Kate and Ella Rea

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Do you know who these important Anaheim sisters are?Katella Avenue gets its name from Kate and Ella Rea whose father owned a walnut ranch on land currently occupied by part of Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and the Anaheim Convention Center. John Rea purchased the property in 1896 and named the ranch after a combination of his daughters’ names – Kate and Ella. Both sisters lived long, happy lives and impacted the city of Anaheim in many ways. Kate graduated from the University of California Berkley in 1901 and became a teacher at Anaheim Union High School. She also helped to establish the Anaheim Public Library and the PTA in Orange County.The Victorian house where they lived (when this photo was taken, around 1900) survives today, beautifully restored, in Anaheim’s historic “Mother Colony” – a mile north of Disneyland.

copied from the Anaheim Historical Society’s FB page

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