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.
At the Tenth Olympiad banquet at the Biltmore, John C. Porter (Mayor of Los Angeles), Frank Merriam (Lieutenant Governor 1932-1934), Harry Chandler, James Rolph (Governor of California 1931-1934), 1 unidentified man, Adolph Schleicher (President of the Chamber of Commerce), Charles Curtis (Vice President 1929-1933) and others seated on one side of a banquet table in the Biltmore Hotel ballroom.
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.
USC football coach Howard Jones (left) shakes hands with UCLA co-founder Ernest Carroll Moore while UCLA football coach William Spaulding (second from right) shakes hands with USC president Rufus B. von Kleinsmid.
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.