One of the cornerstones of the old County Courthouse, which was located on the corner of Temple and Broadway, was opened to reveal a box from 1888 when the foundation was laid. Among the contents was an eight-page issue of the Los Angeles Times. The ceremony was led by Marshall Stimson, president of the Historical Society of Southern California, and Joseph Mesmer, president of the Pioneer Society.
Related to the article, "Fire Perils Home Area. Blaze Sweeping Verdugo Hills. Two Hundred Men Battle Flames Fanned by Brisk Wind. Three Houses Doomed and Hundred Threatened Near La Crescenta." Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 1927: 1.
View of the ruins of a home destroyed by the Sunset Canyon fires of early December, 1927. All that remain are the hearth and bath tub. A man walks away from the ruins. Also, an untouched house sits on a hill above. The fires destroyed approximately 100 bungalows and cabins in Sunset Canyon and caused additional damage elsewhere. Thousands fought the fire over several days.
Norman Soong was an American-Chinese journalist and publisher. Born in Honolulu, he was educated at Yenching University, Peiping and received his M.A. degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1935. Early in his career he was a photographer and reporter on the China staff of the New York Times, and was a journalist and reporter for several news papers and agencies in Asia and became a publisher as well. He died in Hong Kong following a brief illness.