Born in Hilo, Hawaii on Aug. 16, 1899. Ada May Sharpless was raised in Santa Ana, CA and graduated from USC. Her art studies began in Los Angeles at Otis Art Institute and continued in Paris in the late 1920s with Antoine Bourdelle. She was active in Los Angeles until the early 1940s. Sharpless' work can also be found at General Hospital (L.A. County-USC Medical Center) and at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
Jimmy Demaret, in slacks and striped shirt, accepting check from Norman Chandler, in suit and tie, with Harold McSpaden, in textured shirt and slacks, looking on, with crowd, railing, and umbrella in background, triangular flags overhead, and microphones in foreground
Commission member, Thomas Perry, stands between fellow commissioners William G. Hale and Thomas C. Ridgway, who are both seated at a table strewn with documents. The California Code Commission, tasked with revising and codifying laws from thousands of specific state statutes, met to outline its objectives. Members were chosen from the legal and academic community. Commissioners included: President Thomas Caldwell Ridgway, former president of the California bar association; Vice-chairs, USC Dean William Green Hale and Perry Evans of San Francisco; Secretary Fred B. Wood; Don G. Bowker of Los Angeles; Gerald Hanna Hagar of Oakland; Berkeley's Professor Alexander Marsden Kidd; Stanford's Professor William B. Owens, and Norris N. Montgomery of Santa Barbara. Hagar and Kidd's names are misspelled in the Los Angeles Times caption and nitrate negative captions.
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.