Three-year-old Kiki Merritt poses for the Halloween 1963 cover

Three-year-old Kiki Merritt dresses as a scarecrow with a jack-o-lantern head to pose for the Halloween 1963 cover of the La Canada Valley Sun. (File photo / October 29, 2013)

Ten Years Ago

Having been in the planning stage for a full year, 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.

Twenty Years Ago

Although La Cañada remained unscathed beyond the arrival of wind-carried smoke and ashes, wildfires devastated several Southern California areas during the final two weeks of October 1993, with the worst started by a transient’s campfire in Altadena’s Eaton Canyon on Oct. 27. More than 2,100 firefighters were called to fight the blaze, which ultimately destroyed 5,700 acres and 121 homes in Altadena and Sierra Madre.

Thirty Years Ago

La Cañada Unified School District officials found themselves in hot water after the city discovered the LCUSD was illegally renting out areas of the Foothill Intermediate School campus to residential tenants who were paying $50-$100 per month. After learning from City Hall that the site, no longer used for district instructional classes, was not zoned to be a “rooming house,” the tenants received eviction notices.

Forty Years Ago

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy hosted His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Los Angeles, at an invitational black-tie gala held in October 1973 on the hilltop campus. It was his first visit to the school since his appointment as a cardinal in the spring of that year.

Fifty Years Ago

Three-year-old Kiki Merritt, son of photographer Ray Merritt, posed for the Valley Sun cover dressed for Halloween. The paper’s editor, impressed by the patience of the winsome youngster during the photo session, wrote that he “ought to merit a box of candy at every threshold.”

Sixty Years Ago

Officials at Paradise Canyon Elementary School were stressing to their students the importance of riding bicycles safely the morning after two accidents took place near Oakwood and Lynnhaven avenues before school started. Both the sixth-grader and fifth-grader involved in two separate collisions with cars that morning escaped serious injuries.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.