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Elmer Wachtel (1864-1929)
Elmer Wachtel was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1864, and raised on a farm in Lanark, Illinois. In 1882 Wachtel moved to San Gabriel, California, to join his brother who had married in to the family of the artist Guy Rose, and who was running the Rose Family Ranch. A multi-talented artist, Wachtel taught himself to play the violin, and was chosen as first violinist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Wachtel studied briefly at the Art Students League in New York, and at the Lambeth School in London before returning to the Los Angeles area to teach art and music lessons. In 1904 Wachtel married one of his art students, Marion Kavanaugh, who’d been referred to him by William Keith. For the next 25 years, the Wachtels traveled extensively throughout the western American states, painting and sketching along the way. Elmer Wachtel died unexpectedly on a sketching trip to Mexico in 1929.
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