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Category: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

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June 28, 1958

Is there oil under Bunker Hill? What an interesting idea, especially now. 
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June 28, 1938



Dropcap_s_vadis ometimes one can only sigh. At his sentencing in the Harry Raymond bombing, former Police Capt. Earle Kynette speaks for half an hour in defense of his conduct.

Unfortunately, The Times didn't quote a single line of his remarks. Instead, we summarized them in one paragraph:

"The onetime head of the police intelligence squad immediately launched into a recital of his accomplishments, including his education, military experience and record as a police officer. He accused most of the state's witnesses as perjurers and wound up with the statement that he presumed that because of the political background to the case Judge Ambrose was loath to grant him a new trial."

Also on the jump, Mayor Frank Shaw says a group of Methodists acted in an un-Christian, un-American manner by endorsing his recall and in criticizing his brother Joe and Police Chief James Davis. 

And two city analysts begin an audit of the Police Department. "Results of the survey, expected to require one to two months, may presage a complete or partial reorganization of the department," The Times says.

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June 28, 1908





Dropcap_o_baker_2 n this Sunday, June 28, 1908, The Times is full of politics, past and present.

At left, the editorial page praises Frances Folsom Cleveland, the widow of President Grover Cleveland, as the ideal of the American woman. Even making allowances for Victorian hyperbole, this piece is rather remarkable:


"In the shadow of her great grief she stands out even more luminously than she did in her lovely youth when, bright-eyed and light-stepping as the fawn, she entered the doors of the White House to become the first lady of the land.

"Now that the passing years have made the college girl a wife, mother and widow, her life may be said to be fairly rounded out, and she may be regarded as a character formed and builded to completion...." 

Mind you, we are talking about a woman in her mid-40s who was far younger than her husband; they married when she was 21 and he was 49. In fact, she remarried in 1913 and lived until 1947.


Meanwhile, the paper hasn't wasted any effort trying to hide its support for Republican presidential nominee William Taft, above, and has done nothing to conceal its disdain for Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan in its editorial cartoons (at top) or in its coverage by Harry Carr, at left.

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June 28, 1908


The Christian Scientist Church at 948 W. Adams Blvd. is the second under construction in 1908. Recall that another one is being built in Pasadena.

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June 27, 1958


June 27, 1938


Below, here's the home at 6323 Arroyo Glen, via Google maps' street view feature.  Florence Synder's beloved sycamore is gone, but her house remains.

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June 27, 1908

Dropcap_l_napoleonong ago, I lost track of how many highway maps The Times has run over the years. Here is yet another one, giving us a trifecta with the map from Ed Ainsworth's traffic series of 1938 and the one that appeared with Ray Hebert's 1958 update.

Even a casual glance shows the beginnings of what we know a century later as the freeway system: It's easy to pick out what will become the Santa Monica and Foothill Freeways, the Golden State and the Pasadena.

At left, The Times' Harry Carr files a story on Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan.
This will give you an idea of the style of political coverage 100 years ago--and these are just samples of Carr's critical, dismissive piece:

"There is something peculiarly shifty and, to me, untrustworthy, in his face. His personality is agreeable but I don't feel that compelling quality of charm manifested by so many big men....

"As you interview him, you can't screw your imagination up to seeing the man as president of the United States. You can't see him negotiating treaties with great nations, compelling peace conferences and naming Cabinet officers."

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Bonds slams the Dodgers

June 26, 1968

By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

Dropcap_its_1922 difficult to imagine a better debut than Bobby Bonds' first game for the Giants against the Dodgers.

Bonds, described in Dan Hafner's story as a tall, rangy youngster from Riverside, hit a grand slam in his first major league game, a 9-0 victory in San Francisco. Only once before had a player hit a grand slam in his first game.

"I couldn't believe I had hit a home run. I just ran around the bases," Bonds said in The Times' story. "Maybe it will dawn on me tomorrow."

Hafner mentioned that Bonds was considered the eventual replacement for Willie Mays, still playing center for the Giants and the face of the franchise. Nothing like a little pressure. Bonds was a three-time all star with the Giants, but he was traded to the Yankees in 1974 for Bobby Murcer, who had been expected to be the next Mickey Mantle.

Bonds bounced around after that, playing for the Angels, White Sox, Rangers, Indians, Cardinals and Cubs before ending his career with the Yankees. His son, Barry Bonds, of course, is currently out of baseball after setting the major league career home run record.

June 26, 1938

A panel from "Buck Rogers," Sunday, June 26, 1938.

Dropcap_h_1902 arry Raymond finally goes home after 163 days in the hospital, The Times says. He promises a $1-million lawsuit against Mayor Frank Shaw, Joe Shaw, Police Chief James Davis, several subordinates and members of the police intelligence squad.

"It's swell to be home," Raymond says.

Also, 140 Civil War veterans leave Los Angeles by train for a reunion marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. More than 1,600 Union and Confederate veterans are expected to attend the event. The travel expenses are being paid by the U.S. government, The Times says. 

On the cover of Part 2, a group of Methodist ministers supports the recall of Mayor Shaw, criticizes Joe Shaw and Chief Davis, and censures the governor and attorney general for failing to help expose corruption in government.

And federal narcotics agents confiscate 50 pounds of marijuana seeds from Japan marked as "prepared food."

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June 26, 1938

The home of the week, above, and below, via Google maps' street view.

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Jackie Robinson, track star

June 26, 1938

By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer


Dropcap_i_1914_3 It might be the shortest newspaper notice in Jackie Robinson's career.

A two-paragraph item in The Times announced that Robinson, described as the "sensational all-around Pasadena Junior College athlete," would be leaving for Buffalo to compete in the AAU track and field championships the following month.

Robinson had been the recipient of a campaign to raise money for the train trip. The Times said that Charles W. Paddock, a former world-record sprinter, had started the campaign and Robinson's "school mates" had raised most of the $239. The story also mentioned that a local newspaper conducted the campaign, which must mean it was some other paper. Paddock worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Pasadena Star-News, according to websites such as

Robinson also came up in a June 21 Los Angeles Angels game story. The Times reported that Robinson would participate the next night in an exhibition race as part of "Track Night" at Wrigley Field to raise money for the Buffalo track meet. The next night's story mentioned the race but not Robinson. Readers did learn, however, that one of the runners from Riverside Junior College forgot to bring his track shoes and had to borrow a pair of baseball spikes.

June 26, 1908


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Above, Normandie and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, "Home of the Garbage Burrito."

Dropcap_t_1910 he Times' Harry Carr, fresh from the Republican National Convention in Chicago, heads to Lincoln, Neb., to interview William Jennings Bryan, the Democratic presidential candidate.

"When he is on the stump, Bryan is the simple child of the people who helps baggage smashers handle his trunks. Today, in fact, he brought out a humble request that plain alpaca coats be worn at a banquet to be given him here in place of dress suits.

"Bryan, you good, old faker, if you can get away with that and also pose as the influential, rich country squire, you are a wonder, and I guess you can."

Glen Curtiss flies his Curtiss No. 2 airplane 41 seconds at an altitude of 40 feet for a distance of 2,175 feet. A record ... President Grover Cleveland is laid to rest ... And turmoil in Tehran ...

On the jump, an armed mob hunts a man who robbed and beat a woman at Normandie and Santa Barbara (now Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) and attacked another woman during his escape. 

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