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Man Saves Woman From Burning to Death

Sept, 6, 1909, Hero
Sept. 6, 1909: Edmund Waller "Ted" Gale draws Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, head of the Board of Public Works.

Civil engineer W.O. Secor tells a remarkable story: As he was riding the Downey Avenue streetcar at Naud Junction, a flame shot from an automobile going south on Main and set fire to the clothes of a woman standing on the corner. He hopped off the streetcar, extinguished the flames -- which had burned away almost all the woman's clothing below the waist -- and got back on the streetcar. It was only when he resumed his ride to Eastlake Park that he realized he had burned his hand and went to the hospital.

Feb. 5, 1940, Naud Junction
Feb. 5, 1940: The Naud Junction signal tower at Alameda and Ord is torn down, evoking memories of the old days of railroading in Los Angeles. (Note: Because of the way Typepad handles images, this looks fuzzy but if you click on it, the image is readable).

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