Fifty years ago: A drag race on Crown Avenue during the wee hours of a July 1964 morning ended badly when one of the two vehicles involved didn't make the turn at Sana Inez Way, jumped the curb, flipped over on its top and burst into flames.
Fifty years ago: The 1964 enrichment summer school program at La Cañada Unified's Foothill Intermediate School was designed to "excite the pupil and make his classroom experience like an adventure into education," according to Principal Tom Fine.
Fifty Years Ago: As a reminder to its readers that fireworks are strictly prohibited in La Cañada and neighboring communities by county fire regulations, the Valley Sun ran a fanciful photo on its cover of two brothers, Mike, 12, and 10-year-old Tim Curnutt thinking wistfully of the days when...
Forty years ago: La Cañada's postmaster, Dick Mason, raised the American flag over the post office for the last time, prior to his retirement after 33 1/2 years with the U.S. Postal Service.
La Cañada Junior Baseball Assn. officials announced that 670 boys ages 9-16 had signed up to play on 40 teams in six leagues during the summer of 1964. It was a record number of participants for the association.La Cañada Junior Baseball Assn. officials announced that 670 boys ages 9-16 had signed up...
Sixty Years Ago: "Speed Kills! Take it Easy!" was the theme of the National Safety Council safe driving campaign in June 1954, sponsored locally by various local organizations.
Sixty Years Ago: The Valley Sun cover of May 27, 1954 featured two Great Pyrenees, successful show dogs belonging to Mrs. George C. Griffith of Valley Crest Street in La Cañada.
Twenty years ago: The crew of NASA's Endeavour space shuttle, who orbited Earth in April 1994, visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada the following month. Endeavour carried the SIR-CX-SAR radar system designed, built and operated by JPL employees.
Thirty Years Ago: Four La Cañada High School varsity track performers were crowned league champions at the Rio Hondo League finals meet held at San Marino: Kenny Epps, Neil Woodburn, Mark Morris and Lynn Brockmeyer.
Sixty years ago: The annual carnival at Flintridge Preparatory School gave a Scottish theme to its May 1954 fundraising carnival, dubbing it the "Highland Fling."
Fifty Years Ago: For a Junior Red Cross project, La Cañada students at eight public and private schools collected health, educational and recreational supplies for shipment to disaster-torn Alaska, which on March 27, 1964 experienced a 9.2 earthquake, the second strongest in recorded history.
Sixty Years Ago: His wife reported to the Valley Sun that the reason physicist Gene Grabbe located his house in the 2000 block of Los Amigos Street was because he saw a beehive on the land when they were shopping for a new place to call home.
Prince Andrew of England¿s royal family paid a visit to La Cañada Flintridge, touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 19, 1984.
Fifty Years Ago: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Warren M. Dorn in April 1964 headed a group of civic and governmental dignitaries inspecting the new Flint Canyon Channel flood control improvement, a $347,352 project.
A herd of 250 goats arrived by transporter truck that brought them from Lakeview, Ore. to Descanso Gardens to serve in a vegetation management capacity, eating brush to reduce fire fuel.
La Cañadans living in the foothills near JPL reported encountering several rattlesnakes in March 2004, with longtime resident Mark Goddard telling of one that was about 7 feet long.
Sixty Years Ago: La Cañadan Joe Lynch, who days before had given Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands his first flight through the sonic wall aboard a TF86 Sabre jet, died in March 1954 when he attempted to bring the plane out of a low roll over the Nellis Air Force Base runways.
Sixty years ago: Don Mike Anthony of La Cañada, then 15, was preparing for the 1954 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be held for the first time in Los Angeles, at the Polar Palace.
Fifty years ago: La Cañada Girl Scout troops were planning to participate in the Pasadena Area's Girl Scout Council's 31st annual Garden Tour, a fundraiser showcasing several beautifully landscaped properties in Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino and Flintridge.
Ten years ago: One motorist died and two people were injured after a head-on collision on rain-slicked Angeles Crest Highway, a few miles north of the city, took place on Feb. 20, 2004.
Fifty years ago, plans were being made for La Cañada High School's first Sweetheart Dance to celebrate Valentine's Day 1964.
Sixty Years Ago: Despite a cold winter storm that brought rain and snow to the Southland in late January 1954, one week later La Cañada was registering daytime highs over a three-day period that ranged from 86 to 89 degrees.
Thirty years ago: Warm, dry Santa Ana winds that were reported to have reached 100 mph swept through La Cañada Flintridge beginning on Jan. 26, 1984, toppling huge trees and power poles.
Sixty years ago: The La Cañada Youth House (today the Community Center) was the site of a dance for local ninth- and 10th-graders, an event organized to raise money for the March of Dimes, which at that time had as its focus collecting donations to help eliminate polio.
Sixty years ago: The first Ground Observer Corps Post in the Crescenta-Cañada Valley started operations at Paradise Canyon School on Jan. 19, 1954.
Thirty Years Ago: The La Cañada High School Academic Decathlon team won second place in competition among 40 high schools in the greater Los Angeles area. LCHS was second to Beverly Hills High, which went on to win first place at the state level of competition.
La Cañada hadn¿t entered a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1915, but some kids in the Rancho section on the east side of town made a try at it in late December 1953.
Thirty Years Ago: Bonnie and James Damron, parents of young swimmers Jim, Paige and Shannon, gifted the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA's Dragon swim team a champion public address starter system in late 1983. It was reported to be the first such system owned by a YMCA in the U.S.
50 Years Ago: Bob Mitchell's Singing Boys, an internationally known group called "the best choir in the world" by crooner Bing Crosby, was featured at the La Cañada Flintridge Women's Club 1963 Christmas Tea, held at the La Cañada Country Club.
The theater arts department at St. Francis High School staged a production of a 20th century version of William Shakespeare's Richard III in its Degheri Performing Arts Center.
Thirty Years Ago: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory was planning a 10-year, $200 million expansion. JPL had commissioned an architectural and urban design firm to develop the long range facilities plan.
Forty Years Ago: La Cañada High School varsity water polo team captured its first Rio Hondo League title in four years, beating La Salle by a score of 16-2. Bill Barnard led all scorers with five goals.
Twenty Years Ago: For the second time in a two-week period a La Cañada Flintridge bank was held up. The first incident took place at the local Great Western Bank; the second was the robbery of Citizens Business Bank.
Forty Years Ago: In 1973 La Cañada (three years prior to cityhood) ranked 47 among the 100 cities and communities in Los Angeles County in property tax rates.
Ten Years Ago: The La Cañada Flintridge Farmers Market debuted for a six-month trial period. The stalls for the first market were set up on Beulah Drive, in front of Sport Chalet headquarters.
Fifty Years Ago: Fur fashions created by Henry Weinstein of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills were featured at the Town and Country Fine Arts Club "Touch of Mink Bridge Tea," held at the La Cañada Country Club.
Thirty Years Ago: It was estimated that approximately 18% of La Cañada Flintridge students attended private or parochial schools, according to a 1983 study of trends in private school enrollment by the publication ¿Education Week.¿
Thirty Years Ago: Ground-breaking ceremonies were planned for the first three custom homes that were to be built at the Greenridge development adjacent to La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
Sixty Years Ago: Members of the Girls Athletic Association at La Cañada Junior High made fudge and popcorn treats to sell to their classmates. Funds raised were earmarked to help present an all-school carnival.
Twenty Years Ago: State and local dignitaries, along with local preservationists, gathered for dedication ceremonies at Lanterman House museum on Encinas Drive.
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.
60 Years Ago: A two-story educational building to house an over-crowded church school was dedicated during Rally Day services at the Church of the Lighted Window (today known as La Cañada Congregational Church).
Ten Years Ago: For the third year, the grass-roots, community-based effort known as "Drive 25" to reduce the speed of cars around school sites was renewed as the new school year got underway in La Cañada Unified.
Twenty years ago: A vintage Spanish-style home on Del Monte Road that was to be replaced by a new structure was moved to a site near the Berkshire Bridge owned by Jerry and Bobbie Furrey.
Forty Years Ago: Two St. Bernards, Big Mac (200 pounds) and Gretchen (150 pounds), both members of the Ted Gray household, posed for a Valley Sun photograph with ice bags on their heads to help illustrate one idea for cooling off on a hot August day in La Cañada.
40 Years Ago: La Cañada residents of all ages were taking advantage during the summer of 1973 of the third annual community swimming program at the La Cañada High School pool.
20 Years Ago: The La Cañada High School varsity basketball team outscored rival Muir High during the four-game Fairfax Tournament in the summer of 1993, allowing the local team to go on to win the consolation title. Senior forward Eric Sanchez averaged 24 points in the tournament while junior...
40 Years Ago: The La Cañada Theatre Assn. presented the musical "Dames at Sea" over two successive weekends at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. The director was Jo Ann Taylor.
Fifty Years Ago: Descanso Gardens was holding its annual Festival of Garden Lights, featuring unusual garden and landscape displays. Descanso remained open until 10 p.m. throughout the festival, allowing visitors to pick up ideas for outdoor lighting options they could use in their own gardens.
Forty Years Ago: Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital was planning "Fiesta in Flintridge," a backyard barbecue for 500 people, to be held at the Emmett Doherty home on Berkshire Avenue.
Thirty Years Ago: Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for a $20-million expansion project at Verdugo Hills Hospital. A special guest of honor was 5-year-old Matthew Stearns, who donated nine pennies to the hospital's fundraising foundation.
Forty Years Ago: La Cañada's first Fiesta Days, a three-day event that also marked the 189th birthday of the community, was held June 21- 23, 1973.
The Valley Sun's choice for the 1992-93 Athlete of the Year was La Cañada Flintridge resident Erik Heger, a senior at Pasadena Poly. Heger reportedly excelled in all major sports.
Thirty Years Ago: After a battle that lasted more than two hours, La Cañada Flintridge resident Arnie Applegate landed a giant Pacific blue marlin, winning his team first prize in the 1983 Kona Gold Jackpot contest off Kona, Hawaii. The prize-winning fish weighed 651 1/2 pounds.
Thirty Years Ago: A 36-year-old La Crescenta man, his 13-year-old son and a forest ranger who had come to their aid were rescued from a canyon wall 200 feet below Angeles Crest Highway, just above La Cañada.
50 Years Ago: Fred Hauter, owner of Hauter Ford in Montrose, enlisted the help of friends and created a miniature railroad in his Gould Avenue backyard for the enjoyment of his sons and their friends. The project took about six months to realize. Once the railroad was installed and operating, Hauter...
Sixty Years Ago: The Flintridge League hosted a tea and fashion show at Descanso Gardens themed "A Parade of Roses," featuring local young women as models.
Sixty Years Ago: The Flintridge League hosted a tea and fashion show at Descanso Gardens themed "A Parade of Roses," featuring local young women as models.
Sixty Years Ago: The proprietors of Finch's Old Fashioned Frostee Freeze, 720 Foothill Blvd., added 360 square feet to their existing building, including a patio, and announced plans to begin serving foods such as burgers (35 cents) and hot dogs (25 cents).
Sixty years ago: The first public event at La Cañada's new parochial school, St. Bede School, was a spring fair to help raise money for the school's building fund. "Eenie Meenie Minee Moe St. Bede's Fair the place to go," read a promotional poster.
A fundraising lasagna dinner was held in support of the local chapter of American Field Service at La Cañada High School.
The 1993 Community Carnival held on the La Cañada High School campus raised approximately $20,000 to help fund performance tours, uniforms and instruments for the school's music programs.
Forty Years Ago: Eighteen boys and girls ages 9-17 joined La Cañada¿s new 4-H Club, which was organized by Mr. and Mrs. James Brenner of Commonwealth Avenue.
Ten Years Ago: About 300 people gathered at the gazebo in Memorial Park for a candlelight vigil organized by the Justice & Peace Forum. The vigil called for a peaceful resolution to the U.S. conflict with Iraq. A large American flag with the words “Win Without War” was stretched...
The track meet Meet was held in March 2003 on the fields at the St. Francis and La Cañada high school campuses. St. Francis captured the overall competition with a decisive win.
One of the featured attractions was a makeup booth where attendees could be transformed into clowns, glamour girls, monsters, or whatever struck their fancies.
Jack Longpre, a member of La Cañada Country Club, donned scuba gear to dive into the water hazards on the golf course and collect golf balls.
The La Cañada Junior Baseball and Softball Assn. was gearing up for the 2003 season 10 years ago this week, with hundreds of children expected to participate.
Leaders of the La Cañada High School Music Parents Assn. ran their spring 1973 fundraiser, an antique fashion show and luncheon.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wand, Mary Ellen, 5, and Bobby, 3, were featured on the cover of the Valley Sun for its 1963 Valentine's Day issue. The Wand family made their home in the 400 block of Paulette Place.
Oak Grove Park across the street from La Cañada High School was under water, flooded by a fierce storm that dropped more than five inches of rain on the weekend of Feb. 10 and 11, 1973.
Norbert Olberz was featured in a full-page Valley Sun advertisement for La Cañada Poly Clean Center, which claimed the sporting goods retailer had dry-cleaned everything in the photo, except for the skis, for $2.
During a fund-raiser in the winter of 2003 customers could buy a kiss from Bernie the Rottweiler, the three-legged mascot of the Paw'd Squad animal rescue organization.
The Foothill Municipal Water District was formally accepted as a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District, allowing it to connect with a river aqueduct.
The Valley Sun cover featured a photograph of the Nelson brothers standing on a mesa taking in a view of the growing town. In the early 1950s their family's neighborhood was developed under the name "La Cañada Oaks."
Twenty Les Fleurettes debutantes of the La Cañada Thursday Club prepare to make their 1962 debut at the Bal Blanc de Noel in the Viennese Room of the Huntington-Sheraton Hotel, today the Langham Huntington, in Pasadena.
Members of La Cañada Presbyterian Church made plans to begin the celebration of the church's 25th year with a potluck supper on Jan. 12, 1973. The membership roster had grown in that quarter century from 158 to approximately 1,600.
Cub Scout Pack 512 of La Cañada Elementary School presented handmade toys and a large television set to the Children's Ward of Olive View Sanitarium in San Fernando. The young patients there were being treated for tuberculosis.
The vast Christmas village and train display in the living room at Nancy and Bob Wagners' La Cañada Flintridge home was featured on the cover of the Valley Sun on Dec. 17, 1992.
Dr. Rodney Lilyquist of Woodleigh Lane, recuperating at a Glendale hospital following an operation on his spine, hired an ambulance to drive him to the North Glendale United Methodist Church.
They were required to take seven days of instruction on radiation exposure and how to read measures of radioactive fallout.
La Cañada Flintridge resident and businessman Jeff Dewey was heading up the annual "Shop in La Cañada Flintridge" campaign for the local chamber of commerce.
Gerry had a little pig, and this little piggy went to market. A young pig named "Patricia Ann" was welcomed into the Earlmont Avenue household of the Mentz family.
The Foothill Freeway through La Cañada was nearly completed and was expected to open by the end of November 1972.
The Scouts and their families were given special recognition at the troop's Fall Court of Honor.
Carol Collado, a student at La Cañada Elementary School, created a poster to promote the school's Halloween carnival and appeared with it on the cover of the Valley Sun with classmates Lars Oakander and Susan Fite.
Six workmen died and 21 others were injured, six of them critically, when a 60-foot section of the Foothill Freeway bridge under construction collapsed and the workers fell 90 feet to the floor of the Arroyo Seco.
Twenty years ago, the company filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of 1.6 million shares of common stock.
Baptiste Way resident Mrs. George Turner, her features suffused in candlelight, modeled for the cover of the Valley Sun in a publicity photo for the first Harvest Moon Dance that was taking place that weekend.
Conrad's in Plaza de La Cañada (where Los Gringos Locos operates today) was closed to customers while a complete renovation was underway.
A grand opening weekend featuring a formal dinner-dance on Saturday, followed by nine holes of golf on Sunday, was held at the new La Cañada Country Club on Godbey Drive. Bill Godbey was the developer and president of the club.
The school marked its 50th anniversary by hoisting an anniversary banner on its flagpole. A formal dinner marking the milestone was held at Caltech.
La Cañada schools were preparing to welcome students when the 1952-53 school year got underway on Sept. 15.
La Cañada Junior All-American Football's fifth season began in 1972. A fourth team, the Junior Pee Wees, was added to the program that year.
A patrol helicopter jointly owned by the Glendale and Burbank police departments was forced down by engine failure in an empty field in the upper Alta Canyada area.
Photographer George Anderson captured a 1952 August afternoon shot of 4-year-old Bill Blundell seated in his family's car and finishing off a Popsicle under the watchful and perhaps envious eyes of his sister, Lynn, 5, and their pet dog, Kelly.
The Poseidon satellite studied circulation in the world's oceans and their effect on climatic conditions for more than three years.
Corson was the grand champion in a ladies' poker tournament sponsored by Bally's Casino in Reno.
The new corporate office building for Sport Chalet, Inc. was taking shape in the summer of 2002. About 100 employees were expected to move into the 27,000-square-foot building in the fall of the same year.
The first section of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway through this valley, the stretch from Ocean View Boulevard to Lowell Avenue, opened to traffic on July 17, 1972.
La Cañadans seeking an opportunity to swim in the summer of 1982 were taking advantage of community swim hours at the La Cañada High School pool.
The group was directed by Hans Bender, formerly the first violinist of the Heidelberg Bach Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
A hot spell prompted young entrepreneurs to set up small businesses in June of 1962.
An architect's rendering of the planned $3 million La Cañada High School was released in June 1962 by the Los Angeles firm of Smith, Powell and Morgridge. The school district's first high school was expected to be ready for by the fall of 1963.