John Rowland and William Workman: Southern California Pioneers of 1841 by Donald E. Rowland

I found this on my parents' shelf. Rowland and Workman were ranch owners in the San Gabriel Valley, where I grew up. In fact, I attended John A. Rowland High School. I assumed Rowland was just some rich guy who bought a lot of property at a good time. Actually, he and Workman were deeply involved in the early history of New Mexico and California. Surprisingly interesting and well-written.