Category Archives: Obituaries

Aug. 7, 1947: Marriage of Elizabeth Sheedy to Timothy Doheny a Highlight of Social Season

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. BY CHRISTY FOX Outstanding on the summer bridal calendar was the wedding yesterday of Elizabeth Sheedy, daughter of Mrs. Martin Sheedy and Frank Ainsworth Sheedy, to … Continue reading

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Aug. 2, 1907: Dr. Lucy Hall-Brown Dies

Note: This is an encore post from 2006 and reflects the minimal online resources that were available 12 years ago.  Aug. 2, 1907 Los Angeles The Times reports the death of Dr. Lucy Hall-Brown, a prominent woman physician who was … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Bandleader Jimmie Lunceford Collapses in Record Store, Dies at 45

Suzette Johnson appears in “The Foxes of Harrow.” July 17, 1947: The Los Angeles Sentinel has a news story on the death of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford, who collapsed in a record store in Seaside, Ore., and a mention in Earl … Continue reading

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June 24, 1947: Death in the Ring — Sugar Ray Robinson and Jimmy Doyle

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. For the rest of his life, Sugar Ray Robinson was haunted by that eighth round in Cleveland. Haunted by the hard left to the jaw of … Continue reading

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June 15, 2005: Remembering UCLA Professor Eric Monkkonen

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The Times reports the death of UCLA professor Eric Monkkonen, who spent years studying murder in the U.S. and focused on Los Angeles. Among his many … Continue reading

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Feb. 2, 1933: James M. Cain Writes Appreciation of Ice Cream Truck Driver Robert D. ‘Red’ Shay

  Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. “Red” Shay, 26, was riding with his girlfriend, Nancy Reed, in the rumble seat a car driven by his roommate, L.W. Sinclair, when it struck … Continue reading

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June 4, 1907: ‘Tiger Fat’ and ‘Nerve Balls’: State Medical Board Charges Chinese Herbalists

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 4, 1907 Los Angeles After months of inquiries that involved undercover investigators posing as patients, the State Board of Medical Examiners has taken action against Chinese herbalists in Los Angeles. In … Continue reading

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June 3, 1907: Runaway Couple, Aided by Minister, Leave Parents at the Altar

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 3, 1907 Los Angeles It was to be one of the grandest society weddings of the season: An orchestra was hired, a caterer had been selected after lengthy interviews, gowns for … Continue reading

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May 10, 1943: Heartbreaking Story of ‘Punky,’ 14, Who Succeeded in Killing Herself on 7th Try

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 that originally appeared on the 1947project. You can’t help but notice in going through old newspapers that suicides and divorces (especially in the days before no-fault divorces) were treated as daily “brites,” … Continue reading

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May 23, 1947: Lloyd Osbourne Dies; Inspired Stepfather Robert Louis Stevenson to Write ‘Treasure Island’

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 that originally appeared on the 1947project. The May 23-24 papers are full of great, crazy stories. It’s hard to choose just one: Is it Britain about to partition India, which got buried … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Bert McDonald Dies; First Black Deputy City Atty.

The latest records by Jimmy Rushing, Duke Henderson and King Perry are at 1065 N. Fairfax Ave. 1065 N. Fairfax Ave., where you got the latest hip 78s in 1947, via Google Street View. March 13, 1947: The Sentinel publishes … Continue reading

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Feb. 24, 1907: Samuel Tilden Norton Designs Eagle Rock Bank Building

Eagle Rock bank building designed by Samuel Tilden Norton, via Google Street View. Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Feb. 24, 1907 Eagle Rock Architect Samuel Tilden Norton has designed a bank building for Townsend Avenue and Colorado … Continue reading

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Billy Graham Brings ‘Canvas Cathedral’ to Los Angeles, 1949

Billy Graham brings his “canvas cathedral” to Los Angeles in 1949. Via YouTube. .

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Black L.A., 1947: ‘Why Do 14-Year-Old Girls Get Drunk and Fall Into Bed With Men?’ Judge Asks

The Sentinel runs a publicity photo of Flora Washington, who released “Broken Hearted” and “If I Ever Cry, You’ll Never Know” on the United Artist label in 1946. Flora Washington sings “Broken Hearted” via Archive.org.   Feb. 13, 1947: Municipal … Continue reading

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Jan. 28, 1907: Meet Gen. Homer Lea, L.A.’s Gift to China

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Jan 28, 1907 Los Angeles “If my career seems strange to you, it seems stranger and more incredible to me,” Gen. Homer Lea once said. And indeed it was, for Lea’s life … Continue reading

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Jan. 7, 1947: Man Uses Same Coffee Cup for 27 Years

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Same Coffee Cup Used 27 Years WHITTIER, Jan. 6—Truman B. Carl, a city employee, today rounded out 27 consecutive years of coffee drinking from the same oversized china … Continue reading

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Jan. 6, 1947: Artist Dies While Hanging From Ceiling to Ease Spinal Pain

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project. Jan. 6, 1947: Charles Clyde Atchison, 66, a sculptor and stone mason, had back problems—at least that’s what he told his sister Leona of 1110 W. 30th St. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: 10 Black Doctors Admitted to Leading Surgical Society, Raising Number to 14

Leon H. Washington Jr., left, publisher of the Sentinel, marches in a picket line with a sign that says “Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work” in a photo published Jan. 2, 1947. Jan. 2, 1947: At its convention in Cleveland, … Continue reading

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Jan. 3, 1863: L.A. Paper Calls Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation an Outrage

Read all of the Jan. 3, 1863, Los Angeles Star at USC’s digital library. Note: This is an encore post from 2013. Jan. 3, 1863: Of all that you may know about the Emancipation Proclamation, I doubt you have read … Continue reading

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In Memoriam — Johnny Fox | Sword Swallower (1953 — 2017)

We were saddened to read an obituary in the New York Times this week about sword swallower Johnny Fox, who died of cancer in Maryland at the age of 64. We snapped this picture of Fox, about to swallow a … Continue reading

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