Baltimore, Maryland 1864
Guadalajara, Mexico 1929
- Los Angeles, California
At the age of eighteen, Wachtel moved to San Gabriel, California. He and his wife Marion Kavanaugh, also an artist, settled in Pasadena in 1904. Wachtel was among the first professional artists to live in the Los Angeles area and supplemented his income by becoming the first violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tiffany Farrell "California Dreaming," 1001 Days and Nights of American Art Web site, entry for September 28, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001).