Monthly Archives: December 2006

The Old Watchman

Dec. 31, 1907Los AngelesHis name was W.H. Reynolds and the old watchman for E.H. Howard Contracting had laid out all night after being beaten up and thrown in the weeds by two robbers who said they were garbage men looking … Continue reading

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The Old Men in Blue

Dec. 30, 1907Los AngelesJames Sullivan, 64, was a prisoner of the Confederates held at Belle Isle, Libby and Andersonville, where he and war correspondent Albert D. Richardson escaped by tunneling for three months with a spoon.Henry Russell, formerly of the … Continue reading

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The City Grows

Dec. 29, 1907Los AngelesThe Times real estate pages feature homes under construction around Washington Boulevard west of Hobart Boulevard. “This section is just being built up with a splendid class of dwelling houses,” The Times says. “There are several car … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Dec. 28, 2006Los AngelesAs promised, here are some photos of a few neighborhoods I visited recently. Views of South Pasadena First, a few shots of South Pasadena taken along Mission and El Centro to contrast with the views from 1907, … Continue reading

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A Gruesome First

Dec. 27, 1907Henryetta, Okla., by the Associated PressA little more than a month after Oklahoma achieved statehood, James Garden became a wretched statistic: the first black to be lynched there.On Dec. 24, Garden went to see liveryman Albert Bates about … Continue reading

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Blunder the Double Eagle

Dec. 26, 1907Pittsburgh, by direct wire to The TimesAs Christmas celebrations concluded at Knoxville Presbyterian Church, the congregation presented the Rev. W.A. Jones with $100 ($2,052.36 USD 2005). A banker who was among the worshipers made a point of getting … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Gen. Otis

Dec. 24, 1907Los Angeles Last-minute shopping, crowded post offices, trees decorated in hotel lobbies and toys given by Santa to the neediest children of the city; it was a Christmas season very much like today. And at Levy’s, 310 Times … Continue reading

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On the Frontiers of Mental Health

Dec. 23, 1907St. Louis, via Direct Wire to The TimesDr. Henry S. Atkins, superintendent of St. Louis’ insane asylum, has found that Christmas is a perfect time to test his theory that shopping cures insanity.Atkins and two attendants took 60 … Continue reading

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A Mystery Solved

Dec. 22, 2006Los AngelesA quick (well, relatively) check of the Sanborn maps (online via the Los Angeles Public Library website) shows (Vol. 11, Sheet 1143) the intersection of McCollum and Berkeley. Alas, the impact crater was not recorded. Apparently all … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:9

Dec. 22, 1907Los AngelesAs Police Capt. Flammer approached Yuma, Ariz., to take custody of George White, he noticed the smoke of hundreds of campfires made by hobos burning old railroad ties.The hobos, Flammer learned, were avoiding Yuma because the marshal … Continue reading

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South Hope

Dec. 21, 1907Los AngelesLillian Poelk was new to Los Angeles, with no friends and little more than a job as a waitress that didn’t quite cover the rent of her room at 831 S. Hope.“While other girls were getting pretty … Continue reading

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OMG

Dec. 20,1907Los AngelesMr. C.D. Roberts of 1900 E. Main was feeling a bit unwell. He had bad headaches, an irregular appetite, saw dark spots before his eyes and felt as if something in his stomach was alive.Not sure what to … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t His Fault

Dec. 19, 1907Los AngelesWhat you have to understand first about George White is that he isn’t to blame. Oh he’ll take his prison sentence for robbing the Hot Rivet Saloon, 1006 N. Main St., but it’s not his fault; he … Continue reading

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A Walk in L.A., 1951

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Whats in That Embalming Fluid?

Dec. 18, 1907Los AngelesLos Angeles County Coroner Roy S. Lanterman was arrested on charges of being drunk and disorderly at the Navajo, a bordello run by Ida Hastings, 309 Ord St. Hastings called police, who arrested Lanterman.A Mills Seminary graduate … Continue reading

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Green Eyes

Dec. 16, 1907Los AngelesAnd what ran on the sports pages in 1907? We certainly didn’t have the Lakers. How about a cat show at Chutes Park at Grand and Washington? I can just imagine the reaction of my distinguished colleagues … Continue reading

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Adios Judy!

Judith Regan, the publisher of Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files,” has found a way to make Page 1 of The Times: Get fired by HarperCollins. (The New York Times story is here.) I’m trying not to gloat. But … Continue reading

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L.A. Rising

Dec. 15, 1905Los AngelesAnybody who sets out to study the development of the city’s neighborhoods can expect to do lots of driving. My recent travels have taken me to an obscure area of South Los Angeles to look for 1907-era … Continue reading

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No Christ in Christmas? Good Lord!

Dec. 14, 1907Los AngelesThe madman who calls himself the superintendent of the Los Angeles schools has touched off an absolute firestorm of anger by ordering teachers not to mention Christ during Christmas pageants or other festivities.“The town was agog with … Continue reading

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Dissecting ‘Messiah’

Los AngelesDec. 13, 1907What do we find in music criticism of another era? Let’s take a good look.“ ‘The Messiah’ was presented at Shrine Auditorium by the Apollo Club last night, and the production, which moved expeditiously, apparently gave pleasure … Continue reading

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