Charlotte Mignon Lotta Crabtree
Her father, John Crabtree, came from New York seeking gold, sent for his
family in 1853, and moved to Grass Valley. A few doors away lived Lola Montez, the
Countess Landsfeldt, who began to teach young Lotta to sing and dance.
The Crabtree family moved to San Francisco in 1856, when she was nine,
and by 12 she was known as Miss Lotta, the San Francisco Favorite.
She clearly invested her earnings, and at age 22 purchased San Francisco
real estate to begin a fortune valued at $4,000,000 at the time of her death in
Charles D. Carters Real Estate Circular for September 1869
Sale to Lotta, the Actress.
Miss Lotta Crabtree, before leaving California, purchased a lot, 50x137 1/2 on the
south side of Turk street, 87 1/2 feet east of Hyde, paying therefor $7,000. We
believe that this sum was a portion of the receipts from her late short and successful
engagement at one of our theatres.
The California Historical Society holds the
Abstract of Title for a parcel of property Lotta owned at Fair Oaks and
22nd streets in 1885.
In 1875, Lotta gave Lottas Fountain, at Market and Kearny
streets, to the people of San Francisco.
She retired from the stage in 1892, at 45, but made one last San Francisco
appearance at Lotta Crabtree Day at the Panama-Pacific International
Exposition of 1915.
Lotta Crabtree never married, and died in 1924 at her New York home.