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La Cañada History: Volunteers watched for enemy air forces

What happened 10-20-30 years ago?

January 15, 2014
  • Col. Wallace W. Hill points to the sky over Paradise Canyon School in January 1954, when the Crescenta-Cañada Valley's first Ground Observer Corps post opened at the Knight Way campus. Shown with him, from left, are Supt. Richard Farmer of the La Cañada elementary schools, Harold Buck, chief observer at the post and Col Robert Patterson, area supervisor for the Ground Observer Corps. Volunteers were being sought to take shifts at the local post to watch for enemy aircraft.
Col. Wallace W. Hill points to the sky over Paradise Canyon… (File Photo )

Ten Years Ago

Then-Vice President Dick Cheney, on a four-day campaign swing to the West, paid a visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada. Cheney toured the facility and met scientists and engineers working on the Mars rover program before delivering a short speech to JPL staff. His visit coincided with a television broadcast of then-President George Bush speaking at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., promising the U.S. would return to the moon and that there would be manned missions "to Mars and planets beyond."

Twenty Years Ago

At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994 La Cañadans and their counterparts in the Southland were jolted awake by the Northridge earthquake that caused an estimated $20 billion in damages. Although minimal destruction was experienced in La Cañada Flintridge, more than 5,000 injuries and 57 deaths were caused by the large shaker across the greater San Fernando Valley. Here, broken windows were reported at Foothill Boulevard businesses, including at the See's Candies store and at La Cañada Fine Wine and Liquors.

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Thirty Years Ago

La Cañada Flintridge was represented in 1984's Super Bowl XVIII action by one of its residents, nose guard Dave Stalls of the Los Angeles Raiders. Stalls, then 28, was traveling to the city and home field of his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Raiders, considered the underdogs, ultimately prevailed, beating the Redskins by a score of 38-9.

Forty Years Ago

Flintridge residents reportedly took up battle positions to resist efforts of a developer to remove estate zoning in a portion of the community's eastern section so he could build 23 units of town houses. About 50 people signed a protest petition against any rezoning of Dr. Bruce Kurtz's 14 acres at 285 Berkshire Ave.

Fifty Years Ago

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