Old Salt Lake | Virtual Museum
| Part 1 - Introduction
| Part 2 - "Flower Stones" of Redondo Beach
| Part 3 - Seaweed Dolls by Mary E. (Mamie) Buxton
| Part 4 - Buxton Family Bible, Book of Pressed Flowers, A Polished Flower Stone
A collection of rocks, shells and curios from 100 years ago exists in Redondo Beach. It
is the collection of John G. Buxton (1865 - 1929). Buxton was a naturalist and lapidary
from New York with a family background in agriculture in New York for generations. He
and his wife (Mary E. (Mamie) Buxton), daughter and father moved to southern California in 1907. Buxton worked
as a lapidary in Redondo at the famous pebble beach and he also owned a bicycle repair
shop, and a milling company here. While he started collecting in New York, it was after
he retired that he and his wife built this collection which is still in the attic of
his original home in Redondo Beach now owned by Allan Barstow
So, a part of the material in the Buxton Collection is sourced to Redondo Beach and surely includes beach stones from the original world-famous pebble beach at Redondo although it is difficult to know for sure due to the lack of labeling on much of the stones in the collection. This pebble beach where Buxton worked as a lapidary no longer exists as it was replaced by a harbor a few decades after Buxton died.
As an initial re-introduction of this collection after a 100 years, presented are simply a few digital images of the beach stones and other material in the Buxton collection. Included below are also some references found about Buxton from old newspaper articles and census records.
1) A jar perhaps of "moonstones", if so, likely from Redondo Beach.
2) Photo (date unknown) thought to be of John G. Buxton at work in his shop in New York. This is the only known photo of Buxton.
3) John Buxton attended Ward's Natural Science Establishment in New York in 1894. This is a letter of recommendation.
_____ [ 1910 Census data ] _____
Name: John Buxton
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1910
Event Place: Redondo, Los Angeles, California, United States
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1867
Birthplace: New York
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
John Buxton Head M 43 New York
Mary Buxton Wife F 40 Missouri
Ruth A Buxton Daughter F 19 Colorado
William W Buxton Father M 73 New York
John G. Buxton obituary in The Redondo Reflex, April 26, 1929, page 8.
Newspaper article in Lompoc Journal, November 4, 1911, "Wheat Grown in Beach Sand."