10,20,30,40 and 50 Years Ago from the pages of the Valley Sun

Ten Years Ago

The Ralphs store in the 500 block of Foothill Boulevard closed to customers from Nov. 29-Dec. 16, 1998 to complete extensive renovations. Shoppers were told it would reopen as a Ralphs Fresh Fare and, according to a store director, it would be “be drop-dead gorgeous.”

Twenty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission gave its blessings to two building additions at the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints campus in the 1800 block of Foothill Boulevard. The project included enlarging the sanctuary and adding to an existing classroom/office structure.

Thirty Years Ago

The La Cañada school board, in a cost-cutting move, decided to shut down Oak Grove and Palm Crest elementary schools beginning with school year 1979-80. A committee was formed to determine the disposition of the two campuses.

Forty Years Ago

La Cañada High School students were abiding by rules set forth earlier that month by the school board, which adopted an experimental and more liberal dress code at the students’ request. Newly allowed were neatly trimmed mustaches, Bermuda shorts and sandals (with socks) for boys. Girls could wear skirts, culottes, dresses, pantdresses and pantskirts that were not so short that they would show lingerie or tops of stockings when the girls were standing or sitting.

Fifty Years Ago

A humorous drawing by Susan French of Alminar Avenue captured the top honors in the annual Valley Sun Thanksgiving art contest. Susan was a fifth grader at Oak Grove Elementary School.

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