Welcome to The Oneonta Club
‘Oneonta’ is a town located in upstate New York, about 160 miles northwest of New York City. Two names familiar to Los Angelenos, Henry E. Huntington and his uncle, Colis P. Huntington, lived in Oneonta before moving to the Pasadena area in 1892.
'Oneonta' is derived from a Mohawk word meaning “open rocks” or “rocks sticking out”, a reference to the exposed bedrock cliff faces found on the east end and north side of the city.
During the American colonial period, the Mohawk were one of the Six Nations tribes, or Iroquois, as they were called by the French. The other tribes included the Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida and Tuscarora. The Six Nations territory, stretching from Lake Erie in the West, the St. Lawrence Seaway in the North, and the Delaware River to the East, included all of present day Upstate New York, eastern Ohio, northern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey,
In the early 1900’s, the southeastern section of South Pasadena was known as the Oneonta Knoll Tract
In 1923 a group of 12 men in South Pasadena gathered to discuss the need for a group which would provide supportive fellowship in the area. The Oneonta Club was the result.
Today our membership represents a cross section of the leadership in South Pasadena, San Marino, Pasadena, Alhambra and other San Gabriel Valley and Verdugo communities.