The Los Angeles Public Library has a database of historic city directoriesthat’s quite useful, so we checked them for Caroline’s family and to see if we could find any details about the neighborhood at Toberman and 20th streets. The earliest online directory is 1909, eight years after the shooting. We found some information on the family, but were less successful in discovering anything about anyone living in the house at 2001 Toberman St., which was mentioned in the story.
The next place we checked was ZIMAS, the City of Los Angeles Zoning Information and Map Access System. At one time, ZIMAS and Firefox didn’t play well together, but that has been remedied. Remember, this is only for the city of Los Angeles, so it won’t have information on other portions of the county. For that, you can use Property Shark (see below).
After locating the parcel at the northwest corner of Toberman and 20th, we find this information.
We also consulted PropertyShark.com.
Property Shark is a free service, but it requires registration.
And here’s a sample of what you get when you register.
Coming up next: Sanborn maps.