John Joseph Cantwell touching a clergyman's hand during the ceremony associated with becoming an archbishop. He was the first archbishop appointed to the Diocese of Los Angeles. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of St. Vibiana.
The house in La Crescenta where William F. Gettle, Beverly Hills millionaire, was held during his five day kidnapping in May of 1934. Gettle was kidnapped from his ranch home in Arcadia on the night of May 9th during a housewarming party, then held in this La Crescenta house by a gang consisting of three men and two women. Police foiled their ransom plot and rescued Gettle on May 14th, following clues recorded on a dictagraph placed on the telephone conversations of a suspected bank robber.
A slum area, with unidentified citizens visible. Part of the housing study carried out by the State Emergency Relief Administration. County officials were asked to make a study of housing conditions in their city.
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.
A crowd gathered to see heavy seas at Redondo Beach. In January 1940 the southern stretch of Santa Monica Bay was battered by 25-foot waves, caused by a combination of heavy rain and a mysterious sea disturbance allegedly caused by a submarine. Waves caused damage to shorefront property and at least one person was reported injured.
Most likely related to the yearly mud battle between first and second year students and the first time female students took part. Students unknown. LAJC is now known as Los Angeles City College located near Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd.
Racing star Rex Mays (right) poses with "midget" car driver Bob Swanson (left) at the Legion Ascot speedway. The day's program consisted of a variety of challenges, with both drivers using "big" cars and "midget" cars during different races. Both drivers were later killed in accidents on the track.
Pete Schneider on trial for manslaughter on May 16, 1935. Schneider was accused of causing the death of G.A. Schnabel in a beer parlor fight on February 17, 1935. Peter Joseph Schneider, known as Pete Schneider (August 20, 1895 - June 1, 1957) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1914-1918) and New York Yankees (1919). He was born in Los Angeles, California.
Lottery set-up on Tony Cornero’s newly refurbished gambling ship, the Bunker Hill (also known as the Lux), which was meant to operate offshore of Los Angeles. After the Bunker Hill’s opening night, however, Cornero and five of his aides were arrested on felony charges of criminal conspiracy to conduct gambling games and serve alcohol without a license. After his arrest, Cornero announced that he was ready to go to the United States Supreme court to keep the Bunker Hill running. Cornero was also “admiral” of the Rex, another gambling vessel which was forced to suspend operations in 1938.
Frank Bincia, 29, in the back of a police car after being arrested in front of Pacific Press, Inc. because of an altercation with John Sullivan. Sullivan was picketing and Bincia was not, Sullivan claimed that Bincia assaulted him and Bincia asserted that Sullivan had called him "vile names"
Bar on Tony Cornero’s newly refurbished gambling ship, the Bunker Hill (also known as the Lux), which was meant to operate offshore of Los Angeles. After the Bunker Hill’s opening night, however, Cornero and five of his aides were arrested on felony charges of criminal conspiracy to conduct gambling games and serve alcohol without a license. After his arrest, Cornero announced that he was ready to go to the United States Supreme court to keep the Bunker Hill running. Cornero was also “admiral” of the Rex, another gambling vessel which was forced to suspend operations in 1938.
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."
Wrestler falls out of ring and into the crowd during a wrestling match between Ernie "Dirty" Dusek and Vincent Lopez (born Daniel Vincent Lopez de Vinaspre). The match was part of Jack Daro's international championship wrestling tournament, Olympic Auditorium.
Perry School, an insitution operated by Jehovah's Witnesses in the Redondo-Perry district that refused to allow students to salute the American flag. Consequently, a petition by residents of El Nido was created to close down the school.
Screenshot from a film used by the prosecution at the murder trial of DeWitt Clinton Cook. The film showed Cook (right) re-enacting his murder of dancer Anya Sosoyeva, who he hit on the head with a 2x4. Cook willingly confessed to the murder, as well as the assaults of two other women, Delia Bogard and Myrtle Wagner. This was the first time sound motion pictures were used during a trial in California history. The trial was also considered very unusual because Cook never denied the murder, personally offer a not guilty plea, or put up any defense. Cook was sentenced to death and executed in the San Quentin gas chamber on January 31, 1941, at age 21
William L. Brashear receiving a gift from M. A. Nugent (right) at his birthday/retirement party from the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. I. A. Cain stands to the left holding a birthday cake and a large crowd of railroad employees is gathered around the lounge chair Brashear is seated in.
Popular Culver City professional golfer Fay Coleman demonstrates the "right" and "wrong" form of various swings. Coleman, born into a family of golfers, was associated with the Los Angeles Country Club, and had a successful amateur career. In later years, he taught at the country club.
Verdugo Wash, site of one of three major flood control projects begun by the United States Army. Other projects are Compton and Ballona creeks. Project supervisors planned to give an official presentation of the plans to President Roosevelt in hopes of securing the $7,000,000-$8,000,000 needed for all three projects.
Walter A. Smith in court during his trial for negligent homicide. Smith was involved in the traffic death of Charles M. Daneri. The charges against Smith were dismissed when the judge ruled the accident was unavoidable.
Dr. A.M. Wilkinson pictured in court, on the day of his testimony before Los Angeles County grand jury regarding an ongoing investigation into religious racketeering. During his testimony, Wilkinson admitted to accepting $4400 from "gambling czar" Guy McAfee. The money was used to pay outstanding bills incurred by "The Last Days of Pompeii" pageant, presented by the Federated Church Brotherhood, of which Wilkinson was chairman. In his testimony, Wilkinson avowed that the funds received from McAfee came without strings attached, and that he and the notorious gambler had prayed for an end to the latter’s gambling addiction. Wilkinson, who was a vice crusader, resigned from the Citizens' Independent Vice Investigating Committee following his testimony. However, his resignation was denied by several Committee members, who believed that accepting the funds should not affect Wilkinson's position on the Committee.
Robert S. James sitting in the witness stand with a map of his home behind him. He was most likely testifying in his own defense for the murder trial of his wife Mary Emma James. He purportedly had an affair with his niece, which spurred him to tie down his wife and have a rattlesnake bite her, and then later drown her in their fish pond. He was supposedly helped by his friend, ex-sailor Charles H. Hope, who was also charged with murder.
Glendale's float in the 1938 Tournament of Roses Parade, titled "The Seasons." The float paid tribute to spring, summer, autumn, and winter, featuring children and flower arrangements meant to embody the spirit of each season. A man dressed in a purple robe and flowing beard to represent father time led the float
Robert S. James standing between two unidentified men in court. He was most likely testifying in his own defense for the murder trial of his wife Mary Emma James. He purportedly had an affair with his niece, which spurred him to tie down his wife and have a rattlesnake bite her, and then later drown her in their fish pond. He was supposedly helped by his friend, ex-sailor Charles H. Hope, who was also charged with murder.
Racing star Bob Swanson competes against Rex Mays in a "midget" car decorated with Felix the Cat at the Legion Ascot speedway. The day's program consisted of a variety of challenges, with both drivers using "big" cars and "midget" cars during different races. Both drivers were later killed in accidents on the track.