Katherine Yamada
Verdugo Views: Columns about the history of Glendale, California

Verdugo Views: The true story of Iron Eyes Cody

Verdugo Views: The true story of Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody, who lived most of his life as an Indian, was very active in the Scouting program here in Glendale and often shared his knowledge of Indian lore with local groups. So, it was a surprise to many when a 1996 newspaper article said that...

 Verdugo Views: Native American icon created his own story

Verdugo Views: Native American icon created his own story

Iron Eyes Cody, who lived most of his life as an Indian, was very active in the Scouting program here in Glendale and often shared his knowledge of Indian lore with local groups. So, it was a surprise to many when a 1996 newspaper article said that...

Verdugo Views: Church's history coincides with city's expansion

Verdugo Views: Church's history coincides with city's expansion

Dick Holway dropped by one day to give me some old photographs that had belonged to his parents, Cyril and Alice Holway. They were photos from First Methodist Church of Glendale, that huge sanctuary at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Kenwood Street.

Verdugo Views: Growing up on the flats near L.C. Brand

Verdugo Views: Growing up on the flats near L.C. Brand

Two large, white houses stood close together on the slopes above northwest Glendale in the early 1920s. One was El Miradero, home of L.C. and Mary Louise Brand. Another was Ard Eevin, home of Dan and Margaret Campbell. A young girl named Sumi was...

Verdugo Views: Glendale's low rent drew these Mormons south

Verdugo Views: Glendale's low rent drew these Mormons south

In the late 1920s, Kent Gardiner's grandparents, George and Emma Scholl, decided to relocate from expensive San Francisco. They chose to move to Glendale because of its lower housing prices.

Verdugo Views: Column about Jackson Bowl was up their alley

Verdugo Views: Column about Jackson Bowl was up their alley

Two men who grew up in Glendale read a recent Verdugo Views about Jackson Bowl, and both wrote to say they had youthful connections to the bowling alley.

Verdugo Views: Tiny stone house played a big part in CV history

Verdugo Views: Tiny stone house played a big part in CV history

Italian immigrants Tommaso and Josephine Bonetto bought acreage in the still-wide-open Crescenta Valley in 1905 and with their two small sons, Bart and Tom, moved into a tiny one-room, stone house already on the property.

Verdugo Views: The misadventure of the 'Adventures in Fantasy' float

Verdugo Views: The misadventure of the 'Adventures in Fantasy' float

A huge crowd, estimated at 1.5 million, watched Glendale’s 1959 Sweepstakes award-winning float — which had just collided with another float — make its way down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses parade.

Verdugo Views: H.S. Webb and his store grew with Glendale

Verdugo Views: H.S. Webb and his store grew with Glendale

Harry S. Webb founded Webb’s Department Store in 1917 with a loan from his mother.

Verdugo Views: A call to Japan makes history

Verdugo Views: A call to Japan makes history

Fifty years ago this week, a momentous phone call connected Glendale's Field Elementary with an elementary school in our Japanese Sister City of Hiraoka.

Verdugo Views: There used to be bowling alleys to spare

Verdugo Views: There used to be bowling alleys to spare

Bowling alleys have been around in Glendale for many years. Some, such as Jewel City Bowl and the Montrose Bowl, are still here; others, such as the alley in Jensen’s Palace Grand Shops on Brand Boulevard and the Glen Bowl on Colorado...

Verdugo Views: How former hotel became Flintridge Sacred Heart

Verdugo Views: How former hotel became Flintridge Sacred Heart

For a brief moment back in the late 1920s, Chevy Chase Drive connected the Biltmore resort hotel in Flintridge with the elegant Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The connection? A bus, a De Luxe Parlor Car Bus.

Verdugo Views: The word on St. Mark's history

Verdugo Views: The word on St. Mark's history

When Bruce Merritt, a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, volunteered to research the church’s history in preparation for its 125th anniversary, he didn’t realize that it would turn into a multiyear project.

Verdugo Views: The circuitous route of the historic Tioga Wolf

Verdugo Views: The circuitous route of the historic Tioga Wolf

L.C. Brand’s custom-made Tioga Wolf has always intrigued vintage car buffs and local historians, including Arlene Vidor, president of Associates of Brand Library & Art Center. In preparation for the grand reopening of the library later this...

Verdugo Views: Photo rouses memories of a poet laureate

Verdugo Views: Photo rouses memories of a poet laureate

The young children had just celebrated their first communion and had gathered on the lawn of the Tujunga home of John Steven McGroarty, California’s Poet Laureate, to have their picture taken.

Verdugo Views: A bottle label leads to research

Verdugo Views: A bottle label leads to research

While browsing in an antique shop in Oregon last summer, a tiny, glass bottle filled with grains of rice caught my eye. I picked it up and read the label. “The daily ration for 750 children in 1 Near East [Armenian] Relief Orphanage is 40...

Verdugo Views: Distinguished alum has Armenian heritage

Verdugo Views: Distinguished alum has Armenian heritage

Glendale native Paul Ignatius, retired Secretary of the Navy, will be honored at this year’s Glendale Educational Foundation event as a distinguished Hoover High alumnus.

Verdugo Views: City captures another Rose Parade award

Verdugo Views: City captures another Rose Parade award

Meatball, the bear who gained fame for dining on meatballs that he dug out of a refrigerator in a garage, has brought Glendale another Governor's Trophy.

Verdugo Views: The wartime gap in Rose Parade history

Verdugo Views: The wartime gap in Rose Parade history

The city of Glendale is finalizing its 100th entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1. The first float was entered in 1911. But that was more than 100 years ago, right? Read on to find one reason for the disparity.

Verdugo Views: The unlikely origin story of Kenneth Village

Verdugo Views: The unlikely origin story of Kenneth Village

The story behind Kenneth Village, the cluster of shops on Kenneth Road between Sonora and Grandview avenues in northwest Glendale, goes back to a time before those streets even existed.

Verdugo Views: Photographer captured history through his lens

Verdugo Views: Photographer captured history through his lens

Glendale's buildings and businesses were photographer Glenn B. Ward's domain. Not only did he work here — his studio was on Colorado Street — he documented the surrounding area as it looked in the mid-20th century.

Verdugo Views: Remembering an old theater's golden days

Verdugo Views: Remembering an old theater's golden days

Local residents turned out in huge numbers for the opening of Lon Bard's Glendale Theatre near Adams and Colorado streets in October of 1925, built on property owned by local businessman M. G. Khodigian.

Verdugo Views: The wild ride of Ruth Charles

Verdugo Views: The wild ride of Ruth Charles

Ruth Radwanski and her new husband, Richard, came here in 1947, driving from the Detroit area in a new Dodge convertible, a wedding gift from his parents. They bought a house on West Stocker Street. She got a job as an organist at a local church...

Verdugo Views: A lifelong Scout remembers Camp Bill Lane

Verdugo Views: A lifelong Scout remembers Camp Bill Lane

Sheldon Baker joined a Cub Scout pack when he was 9 years old. That was in 1945. He's been in Scouting ever since.

Verdugo Views: One land grant, two cities

Verdugo Views: One land grant, two cities

What do Glendale and La CaƱada Flintridge have in common? Well, for one thing, the land that these cities occupy was once part of the 36,4030-acre land grant that was given to Cpl. Jose Maria Verdugo in 1784.

Verdugo Views: Revisiting the famed Casa Verdugo

Verdugo Views: Revisiting the famed Casa Verdugo

Piedad Yorba Sowl was a woman before her time. She operated a series of Spanish restaurants in this area in the early 1900s and, in doing so, popularized California Spanish food, contributed to the romantic "Ramona" mythology of Southern California,...

Verdugo Views: A Tom Sawyer life in the foothills

Verdugo Views: A Tom Sawyer life in the foothills

Bryan Ortega spent his early years on Walnut Drive in a house that is no longer there. His family’s home gave way to the Glendale (2) Freeway in the early 1960s, but before they moved, he and his older siblings made the surrounding hills...

Verdugo Views: A life with Bob's Big Boy

Verdugo Views: A life with Bob's Big Boy

Cindy Freeman has a very special connection to Bob's Big Boy, which opened 78 years ago this month right here in Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Remembering Pat Navolanic

Verdugo Views: Remembering Pat Navolanic

This column came about when I met Florence Virgallito at an event in Montrose. She asked if I knew about the Pat Navolanic Memorial Award at Glendale High.

Verdugo Views: Photos conjure up memories of mid-century Glendale

Verdugo Views: Photos conjure up memories of mid-century Glendale

Memories of her childhood came flooding back to Victoria Baima Mandile when she opened a package from her sister, Pattie. Inside was a stack of photos of Glendale in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

Verdugo Views: Remembering Glendale from afar

Verdugo Views: Remembering Glendale from afar

Even though she moved away years ago, Barbara Berman Giasone still considers Glendale her hometown.

Verdugo Views: Conjecture has long driven the legend of Montrose

Verdugo Views: Conjecture has long driven the legend of Montrose

Robert Newcombe, author of the recently published "Images of America, Montrose," spent countless hours searching through microfilm trying to verify information that has been handed down to local historians for years.

Verdugo Views: The Dryden homes

Verdugo Views: The Dryden homes

Three houses designed by Nathaniel L. Dryden stand in northwest Glendale. Two — El Miradero and Ard Eevin — are on Mountain Street and the third is on Grandview Avenue.

Verdugo Views: Kiefer makes a name for himself in mortuary business

Verdugo Views: Kiefer makes a name for himself in mortuary business

A small notice in a 1916 edition of the Glendale Evening News informed readers, "Emil Kiefer, an employee at the White Store, is now working for Pulliam Undertaking Co. He intends to make this his life's work. He is a young man of great energy. He...

Verdugo Views: Created to age gracefully

Verdugo Views: Created to age gracefully

Back in 1924, when Alexander Nibley and his partners began planning a new development, they targeted people who were, even then, seeking to leave the increasingly crowded city for a place with more greenery and less noise and congestion.

Verdugo Views: How the Oakmont League helped show the way

Verdugo Views: How the Oakmont League helped show the way

Pat Mann was a loyal friend to many Glendale organizations. During the 1940s, she brought two groups together in a relationship that continues to this day.

Verdugo Views: Remembering the Miss Glendale Pageant

Verdugo Views: Remembering the Miss Glendale Pageant

For many years, the Miss Glendale Pageant was a major event in this city. The young woman who received the crown reigned as queen of the Days of Verdugos and also served as official hostess for the City of Glendale.

Verdugo Views: The tangled story of the Webb family

Verdugo Views: The tangled story of the Webb family

For years, Webb’s department store was a fixture on Brand. But few knew the story behind Webb’s.

Verdugo Views: How a protest saved Marion Drive's lampposts

Verdugo Views: How a protest saved Marion Drive's lampposts

The time was 7 a.m. The year was 1994. It was a Thursday morning and many who lived on Marion Drive on Adams Hill were still in their bathrobes.

Verdugo Views: Remembering a former Glendale first lady

Verdugo Views: Remembering a former Glendale first lady

In 1963, the city’s first lady, Cecelia Logan Barnes, was profiled in the Glendale News-Press by Women’s Editor Betty Preston.

Verdugo Views: Pat Boone returns to Prayer Breakfast

Verdugo Views: Pat Boone returns to Prayer Breakfast

Glendale's Prayer Breakfasts have spanned 50 years, and the speakers have ranged from unknowns to celebrities. One major celebrity was Pat Boone, who appeared at 1983's event.

Verdugo Views: Album shows Rossmoyne's distant past

Verdugo Views: Album shows Rossmoyne's distant past

One day recently, I drove over to the Rossmoyne area to talk to a couple who have lived in their house for many years.

Verdugo Views: Friend's scar inspires a teacher to write

Verdugo Views: Friend's scar inspires a teacher to write

Jane Hancock and her family moved to a house on Edmonton Road in 1961. “I fell in love with the house and the neighborhood the moment I saw it.”

Verdugo Views: Facts just might get in the way of a legend

Verdugo Views: Facts just might get in the way of a legend

There's an old saying, "a rose is a rose is a rose," and, with apologies to Gertrude Stein, I'd like to say "a legend is a legend is a legend."

Verdugo Views: City played a big part in 'Mildred Pierce'

Verdugo Views: City played a big part in 'Mildred Pierce'

Glendale played a starring role in the 1945 movie "Mildred Pierce," the story of a single mother who opens a restaurant right here in the heart of Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Weston story wakes up local memories

Verdugo Views: Weston story wakes up local memories

Edward Weston has been the topic several times in the 10-plus years I've been writing Verdugo Views. And, each time, the Weston name gets noticed.

Verdugo Views: Master-planned Montrose opened nearly 100 years ago

Verdugo Views: Master-planned Montrose opened nearly 100 years ago

Montrose, a 300-acre ‘planned community' opened Feb. 22, 1913 and more than 4,000 people showed up for the grand opening.

Verdugo Views: Long-ago memories of a famous neighbor

Verdugo Views: Long-ago memories of a famous neighbor

Ivan Forbes was in the audience recently when Beth Gates Warren, author of “Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather and the Bohemians of Los Angeles” spoke at the Glendale Central Library.

Verdugo Views: Rose Parade volunteer has rosy memories

Verdugo Views: Rose Parade volunteer has rosy memories

Judie Estep, who was born and raised in Glendale, has a long history with the city's Tournament of Roses float.

Verdugo Views: Urban Boy Scouts loved Camp Bill Lane

Verdugo Views: Urban Boy Scouts loved Camp Bill Lane

Mention Camp Bill Lane to local Boy Scouts of a certain age and you'll get smiles of recognition. The camp, established in the 1940s, hosted hundreds of local Scouts during the years of its existence.

Verdugo Views: Glendale's hibiscus history

Verdugo Views: Glendale's hibiscus history

In the spring of 1963, Ruby Barnett and her husband visited the city of Hiraoka, our Japanese sister city that later became Higashiosaka. During her stay, she toured some of the city's parks and gardens.

Verdugo Views: There was a time when a hospital stay cost $4 a day

Verdugo Views: There was a time when a hospital stay cost $4 a day

There's a certain group of people who have a common bond; they were born at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital here in Glendale. Douglas Motley is one of those people.

Verdugo Views: Spend some time with war-bond history

Verdugo Views: Spend some time with war-bond history

When the United States entered World War II, the nation needed financing in order to build up its defense system.

Verdugo Views: The story of a much-loved old house

Verdugo Views: The story of a much-loved old house

The old house at 540 West Broadway has sheltered many people during its long life — first as a private home, then as a boarding house and now as Wellness Works, which provides a safe haven for veterans through a program called ‘Welcome...

Verdugo Views: How the Elks got their start here

Verdugo Views: How the Elks got their start here

The men clustered on the makeshift platform in the accompanying photograph are taking part in an ages-old ritual: the laying of a cornerstone.

Verdugo Views: Soaring memories of a dirigible

Verdugo Views: Soaring memories of a dirigible

The first time Don McDonald went to Grand Central airport was in 1929. He and his father watched the launch of the metal dirigible built by Thomas B. Slate, a local inventor who had developed commercial dry ice.

Verdugo Views: When car shows were the fashion

Verdugo Views: When car shows were the fashion

Many people around town remember the car shows hosted by National Charity League and the Glendale Motor Car Dealers Assn. But even longtime residents might not realize that they were not the first of their kind.

Verdugo Views: Brand Boulevard of Cars has roared since the '20s

Verdugo Views: Brand Boulevard of Cars has roared since the '20s

If it seems as if the row of car dealerships on South Brand Boulevard has been there forever, you're close. Brand has been home to car dealers for nearly as long as Glendale has been a city.

Verdugo Views: Photographer returns to postwar Glendale

Verdugo Views: Photographer returns to postwar Glendale

Glenn B. Ward spent his entire career as a professional photographer working out of a small studio in his adopted city of Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Longtime volunteer towed the floats home to Brand

Verdugo Views: Longtime volunteer towed the floats home to Brand

For about 25 years, Carvel Gay towed Glendale’s rose floats from Pasadena to a spot in front of the Alex Theatre on Brand Boulevard.

Verdugo Views: An area radio pioneer is remembered

Verdugo Views: An area radio pioneer is remembered

When Harry A. James died in 1956, his obituary in the Glendale News-Press noted that the chapel of Sacred Memories at the L.G. Scovern mortuary was filled with the many friends he had made during his career in radio, as a recording artist, and...

Verdugo Views: An Olympic diver who made a splash

Verdugo Views: An Olympic diver who made a splash

Back in the 1950s, the Glendale Historical Society honored several people who had made an impact on Glendale. One was a young woman named Vicki Manalo Draves.

Verdugo Views: A history with Vietnamese refugees

Verdugo Views: A history with Vietnamese refugees

In the fall of 1975, several refugees from war-torn Vietnam arrived in Glendale. They had been attending orientation classes at Camp Pendleton and were still there when several local church members offered them temporary homes.

Verdugo Views: Seasons change at the garden club

Verdugo Views: Seasons change at the garden club

Longtime residents of Chevy Chase Canyon still recall the Christmas season when Ruby Barnett decorated the service station at the corner of Chevy Chase and Linda Vista drives with Santa Claus and his reindeer.

Verdugo Views: The Oakmont League's beginnings

Verdugo Views: The Oakmont League's beginnings

When it was first formed, Oakmont League was firmly connected with the Oakmont Country Club. But it wasn’t called the Oakmont League. It was called the Oakmont Junior Matrons.

Verdugo Views: Early neighborhood memories revealed

Verdugo Views: Early neighborhood memories revealed

When Doug Motley was born in 1946, his family was living on Highland Avenue in northwest Glendale.

Verdugo Views: A tale of two active generous citizens

Verdugo Views: A tale of two active generous citizens

Two families, the Duncans and the O'Loughlins, lived next door to each other on Thompson Avenue in Northwest Glendale for several years. The two fathers, Paul and Legory, respectively, shared an interest in public service and gave freely of their...

Verdugo Views: Busy mom is part of church's history

Verdugo Views: Busy mom is part of church's history

Gail Marks left her hometown of Oak Park, Illinois on her wedding day in July, 1967 and headed for Glendale with her new husband, Ken. She quickly found a church home at First Congregational Church of Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Early charity for elderly helped grow Twelve Oaks

Verdugo Views: Early charity for elderly helped grow Twelve Oaks

National Charity League of Glendale was established in 1942 to provide assistance to needy elderly people. For many years they held fundraisers with a specific goal: to build and operate a retirement facility in Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Iowa-bred caricaturist drew from his roots

Verdugo Views: Iowa-bred caricaturist drew from his roots

When Legory O’Loughlin graduated from his Iowa high school in 1920, he received an unusual graduation gift, a trip to California. While here, he was attracted by the state’s booming potential and three years later he came back to stay....

Verdugo Views: Chevy Chase Canyon and its portal pillars

Verdugo Views: Chevy Chase Canyon and its portal pillars

When Burt Farrar bought the remote Sycamore Canyon in the early 1920s, he replaced the dirt lane that ran along the stream with a wide concrete road and called it Chevy Chase Drive.

Verdugo Views: The man behind the Dunsmore name

Verdugo Views: The man behind the Dunsmore name

Up in the Crescenta Valley, residents often see signs referring to Dunsmore, as in canyon, avenue, park, elementary school and even as in sediment debris basin. But who was the person behind all those signs?

Verdugo Views: Sunday schools blossom into churches

Verdugo Views: Sunday schools blossom into churches

Many churches share a similar beginning in which a Sunday school outreach program leads to the formation of a church. That's the way Chevy Chase Baptist began.

Verdugo Views: Lagging pennies in Kenneth Village

Verdugo Views: Lagging pennies in Kenneth Village

Tom O’Loughlin has many fond memories of growing up in Northwest Glendale and hanging around Kenneth Village, at the corner of Kenneth Road and Grandview Avenue, in his youth.

Verdugo Views: Halcyon days in Verdugo Hills

Verdugo Views: Halcyon days in Verdugo Hills

Jeraldine Saunders has many fond memories of growing up in Tujunga in the days when the foothills were filled with people who moved there for the healthful air.

Verdugo Views: Sunshine society gets 'Rejuvenated'

Verdugo Views: Sunshine society gets 'Rejuvenated'

The Verdugo Hills Sunshine Society was formed in the early 1930s with the goal of operating a home-like boarding home for elderly people of culture and refinement.

Verdugo Views: Remembering the pre-freeway neighborhood

Verdugo Views: Remembering the pre-freeway neighborhood

Ron Magneson’s family moved to Walnut Drive in 1948 when he was four years old, and remained there until they were forced to leave in 1964 by construction of the Glendale (State Route 2) Freeway.

Verdugo Views: A father of First Lutheran

Verdugo Views: A father of First Lutheran

James P. Beasom Jr. came to Glendale’s First Lutheran church in 1937, and during his short time as minister the congregation grew from one of the smallest to one of the largest Lutheran churches in the state.

Verdugo Views: Six degrees of the Civil War

Verdugo Views: Six degrees of the Civil War

What do the Civil War, a veteran named Henry Mingay and Glendale have in common?

Verdugo Views: Local Elks lodge has a rich history

Verdugo Views: Local Elks lodge has a rich history

Stan Germain was just 21 years old when he joined Elks Lodge No. 1289 in March 1949.

Verdugo Views: Oakmont remains in league with Foothill club

Verdugo Views: Oakmont remains in league with Foothill club

Back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the most popular activities at the Foothill Service Club for the Blind was the craft program, which began soon after the club was founded in 1940.

Verdugo Views: Dog float caused a lot of barking

Verdugo Views: Dog float caused a lot of barking

One of the most controversial floats ever entered in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses parade was a flower-covered, party-hat-wearing basset hound labeled, ‘‘Havin' Fun Yet?''

Verdugo Views: A church home leaves vivid memories

Verdugo Views: A church home leaves vivid memories

One day in 1935, a woman took her very young son to Sunday School at a church near their home. The son has been part of the church ever since.

Verdugo Views: A family, a stone house, a church

Verdugo Views: A family, a stone house, a church

In 1909, a Pennsylvania couple purchased a tract of land in Tujunga and made plans to bring their family west, but the man died before they could make the trip. After several years, his widow made her way here.

Verdugo Views: The builders of Twelve Oaks Lodge

Verdugo Views: The builders of Twelve Oaks Lodge

Two generous people who spent their winters in La Crescenta, instead of in the Midwest, donated their property for a home for the elderly. Today it is Twelve Oaks Lodge.

Verdugo Views: Some soaring memories of El Miradero

Verdugo Views: Some soaring memories of El Miradero

Austeene Watkins grew up at El Miradero (now Brand Library) as the ward of her aunt, Mary Louise Brand. She married in 1909 and lived in Los Angeles, returning often for her uncle’s parties.

Verdugo Views: The early days of the Elks

Verdugo Views: The early days of the Elks

The group known as the Elks has been around since 1868. That’s when the first lodge was formed in New York City. Over the years, other Elks lodges were organized throughout the United States, and, as newcomers arrived in Glendale, they...

Verdugo Views: Iron Eyes Cody was active in the Scouts

Verdugo Views: Iron Eyes Cody was active in the Scouts

Iron Eyes Cody, who became famous as the “Crying Indian” in a 1971 “Keep America Beautiful” commercial, was active in Glendale's Boy Scout program for many years.

Verdugo Views: Glendale became stamped in the '20s, '30s

Verdugo Views: Glendale became stamped in the '20s, '30s

Many of Glendale’s neighborhoods were developed in the 1920s and ’30s, when it was billed as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.

Verdugo Views: The namesake of Stepper Auditorium

Verdugo Views: The namesake of Stepper Auditorium

George D. Stepper was the man behind the building at 220 West Broadway that became known as the Stepper Auditorium building. It later became the first home of the Verdugo Club, then gave way to redevelopment in the late 1970s.

Verdugo Views: Le Mesnager was a good soldier

Verdugo Views: Le Mesnager was a good soldier

Frenchman George Le Mesnager, who once owned the land that is now Deukmejian Park, settled in this area in 1866 and returned to France three times to defend his native country.

Verdugo Views: Studebaker dealer was active Glendale citizen

Verdugo Views: Studebaker dealer was active Glendale citizen

Stephen Packer left home at the very young age of 17, off to seek his fortune in the logging business. Eventually he made his way to Glendale where he became a prosperous auto dealer.

Verdugo Views: Early days of La Crescenta Woman's Club

Verdugo Views: Early days of La Crescenta Woman's Club

In the early 1900s, when the Crescenta Valley was sparsely populated and social events were scarce, women often gathered in homes, bringing along sewing to do as they visited.

Verdugo Views: Like kids in a candy store

Verdugo Views: Like kids in a candy store

This is the story of a man named Salvatore D’Amico, who was born in Italy, came to the United States and opened a candy shop on Brand Boulevard. The story came to light when Denise Hill contacted the Glendale Historical Society, seeking...

Verdugo Views: First mayor had a great singing voice

Verdugo Views: First mayor had a great singing voice

This year marks the 90th year since Glendale adopted a city charter and elected Spencer Robinson as the first mayor. Before that, Glendale had been governed by a board of trustees which had been in place since incorporation in 1906.

Verdugo Views: Three cheers for soda fountains and bingo

Verdugo Views: Three cheers for soda fountains and bingo

Harry Pryor was an enthusiastic cheerleader for any group he supported, so when he joined the Verdugo Club it seemed natural for him to take charge of choosing callers for the monthly bingo games.

Verdugo Views: Winemaking legacy is public park

Verdugo Views: Winemaking legacy is public park

Inspired by other French winemakers who had already come to California, a young Frenchman named George Le Mesnager arrived here in 1866. He set about acquiring several plots of land, including the large property in the northern reaches of our city...

Verdugo Views: Pioneers honored at 1981 Glendale Jubilee

Verdugo Views: Pioneers honored at 1981 Glendale Jubilee

Glendale’s Jubilee in 1981 marked 75 years since its founding in 1906. During the jubilee event, the city’s pioneers (those who had lived here for 75 years or more) were honored. Making the introductions that day was Carroll W. Parcher,...

Verdugo Views: Portion of Verdugo land grant sold to founder of Burbank

Verdugo Views: Portion of Verdugo land grant sold to founder of Burbank

The United States was only a few years old and California was still under Spanish rule when Jose Maria Verdugo applied for permission to graze his cattle and horses in our fertile valleys.

Verdugo Views: Community Foundation formed during city's 50th anniversary

Verdugo Views: Community Foundation formed during city's 50th anniversary

The year was 1956 and Glendale was in the midst of celebrating 50 years of cityhood with a special parade and other events when Irene Patterson and attorney Alice Moore invited civic leaders, business and professional men and women and...

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