Ten Years Ago: Nearly 60 years after being captured by Japanese forces at the beginning of World War II and held as a prisoner of war for four years, longtime La Cañada resident Garth Dunn was awarded the Purple Heart during a special ceremony held at the Federal Building in Westwood. Dunn credited his U.S. Marine Corps training for his survival.
Twenty Years Ago: With California in its fourth consecutive year of drought, La Cañadans were told they faced a mandatory cut in water usage beginning Feb. 1, 1991.
Thirty Years Ago: Between 800 and 1,000 local residences in neighborhoods near Jessen Drive found themselves without power early one Saturday morning in January 1980 after vandals broke open a locked box mounted on a utility pole. The vandals flipped a switch that caused an explosion and a small grass fire at the base of the power pole.
Forty Years Ago: Winds gusting to 75 m.p.h. buffeted La Cañada, downing power lines and trees. In other damage, the top to a camper was lifted off its truck bed and carried by the wind onto the roof of a neighboring house.
Fifty Years Ago: The well-liked manager of the Flintridge Riding Club, Jimmy Williams, was named the 1960 winner of the Horseman of the Year award at the American Horse Shows convention in Houston.
Sixty Years Ago: Ground was broken for the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1830 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. The 12,000-square-foot structure was expected to cost $135,000.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times