Early Residents of Monrovia
The house passes from Charles Bradshaw to John Hillseth whom I haven’t been able to find out much about except that he had trouble paying his taxes.
In 1905, there is an improvement once again on Lot 8, Block H. It is valued at only $550; improvements appearing on other lots in Block H at the same time range from $800-$900, so it does not seem as this structure was actually a house, and it obviously is not permanent because it doesn’t appear in the tax assessment for the following year.
Additionally, the tax records show that John Hillseth struggled to pay the taxes for three of the six years he owned the property. He had to pay penalty fees, and, one year, 1908, someone else paid his taxes. From 1909 over the next three years, John Hillseth is delinquent every year.
He pays his taxes late one last time on January 23, 1911, but there is an article in the 1910 Monrovia Daily News that reports that Robert Perry has purchased the property. By December 19, 1911, Robert Perry is assessed taxes on the property as well an improvement valued at $1,500.
In the same article, John Hillseth is said to be living in Long Beach, and Robert Perry is building a house for him. Considering the money problems both men had, Robert Perry may have accepted the property as payment for building the Long Beach House.
City of Monrovia Tax Records 1906-1911. Monrovia City Hall. 415 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia, California.
“Real Estate”. Monrovia Daily News. 18 Apr. 1910: 1. Web. 2 Oct. 2018.