Monthly Archives: August 2006

A Nation of Vice

Aug. 31, 1907Los AngelesThe ugly statistics should dishearten even the most ardent temperance worker. According to federal tax data for the last fiscal year, distillers produced 20 gallons of beer and 1.4 gallons of whiskey for every man, woman and … Continue reading

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Dreams of Higher Learning

Aug. 30, 1907Los Angeles Led by Rabbi Alfred Arndt of Congregation Beth Israel, the local Jewish community hopes to open what The Times describes as “the only Hebrew university within the entire United States.” Noting the increased immigration to Southern … Continue reading

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Firefighters’ Pranks

Aug. 29, 1907Los Angeles Around Engine Co. 20 at Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street, Lt. Samuel Dodd is something of a practical joker, so when he left on his honeymoon with his bride, Juanita, his fellow firefighters decided to get … Continue reading

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A Fun Question

Where do most Black Dahlia freaks live? According to Google’s trend search, Irvine, Calif., leads the world in searches about the Black Dahlia, followed by Los Angeles and San Diego. Who knew there was noir behind the Orange Curtain? Can … Continue reading

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He Lives

Manhattan BeachAug. 27, 2006Retired Episcopal minister the Rev. John Jewett, 83, wanted to die, so while staying with his son-in-law, J.D. Porter, he slit his throat with a razor.The undertaker was called, but when he arrived with his hearse, Jewett … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia Video

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Save Those Redwoods

Aug. 27, 1907Santa Rosa, Calif.Elected officials addressed a large rally devoted to saving the 800-acre Armstrong Grove, named after lumber baron J.B. Armstrong, who decided to save the stand of soaring redwoods rather than clearing it.“Armstrong Grove contains the finest … Continue reading

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Death at the Lummis House

Aug. 25, 1907Los Angeles A 20-year-old Pueblo Indian from New Mexico was shot to death at the home of City Librarian Charles F. Lummis in a fight with a houseguest that began over a garden hose. The gunman, Francisco Amante, … Continue reading

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A Jaunt Across Country Goes Awry

A Jaunt Across Country Goes AwryAug. 23, 1907Los AngelesWilliam Renwick, recent graduate of Pomona College, was to attend Yale in the fall, and rather than more mundane modes of travel decided to head East by auto in what he hoped … Continue reading

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The Rich Owens Saga

Oklahoma City Feb. 27, 1948 Ray Parr’s story about Rich Owens, the longtime executioner at McAlester State Penitentiary, has been knocking around my home office for ages, passed along by a former co-worker many years ago. Writing for the Daily … Continue reading

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Unrest in Morocco

Casa Blanca, MoroccoAug. 20, 1907The Times carries a vivid description of a battle between Moorish tribesmen, French sharpshooters and spahis (Arabs in the French service), and though the story is extremely detailed about the fighting, there isn’t a word of … Continue reading

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The Bucket of Blood

Aug. 12-13, 1907Los AngelesDespite the name Bismarck Cafe, police call the saloon at Main and Winston Streets the Bucket of Blood because it’s a continual source of crime and violence.It is a place, The Times says, “of drunken debauchery among … Continue reading

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A Major Commitment

I put a Satsuma mandarin orange tree in the backyard today, a nice healthy one, and was impressed with the realization of what a commitment it is.Actually, the Satsuma is a replacement for a smaller one that flourished and bore … Continue reading

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Blind Justice

Aug. 7, 1907Los AngelesHe swore at her and told her to go to hell. He rarely worked and only helped her run their boarding house when he felt like it. She hid all the butcher knives to keep him from … Continue reading

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From the Florentine Gardens

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One Name in Many Accents: America

Aug. 4, 1907Galveston, TexasThe Times reports on the Jewish Territorial Organization headed by author and playwright Israel Zangwill and banker Jacob Schiff to help Jews fleeing persecution in Russia. In July, the first group of 50 immigrants arrived in Galveston … Continue reading

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Was That an Earthquake?

Aug. 3, 1907Los AngelesAn enormous explosion shattered the night in the Dayton Heights neighborhood near what is now Virgil Avenue and Middlebury Street.“The shock of the explosion awakened people for blocks around, many of them rushing out of doors in … Continue reading

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The Frustrations of Research

Aug. 2, 1907Los Angeles The Times reports the death of Dr. Lucy Hall-Brown, a prominent woman physician who was active in the Red Cross. Although we know where she lived (Vermont and 30th Street), we have no idea where she … Continue reading

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The Angry Swarm

Aug. 1, 1907Los Angeles A mass of bees “wandering in from the country” swirled along Broadway, forcing dainty young women and the toughest police officer to seek cover in a vain attempt to avoid being stung. “Whether attracted to the … Continue reading

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Shout Out!

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