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The Whittier Historical Society was formed in 1970 and its immediate purpose was to start a Museum in the city of Whittier. Through the efforts of several determined individuals, a building was purchased and the Whittier Museum was open to the public in 1983. Since that time, the Whittier Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the first 100 years of Whittier history and beyond. The Whittier Museum is completely supported by donations, grants and fundraisers. The Whittier Hi...



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Depicts a football game played between inmates of Fred C. Nelles School for Boys. Written on tape: Tyler vs Roosevelt. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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This is video taken by David Newman, former guard at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, just before the school closed. He walked around the grounds with a video camera to document what the school looked like, for posterity. Credits at end of tape: "This has been a FCNYCF B.O.O.T production / Give Gangs The BOOT! / Produced and edited by Anthony Reyes..." B.O.O.T stands for "Brother's Out of Trouble". For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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by Miller, Ak
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Description :  Ak Miller was a pioneer drag racer who had a career as a driver and car builder in many facets of motor racing for six decades. Born Akton Moeller, in Denmark, Miller migrated to Whittier with his parents as a child. Miller began his racing career on Southern California's dry lakes in the 1930s as a charter member of the Roadrunners, one of a group of car clubs that created the Southern California Timing Assn. and the National Hot Rod Assn. He served twice as president of the...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  Glen Miller's grandparents, Charles and Minnie Cryder, settled in San Dimas in 1897. His other set of grandparents, the Millers, settled in Whittier in 1894. By the early 1900s the Cryders had moved to a walnut and citrus farm in Whittier. Betty and Glen Miller likely discuss memories of farm life in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description :  Frances King, from a founding family in Whittier, discusses the establishment of Evergreen School, attending dances, her family and other prominent families in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topic: californiarevealed
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Notes: Poor quality first segment of reel. Description : Depicts a football game at Whittier College in 1957. Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Title likely refers to a fire at The Whittier Daily News on June 14, 1958 Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: Film: 16mm
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by Herzog, Willa
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Note : Both parts end abruptly. Some distortion and background noise throughout. Description : Cox discusses early Whittier, with particular focus on the Quaker church. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
Topics: californialightandsound, Quakers, Hoover, Lou Henry, 1874-1944 Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous),...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by Rummel, Mary Ann; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Paul Smith was born in 1879, and arrived in Whittier in 1882. His maternal grandfather, Rev. Augustus C. Hazzard, established the first two Methodist churches in Whittier. He has a clear memory of meeting Pío Pico when he was eight to ten years old. He discusses his memories of early Whittier, including Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles School for Boys) . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Sarrail, Dick; Phelan, Regina; Anderson, Ellen; Claxton, Nancy; Farmer, Ann; Joyce, Lois; Sarrail, Carolyn
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Description :  Several Whittierites deliver presentations on women in Whittier history. Dick Sarrail is the moderator; Regina Phelan speaks on M.F.K. Fisher; Ellen Anderson speaks on Harriet Russell Strong; Nancy Claxton speaks on Artilissa Dorland Clark; Ann Farmer speaks on Jessamyn West; Lois Joyce speaks on Rebecca Bailey; and Carolyn Sarrail speaks on Dorothy Forbes . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Dean, Monica
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Description :  Milo G. Burcham was born in Indiana in 1903. In 1919, his father moved the family to the Quaker town of Whittier, California, and worked as a citrus rancher. In 1933, Burcham competed in setting inverted flight endurance records. His flight of 4 h 5 min 22 s that December was not broken until July 24, 1991. In 1941, Burcham joined Lockheed as a production test pilot and spent a year as chief pilot of Lockheed's operations in England. On October 20, 1944 Burcham was killed in the...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Ida Crum's parents arrived in Whittier in 1896, and her father managed the Whittier Hotel under C. W. Harvey. She discusses her childhood in Whittier, including delivering milk, eating tamales, and local color . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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This is video taken by David Newman, former guard at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, just before the school closed. He walked around the grounds with a video camera to document what the school looked like, for posterity. Written on tape: Closure - Master #2 For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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by Auge, Kenneth C.
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Note:  High Amount of Hiss on Tape. Recording ends abruptly.  Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by City of Whittier
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Additional Description : The label on the outside of the metal cannister reads "A 16mm film / Magnetic Sound Stripe / (Title) City of Whittier / 1145' / (Running Time) 31 Minutes / (Date) July 20, '68. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
Topics: californialightandsound, Municipal government
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and static as on original tapes. Some speed fluctuations at the end of Part 2. Description : Alberta Rideout is the grand-daughter of J.B. Rideout, who wrote several books in the late 1800s detailing her move out west and camping in California's countryside. She is the daughter of Albert R. Rideout, a famous figure in the early Southern California avocado industry. Call Number : M76.22 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 3 Tapes of 3 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description :  James Dyer was born in Whittier in 1910. He discusses early Whittier hospitals . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Whittier Union High School District; California. Bureau of Business Education
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Description : The film follows two Whittier-area youths throughout the course of a single day, as they prepare for a date at a dance. The boy and girl each discover how distributive occupations play an important role in their daily lives, and come to understand that such work is important. Of historical interest is footage of local businesses and neighborhoods in the Whittier area. Also of interest may be some of the jobs shown in the film made obsolete by technology and changes in society. Its...
Topics: californialightandsound, Distributive education
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Note : Hiss and background noise as on original tapes. Description : Ruby was born in Whittier in 1897; Ralph arrived in 1914. He worked at Murphy Ranch then served in World War I. Call Number : M76.32A; M76.32B Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by...
Topics: californialightandsound, Agriculture, World War I, Barr Lumber Company (Whittier, Calif.)
Source: 3 Tapes of 3 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description :  Virginia Myer Boles and Earl Myer were raised on Lakeland Road in Santa Fe Springs in the 1920s. The siblings discuss their childhood in the Whittier area, as well as the journey of their great-grandfather from England to San Bernardino. Pat Nixon was Virginia's typing teacher at Whittier High School. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Seitz, Marjorie
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Notes:  Feedback and unidentified noises on recording. Description :  Loretta Mae Cook and the Marshburns, all early Whittier residents, discuss their memories of early Whittier. The Marshburns are relatives of President Richard Nixon. Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Glen Persing was born in Whittier in 1907. His father was a carpenter, who built the first St. Mary's Church building in Whittier, as well as the Bank of America and the Women's Club House . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description :  Monte Wicker was born in 1919 and died in 2016. He was a former Whittier councilman and longtime owner of Monte's Camera, still in operation by his sons in Uptown Whittier as of 2017. Wicker graduated from Whittier High in 1934, attended several colleges, including Whittier College, and served in the Army during World War II. Wicker was among the businessmen who founded the Whittier Uptown Association in 1954. He was elected to the City Council in 1962 and served three...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description :  Dolores Alvarado Conners was a grand-niece of Don Pio Pico, and a pioneer resident of Whittier since 1896. She served as a docent at the Pio Pico Mansion in Whittier. Her second husband, William E. Conners, was one of the first police officers in San Diego . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description :  Vera Manning recalls the family business in Whittier, Manning Meat Market, as well as parachutist Spud Manning . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  The Jose Maria and Josefa Ramirez family has ties to the Whittier area dating back to 1850. They both came to California from Sonora, Mexico. They were married at the San Gabriel Mission and had 17 children, 2 who died in infancy. One son, Juan Diego Ramirez, married Francisca Zuniga of El Monte. They had 9 children, their third child, a daughter, is Josephine Louise (Ramirez) Arcadi. Another son of Jose Maria and Josefa is Henry Ramirez who married Delfina Gonzales of Rivera....
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Myers, William
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Description :  William Myers delivers a presentation in 1989 at the Whittier Museum on the "red car", a streetcar that connected Whittier and Los Angeles . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description : Marilyn and Leonard Hofstetter owned the A.R. Rideout House. (A.R. Rideout was a famous avocado man in Whittier.) Their daughter, Marilyn Hofstetter, was the first woman mayor of Whittier (1968-1970). Call Number : M76.18a Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Hofstetter, Marilyn, Rideout, Albert R., Avocado industry, Feminism, Oral...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Stafford, Jane
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Notes:  Poor quality recording. Description :  Ira Cate's grandfather moved from Illinois to rent several acres from last governor of Mexican California Don Pio Pico, before Whittier existed. He grew corn, walnut and citrus. Source:  1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Charles Hurst is a member of the King family. His parents bought land from Lucky Baldwin, and grew oranges on it. He discusses life in early Whittier, including methods of property tax assessment in 1913 . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Description : Ruby was born in Whittier in 1897; Ralph arrived in 1914. He worked at Murphy Ranch then served in World War I. Source : 1 Tape of 1 : 8mm video Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
Topic: californiarevealed
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Margaret Reese Sherman discusses the Whittier pioneer Bacon and Reese families, as well as her recollections of the Great Depression and the development of East Whittier from ranchland into housing tracts . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Eisen, Norman B.
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Description : The film shows how Whittier-area high schools implemented a work experience education program, as a collaboration among students, teachers, the school board, and local merchants. It includes footage of small, local businesses as well as high schools and board rooms. Potential jobs for students shown in the film are: nursery school worker, accountant, auto mechanic, typist, laboratory technician, gardener, secretary, transcribing machine operator, teacher, nursery worker, file...
Topics: californialightandsound, Distributive education, Education, Secondary, Vocational education, Small...
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Blanche (Keen) Seppi came to Whittier with her parents and brother Walter in 1897. They settled on a 10 acre ranch in South Whittier. Their father, Scott Keen, had his own grading business and it is estimated that he graded 85% of the roads in Whittier. Walter Keen also went into the grading business. Mrs. Seppi married Joseph Seppi who worked as a civil engineer in the Whittier/La Habra area. Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Note : Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: audio levels vary throughout the program, and occasional scratches in audio, example at 00:07:10. This is video taken by David Newman, former guard at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, just before the school closed. He walked around the grounds with a video camera to document what the school looked like, for posterity. Written on tape: Open Pano of Video Beginning - Short Version For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Walter and Gertrude Mundt discuss old homes in Santa Fe Springs, which used to be South Whittier, starting at about 1916. They were longtime residents of the town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Margetan, Paul
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Note : Background noise and hiss throughout. Some program distortion. Description : The Phelan Family arrived in Whittier in 1907, when Catherine was three years old. There is a public elementary school in Whittier named for the family. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
Topics: californialightandsound, Agriculture, child labor, dairy farms, School integration, Bailey,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/4 inch audio tape
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Description :  Depicts a parade in Uptown Whittier. The approximate year of the parade has been identified by cross-referencing city directories with businesses shown in the 7000 block of Greenleaf Ave (then 100 South block of Greenleaf). The following businesses visible in the film are all listed in the 1938, 1939, and 1942 Whittier City Directories: Western Auto Supply Co.; Elks Club (B.P.O.E.); Whittier Hardware; People's Finance and Loan Co.; Lackey's Furniture.  Source:  1 Reel of 1:...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: Film: 16mm
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Note : Hiss and background noise as on original tapes. some distortion and phasing on Parts 6 and 7. All parts end abruptly. Description : Whittier Williams was the first baby born in the new city of Whittier. Topics covered include the agriculture business, the mortuary business ,the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and founding families of Whittier. Additional Description : Notes on original container: Whittier Williams O/H Interview Aug. 31, 1978 (Pearce/Wood) Whittier Historical Society. Call...
Topics: californialightandsound, Agriculture, Earthquakes, Undertakers and undertaking, Hadley, Washington,...
Source: 4 Tapes of 4 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Poitou, G. R.
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Description :  G. R. Poitou, Frenchman, translates an article from a French newspaper titled "Supplement of the Future of Southern California," which details French people living and working in the then-"French colony of La Puente", including the Whittier family the Pellisiers, who operated a dairy in town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topic: californialightandsound
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Description : Depicts horse parade that took place in Whittier in the late 1930s.  Source:  1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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This is video taken by David Newman, former guard at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, just before the school closed. It is material related to the history of the school. For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
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by Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Ross C. Lambert's grandfather, Elwood Lambert, was born in Ohio. He fought in the Civil War, then moved to Whittier in 1893. He planted walnuts on 25 acres between Whittier and Fullerton. Ross C. Lambert's father, Reece S. Lambert, also bought land in Whittier and grew walnuts as well . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topic: californiarevealed
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Description :  Ann Sargent Smith's parents were citrus farmers in Whittier. She discusses her family history . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Stoody, Virginia; Majka, Michaeline; Coulter, Louise; Radford, Claire
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Description :  Richard Hathaway discusses the history of his family in Santa Fe Springs, which was once known as Los Nietos and South Whittier. The Hathaway Ranch House still stands as a Museum there . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Shirley Marlatt, Hugh Bruen's niece-in-law, discusses Hugh Bruen and the chain of theaters he owned in the Whittier area. He was born in 1898, and moved to Whittier in 1936. He bought all three theaters then in town: the Wardman, the Whittier, and the Roxy. Shirley discusses the fate of historic theater buildings in Whittier throughout the years. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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Description : Williams was the niece of Dr. Mary Louise Davis (1875-1951), who was one of Whittier's first doctors. Davis arrived in Whittier from Newell, Iowa in 1901, graduated 1911 from the Los Angeles Osteopathic College, started her practice in Whittier in 1913, worked in Whittier til 1944. Williams played clarinet in the Whittier College Symphony Orchestra. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright...
Topics: californialightandsound, Feminism, Osteopathic medicine, Whittier College (Whittier, Calif.)
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Helen married into the Hathaway family, whose history in Santa Fe Springs begins in 1890. She discusses the history of her husband's family in the town, as well as her own recollections. She mentions that the oil boom in Santa Fe Springs brought in prostitution and gambling. It is unusual for a Whittier-area oral history of this era to touch on those controversial subjects . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Mildred Johns was born in Whittier in 1898. She discusses how the post-World War II population boom changed the town, and the importance of Whittier State School and Whittier College to the town's economy . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topic: californiarevealed
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by Ashby, Dorothy Welch
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Description :  Dorothy Welch Ashby, in an address to the East Whittier Women's Club, likely discusses her childhood in Whittier as the daughter of Guy Welch, Chief of Police . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
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by Schwab, Sabina
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Description : Rose Kuper, painter, presumably discusses her painting career. She was born in Russia in 1888. Her husband, Theodore Fred Kuper, led the charge to save Monticello. This is likely also discussed. Additional Description : There is no transcript; however the Museum has a file of articles on Rose Kuper from which I drew assumptions as to the content of this oral history. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected...
Topics: californialightandsound, painting, Jefferson, Thomas, 1732-1807
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Description :  The Chaffey House is on the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway in Uptown Whittier. It was built at the turn of the 20th century. Fred Hadley likely discusses its early residents. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Girvigian, R.; Radford, Claire G.
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Note : Static, hiss, and background noise as on original tapes. Distortion throughout. Part 3 ends abruptly. Description : Speeches about the history of the Workman-Temple Family homestead, delivered at a conference. Additional Description : Notes on original containers: Tape 1 - El Monte Story, Workman-Temple Family History (Radford) 1/20/79 AHSLAC-Mini-Conf. Elmonte 1 of 2. #1. Tape 2 - R. Girvigian, et al restoration Workman-Temple Homes. AHSLAC Mini Conf. 1/20/1979 2 of 2. #2. Call Number :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Restoration and conservation, Workman-Temple Homestead (City of Industry,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Hiss and background noise as on original tapes. All parts end abruptly. Description : Hannon's father arrived in Whittier in 1901. He and his brother began a cement business. Some of the sidewalks imprinted with their name still exist today. Call Number : M76.15A; M76.16B Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder....
Topics: californialightandsound, African Americans, Cement, Chinese Americans, Hispanic Americans, Japanese...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  J.D. and Edith Brannon discuss the Leffingwell Ranch, which comprised much of East Whittier before it was developed into homes. Brannon worked on the ranch, and details agricultural methods such as smudging. He mentions Mexican, Chinese, and Japanese agricultural workers. . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Jack Matson was born in Kansas City, Missouri, 1926. He joined the Navy in 1944. He remained in the Navy Reserve and retired in 1986 with the rank of Captain. He served on active duty at the end of WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he, his wife and two sons moved to Whittier in 1954. He opened his own Architectural office in 1957 and retired in 2001. He died in Whittier in 2005 . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Giles, Nancy
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and static as on original tape. Part 2 ends abruptly. Description : John Groenwald was a civic engineer for the City of Whittier from 1960-1982. He discusses post-war annexation of outlying Whittier areas, as well as the transformation of the local founders' cemetery into a quiet park. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
Topics: californialightandsound, Reservoirs, Bailey, Jonathan, 1819-1904, Fargo, Dorothy, Founders Memorial...
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Evelyn Jesson discusses her vivid memories of studying at Whittier College, 1949-1950, when she roomed in the Johnson-Harrison House in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Giles, Nancy
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Note:  Static on Tape; High Amount of Hiss on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape; Program Distorted at Times. Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Note : High amount of hiss and background noise throughout. There is a gap at 05:08. Description : Eckles discusses early public transportation in Whittier. Call Number : M76.11 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase...
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation, Rideout, Albert R.
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Description : Harry Nerhood, who became music instructor at Whittier College in 1939, is giving advice to Orville Espolt, Gurney Maple, and Susan Jack on which Whittierites to interview for the first oral history program in the 1960s, and what interview methods to use. Also see this related recording: Whittier Oral History Program Plans #1 Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: Audio cassette: 1 Tape of 1
Whittier Museum
by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Myron Claxton was born in Whittier in 1919, and discusses his boyhood in Whittier, as well as his time on the City Council after retirement. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Phelan, Catherine
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Note:  High Background Noise on Tape. Program Distorted at Times. Speed issue at the end of tape. Recording ends abruptly.  Description :  First informal presentation to the City of Whittier, regarding why the City should preserve and maintain this historic house for the public, in 1974. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Betty Nishimura arrived in Whittier in 1954. She faced more racial prejudice upon her arrival in California than she had during her upbringing in Hawaii, even during Pearl Harbor. She tells the story of Pearl Harbor in great detail, and explains what her childhood in Hawaii was like . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Johanson, Sue; Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  William B. Temple was born on a citrus grove in Covina, California. He was invited to discuss the farm wagons given to the City of Whittier by Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, as someone who would recognize the equipment, how it was used, and interesting details . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Claxton, Myron
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Note:  High Amount of Hiss on Tape.  Description :  Discussion of turn-of-the-20th-century Whittier, including Whittier Community Theatre, Whittier public schools, and the Whittier Hills. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Note : Due to original recording and/or condition when digitized: general poor recording quality, audio levels jump throughout. This is video taken by David Newman, former guard at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, just before the school closed. He walked around the grounds with a video camera to document what the school looked like, for posterity. Written on tape: Fred C. Nelles YCF HX - VHS to VHS For additional information see California Revealed .
Topics: californiarevealed, Correctional institutions--United States--California
Source: VHS: 1 Tape of 1
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  William M. Sucksdorf was born in Germany in 1869. He left for Iowa at the age of 16, and arrived in Whittier in 1910. He bought 10 acres of navel oranges in East Whittier, and built a large home out of redwood. The home at the time of this interview was owned by interviewee Lois Fleming, who discusses the history of the home and its inhabitants. The home is at 8531 Catalina in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Mathony, Virginia
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Description :  Sylvia Nowlin was born in Oklahoma in 1910. She came to Whittier at the age of 15 with her family. They drove in a Model-T on washboard roads for two weeks to California. She vividly remembers the sight of Whittier Boulevard as she rode into town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Margetan, Paul
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Description :  Catherine Laird Nanney Biggers is part of the Nanney real estate family, responsible for developing East Whittier from orchards into suburban housing tracts following World War II. In this oral history, she likely discusses her memories of early Whittier as well as her family's involvement in the real estate business. Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by De La Torre, Margaret
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Notes:  Middle portion of recording is inaudible. Description :  Neva B. Turner's parents arrived in Whittier from Santa Ana in 1901, and Neva was born in 1904. She discusses her memories of early Whittier, including movie theaters . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/4 inch audiotape
Whittier Museum
by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  Esther Krenz is a daughter of one of the founding families of Whittier. Mother and daughter. Her father came to Whittier and started a nursery. He built a home where the Whittier High School auditorium now is. She discusses early memories of Whittier, and her father's nursery business . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Owens, Lee
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Description :  John Nagel operated the Los Angeles East Side Airport, frequently called the Whittier Airport, located in neighboring town Pico Rivera, in the late 1920s, early 1930s. He is interviewed by Lee Owens, whose father was a friend and employee of Nagel . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette