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Los Angeles votes in recall election, September 16, 1938

September 16, 2008 |  5:04 am

City voters decide on removing Mayor Shaw

Judge Bowron predicts that he will win the election by 85,000 votes. In fact, he took an early lead and defeated Shaw by 100,000 votes, The Times says.


Above, a political ad for Mayor Frank Shaw. I'll have to check his photo file to see if he shaved off his mustache, which gives him an unfortunate resemblance to someone else in the news in 1938. 

The Times makes yet another appeal to retain corrupt government and preserve the status quo. Judge Fletcher Bowron is enthusiastically supported by "Communists and radical labor agitators," the editorial says.

Legionnaires convention begins

Sept. 16, 1938, a historic day for Los Angeles and the world. The Harry Raymond bombing and the trial of Police Capt. Earle Kynette culminate in the successful recall of Mayor Frank Shaw and the reform administration of Fletcher Bowron.

In Europe, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain meets with German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler over the fate of Czechoslovakia. "The 'freezing' of the dramatic bargaining with war or peace in Europe at stake gave Europe a brief breathing spell and appeared to have put off for six days at least the catastrophe that millions fear," the AP story says.

Clerk denies election is fixed.


350 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats