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, E. H. Van Dorn, and Luella Pearl, were found guilty of the crime.
North Hollywood float in the 1938 Tournament of Roses Parade titled, "Merry Wives." The float featured two of the merry wives from Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Sir Falstaff being dumped from a basket of linen in an English garden