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La Cañada history: Residents delivered disaster supplies to Alaska earthquake victims

What happened at 10-20-30 years ago?

May 01, 2014
  • La Cañada students load up relief supplies to send to Alaska as part of a Junior Red Cross relief effort in the spring of 1964, after the 49th state was devastated by a major, 9.2 magnitude earthquake. At the wheel of a Red Cross station wagon is Bill Brown, a Key Club member at La Cañada High. With him is Sue Shaffer, LCHS Girls League representative; Steve Brodhead (kneeling), St. Bede School student; Mary Sinclair, a member of the student council at Oak Grove Elementary School and Jim Brown, a student at Foothill Intermediate School.
La Cañada students load up relief supplies to… (File Photo )

Ten Years Ago

A change in weather patterns sent daytime temperatures to the 100-degree mark for a few days in late April 2004, surprising locals who had been experiencing daytime highs in the 70s. On the plus side, a Southern California Edison spokesperson reported that there were no heat-related power outages "or even rolling blackouts."

Twenty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce directors voted to support then-Gov. Pete Wilson's letter to have the federal government foot the bill in controlling immigration. The vote of the local chamber's board was unanimous after hearing a report on how California was suffering financially from costs incurred by the influx of undocumented immigrants.

Thirty Years Ago

The 63rd annual Children's Horse Show, sponsored by the Flintridge-La Cañada Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital, opened at Flintridge Riding Club. The cost of admission was $1.50 for adults and 50 cents for children 12 and under.

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Forty Years Ago

La Cañada High School was one of 264 Southland schools to join the new CIF Girls' Interscholastic Athletic Program for the 1974-75 school year. LCHS was tentatively assigned to the Rio Hondo League and was expected to have teams competing in four sports on the league level. Five other girls' sports would be entered on a freelance basis by the school. Thirty-one high schools with active boys' programs, including Bell Gardens, elected not to participate that first year with girls' teams.

Fifty Years Ago

For a Junior Red Cross project, La Cañada students at eight public and private schools collected health, educational and recreational supplies for shipment to disaster-torn Alaska, which on March 27, 1964 experienced a 9.2 earthquake, the second strongest in recorded history. When the La Cañada articles were delivered to Pasadena on the first leg of their trip it was requested by local Red Cross officials that they be earmarked for Kodiak, Alaska, where considerable damage had been done by a tidal wave following the quake.

Sixty Years Ago

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of rezoning the north side of Foothill Boulevard between Oakwood Avenue and Hampton Road from residential to commercial. Business zoning of the south side of the boulevard within the same boundaries remained contingent on approval of a plot plan.

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Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.

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