who married Harry’s youngest son, Graham Hollister, (Clinton’s first cousin). Unlike the older, small, board-and-batten houses in the compound, it was a large, modern house of stucco and tile, with a generator and batteries for electricity, and other amenities of the time. The Ritz changed the lives of the Hollisters in the compound, as this house became a gathering place for the family–unlike the Big House. The children were welcoe here because Graham and Janet had children; there were birthday parties, movies, etc. In the late 1930s and 1940s, many guests came to visit here–famous Hollywood friends as well as people in the are, such as Peta and Helen Pedottie from Las Cruces Ranch, Jack and Cynthia Hollister from Winchester Canyon and Channing Peak and Katie Peak from Rancho Jabali.

After World War II, Graham Hollister and Janet moved away from the ranch. Clinton  stayed at the Ritz periodically in the 1950s and 1960s. The Ritz was used as a boarding school, called School of the Canyons, under the tutelage of Clinton Hollister.

From: The Hollister Ranch, Its History, Preservation and People, by Nancy Ward, Hollister Ranch Conservancy, 2004

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