Bequette Avenue

This street originated (by 1903) on land owned by Lewis Linn “L.L.” Bequette (1835-1915), a nurseryman. Born in Wisconsin, Bequette was a grandson of Henry Dodge, last governor of Wisconsin Territory and the state’s first senator. He wagoned out to California with his parents and siblings c. 1852. The rest of the Bequettes ultimately settled in Visalia, but L.L. moved himself to this area, then known as Los Nietos, by 1868. The following year, he married Margaret Speegle (c. 1848-1917), who would bear him three children. It’s hard to say how much land Bequette ultimately owned down here – 100 acres, maybe more – and how much of it he dedicated to his own orchards (walnuts and oranges, mostly) vs. the thousands of fruit trees he sold out of his nursery. Regardless, he did well enough to afford a beachside home in Redondo Beach by 1892, although he and Margaret would spend their final years in Boyle Heights. Bequette was business partners with A.A. Bermudez before the latter’s untimely death.