Monthly Archives: December 2006

Where Children Played

Dec.12, 1907Los AngelesIn the gritty, industrial heart of the 8th Ward at Holly Street and St. John, officials are planning a large recreation facility “as an oasis in the wilderness,” The Times says. The building, designed by the firm of … Continue reading

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Wachet Auf!

Part 1

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The .45-Caliber Ombudsman

Dec. 12, 1907Los Angeles via the Associated PressGoldfield, Nev.—J. Holtman Buck, editor of the Western Nevada Miner in Mina, Nev., shot Francis L. Burton to death during a fight over a scathing editorial in which Buck said Burton should be … Continue reading

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Uh-Oh

Dec. 10,1907Los AngelesMayor Arthur C. Harper happens to be in all sorts of trouble. He’s telling the newspapers that he has had enough of politics and won’t seek another term. The district attorney is trying to shut down the local … Continue reading

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Not a Coward

Dec. 9, 1907Los AngelesMayor Harper has restored E.J. Bowen to his old job in the Fire Department after the rookie police officer was fired for allegedly being a coward—a charge that Bowen, who is black, blames on racism.Bowen transferred to … Continue reading

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Whereabouts Unknown

Dec. 8, 1907Los AngelesI’ll apologize now, for this is an account with more questions than answers; a story of heartbreak and hope without an ending.The Times features three members of the Schiffman family who are Jewish refugees from Baku, Russia … Continue reading

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The Confession of Morris Buck

Dec. 7, 1907Los Angeles“I asked if she received the letter. She said she had. I asked her if she would loan me a sum of money to be paid back monthly and I was going to open a bakeshop.“She said … Continue reading

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Note to "Dahlia Avenger" Fans

Here’s a publicity still of “Maddy” Comfort from “Kiss Me Deadly” for sale on EBay. Her name is also spelled “Mattie” and “Mady.”Comfort is referred to in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s files on George Hodel. Investigators checking on … Continue reading

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Shout Out to Nathan

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The Price of a Daughter

Dec. 5, 1907St. LouisA Los Angeles couple have a novel way of making money: Antonio Thompson and his wife sell their daughter Marie to the Gypsies, then go to court to get her back. According to statements taken in St. … Continue reading

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Ambush in Arcadia

Dec. 4, 1907ArcadiaCharley Chew, the water superintendent on the Lucky Baldwin ranch, had fired two Mexican workers several months ago and one dark night near the Unruh residence, they ambushed him, shooting him in the back. Chew drew his pistol … Continue reading

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In the Line of Duty

Dec. 3, 1907Los AngelesOfficer Patrick Lyons had been on the force for four months when he was shot in the head while trying to arrest two robbers a little after 11 p.m. at Central Avenue and 14th Street.There’s no picture … Continue reading

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A Vintage Development

Dec. 2, 1907Los AngelesThe Times real estate section features an apartment building at 2nd Street and Figueroa—no point in even going to look for it. But there’s also a large ad for the Erkenbrecher Syndicate’s Glendale Valley View Tract.An unknown … Continue reading

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Just Say No

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Our Local Authors

Our Local AuthorsDec.1, 1907Los AngelesThe Times runs a small blurb on writer Willis George Emerson, noting that the National Magazine has begun serializing a new story, “The Smoky God.” The Times notes: “The story has to do with the discovery … Continue reading

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