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La Cañada History: Spanish-style home saved from destruction and moved near Berkshire Bridge

What happened 10-20-30 years ago?

August 21, 2013

Ten Years Ago

Residents of the east side of La Cañada Flintridge reported hearing multiple gunshots just before midnight on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. Shortly thereafter, emergency responders found the body of a 33-year-old Los Angeles man on the access road/parking lot that runs south from Foothill Boulevard past the St. Francis High School athletic field toward the entrance to the La Cañada High School 7/8 building. The captain of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said the killing was a random one and that the community could continue to feel safe in its wake.

Twenty Years Ago

A vintage Spanish-style home on Del Monte Road that was to be replaced by a new structure was moved to a site near the Berkshire Bridge owned by Jerry and Bobbie Furrey. The Furreys announced their intention to maintain the house’s original woodwork, teak floors and tile, news that pleased the La Cañada Historic Preservation Committee.

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Thirty Years Ago

Local school officials were preparing for the first day of the fall semester, when La Cañada High School, for the first time in its history, would welcome 550 seventh- and eighth-grade students, following the closure of Foothill Intermediate School.

Forty Years Ago

A La Cañada woman, Mavis Bowes, was appointed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan to serve on the advisory board of the state Bureau of Automotive Repairs. On the subject of the board’s work on standardizing wording used for auto repairs and parts, Bowes said, “I don’t know a thing about cars. I’m a consumer and if they cannot explain it so I understand it, we start over.”

Fifty Years Ago

Approval was given by the La Cañada Rotary Club’s board of directors for the gift purchase of a $1,500 electronic marquee sign for the new La Cañada High School campus. It was hoped the sign would be installed and in use when the city’s first high school opened its doors in late September 1963.

Sixty Years Ago

Eighty-five residents signed a petition seeking the extension of Cornishon Avenue from its then-existing dead end near the south of the La Cañada Junior High campus through to Descanso Drive. Some privately held property, including a vineyard, stood in the way of the extension.

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Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.

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