Holy Trinity teacher and lifelong Harbor Area resident Christina Jalomo Wilson tells the story of how her Mexican immigrant grandfather worked for the wealthy Palos Verdes family, the Vanderlips, and his role in building Holy Family Church in Wilmington.

July 9, 2020
Stories of L.A. Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (SOLAHA)

Vol. II, No. 16 – features Christina (Jalomo) Wilson, native of Wilmington, resident of San Pedro, and Holy Trinity teacher tells about her Mexican immigrant grandfather’s significant work in the harbor area.

He worked for the Vanderlip family, the early developer of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, who had a vision to create “the Riviera” of the USA in gorgeous landscape of the Peninsula. They resided in Portuguese Bend at Villa Narcissa and adjacent properties. She also recounts her progenitor’s role in building Holy Family Church in Wilmington.

Christina is a lifetime teacher whose devotion to education and her students was honored in 2018 by California State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell. Her students have participated in the LA Harbor International Film Festival “Read the Book, See the Movie” (RBSM) free education outreach program and made outstanding contribution to the “conversation” at the Culmination Program with their insightful comments and questions; and have sent evocative and charming thank you letters of soulful gratitude that the publishing and all sponsors found truly compelling and helped further secure sponsorship for the program. Her daughter is now a “fellow teacher” on staff at Holy Trinity and carries on the family tradition of solid values and education first.



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