Ten Years Ago
La Cañada High School 7/8 students who were interested in planes and flying were attending meetings of a new group on campus, the Aviation Club, which formed in December 2003. Activities included building model planes and learning the ins and outs of how a plane operates. The club adviser was science teacher Tom Traeger, a licensed pilot.
Twenty Years Ago
The La Cañada boys’ varsity basketball team got revenge on rival St. Francis and captured the championship of the third annual La Cañada Ticket Palace Holiday Classic.
Thirty Years Ago
Paradise Canyon Elementary School won a $1,295 Apple computer in a drawing. The students and their principal, C.T Holman were delivered their prize by Santa Claus.
Forty Years Ago
Thirteen-year-old Timothy Michael Butler of Santa Inez Way was stabbed to death on the day before Christmas 1973 while he rode horseback with a friend in the Arroyo Seco near JPL. The two, riding double, were accosted by an older boy who told them he wanted their horse. It was reported that when Timothy refused to give up the animal, the attacker lunged upward from the ground and stabbed the younger boy in the chest. He later fell off the horse, where he was recovered by emergency responders after his riding partner sought help. The murder suspect, a 17-year-old Altadena male, surrendered to sheriff’s deputies 24 hours later.
Fifty Years Ago
The St. Francis Knights football team rolled to a CIF championship with a 7-0 win over La Mirada.
Sixty Years Ago
La Cañada voters in December 1953 rejected, by a vote of 2,368 to 1,633, a plan to unify the local school district and bring home students from Muir High in the Pasadena school district. “By slapping down the principle of unification here, La Cañada gave several king-sized headaches back to the Pasadena Board of Education, including expansion of the overcrowded La Canada Junior High School [then operated by the Pasadena district], high school construction throughout the Pasadena system, and conversion from the 6-4-4 to 6-3-3-2 organizational plan — all of which involve major bond issues,” it was reported in the Valley Sun.
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