Category Archives: Religion

October 1947: Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian Armies Gather at Palestine Border for Possible Invasion

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. BEIRUT, Oct. 9 (U.P.)—The Lebanese and Syrian governments have ordered various units of their armies to mass along the Palestine borders for a possible invasion of … Continue reading

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Sept. 25, 1947: It Was a Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.

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Sept. 23, 1907: Rev. J.L. Griffin Baptizes 5 in Echo Park Lake

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Sept. 23, 1907 Los Angeles A crowd of 2,000—the faithful and the doubters—gathered at Echo Park Lake as black evangelist the Rev. J.L. Griffin prepared to baptize five believers in the cold … Continue reading

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Sept. 22, 1947: Avak the Healer Comes to Los Angeles

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. And then he was gone as if he had never been here at all. The hundreds of people who threw themselves at his feet to kiss … Continue reading

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Sept. 15, 1947: On Rosh Hashana, a Call to Mobilize for Peace

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. The ram’s horn, once a trumpet of war but now a symbol of faith, sounded at sundown yesterday in Los Angeles synagogues to mark the dawn … Continue reading

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Aug. 30, 1907: Rabbi Leads Campaign to Open Hebrew University in L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 30, 1907 Los 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 … Continue reading

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Aug. 4, 1907: Galveston Plan Brings Russian Jews to Southwestern U.S.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Aug. 4, 1907 Galveston, Texas The 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.

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Black L.A. 1947: Sanitarium Offered for Woman on Trial in Slavery Case With Restitution to Victim

July 17, 1947: Clinton M. Arnold, special correspondent for the Los Angeles Sentinel, files updates on the case of Elizabeth Ingalls, who was accused of holding Dora Jones in slavery. In one recent development, Ruth Castendyke, one of Ingalls’ daughters, … Continue reading

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July 3, 1907: Head of Anti-Fakers League Says Gunfire Was Real

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 3, 1907 Los Angeles Robert T. Hall, head of the Los Angeles Anti-Fakers League (or Anti-Fakers Society), says shots were fired at him as he returned from an outing to a … Continue reading

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June 26, 1907: A Case of Elder Abuse?

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 26, 1907 Los Angeles Fred D. Samuels is a monster and nothing less, according to his aunt, Sister Kostka, assistant mother superior of the Ursuline Convent in Frontenac, Wis. As her … Continue reading

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June 15, 1907: Grieving Widow Cuts Off Hand to ‘Free Husband’s Soul’

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. June 15, 1907 Los Angeles Helen Hurley paused at the doors of St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. In pain, she shoved her left wrist inside her dress so that it wouldn’t show as she … 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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March 23, 1907: At L.A. Orphanage, a Page From Dickens

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. For some time, the teachers at the Casco Street School had been concerned about the pupils from the nearby Christian Orphanage. But finally the problems became too great to ignore. “One small … Continue reading

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March 20, 1907: St. James Raises a Church — Burned in 1973 as Hate Crime Against Gays

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. The Methodist Episcopal congregation, formed from a merger of the Centennial and Central churches, planned a wonderful new building at 22nd Street and Union. Although the congregation studied the idea of a … Continue reading

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March 10, 1907: Religious Leader Last Words ‘I Will Return in 1,000 Years’

Note: This is an encore post from 2007. March 10, 1907 Los Angeles Someone who opened the Los Angeles Times on this Sunday might be forgiven for wondering what had become of the world, for Page 1 was full of … 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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Jan. 31, 1907: L.A. Health Officials Fight Legislature’s Bid to Repeal Mandatory Smallpox Shots

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2007. Jan. 31, 1907 Los Angeles Showing once again that Los Angeles is out of touch with Sacramento, local health officials are fighting an education bill that would lift mandatory smallpox vaccinations … 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. 21, 1907: L.A. Hosts First Car Show on the West Coast

Jan. 21, 1907 Los Angeles Mayor Arthur C. Harper addressed the crowd for a moment, reminiscing about a teacher who used to tell his pupils that someday, long after he was gone, people would get around Los Angeles in self-propelled … Continue reading

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Note: This is an encore post from 2007. Jan. 7, 1907 Long Beach Elizabeth Mahler, a dainty brunette with a “sunny and jolly disposition,” is one of the bright spots at Long Beach Hospital. She had many male suitors and … Continue reading

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