Men from families requiring state assistance hoe lettuce grown on community land. Beginning in 1933, small tracts of land throughout Los Angeles county were used by the government as locations for community gardens, where men left unemployed by the Great Depression could work and grow food to feed their families. In 1933, 890 acres of land in Los Angeles County were used toward this purpose; the program expanded to 2,500 acres of land in 1934. This land was approximately enough to grow the vegetables consumed by 20,000 county welfare families.
Photo related to November 1935 United States Senate Justice Administration Committee on the controversies surrounding the bankruptcy of Fox West Coast Theaters. Charles L Rawlins was the attorney for the receiver and trustees of the Arizona Edison Company, which was involved in the case.
Chinese Empress Wan Qua Fei float in a staging area, probably on S. Orange Grove Blvc. The float features a carriage lead by dragons with Lili Arikawa seated on a throne as the empress, hanging baskets and lanterns, and with 'Long Beach' written on top.
Boys from financially disadvantaged backgrounds participate in a free summer camp in Griffith Park. The camp, which was organized by Sheriff Biscailuz, lasted hosted groups of 100 boys for 10 days at a time. While at camp, the boys participated in activities such as swimming, fencing, baseball, various hobbies, and a nonsectarian religious program. The camp's 1937 season lasted from July 6th to September 4th.
Spectators at the Paul A. Wright "white flame" murder trial in which Wright is accused of killing his wife Evelyn McBride Wright and best friend John B. Kimmel after finding the two in an embrace on a piano bench in his home.
Unidentified man in court for the murder trial of crossing guard Albert Dyer. Dyer had lured three Inglewood girls into the hills, where he strangled them with rope and his hands. He was eventually found guilty and executed.
U.S. Navy sailor holds a kitten during the Army-Navy Maneuvers that took place off the coast of Southern California at the end of 1946. The goal of the war games was to practice two maneuvers: Operation Mountain Goat, an amphibious landing designed to dislodge "enemy" troops, and Operation Oilskin, a landing to cut off "enemy" communications. The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps aircrafts participated in the exercise.
Bradley Bunker, brother of murder victim Marilyn Bunker, provides witness testimony in court. Marilyn was shot by 17-year-old Donald Rogers, also known as Donald Fehrenschild, while she was playing on a hill with her little brother and other children. Rogers shot at the children from the upstairs window of his home. However, Rogers insisted that he was trying to shoot doves he had seen on the hillside.
Mae West (August 17, 1893–November 22, 1980) in court during questioning about profits earned from her role in the movie "She Done Him Wrong." Writer Mark Linden accused West of failing to provide half of the profits she earned from selling his play to Paramount in order to produce the film. The judge ruled that West did not owe the writer any of the additional money she received as salary for her role as an actress. West was an American actress, playwright, and screenwriter.
Man at work on an automobile at the Los Angeles Studebaker assembly plant in Vernon, CA. The plant opened in December of 1935, and the first completed automobile rolled off the line on January 2, 1936. The plant operated until June 8, 1954.
In November 1933, wildfires raged through the San Gabriel Mountains above the Crescenta Valley. In late December, a series of storms dropped 12 inches of rain. On New Year's Eve, heavy rains led to sporadic flooding. Around midnight, mountain hillsides collapsed sending millions of tons of mud into the Crescenta Valley neighborhoods below. More than 400 homes were destroyed in La Cañada, La Crescenta, Montrose and Tujunga. Scores of people were killed, and hundreds were left homeless.
Veva K. Nelson (27), mother of 9-year-old film actress Norma Gene Nelson, in court to sue her husband Norman (65) for divorce. Mrs. Nelson claimed her husband was cruel to her and Norma Gene and was almost continuously intoxicated for the past five years. Mr. Nelson denied the charges, but custody of the young actress was given to her mother.
A view of the courtroom in which Albert Dyer's murder trial began. Dyer lured three Inglewood girls to the hills, where he strangled them to death with his hands as well as rope. From left to right is Chief Deputy District Attorney William Simpson, Chief Investigator Eugene Williams, Public Defender William Neeley, and Albert Dyer. Public Defender Ellery Cuff is standing.
Dr. A.M. Wilkinson testifies against gambling and vice before the county grand jury. During his testimony, Wilkinson admitted to accepting $4400 from "gambling czar" Guy McAfee to use as financing for "The Last Days of Pompeii" pageant presented by the Federated Church Brotherhood, of which Wilkinson was chairman. Wilkinson, who was a vice crusader, resigned from the Citizens' Independent Vice Investigating Committee after this admission. However, his resignation was denied by several Committee members, who believed that accepting the funds should not affect Wilkinson's position on the Committee.
Famed evangelist Aimee McPherson (left) and former head of the State Department of Social Welfare Rheba Crawford (right) link arms in front of a crowd. A train is visible in the background. Crawford had recently given up her post at the State Department to become an associate pastor with McPherson at Angelus Temple.
Heavyweight wrestler El Pulpo grappling with an opponent at the Olympic Auditorium. A nearby referee watches closely. He became known as the "Octopus Man" due to his ability to entangle his adversaries.
Bonus marchers convene to march northward to San Francisco, and then continue on to Washington. The Bonus Army consisted of World War I veterans and their families who pursued immediate payment of their service certificates.
Mrs. Antibus sued Mr. Warner Sr. after her home was raided by Buron Fitts and several of his deputies at the request of Mr. Warner. The raid of Mrs. Antibus' home was conducted in order to search for Mr. Warner's son, Thomas W. Warner, Jr. Mr. Warner, Jr. was found hiding inside the home with his girlfriend Mrs. Jean MacDonald. The pair had been hiding in the home from Mr. Warner, Sr. who was opposed to their relationship and was seeking to end all contact between the pair. Mrs. Antibus served as a private detective for Mr. Warner, Jr. and had previously conducted an investigation into the life of Mrs. MacDonald in attempt to determine whether she was truly in love with Mr. Warner, Jr. Mrs. Antibus alleged that the raid left several of her visitors injured and was unnecessarily violent.
Thomas W. Warner Jr., son of millionaire automobile parts manufacturing magnate Thomas W. Warner Sr., pictured on the stand. Warner Jr. had brought a suit against Pearl Antibus, a private investigator, whom he had hired to determine if his fiancee, Jean MacDonald, loved him for himself or was only interested in his fortune. Antibus investigated by placing a dictaphone in MacDonald's home. The sum total of her services came to $2500, $1500 of which was still owed to her. Warner disputed the amount, which he asserted he had never agreed to, and thus brought suit against Antibus. Superior Judge Stutsman ruled on April 14 that, as Antibus had successfully completed her services and determined that Warner's fiancee did love him, she thus was owed the full amount. He further opined that, after viewing Jean MacDonald on the stand, that "she is well worth that $1500 and more."
Clifford E. Clinton, Los Angeles restaurateur and philanthropist, appears in court beside his wife Nelda Clinton. At the time of this photo, Clinton was a member of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury. He was cited for contempt of court for attempting to present the findings of his "Citizens' Independent Vice Investigating Committee (CIVIC)" before the Grand Jury, while refusing to name his sources or clarify what case he was attempting to present. Another Grand Jury member, Harry L. Ferguson, as well as Clinton's lawyer A. Brigham Rose and his legal secretary Pauline Huff, were all additionally cited for contempt. The charges were dismissed on December 1, 1937, on the technicality that the Grand Jury lacked the authority to issue the citation.
Actor Ben Lyon with his wife, actress Bebe Daniels, during a trial for 36-year-old war veteran Albert F. Holland. Holland's sanity was questioned after he wrote more than 150 love letters to Daniels and claimed to have married her in Mexico. During the case, Holland ran most of his own defense, including a lengthy cross-examination of Lyon. The jury ultimately found Holland to be insane and committed him to the state hospital.
An aerial view of Los Angeles during the Hoover Dam Power Inaugural, held to honor the first instances of power-production from the dam. Downtown Los Angeles was flooded with 7.2 million candle-power light, and engineers claimed that the display was visible from 100 miles away.
The new Los Angeles County Board of Education assembles to discuss pertinent issues. From left to right, Roy J. Becker, John F. Dalton, Edward W. Hauck, board president Gertrude H. Rounsavelle, Frank A. Bouelle, Margarete Clark, George W. McDill, and Stewart O. Mertz.
Two women in fur coats shake hands at the 11th annual charity ball and dinner of the Junior Auxiliary of the Jewish Home for the Aged, held in the Biltmore Bowl. The theme was patriotic and Bob Hope, George Murphy and Jerry Colona presided as masters of ceremony