Do you know how the Gilman Ranch came to be in the city's hands? My Grandmother, Marion Gilman, was the oldest of the 7 daughters of James M Gilman. She got engaged to Harry F Hunt against his wishes. James Gilman forbid her to marry him, and went so far as to offer Harry a great deal of money to call off the marriage and leave town. Harry replied "Why should I take that when I'll get it all-you have no son's". James replied "You will never see a plugged nickel, Harry, I'll see to it if it's the last thing I do! And he did. Marion inherited it, but James had tied it up in his will so well that she could do nothing with it. She donated it to the city of Banning when I was a child to get out from under it! I Shortly after, the caretaker burned it to the ground- He left a faulty electric blanket on, and "proof" no more Ranch!
Stephanie Hunt, Granddaughter of Marion Gilman, and Great Granddaughter of James M. Gilman