La Cañada History: Flintridge Hunter and Jumper Horse Shows

Ten Years Ago: About 300 people gathered at the gazebo in Memorial Park for a candlelight vigil organized by the Justice & Peace Forum. The vigil called for a peaceful resolution to the U.S. conflict with Iraq. A large American flag with the words “Win Without War” was stretched across the front of the gazebo.

Twenty Years Ago: Original owners of La Cañada’s popular Reflections restaurant (where Dish is today), Bob and Gregg Smith, sold their 50% interest in the business to part-owner John Albright. Plans were reported to be in the works for a major remodel. The Smith brothers, who founded Reflections in 1974 on the site of the former Chef’s Inn, said they would expand their Crocodile Cafe enterprise and keep their Parkway Grill in Pasadena.

Thirty Years Ago: Home Savings of America purchased an abandoned Texaco gas station on Angeles Crest Highway, remodeled the main building and opened a branch of its bank here featuring four teller stations and three new-account desks.

Forty Years Ago: A 5-year-old La Cañada girl escaped serious injury after falling into a manhole in front of her home in the upper Ocean View area. It was dark out when she took her spill, not knowing that the manhole cover, which served the flood control channel, had been removed by someone. The girl was treated at Verdugo Hills Hospital for a swollen and bruised ankle and released in otherwise good condition.

Fifty Years Ago: It was announced that the newly reconfigured educational facility for La Cañada’s sixth- through eighth-grade students, set to open in September 1963, would be called Foothill Intermediate School. The name was approved by the school board on a 3-2 vote, with one dissenting board member saying the name was not satisfactorily representative of the town.

Sixty Years Ago: The Flintridge-La Cañada Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital was planning its annual Flintridge Hunter and Jumper Horse Show, which was expected to be the last one held at Keith Spalding’s Hunter Trials Field. The Spalding land had been purchased for future use as a school development site; today La Cañada High School sits on most of the property.


Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci

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