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Portrait Gallery: Charlie Walshe, East Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights), ca. 1890

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Portraits are telling for a wide variety of reasons.  They can give us a good idea of fashion of a given time, they might be vocational … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sharing the Story of the Murder of John Rains, 1862, with the San Dimas Historical Society

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This year is the third year of “Curious Cases,” a series of Homestead programs in which interesting criminal justice events and issues are discussed in a … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Judging Student Projects for the 48th District Agricultural Association Fair

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This morning I went down to the Fairplex in Pomona to participate, for the second straight year, as a judge for student projects submitted to the … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sharing the History of Company D, 1st Battalion of Native Cavalry, California Volunteers, 1864-1866

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Several years ago, a friend handed me a large piece of thick folded cardboard tied together with twine.  He’d been the executor of the estate of … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Time Capsule Tuesday: A 1941 Aerial Photo of the Homestead and City of Industry

by Paul R. Spitzzeri As the City of Industry celebrates the 60th anniversary of its incorporation, which took place on 16 June 1957, here’s another early 1940s view of part … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Henry Chadwick: Father of the Baseball Scorecard

by Steven Dugan In The Joy of Keeping Score, author Paul Dickson says that “scoring a game is truly for the fan. Scoring will always bring you closer to the … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Curious Cases: Marshals, Malfeasance and Murder, 1853-1858

by Paul R. Spitzzeri We managed to conclude our “Curious Cases” program this afternoon on Los Angeles-area law enforcement during the 1850s just before the skies darkened, the lightning struck, … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment