Doran Street

This 1902 cul-de-sac honors Edith Cawston (1879-1950), née Doran. She was the third wife of Edwin Cawston (1866-1920), proprietor of the Cawston Ostrich Farm, which operated nearby from 1896 until 1935 (see Cawston Street). Edith Mary Doran was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada; it appears she moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1888. She married Edwin Cawston in 1901. His previous wives, née Mary Routh (1867-1894) and Frances Routh (1870-1899), also happened to be Canadians – and happened to be sisters. Each died young, leaving Edwin a widower with three little boys. Edith bore him two more children, Marjorie and John, but it appears that both kids were born in England: the Cawstons spent more and more time in Edwin’s homeland from 1905 onward, and were living there full-time by 1911.