In August, Mrs. Rosemary Ryan Montrose, age 85, was interviewed at The Oakridge Estate, the former home of Barbara Stanwyck then Jack Oakie, which was directly adjacent to her parent’s Northridge Farms ranch home from 1952 - 1961. Rosemary and her daughter Cheryl shared many fond memories of ranch life at the farm and their neighbors Jack and Victoria Oakie: Rosemary’s father’s love of horses began in his youth. He purchased cavalry horses for the U. S. Army for service in WW I. In 1938, J.H. bought Rosemary and her younger brother, Robert, their first Thoroughbreds – Miguel and Pocket of Gold. Annette Ryan’s southern Louisiana style hospitality created a very social, welcoming atmosphere for many years at the farm. Hundreds of horse owners, trainers, breeders, and racing enthusiasts were welcomed guests of the Ryan’s.
The farm was such a beautiful place full of memories of the wonderful people from all walks of life and different areas of the country.
Our thanks to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley for video taping the Oral History interview of Rosemary Ryan Montrose in August of 2013. When edited the Oral History will be posted to the Friends of Oakridge website and shown to interested audiences who attend the Speakers Bureau presentations, fundraising events and public meetings.