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La Cañada History: Community organizations rally around La Cañada couple

Ellie Wildermuth
Ellie Wildermuth, center, was the guest of honor for a “fire shower” held 10 years ago this month to help her replace items lost in an October 2009 blaze that caused $500,000 in damages to her home.
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Ten Years Ago

Several local community organizations were rallying around a La Cañada couple whose Ivafern Lane home had survived the Station fire only to be destroyed by a house fire a month later. The groups organized meal deliveries and a “fire shower” for Ellie and Robert Wildermuth, whose home suffered $500,000 in damages in an Oct. 5, 2009, blaze that originated with a spa heater. “Ellie was an inspiration to all of us because she hasn’t stopped once since this thing happened,” said Sheree Butts, who organized the shower.

Twenty Years Ago

The La Cañada Unified School District’s Measure A school bond passed at the polls in 1999, when voter turnout for the election was light. The measure allowed the LCUSD to raise $6 million for modernization projects through the sale of bonds.


Thirty Years Ago

Six La Cañada High School football team members were named to the Rio Hondo League first team. The all-league selections included Paul Traughber, Jeremy Findel, Vance Mitchell, Richard Oh and Geoff Yale.

Forty Years Ago

Roger Aver, a longtime La Cañada resident and businessman, was named Realtor of the Year by the La Cañada Board of Realtors. The award was announced during a December 1979 dinner-dance held at Oakmont Country Club.


Fifty Years Ago

Employing church members as the cast, La Cañada United Methodist Church in December 1969 presented Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera for children, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” in its sanctuary. Lead roles were held by local residents Dr. Doug Morgan, Brad Millikan and Lynn Vine as the Magi; Jim Burk as the page, Mrs. Lew Hunter as the mother and Gary Millikan as her son, Amahl. The work was written for television and originally telecast in 1951. It had become a holiday season tradition on TV in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sixty Years Ago

The 82-member La Cañada Junior High School band, under the direction of Lawrence B. Bellis, won the “Outstanding Junior High School Band” trophy in the December 1959 Junior Bowl event held on Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard. La Cañada’s drum majors were John Weybrauch and Eric Tollefson.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.

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