• Don Palomares received a 15,000 acre land grant from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837, which included the land of present day cities Pomona, CaliforniaPomona, Claremont, CaliforniaClaremont, La Verne, CaliforniaLa Verne, San Dimas, CaliforniaSan Dimas, and Glendora. This holding was called Rancho San Jose. Located beneath the San Gabriel Mountains, modern Glendora was founded on April 1 1887 by George Dexter WhitcombGeorge D. Whitcomb who moved to California from Illinois in the early 1880s. Whitcomb was the founder of the Whitcomb Locomotive Works in Chicago and Rochelle, Illinois. He devised the name Glendora by combining the name of his wife, Leadora Bennett Whitcomb, with the location of his home in a glen of the San Gabriel Mountains. Prior to its 1911 incorporation, Glendora's administrator officially occupied the office of President of Glendora. Source:

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