Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California was kidnapped in 1933. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed. A former student was found guilty of the crime.
Possibly related to the article “Clubwomen in Generous Response as Appeals Sounded to Unfortunates, Cheery Yule Assured for Many Homes, Thousands of Trees Lighted for Gala Programs.” Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 1934: B4. The article states: … Mrs. Queen Boardman, chairman of Christmas-Out-of-Doors, heralded the advent of the season … elaborate Christmas programs and the lighting of outdoor trees … Youngsters as guests …
The "Making of the Mission Bells" float features a floral rendition of the San Gabriel Mission at the back of the float with a priest (Raoul de Ramirez), and a forge in the front with a blacksmith (George Gantus), and another man in a cape (Arnoldo de Ramirez) and 4 visible ladies in Spanish dress (there were 5 in all: Norma Dana, Laurita Lugo, Calrito Lugo, Floretta Cortez, and Gracia Didier). The float was entered by the city of San Gabriel and is seen at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
View of 11 men and 4 children standing outside of tents in a relief camp for people who were displaced by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. About 17 tents are visible, with a wooden building the center and mountains in the background.
View of the "Sea Serpent" float with 3 women. The Pasadena Memorial Flagpole (Goodhue Flagpole) is visible behind the float in its original location in the middle of the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard. The float was entered by the city of Venice.
Josef Sigall was born in Poland. He was educated in Vienna and was a gold medalist at the Royal Art Academy during 1909-15. He lived in South America before moving to Los Angeles in 1926 and to Saratoga in 1930. He worked as a portrait painter in California. In the course of his career he painted portraits of presidents Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt, and Hollywood notables including the actress Pola Negri. According a Los Angeles Times report, March 2, 1933 pg. 4, the Sigalls divorced on March 1, 1933.
William Edward Hickman, third from left, poses for a photograph with police officers and prison officials. On the far right is Los Angeles County Jailer Frank Dewar and second from right is Undersheriff Eugene Biscailuz.
View towards sightseers at the base of scenic desert cliffs in Red Rock Canyon which look like thick columns of rock standing in rows, one on top of the other. Four sightseers are visible next to 4 automobiles and a white tent.
Tom Clark, Manny Paquette, K. Yamamoto, and Kitty Kitabayashi prepare to move the Pacific Goldfish Farm from Westminster Blvd. and Golden West St. to a new location at Golden West St. and 1st St., about one mile south. They are in area with a wide wood plank floor and roof with wooden slats spaced 2 inches apart to provide protection and light. There are several metal tubs on the floor. The Pacific Goldfish Farm was founded by Henry Kiyomi Akiyama.
In October 1928 Collyer and Harry Tucker completed the second East-West nonstop transcontinental flight in 24 hours and 58 minutes, which was one hour and 52 minutes under the record established by the first flight.
View of a toppled tree on a residential street during or after a heavy rainstorm. Three apartment buildings are behind the tree and a gas station is on the far right in the background with a sign reading "Associated Gasoline."