Mulholland Funeral Set for Thursday in Chatsworth

Historian Virginia Watson recalls her 'witty charm, sterling character and historical interests.'

Funeral services for Catherine Mulholland, author, educator, lecturer and granddaughter of William Mulholland, the man who brought water to the San Fernando Valley, will be held in the chapel at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22600 Lassen St., Chatsworth.  Services will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 14.    

Ms. Mulholland wrote the critically acclaimed biography of her grandfather using local and family records.  She also wrote several other books about local history.      

Born in Los Angeles in 1923, Ms. Mulholland, the daughter of Perry Mulholland,  spent much of her early years on the family ranch that was located at that time at 19600 Plummer St., where K-Mart stood until recently. Her mother Addie Haas, was also from a pioneer Valley family, and was the principal of Chatsworth Park Elementary School in 1921. 

Ms. Mullholland attended local elementary schools and a private school. She graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1940 before moving the Bay area.    

She returned to the Valley in the '80s and participated in the Centennial Birthday Party for the community of Chatsworth on  March 10, 1988. She also worked with the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power with programs and events concerning her grandfather.     

She never forgot old friends and was a frequent speaker at local Valley historical programs.   

She will be remembered for her witty charm, sterling character and historical interests.


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