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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

Category: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

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Dear Abby

March 15, 1968


Dear On the Spot, Enjoy your sister, she won't be around forever but also find time to be with your daughter--you're not going to be around forever, either ... and what's with "elderly" in the headline! ... Dear Insulted, That depends on whether she's watching "Gomer Pyle" (no thanks) or "Star Trek" ("Bread and Circuses?"  Stardate 4040.7! I'll be right over) ... Dear Old Fashioned, Wait until she gets to college and moves in with him.

Fred Ahlert writes:

I used to work for Draper's from 1993-2001. That ad is the same style ad they were doing in the Times up until  2001! The grand-nephews of the founder sold their majority share to a conglomerate retailer after 80 years in business, so it  may cease to exist in the near future, but it cracks me up to see the same old ad today.

March 15, 1958

Racial bias at Fire Department

Above, integration in the Los Angeles City Fire Department is not going well  ...  Below, the Coast Guard inspects ships in California's ports on the theory that 50 men with suitcases could smuggle a terrorist weapon into the country (Gosh, doesn't that sound familiar?) ... And the heiress who accused two officers of making "unwanted advances" after stopping her for DUI is found not guilty.

March 15, 958

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March 15, 1938


Below, in the midst of a story about Hitler's takeover of Austria, we find the sentence: "Strange men embraced." I suppose we would recast that now. On the jump, church bells ring throughout Vienna from the moment Hitler crosses the border until he arrives at his hotel. Jewish doctors and lawyers are forbidden to practice and Jews are beaten. The head of the Austrian Evangelical Church telegraphs Hitler on behalf of his 330,000 church members, hailing him as "Our Rescuer."   

Quote of the day: "The German Reich as it stands today is inviolable! No one can shatter it!" --Adolf Hitler, speaking from the balcony of his hotel suite 


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March 15, 1908


Above, an early model of electric car is  being sold in Pasadena ... Below, "The She-Dogs of Anarchy"--there's a headline that says: "Read me." 


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Home of the week

March 15, 1908
Los Angeles


Above, a home at the northwest corner of Kingsley Drive and Wilshire Boulevard designed by Frank M. Tyler. There are four rooms and a servants' suite on the first floor, and four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. The first floor is finished in mahogany, oak and birch with hardwood floors. The exterior is brick for the first story and stucco over wire lath on the second.  There is a billiard room on the third floor. Cost $15,000 ($329,805 USD 2007). The buyer is an oil executive named George F. Getty, who will die in his sleep at his home  May 30, 1930, at the age of 73.

Quote of the day: "He held that steady and loyal employees, and many of them, are essential to the success of any large enterprise and are good investments." --Getty's obituary in The Times.

Matt Weinstock

March 14, 1958

Matt_weinstockd Timothy Patrick O'Regan will wear a green tie Monday and perhaps take a token drink of Irish whisky. But he plans to be very wary. On account of what happened that time in San Francisco.

Wearing his sharpest attire, including a glorious green cravat, Tim dropped into a waterfront bar, prepared to give the day a suitably enthusiastic observance.

A burly longshoreman glared at him for a while, then challenged his qualifications to invade the exclusive realm of right-thinking Irish.

Tim said he was fully qualified, particularly by his real name, which he spelled out.

THE LONGSHOREMAN called him a pretender, a liar and an insult to the patron saint.

1958_0314_rockTim, you see, is small, wiry, speaks with a soft paisano accent and his features indicate his origin was nearer Mexico than Ireland. He is, in short, proof of how thoroughly the Irish got around.

His challenger remained unconvinced, became belligerent and started punching. Tim departed.

That's why Tim, dawn-patrol bartender at the Rainbow, will play it cagey Monday if anyone gives him an argument. Although still a great admirer of St. Patrick, he will, if pressed hard, say his name is Toto Gonzales.

RETROSPECT -- Roger Beck's nomination as the hero horse of the Santa Anita season was not Silky Sullivan or Round Table, but May Not Run, which didn't. It was entered in the third race March 5, but was scratched ... Incidentally,Scotty Rosenberg reports that the horses at the Northridge Farm at Devonshire and Reseda Boulevards have been lining up at the fence the last few days and gazing disapprovingly at the autos rushing by.

A WOMAN IN a beauty parlor in the San Fernando Valley was overheard by Bettye Latham telling of her great dilemma during the recent rain.

She got in her car, she said, and pushed the button that automatically raises the garage door. But it wouldn't go up. The power was off on account of the storm.

"So there I was, trapped in my own garage by this electronics baloney," she said disgustedly. "I had to take a cab to my appointment."

Sometimes the hardships of the day seem almost unbearable.

PASADENA teachers have been notified mimeographically that a 5% dividend on savings has been declared by their credit union. But that isn't all. The news was done straight, then in the style of Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Mickey Spillane, Gilbert and Sullivan andgobbledegook, as follows:

"Recent evaluation and decisioning in the area of inservice-oriented financial structuring have effectuated the dynamic appropriationing a 5% incremental factor on the dividend level for 1957. Consequently, the continued implementation of such brilliant fiduciary-wise functioning ... gurgle, gurgle ..."

AT RANDOM -- Bob Wiegett always smiles at the "Keep Out" signs around the Honor Farm at Castaic. Who wants in? he'd like to know ... Sudden thought: Hey, maybe those are gun sights on the front fenders of some new cars--the better to aim at pedestrians ... Considering all of their aches and pains and advanced years, Joe Kelly wonders if they shouldn't be called the Codgers ... Under the heading "Grisly German Humor," Variety reports a gag making the rounds in Frankfurt about an upcoming record titled, "Music to Listen to World War III By" ... the Marie McDonald kidnap case could explode in some people's faces ... Simile: As deserted as the meat counter in a supermarket ... When N.C.Hayhurst , president of Fidelity Savings & Loan in Glendale, headed his Cadillac into his reserved parking space he found it blocked--by a Volkswagen with a sign, "Help Stamp Out Cadillacs."


Paul Coates

March 14, 1958

Paul_coates There are days when it doesn't pay to be a peaceful, sleepy, slightly overgrown little community.

And one of those days came this week.

It came at the weekly session of the elected county Board of Supervisors. On its agenda was the action to appoint a county mental health advisory board.

The establishment of such a board would be a step toward realization of a much-needed, expanded local mental health program, with the state footing half of the bill for us.

It could lead to more clinics, more mental health facilities and to fewer persons -- including dozens of children -- on endless waiting lists for psychiatric care.

The sooner the Board of Supervisors appoints the advisory board, the sooner the advisory board can evaluate the community's needs, and the sooner the county (or the communities within it) can take advantage of the state's offer to help.

But as I said, we were in a complacent slumber when the board met. It just didn't seem possible that anyone would object to a plan which would benefit everyone.

But we were wrong -- badly wrong.

The board's chambers were packed with "angry, protesting citizens."

There were 70 of them altogether. And I got a hunch that they all climbed out of the same clubhouse.

Most of them cried that it was all a plot to railroad us into mental homes, to mold "world citizens" and lock up those who refuse to conform.

(A provision of the Short-Doyle Act, through which the supervisors planned to expand our mental health facilities, clearly states: "It is the intent of this act that services to individuals shall be rendered only upon voluntary application.")

Not one citizen raised his voice in favor of a better mental health program, and apparently the mob on hand completely intimidated the supervisors.

Because the body -- which five months ago enthusiastically passed a motion to establish the county mental health advisory board -- tabled the action for three weeks.

There seems to be a certain highly vocal element among us which revels in the thought that there are men in white coats in every alleyway and a Communist plot under every bed.

I hope, at the next meeting, another element appears to vocalize. I hope it's a representative group of citizens and I hope it's equipped with good lungs.


If you want to know why, just check the back issues of your newspaper.

Read the articles about some of the pretty grisly crimes committed in our community by badly mixed-up youngsters.

Read the articles down to the last paragraph -- where the mother or father sobs out:

"I knew something was wrong with Johnny. I tried to get him examined and treated but we're poor people. And there was just no place for us to take him."

MIDNIGHT MEMOS: There's a new slant on the Sunset Strip.

Like all of a sudden, it's Oriental out there, Dad.

It started two weeks ago. Mary Morrison's Mocambo headlined Mioyshi Umeki, the petite star of "Sayonara."

That worked very well.

She's being held over. And the new revue is a supporting bill of hep Japanese dancers called the Keigo Imperial Troupe.

Whether or not their impressive title indicates they have the royal blessings of the emperor I do not know.

And it is not important. After their American debut at Mocambo, they will surely be looked upon with the royal favor of our local emperor, William Morris.

This is a cafe act that is a hit on the simple basis that it offers something unique for the tarnished appetites of ringsiders.

The group stars Takeuchi Keigo, a light-footed dancer who has the good sense to surround himself with a half-dozen attractive girls in attractive kimonos.

They offer some of the traditional Japanese dances, but then go so far afield as to do the Charleston. Which ain't easy in a kimono.

It's a refreshing performance and sets the stage nicely for Mioyshi, who is one of the most charming young women you'll ever see.


March 14, 1938


Above, ethnic humor that appeared, incredibly enough, on The Times' editorial page ... Below, Hitler celebrates the takeover of Austria with a vegetarian meal ... Holocaust deniers, please note the stories on mobs beating Jews ...

Quote of the day: "Catholics in the Vienna Diocese are asked on Sunday to offer thanks to the Lord God for the bloodless course of the great political change and to beg for a happy future for Austria." Theodore Cardinal Innitzer, archbishop of Vienna. 

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Missing woman



March 13-16, 1958

Los Angeles

1957_1223_patti_sullivan She was 24, lived with her mother out in Sun Valley and had two children from a marriage that ended in divorce three years earlier.

Her name was Shirley. According to her mother, Alice Jolliffe, she had been dating a man for about year but they broke up in December. He met someone else and married her.

On Sunday, March 2, 1958, Shirley Ann Bridgeford visited the Patti Sullivan Club, a dating service at 163 S. Vermont Ave., and registered. Her mother said a man called about a date, but Shirley decided not to go out with him.

Then another man called. It was March 7, a Friday night. He said his name was George Williams and that he lived in Pasadena. They made a date for the next evening.

He came by the home at 11087 Tuxford St. about 7:45 p.m. and met Shirley's mother and several of her relatives.

"She said she'd be back later," her mother said. But Shirley never returned. "The next morning I went to the police," her mother said.

Investigators quickly discovered that 245 Prescott Ave., the Pasadena address that Williams gave to the dating service, was phony. They also learned that Shirley's date looked nothing like the man who registered with the Patti Sullivan Club as George Williams.

Detectives said a Hollywood secretary reported that she went on a date with Williams two days before Shirley's disappearance and that he had been "a perfect gentleman." "But we're not even sure there is a George Williams," said Police Sgt. Pat Kealy of the missing persons detail. "The address he gave in Pasadena proved false and it's likely the name is too."


Investigators released a man identified as Shirley's pen pal after her mother said he wasn't Williams.  In the meantime, the mother looked through police mug books in hopes of identifying Williams or at least picking out men who resembled him so a police artist could made a sketch of Shirley's mysterious date.

To be continued ...

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March 14, 1908


Above, swell ties at Silverwood's ... Below, grieving parents say that shadows cast a portrait of their dead daughter on her tombstone at Beth Israel Cemetery in Boyle Heights ... James A. Whitaker, founder of Buena Park, dies at his home, 123 W. Avenue 57, Highland Park. He was 81 ... San Bernardino County tax collector L.J. Coy is badly injured on an auto trip to Bakersfield when the front springs of the car collapse on the road nine miles west of Lancaster, pinning him under the wreckage. His companions are being treated for their injuries, which are less serious  ...  A judge scolds a grand jury for criticizing the district attorney.


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Dear Abby

March 13, 1968


Dear Harold, I think I'll call you Alley Oop because you're a caveman. Whack the woolly mammoth with a club, drag it home and voila! the little woman makes dinner while you chill in front of the TV with an adult beverage. I'm not going to get all "Our Bodies, Ourselves" on you,  but you really need to dump those Archie Bunker expectations. Apparently cooking was not the first thing on your mind when you administered the Pre-Wife Aptitude Test. You could spend the next 48 years of your marriage eating takeout from the Chinese restaurant down the street. Or you can start cooking TOGETHER. Think of it as a good cooperation-building exercise that will let you work up to more sensitive subjects like "Are we going to spend Christmas with your folks or mine?" ... Dear Perplexed, There will come a day when people aren't the least bit shy about sharing their most intimate details on the phone ... Dear Mother, Frankly, I'd prefer somebody drive the car rather than have it up on blocks in the backyard for a couple of years. He's got enough to worry about given the chances of being sent to Vietnam without you hassling him about his car ... Dear Confidential, Why did the masked violinist leave the room when Jack said the word "hacienda?"

March 13, 1958


Above, what has to be the quote of the day: "Two things are at stake for America in the Middle East ... Arab oil and Arab friendship. Both depend upon understanding. You can afford to lose the oil. You cannot afford to lose the friendship." Below, the Senate approves a measure to stimulate the economy by creating jobs ... A woman in the audience is so overcome by a Broadway performance of the play "Look Back in Anger" that she walks onstage and slaps actor Kenneth Haigh ... And the Emmy nominees are announced.


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