La Cañada History: Chamber of commerce moves into new midtown office in fall of 1957

Ten Years Ago

The 2007 La Cañada High School water polo team coached by Larry Naeve captured the CIF Southern Section Division III title with an 11-8 win over the Montebellow High Oilers.

Twenty Years Ago

More than 200 bottles of perfume were stolen from the Payless Drug Store then located in Plaza de La Cañada (where a Rite-Aid store is today). A store employee reported that the individually boxed fragrances, with a total retail value of $10,091, were discovered missing from their locked cabinet at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday in late November 1997.

Thirty Years Ago

The inaugural Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA Football Golf Classic held at Oakmont Country Club raised $8,500 to be earmarked for program development.

Forty Years Ago

Shortly after holding up La Cañada Liquor and escaping in a hail of gunfire, two robbers were caught by a sheriff’s unit while heading west in their vehicle on Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta. The liquor store’s owner, armed with a 38-caliber pistol, had fired five shots at the supects’ van as they left the store; one of the fleeing men returned fire with an automatic weapon. No injuries were reported.

Fifty Years Ago

The community learned the sad news of the deaths of a noted aerospace engineer from La Cañada, Jack E. Froelich, 46, and his 10-year-old son, Mark, who drowned in an Idaho lake while on a duck-hunting trip. The father and son died along with a Pasadena friend after their boat capsized in icy waters. The senior Froelich, while employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was project manager of Explorer 1, America’s first Earth satellite. In early 1967 he had been named president of National Engineering Science Company in Pasadena.

Sixty Years Ago

A new midtown office of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. opened at 749 Foothill Blvd, on the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard at Commonwealth Avenue. The office was in a wing of the Keilholtz Building. A branch of Chase Bank occupies the site today.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.

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