Tag Archives: Alhambra

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights – Alhambra Promoted Through Song

One of the all-time greatest booster campaigns led to explosive growth in the city of Los Angeles in the early 20th century. Advertisements, brochures, postcards, sheet music, all boasted of the uniqueness of this unknown urban oasis. Publicists preached the … Continue reading

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Discord in Alhambra

  Aug. 5, 1957 Alhambra Robert D. Smallfield and his former wife, Wilma, have a novel arrangement. Divorced after 17 years of marriage, Robert rents a room from Wilma at their former home, 1222 S. Marengo, Alhambra, so that he … Continue reading

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Killing in Alhambra

  Photographs by Larry Harnisch Los Angeles Times22 Champion Place, Alhambra, Calif.     May 30, 1957Alhambra Yeah, we’re back in Alhambra, parked on the pinched, narrow street outside 22 Champion Place, a quirky, old two-story house built in 1910. … Continue reading

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Shotgun slaying

  May 18, 1957 Alhambra She was going to leave him, so she had to die. In fact, he killed all of them. Marilyn Ockman, 25, and Sally, their 4-year-old daughter, were in the dining room of their home at … Continue reading

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April 28, 1957 Los Angeles A boy (and how anyone knows it was a boy is never explained) came across a stalled car on the Southern Pacific right of way near Valley Boulevard and Boca Avenue in Alhambra.  He  ran … Continue reading

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A shot in the dark

April 28, 1957 Los Angeles Let’s park here and sit in the car for a minute. It’s late, sometime between 11 p.m. on Jan. 3 and dawn on Jan. 4, 1957. The lights are on as if someone’s home. Hear … Continue reading

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