10-20-30 Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

A reception was held at Oakmont Country Club in honor of Dr. Mervyn Purdy, who retired after a 50-year career as a physician. For 36 of those years, Purdy was also the La Cañada school district physician.

Twenty Years Ago

Noel Ryan, 12, won the championship in his age group of the 1990 Pepsi West-L.A. County Parks and Recreation Basketball Parks and Recreation competition. A sixth-grader at La Cañada Elementary School, Ryan defeated a 13-year-old Alhambra boy by 16 points during the finals, held at halftime during a L.A. Clippers game.

Thirty Years Ago

Gale force winds of up to 75 mph caused power outages and left a path of fallen trees and downed signs in La Cañada. Descanso Gardens reported losing three large oak trees in its main lawn area and numerous trees from other sections of the property.

Forty Years Ago

Calling rock music “propaganda with a beat,” the Foothill TACT Committee, an adjunct of the John Birch Society, presented a speaker for a public program held at Lanterman Auditorium. His topic: “Rock Music — Youth, Drugs and Brainwashing.”

Fifty Years Ago

A grand opening ceremony was held for Lorne’s Market, a small grocery store in the 900 block of Foothill Blvd., owned by Lorne and Philomena Leclair. Today, Le Petit Vendome operates its business in the former Lorne’s building.


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