Walter Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm fame grew up in Pomona, as did his wife, Cordelia. He was in Pomona from about 1898, when he was 9, until 1913, when he and Cordelia, who had met at Pomona High, left their house at 1040 W. Fourth St. for the high desert.
This was all laid out in my Aug. 19, 2007 column. The photo with the column was a current one of the house, which still stands.
At the Pomona Public Library’s Special Collections Department, we had looked in Pomona High yearbooks in vain for a photo of young Knott. (I think the Library was missing his senior yearbook. Also, it’s possible he dropped out before graduation.)
Then, some weeks after publication, I got this note from library assistant Allan Lagumbay: “We may have found a young Walter Knott in a class picture circa 1901.”
The photo was found in the Library’s collections. In latter-day comments on the back of the photo, classmate Lotta Whipp (now there’s a name) identifies the school as Pearl Street School at Pearl and Garey and IDs many of the students, including Walter Knott.
I didn’t have a good way to share the photo in print, especially at a size where you could see it, but here it is now. (It’s still not very big but it’s the best I could do.) Based on the handwritten and incomplete IDs, it appears he’s in the bottom row, all the way on the right in the jacket.