Beekeeping in La Cañada Flintridge

Gene Grabbe and his daughter, Willow, tend to beehives in their Los Amigos Street garden in April 1954. Willow Grabbe, then 9 and a fourth-grade student at La Cañada Elementary School, smokes the bees in the frame held by her father. (File Photo / April 22, 2014)

Ten Years Ago

Work was set to begin on a $38,600 project to create a new equestrian trail in Cherry Canyon. The work would include the removal of poison oak and dense brush to connect a fire road near Forest Hill Drive with another fire road to the west, ending at an Edison tower. "If we end up at that [Edison] pad and we have enough money left over, we're going to keep going," said Steve Castellanos, then the city's public works director.

Twenty Years Ago

A robber carrying a claw hammer demanded money from a cashier at a La Cañada Blockbuster Video store, then made a getaway by car.

Thirty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club opened up its new tennis complex featuring four lighted courts, seating for approximately 60 spectators and a tennis pro shop.

Forty Years Ago

La Cañada welcomed a McDonald's fast-food restaurant, set on the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Vineta Avenue.

Fifty Years Ago

The Flintridge Riding Club in April 1964 was preparing for its 43rd annual Flintridge Children's Horse Show, to be held on the club's grounds. Riding coach Jimmy Williams and his wife, Marcia, showed their supreme confidence in the results of Jimmy's teaching methods by posing on one of the jumps casually reading books while student Diane Dixon and her mount executed a jump.

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. An apiarist by avocation, Grabbe, as of April 1954 boasted four hives on the property that each produced 100 pounds of honey annually. He said that the variety of honey drawn from both domestic and wildflowers here was considered unusually good.

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Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci. 

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