City of Riverside California Metropolitan Museum

Front Porch of Heritage House

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    Catharine Bettner died suddenly in 1928 at the age of 82.

    Her son, Robert, owned her house for the next ten years, during which time it was variously rented or vacant. In 1938, after her parents' death, Robert's daughter, Dorothy Fullerton, sold her grandmother's house and some of it original furniture to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. MacDavid. Mr. MacDavid had enjoyed sudden wealth in 1922 when a good oil well was drilled on property that he owned in Long Beach. It was his wife, Rena, who, in 1969, sold the house for $65,000 to serve as a museum depicting life in nineteenth century Riverside

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