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Ten Years Ago

Rockhaven Sanitarium on Honolulu Avenue was celebrating its 75th anniversary year, to be capped off with a special Mother’s Day brunch for its 69 mostly Alzheimer’s patients. Administrator Patricia Traviss, whose mother Agnes Richards founded the sanitarium for women, recalled for a reporter the early days of the facility, which housed some familiar names over the years including actress Billie Burke, Marilyn Monroe’s mother Gladys Pearl Eley and Clark Gable’s first wife, Josephine Dillon.

Twenty Years Ago


A party was held in early May 1988 to honor Dorothy Talbott, who was retiring after serving for 10 years as the manager of the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure with the local chamber, Talbott had seen it grow from 100 to 200 members.

Thirty Years Ago

Then the youngest member of the Oakmont Women’s Golf Auxiliary, 19-year-old Peggy Curry, a student at the University of Southern California, easily won the WGA’s Club Championship, shooting 343 over four days of action.


Forty Years Ago

Amateur sports car racer Bill Young of the Foothills had his professional racing debut in late April 1968 marred by a mechanical failure. While participating in the 156-mile U.S. Road Racing Championship at Riverside International Raceway, Young’s Lola Mark 3B developed failure in the transmission shift linkage. The race was won by Mark Donahue.

Fifty Years Ago

The Golden Garret was the name of a new ladies’ apparel shop at 2418 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. It was owned and operated by Mrs. Loren C. Pickering.