La Cañada History: Rooster named 'Jungle Boy' greeted store customers

Ten Years Ago

The City Council approved its long-awaited wireless communications facility ordinance which, among other things, required that property owners within a 400-foot radius of a proposed microcell facility site would receive notice that such an installation was under consideration. The law was the product of about two years of study and recommendations by a committee.

Twenty Years Ago

Following months of study and discussion, the La Cañada school board in September 1993 approved the curriculum developed by the science department at La Cañada High School for teaching the prevention of Human Immuno-deficiency (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Thirty Years Ago

About 200 community members attended a forum held at Lanterman Auditorium on the topic of drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers living in the Foothills of La Cañada and La Crescenta. The event was sponsored by Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Forty Years Ago

William G. Geller, a La Cañada resident and the county librarian, was feted on the occasion of his retirement with a community send-off party attended by about 300. After serving the county library system for 36 years, he and his wife, Helen, were planning a move to Northern California.

Fifty Years Ago

Over a two-week period in September 1963, community volunteers gathered in the cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School (where Crestview Prep and the Child Educational Center operate today) to process, stamp and pack into boxes approximately 6,000 new textbooks that would be used during the first year of operation of La Cañada High School. Grades 9-11 would be educated that first year of the school’s existence, with the members of the senior class remaining at Muir High School across the Arroyo Seco to complete their high school careers there.

Sixty Years Ago

A Chinese Houdan rooster named Jungle Boy that belonged to Ken Tuckey, owner of the local feed and seed store on Foothill Boulevard, was becoming a familiar sight as he greeted customers to the business. It was reported that sometimes, in his enthusiasm for the job, Jungle Boy would wander out into traffic and cause quite a stir.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.

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