Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history
Above, the home at Presidio Drive and Lorado Way in 1938 and in Google's Street View, below. According to Property Shark, this neighborhood in View Park is 72.3% African American, 22.6% Hispanic, 14.1% Asian and 8.4% white (note that the figures add up to more than 100% because some people indicate more than one ethnicity. Welcome to L.A.). Zillow estimates the value of the home at $481,635 to $650,510, which is quite a range.
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||Above, the Wright Bros. suffer a setback due to pilot error. Don't despair, because in less than two years, Aviation Week will bring aeroplanes to Rancho Dominguez ... Below, crime briefs from "life's seamy side": James Mulhall, partner in Venice's Ship hotel, is in custody on charges of mail fraud after his son contacts authorities about his "commercial trickery" ... A young girl is accused of stealing an alligator purse from the dressing room of the Orpheum Theater ... An arsonist in Chicago tries to set fire to a school ... And a robber holds up Tong Yen's jewelry store.|
May 14, 1958
By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer
The game story in The Times was bad enough. The Dodgers lost to the Giants, 16-9, for their fifth defeat in a row. This wasn’t what anyone had in mind when the team moved to Los Angeles. So what was wrong?
That was the basis of a story by Times writer Al Wolf, in which owner Walter O’Malley, Manager Walt Alston and shortstop Pee Wee Reese were asked to explain the team’s struggles.
O’Malley’s opinions were interesting given that there was less than a month before Los Angeles voters had their say on the city’s contract with the team to build a stadium in Chavez Ravine.
O’Malley noted the loss of catcher Roy Campanella and the effect on the pitching staff. He also suggested that some players were trying too hard to make a good impression in their new home.
But the Coliseum received its share of criticism.
O’Malley said the team had become “afflicted with a phobia” playing so many of its early-season games in “an unorthodox park.” The best answer to the team’s problems might be a trip out of town.
“Playing on regulation, familiar diamonds should get them going again,” he said.
That is, of course, until a certain baseball stadium could be built.
Above, I don't even know where to begin with this one: "Islam is identified with the darker races while Christianity is thought to be a white man's religion. Thus Mohammedanism is more acceptable to socially conscious Negroes, who have a new spirit of nationalistic pride." This is beyond appalling. I cannot imagine how this got into the paper. Even in 1958. Below, Nixon's disastrous Latin American tour becomes fodder for his book "Six Crises" ... The view of former Foreign Service worker Russ Olson is here.
Above, 300 Jewish refugees arrive from Germany ... and President Roosevelt asks Congress to approve money so the U.S. can join an international committee to study the problem of refugees. Below, police surgeon Charles F. Sebastian testifies about Harry Raymond's injuries in the bombing that nearly killed him. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he was the son of Charles E. Sebastian, the former police chief who was elected mayor in one of the more colorful and corrupt eras in Los Angeles history ... Sheriff's deputies raid the gambling ship Rex and The Times gives the story just a few paragraphs ... but more coverage is coming ... And crews are hard at work to get Union Station ready for the Shriners' Convention in June.
Above, the drama of daily life in early 20th century Los Angeles. Please point out this story to anyone who thinks the past was a "kinder, simpler time." Below, the attempted rape of 13-year-old Neruda Nielson after she got off a streetcar at Central Avenue and 52nd Street. Neruda's only identification of the attackers is that she thought they might be African American. William J. Searcey and his brother Louis are suspects, The Times says the next day ... A quart of medicinal whiskey is 75 cents ... And yes, this is 1909 instead of 1908. I didn't notice until I had had the page half-built. Next year, I'll go back and pick up May 14, 1908, so everything will even up!