Hugo Reid was nicknamed the Scotch Paisano during his days as a Scottish settler in Mexican Southern California. He was born
in 1810 and he settled in the San Gabriel area in the 1820s, became a Mexican citizen, married a native California Indian,
and was a leader in his community. This biography of Hugo Reid is divided into two sections. The first part of the book
describes the major points in Reid's life. The second part of the book consists of reprints of Reid's letters to the major
Los Angeles Star. Printed in 1852, these letters concern the welfare of the Southern California Native American population.
Susanna Bryant Dakin (born Susanna Bryant in 1905) was the daughter of Dr. Ernest Bryant and Sue Bixby. Her maternal grandfather
was John W. Bixby, former owner of Rancho Los Alamitos. Dakin attended the elite Marlborough School in Los Angeles, and went
on to study at Vassar College, graduating in 1925. She married Richard Y. Dakin in 1930, and raised a family of five children.
Dakin had an active interest in writing and Southern California history. Her first book, entitled A Scotch Paisano : the Story of Hugo Reid in 1939, was published by the University of California Press in 1939. Dakin was active in Scripps College, the Pasadena Arts Museum,
the Pasadena Chapter of the Red Cross, the Santa Ana Botanical Garden, and other southern California institutions. She died
in a plane crash in Mexico in 1966.
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