This past New Year’s Day, local historian and longtime resident Ellie Pipes wanted to recognize the 75th anniversary of the 1934 New Year’s flood that devastated Montrose, and the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the flood monument that was erected at the corner of Rosemont and Fairway avenues. She invited some members of the La Crescenta Woman’s Club and the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley to join her for an impromptu remembrance ceremony at the monument site.
The group listened to a talk by an expert of the event, historian Art Cobery who described the flood’s origins and its aftermath and shared some of the personal stories of heroism and tragedy. The attendees then laid flowers at the monument and observed a moment of silence.
Contributed by Mike Lawler