Monthly Archives: February 2007

But the Line Is Straight

Feb. 28, 1907Los Angeles An old and massive California live oak used to mark the division between three Spanish land grants lies in pieces on the ground because an Edison foreman refused to run a transmission line around it. “The … Continue reading

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A Secretary’s Dedication

Feb. 27, 1907Los Angeles A thick cloud of smoke from a raging fire in the basement swept through the Germain building on South Spring Street at lunch hour, engulfing businessmen and office workers. In a fraction of a second, the … Continue reading

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In Indiana, There Is No Beer

Feb. 14-26, 1907Los Angeles The Rev. Ervin S. Chapman, a Presbyterian minister who heads the Anti-Saloon League of California, has won a victory through an address that persuaded an Indiana judge to rule that saloons are unconstitutional. Chapman concluded his … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Feb. 24, 2007Eagle Rock The Eagle Rock Bank, with aluminum windows and stucco, and braced with threaded rods. Here’s to you, Samuel Tilden Norton….

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Architectural Ramblings

Feb. 24, 1907Eagle Rock Architect Samuel Tilden Norton has designed a bank building for Townsend Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, The Times says. Just to make research interesting, The Times misspelled his name as S. Tilton Norton. According … Continue reading

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Soccer Returns

Feb. 23, 1907Los Angeles The Scotch Thistles beat the English Victorias 3-2 in Southern California’s first soccer game since the Caledonians and the Pasadena team met at Agricultural Park in 1890, The Times says. Despite the poor condition of the … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Weather

Feb. 22, 1907Los Angeles Here’s how The Times weather stories read a century ago: “For all the daylight hours yesterday, the rain drizzled down, much of the time like a heavy Scotch mist, but toward nightfall the storm deepened and … Continue reading

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Worst in Show

Feb. 21, 1907Los Angeles Someone who hates animals is at work in Angeleno Heights, having poisoned 10 valuable dogs and several cats, The Times says. The killer has an eye for purebreds, the paper says, avoiding mutts and mongrels. “Detective … Continue reading

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Gardening vs. Yard Work

Feb. 20, 1907Los Angeles Apparently mowing the lawn was a formal occasion. lmharnisch.comlmharnisch.blogspot.comE-mail: lmharnisch (AT) gmail.com

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Skeet Shoot

Feb. 19, 1907Los Angeles A quick trip to the Thomas Bros. will show that Los Angeles County doesn’t look like this, but it’s not for lack of trying. The wealthy men of Los Angeles and Orange counties are furious with … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Feb. 18, 2007Los Angeles The buildings featured in The Times for this week have been torn down, but in glancing through the listings, I found the sale by the Althouse brothers of a lot at 3006 S. La Salle. 3006 … Continue reading

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12th Street Ragged

Above, a vanished landmark: The Schermerhorn Inn, at Potter Park, a street that has disappeared. Feb. 17, 1907Los Angeles West 12th Street between Main and Hoover is maddeningly crooked, but how to fix it? One set of residents has agreed … Continue reading

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Shattered Lives

Feb. 14-15, 1907Los Angeles An 11:30 a.m. blast caused by an accumulation of gas shattered the Rawson building at 114 W. 2nd St. in an explosion blamed on a gas company employee who struck a match to check the meter. … Continue reading

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Twin Celebrations

Feb.13, 1907Los Angeles An enormous masked ball for the city’s elite was staged on Mardi Gras at Kramer’s Studio and Dancing Academy, 1500 S. Figueroa. Kramer’s Hall, as it was informally known. The Times, in a rare bylined article—by Katherine … Continue reading

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In-Cred-I-Ble

A large (20×30) reproduction of Elizabeth Short’s mug shot has appeared on EBay at a starting price of $250, or $400 under “buy it now” in an auction by mermaidfx. The word “rare” is ridiculously common on EBay, surpassed only … Continue reading

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The Rising City

Feb. 12, 1907Los Angeles Imagine the surprise of Mrs. Robert Jackson, who was about to move into her new home on Vernon Avenue and discovered that the contractor had built it on someone else’s lot, next to the one that … Continue reading

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Random Shots From Our 12-Bore

Feb. 11, 1907Los Angeles The Eastside gets a new Baptist Church and 2nd Street and St. Louis. Like Tom and Huck A large pond 7 feet deep at Normandie and San Marino left by the runoff of recent rainstorms proved … Continue reading

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Architectural Ramblings

Feb. 10, 1907Los Angeles The Times features a hillside home “near the ostrich farm” in Pasadena. Presumably that was the Cawston farm in South Pasadena. (What, South Pasadena, again?) Unfortunately, many of the homes photographed for The Times in 1907 … Continue reading

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From the Pen of George M. Cohan

Feb. 9, 1907Los Angeles lmharnisch.comlmharnisch.blogspot.comE-mail: lmharnisch (AT) gmail.com

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Blogging the Wolfe Book, Our Story So Far

Larry Harnisch (described by James Ellroy as a Dahlia scholar/Dahlia freak, take your pick) is blogging in real time as he reads Donald H. Wolfe’s “The Black Dahlia Files: The Mob, the Mogul and the Murder That Transfixed Los Angeles.” … Continue reading

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