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.
Hale Sparks and Sam Burnham were two former Central High School students who testified at the trial of William Edward Hickman - confessed kidnapper and murderer of Marion Parker, age 12. There is no record of Horace Taylor having testified at trial.
This photograph appears with the article, “The Desert’s 'Delirious Decade.' You know about the Forty-niners and Nome and Dawson of ’98, but here are some stories of an even more hectic era in the West’s mining history, as recalled by a man who had a part in helping make some of that history—An interview with Carl B. Glasscock,” Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1933.
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.