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Mary Street, Pasadena





Two early Pasadena pioneers knew the truth of the saying, “happy wife, happy life.” It’s another Street Story.

W.C. Mosher was a Presbyterian missionary from New York. He came out to preach in Pasadena in 1874.

B.F. Ball was a farmer from Iowa who arrived in town a few years later.

Both men ended up buying real estate. They wanted to build a road that would connect their two properties. But Pasadena historian Sid Gally says they were stuck for a name.

Finally Mr. Mosher spoke up with a sudden impulse.

“Frank, your wife’s name is Mary, isn’t it?” “Yes,” replied Ball. “Well, mine’s Mary, too. We’ll call it Mary Street.”

Gally says Two Mary Street would have been more appropriate.

Ball paid 15 dollars an acre for his land. He later sold that same property for more than four times that amount. He never went back to farming. Instead, Ball ended his career as an executive with a pair of local banks.