Monthly Archives: May 2006

Memorial Day

May 31, 1907Los AngelesIn one Memorial Day observance, Col. James H. Davidson of Pasadena addresses the crowd at Memorial Hall. He says, in part: “Another decade or two and taps will have sounded and lights will be out for the … Continue reading

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Hop Chung–In Trouble Again

May 30, 1907Los AngelesHop Chung is in trouble again.Chung, it seems, is no stranger to the legal system, with a police record going back to 1883. Ten years later, he and customer D.E. Dorsey were arrested at Chung’s laundry at … Continue reading

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Shorthand

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This is the kind of a horse

May 27, 1907Death Valley, Calif.George Freeman and his wife of Pasadena, accompanied by Charles Fuller Gates of Los Angeles, were motoring out to Death Valley in a Pierce-Arrow along the old road carved by the twenty-mule teams from the borax … Continue reading

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Visions of Golden Eagles

Only a few months before, William R. Leroy of Pennsylvania was a struggling inventor, moonlighting as a stevedore in Santa Monica and in the Fullerton oilfields. Walking to work because even the lowly streetcar fare was a luxury, Leroy labored … Continue reading

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From the recording horn

May 25, 1907Los Angeles Sold on the installment plan, $1 a week with the purchase of six records at 60 cents each, the Victor Talking Machines offered performances by Caruso, Melba and Scotti, as well as John Philip Sousa’s and … Continue reading

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Speed demons

May 24, 1907Los AngelesOtis Skinner, the actor starring in “The Duel” at the Mason Opera House,” is under arrest because of a curious regulation in which passengers of a speeding car are charged with breaking the law. Col. Henry Wyatt … Continue reading

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Trash

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Fleenor Talks

In a jailhouse interview before he was taken to San Quentin, James G. Fleenor, the barefoot burglar, set the record straight on his escapes, his relationship with a white woman and how he began a life of crime.It had been … Continue reading

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Fleenor Recaptured!

May 20, 1907Los AngelesNight jailer O.L. Gilpin thought the man in the drunk tank looked familiar—and indeed he was. Despite passing himself off as George Thompson, it was our old friend James G. Fleenor, otherwise known as the “barefoot burglar,” … Continue reading

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Mullen in Bad Plight

May 18, 1907Los AngelesWilliam Mullen, a black strikebreaker for the Pioneer Truck Company, was delivering a shipment of lumber when he realized that he had lost some of his load and retraced his route to look for it.At the Southern … Continue reading

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Your Loyalty Is Flattering

Now aren’t you nice? Two weeks after the Dahlia books went back to their cave deep beneath the Nevada Test Site, people are still visiting.Shout out to:Hon Industries, Muscatine, Iowa (192.237.32.76) USC (68.181.221.8) Tohono O’odham Utility Authority Tigerville, S.C. (67.32.49.151) … Continue reading

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To the Moon Alice!

May 17, 1907Los AngelesThe Le Canns continued their spat in court after Mrs. Le Cann showed Judge Chambers a piece of skin she said was torn from her lip when her husband, Fred (also listed as Ferdinand), shoved her as … Continue reading

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Mason Opera House

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Those Sporting Ladies!

Los AngelesMay 15, 1907Curious neighbors noticed recently that a large number of well-dressed women have been taking the streetcar to the end of the line at 54th Street and South Central Avenue while still others are arriving in automobiles. Upon … Continue reading

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History Deals a Deadly Hand

May 12, 1907 We’ve been having fun all week with the Shriners, parading around in their costumes, engaging in peculiar rites and pondering silly questions like “What Makes the Wildcat Wild?” Then in a moment, a train wreck at Honda … Continue reading

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Paul Schrader’s 1971 Notes on Film Noir

Paul Schrader’s 1971 essay “Notes on Film Noir” in all its sappy, naive glory, with typos by me. In 1946, French critics, seeing the American films they had missed during the war, noticed the new mood of cynicism, pessimism and … Continue reading

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A Murderous Sweep

All K. Tanimura wanted to do was clean the carpets at the Hotel Angelus at 407-411 S. Spring St. The sweeper, however, was broken so he sought help from the hotel’s carpenter, S.E. Thomas.Thomas was busy and told Tanimura (also … Continue reading

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Shriners Present a Colorful Array

What, you might ask yourself, did Shriners do before the advent of those little cars and Harley-Davidson Electra Glides? The elaborately costumed men staged precision, close-order drills accompanied by marching bands.The effect, according to The Times, was stunning, inspiring the … Continue reading

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Kissing, the Old-Fashioned Way

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