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Whittier Museum

The Whittier Historical Society was formed in 1970 and its immediate purpose was to start a Museum in the city of Whittier. Through the efforts of several determined individuals, a building was purchased and the Whittier Museum was open to the public in 1983. Since that time, the Whittier Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the first 100 years of Whittier history and beyond. The Whittier Museum is completely supported by donations, grants and fundraisers. The Whittier Historical Society is committed to keeping the Whittier Museum open for school and special tours as well as to the public free of charge.

Contact Information:

Whittier Museum
6755 Newlin Ave.
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 945-3871
Email: info@whittiermuseum.org


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Call Number : 90-01-25.001; 90-01-25.002 Source : 2 Reels of 2: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction of works protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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by Giles, Nancy
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Description :  Glen Miller's grandparents, Charles and Minnie Cryder, settled in San Dimas in 1897. His other set of grandparents, the Millers, settled in Whittier in 1894. By the early 1900s the Cryders had moved to a walnut and citrus farm in Whittier. Betty and Glen Miller likely discuss memories of farm life in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Eisen, Norman B.
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Description : The film shows how Whittier-area high schools implemented a work experience education program, as a collaboration among students, teachers, the school board, and local merchants. It includes footage of small, local businesses as well as high schools and board rooms. Potential jobs for students shown in the film are: nursery school worker, accountant, auto mechanic, typist, laboratory technician, gardener, secretary, transcribing machine operator, teacher, nursery worker, file...
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by Giles, Nancy
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Note:  Static on Tape; High Amount of Hiss on Tape; High Background Noise on Tape; Program Distorted at Times. Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Schwab, Sabina
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Description : Rose Kuper, painter, presumably discusses her painting career. She was born in Russia in 1888. Her husband, Theodore Fred Kuper, led the charge to save Monticello. This is likely also discussed. Additional Description : There is no transcript; however the Museum has a file of articles on Rose Kuper from which I drew assumptions as to the content of this oral history. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected...
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by Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  Ross C. Lambert's grandfather, Elwood Lambert, was born in Ohio. He fought in the Civil War, then moved to Whittier in 1893. He planted walnuts on 25 acres between Whittier and Fullerton. Ross C. Lambert's father, Reece S. Lambert, also bought land in Whittier and grew walnuts as well . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Rummel, Mary Ann; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Paul Smith was born in 1879, and arrived in Whittier in 1882. His maternal grandfather, Rev. Augustus C. Hazzard, established the first two Methodist churches in Whittier. He has a clear memory of meeting Pío Pico when he was eight to ten years old. He discusses his memories of early Whittier, including Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles School for Boys) . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Whittier Union High School District; California. Bureau of Business Education
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Description : The film follows two Whittier-area youths throughout the course of a single day, as they prepare for a date at a dance. The boy and girl each discover how distributive occupations play an important role in their daily lives, and come to understand that such work is important. Of historical interest is footage of local businesses and neighborhoods in the Whittier area. Also of interest may be some of the jobs shown in the film made obsolete by technology and changes in society. Its...
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by Harcourt, Patricia
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Description :  Charlie Cooper's grandfather was Oscar Marshburn, who operated the stage line, transporting people to the closest train station to Whittier in Norwalk. His parents met in one of the first classes at Whittier Academy (later Whittier College), in 1893. He was born in the 1890s in Whittier, and spent his childhood in Los Nietos (South Whittier/Santa Fe Springs area). He discusses agriculture, daily life, and schools in early Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape...
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by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Shirley Marlatt, Hugh Bruen's niece-in-law, discusses Hugh Bruen and the chain of theaters he owned in the Whittier area. He was born in 1898, and moved to Whittier in 1936. He bought all three theaters then in town: the Wardman, the Whittier, and the Roxy. Shirley discusses the fate of historic theater buildings in Whittier throughout the years. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Harry Nerhood, who became music instructor at Whittier College in 1939, is giving advice on which Whittierites to interview for the first oral history program in the 1960s, and what interview methods to use . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Radford, Claire
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Notes:  Poor quality recording. Description :  Claire Radford recorded a tour of the Pío Pico Mansion in Whittier, likely sometime in the 1980s. The Pío Pico Mansion is a California State Historic Park, run with assistance of the now-defunct Friends of Pío Pico and the Whittier Historical Society. Pío Pico was the last governor of Mexican California . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Tony LeVier, a former speed pilot who performed "blind flying", discusses his work with Lockheed as a pilot . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Regina Phelan, born in 1920 was the granddaughter of early rancher Thomas Hackett Phelan who moved to Whittier in 1868, 19 years before the city was settled by Quakers. There is an elementary school named after the Phelan family in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Paul Gardner was born in Whittier in the early 1920s. He reminisces about his childhood and the way Whittier was before the post-war population boom . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Jack, Susan
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Description :  Orville Espolt, Gurney Maple, and Susan Jack discuss which Whittierites to interview for an oral history program in the City of Whittier, and what interview methods to use . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Selfridge, Marwynne
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Description : Ormond K. Flood arrived in Whittier as an adult in 1924. He worked in the oil industry. Additional Description : Notes on original container: Ormond K. Flood - 1st Born Sept. 15, 1899 in San Francisco. Interviewer Marwynne Selfridge. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by Hunnicutt, Leland
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Description :  The "Old Ranch House", later known as the Bailey House, is discussed, as well as operations of the Leffingwell Ranch . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Title likely refers to a fire at The Whittier Daily News on June 14, 1958 Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Ada (Arnett) Essley's mother came to Whittier in the 1860's. Mrs. Essley was born in Whittier in 1896. She grew up on a ranch in what was considered "the country" in the area of what is now Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Dee Essley arrived in Whittier with his family in 1902. Dee Essley discusses the Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles, closed 2004) in great detail, as well as a pool hall and cigar shop in early Whittier called the Lark's Nest. He...
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Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description : Depicts horse parade that took place in Whittier in the late 1930s.  Source:  1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Margetan, Paul
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Note : Background noise and hiss throughout. Some program distortion. Description : The Phelan Family arrived in Whittier in 1907, when Catherine was three years old. There is a public elementary school in Whittier named for the family. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
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Description :  Depicts a parade in Uptown Whittier. The approximate year of the parade has been identified by cross-referencing city directories with businesses shown in the 7000 block of Greenleaf Ave (then 100 South block of Greenleaf). The following businesses visible in the film are all listed in the 1938, 1939, and 1942 Whittier City Directories: Western Auto Supply Co.; Elks Club (B.P.O.E.); Whittier Hardware; People's Finance and Loan Co.; Lackey's Furniture.  Source:  1 Reel of 1:...
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Description :  Ann Sargent Smith's parents were citrus farmers in Whittier. She discusses her family history . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Auge, Kenneth C.
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Note:  High Amount of Hiss on Tape. Recording ends abruptly.  Description :  Husband and wife Jerry and Helen Allen likely discuss Jerry's father Eldon's work with Union Oil Company and service in World War I, Jerry's experiences at YMCA Camp Arbolado in the late 1930s, and Helen's work as a reporter for the Whittier Daily News. Source:  1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Arcadi, John
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Description :  Thomas Phelan, born 1904 in Whittier, was the grandson of early rancher Thomas Hackett Phelan who moved to Whittier in 1868, 19 years before the city was settled by Quakers. There is an elementary school named after the Phelan family in Whittier . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Whittier Museum
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Description :  This likely refers to the 75th anniversary of the founding of Whittier (1962; 1887). Also known as a Diamond Jubilee. In this year, Whittier History articles were published in the newspaper, including interviews with longtime residents, who could remember Whittier as it was in the 19th century Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Ida Crum's parents arrived in Whittier in 1896, and her father managed the Whittier Hotel under C. W. Harvey. She discusses her childhood in Whittier, including delivering milk, eating tamales, and local color . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Dolores Alvarado Conners was a grand-niece of Don Pio Pico, and a pioneer resident of Whittier since 1896. She served as a docent at the Pio Pico Mansion in Whittier. Her second husband, William E. Conners, was one of the first police officers in San Diego . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Arnold Collins discusses the Strong House in Whittier, owned by Harriet Russell Strong, a prominent walnut rancher in early Whittier. He restored the house after buying it in 1970 as a teardown . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Myers, William
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Description :  William Myers delivers a presentation in 1989 at the Whittier Museum on the "red car", a streetcar that connected Whittier and Los Angeles . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Mary Neyer's father was George Weinshank, who was born in Los Angeles in 1866. He taught agriculture at the Whittier State School (later Fred C. Nelles School for Boys), and in 1907 planted the Paradox Hybrid Walnut tree, around which there was an annual Walnut Festival in Whittier for many years.   It was designated as a California State Landmark. She discusses St. Mary's Catholic Church in Whittier, the effects of the Depression on her family, and daily life in Whittier...
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Description :  William Fletcher is a descendant of the King family, who, along with the Strong family, were among the first ranchers in the Whittier area. They purchased land from Don Pío Pico circa 1860. William Fletcher's mother was Myrtle King Fletcher . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Walter and Gertrude Mundt discuss old homes in Santa Fe Springs, which used to be South Whittier, starting at about 1916. They were longtime residents of the town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Margetan, Paul
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Description :  T. Earle Woodward was a Whittier citrus rancher from 1909 to 1939, when he moved to Anaheim with his wife Gladys . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Stafford, Jane
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Notes:  Poor quality recording. Description :  Ira Cate's grandfather moved from Illinois to rent several acres from last governor of Mexican California Don Pio Pico, before Whittier existed. He grew corn, walnut and citrus. Source:  1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Seitz, Marjorie
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Notes:  Feedback and unidentified noises on recording. Description :  Loretta Mae Cook and the Marshburns, all early Whittier residents, discuss their memories of early Whittier. The Marshburns are relatives of President Richard Nixon. Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Miller, Ak
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Description :  Ak Miller was a pioneer drag racer who had a career as a driver and car builder in many facets of motor racing for six decades. Born Akton Moeller, in Denmark, Miller migrated to Whittier with his parents as a child. Miller began his racing career on Southern California's dry lakes in the 1930s as a charter member of the Roadrunners, one of a group of car clubs that created the Southern California Timing Assn. and the National Hot Rod Assn. He served twice as president of the...
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by Anderson, Ellen
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Description :  Myron Claxton was born in Whittier in 1919, and discusses his boyhood in Whittier, as well as his time on the City Council after retirement. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  The Jose Maria and Josefa Ramirez family has ties to the Whittier area dating back to 1850. They both came to California from Sonora, Mexico. They were married at the San Gabriel Mission and had 17 children, 2 who died in infancy. One son, Juan Diego Ramirez, married Francisca Zuniga of El Monte. They had 9 children, their third child, a daughter, is Josephine Louise (Ramirez) Arcadi. Another son of Jose Maria and Josefa is Henry Ramirez who married Delfina Gonzales of Rivera....
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by Mathony, Virginia; Giles, Nancy
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Description :  This is a very special oral history. LoVerne Morris wrote articles on Whittier history, published in the Whittier Daily News, for many years surrounding the 1950s. She interviewed founding families, and wrote long feature articles describing Whittier's first settlers. She is interviewed by Virginia Mathony, who wrote several books on Whittier history in the 1980s . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Whittier Museum
by Owens, Lee
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Description :  John Nagel operated the Los Angeles East Side Airport, frequently called the Whittier Airport, located in neighboring town Pico Rivera, in the late 1920s, early 1930s. He is interviewed by Lee Owens, whose father was a friend and employee of Nagel . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and static as on original tapes. Some speed fluctuations at the end of Part 2. Description : Alberta Rideout is the grand-daughter of J.B. Rideout, who wrote several books in the late 1800s detailing her move out west and camping in California's countryside. She is the daughter of Albert R. Rideout, a famous figure in the early Southern California avocado industry. Call Number : M76.22 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or...
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by Thayer, Marjorie
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Description :  Marjorie Thayer grew up on a ranch in Whittier, and went on to become an editor and writer of children's books. She discusses her early memories of Whittier, her childhood friend M.F.K. Fisher, and her career in publishing. This is an address delivered to the Friends of the Whittier Public Library . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by City of Whittier
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Additional Description : The label on the outside of the metal cannister reads "A 16mm film / Magnetic Sound Stripe / (Title) City of Whittier / 1145' / (Running Time) 31 Minutes / (Date) July 20, '68. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Douglas Perkins' grandfather, Nathan Ellis, was the first Justice of the Peace of Whittier. Perkins grew up in Los Nietos, an area of South Whittier that later incorporated as Santa Fe Springs. He discusses Whittier State School, as well as his early memories of Whittier Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Poitou, G. R.
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Description :  G. R. Poitou, Frenchman, translates an article from a French newspaper titled "Supplement of the Future of Southern California," which details French people living and working in the then-"French colony of La Puente", including the Whittier family the Pellisiers, who operated a dairy in town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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by Owens, Lee
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Description :  Freda Salih discusses her husband, George Salih. Born in 1914, George Salih was an engineer and foreman for Meyer-Drake, the producer of the Offenhauser engine that would dominate the Indy 500 for three decades. He also built the Belond-AP Special, the winning car of the Indy 500 race in 1957, in the garage of his Whittier home. He lived in Whittier on Milliken Avenue with his wife, Freda, and daughter Nannette. There is a permanent exhibit of George Salih's racecar at the...
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by Pearce, Phyllis; Russel, Martha
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Note : Hiss and background noise as on original tapes. Warble and speed fluctuations throughout. There is a screeching noise from 24:00 to the end of Part 1 and from 20:00 to the end of Part 2. Description : Esther Rideout is the daughter of Albert R. Rideout, a famous figure in the early Southern California avocado industry. Call Number : M76.38A; M76.38B Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that...
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by De La Torre, Margaret
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Notes:  Middle portion of recording is inaudible. Description :  Neva B. Turner's parents arrived in Whittier from Santa Ana in 1901, and Neva was born in 1904. She discusses her memories of early Whittier, including movie theaters . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Description :  Virginia Myer Boles and Earl Myer were raised on Lakeland Road in Santa Fe Springs in the 1920s. The siblings discuss their childhood in the Whittier area, as well as the journey of their great-grandfather from England to San Bernardino. Pat Nixon was Virginia's typing teacher at Whittier High School. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Herzog, Willa
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Note : Hiss, background noise, and distortion throughout. The audio is very low at the beginning of Parts 1 and 2. There is some feedback around 46 seconds on Part 1 and 34 seconds on Part 2. Part 3 has a gap from 41:45-42:40. Parts 2 and 3 end abruptly. Description : Fred Downer was an employee of Standard Oil and likely discusses this. Call Number : OH 107 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond...
Topics: californialightandsound, Petroleum workers
Source: 2 Tapes of 2 : 1/4 inch audio tape
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Harold Brokaw's brother-in-law was A.R. Rideout, who was a leading figure in the Whittier area avocado industry, as well as developer of the neighborhood known as Rideout Heights. He discusses major players in the avocado industry in the early 1900s, as well as methods of cultivation. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Description :  Idris Thomas discusses the history of her home, at 12305 Norino Drive, in Whittier. It was built for J. Hoyt Denny in 1916 . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Claxton, Myron
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Note:  High Amount of Hiss on Tape.  Description :  Discussion of turn-of-the-20th-century Whittier, including Whittier Community Theatre, Whittier public schools, and the Whittier Hills. Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Giles, Nancy
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and static as on original tape. Part 2 ends abruptly. Description : John Groenwald was a civic engineer for the City of Whittier from 1960-1982. He discusses post-war annexation of outlying Whittier areas, as well as the transformation of the local founders' cemetery into a quiet park. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
Topics: californialightandsound, Reservoirs, Bailey, Jonathan, 1819-1904, Fargo, Dorothy, Founders Memorial...
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Note : Hiss and background noise throughout. Part 2 ends abruptly. Description : Ron likely discusses his father, Ray Edmund Coppock, who was in the mining industry and ran a cement business in Whittier with his brother. Additional Description : There is no transcript; however, the Museum does have an essay written by Ron Coppock about his father, Ray, and I guessed the themes in this essay are likely covered in this oral history. There is no record at the Museum that describes the oral...
Topics: californialightandsound, Cement, Mining, Coppock Cement Company (Whittier, Calif.)
Source: 2 Tapes of 2 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Mathony, Virginia
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Description :  Sylvia Nowlin was born in Oklahoma in 1910. She came to Whittier at the age of 15 with her family. They drove in a Model-T on washboard roads for two weeks to California. She vividly remembers the sight of Whittier Boulevard as she rode into town . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Description :  Frances King, from a founding family in Whittier, discusses the establishment of Evergreen School, attending dances, her family and other prominent families in Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Description :  James Dyer was born in Whittier in 1910. He discusses early Whittier hospitals . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Loretta Mae Cook was born in Iowa in 1880, and arrived in Whittier in 1886, a year before its official founding as a city. She discusses her memories of early Whittier . Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Hiss and background noise throughout. Some speed fluctuations at the end of Part 1. There is a screeching sound at the end of Part 2. Both parts end abruptly. Description : Marcella Rideout was the daughter-in-law of Albert R. Rideout, famous in the early avocado industry. Call Number : M76.39 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of...
Topics: californialightandsound, Avocado industry, Rideout, Albert R.
Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
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Notes: Poor quality first segment of reel. Description : Depicts a football game at Whittier College in 1957. Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: Film: 16mm
Whittier Museum
by Whittier Historical Society
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Description :  This audio tour of the Whittier Museum guides visitors through the permanent exhibit . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Johanson, Sue; Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann; Wood, Nadine
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Description :  William B. Temple was born on a citrus grove in Covina, California. He was invited to discuss the farm wagons given to the City of Whittier by Fred C. Nelles School for Boys, as someone who would recognize the equipment, how it was used, and interesting details . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Pearce, Phyllis; Rummel, Mary Ann
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Note : High amount of hiss and background noise throughout. There is a gap at 05:08. Description : Eckles discusses early public transportation in Whittier. Call Number : M76.11 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase...
Topics: californialightandsound, Transportation, Rideout, Albert R.
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Ashby, Dorothy Welch
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Description :  Dorothy Welch Ashby, in an address to the East Whittier Women's Club, likely discusses her childhood in Whittier as the daughter of Guy Welch, Chief of Police . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
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Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by De La Torre, Margaret
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Description :  Glen Persing was born in Whittier in 1907. His father was a carpenter, who built the first St. Mary's Church building in Whittier, as well as the Bank of America and the Women's Club House . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audiotape Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/4 inch audiotape
Whittier Museum
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Description :  Two women discuss their memories of the Pío Pico Mansion. One woman says her father was born in 1866, and was two years old during the big flood of 1868, which prompted her family to flee their property near the Pío Pico Mansion and lodge at the Strong Ranch, belonging to walnut farmer Harriet Russell Strong. Interviewers refer to this woman as Catherine. She MIGHT be Catherine Phelan but more detective work is needed. The second lady says her family bought their ranchland...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Girvigian, R.; Radford, Claire G.
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Note : Static, hiss, and background noise as on original tapes. Distortion throughout. Part 3 ends abruptly. Description : Speeches about the history of the Workman-Temple Family homestead, delivered at a conference. Additional Description : Notes on original containers: Tape 1 - El Monte Story, Workman-Temple Family History (Radford) 1/20/79 AHSLAC-Mini-Conf. Elmonte 1 of 2. #1. Tape 2 - R. Girvigian, et al restoration Workman-Temple Homes. AHSLAC Mini Conf. 1/20/1979 2 of 2. #2. Call Number :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Restoration and conservation, Workman-Temple Homestead (City of Industry,...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2 : 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Johnason, Sue; Pearce, Phyllis
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Note : Program distortion and background noise as on original tapes. Static and hiss througout. Audio on Parts 1 and 2 goes from quiet to loud throughout. Parts 1 and 2 end abruptly. There is a rumble heard throughout Parts 5 and 6. Description : David Hartnell grew up in the Hispanic Los Nietos area, adjacent to Whittier. He describes this area beginning in 1906, including mentions of the Pico family. Call Number : M76.16C Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier....
Topics: californialightandsound, Hispanic Americans, Pico, Pío, 1801-1894
Source: 3 Tapes of 3 : 1/4 inch audio tape; 1/8 inch audiocassette
Whittier Museum
by Wood, Nadine
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Description :  Helen married into the Hathaway family, whose history in Santa Fe Springs begins in 1890. She discusses the history of her husband's family in the town, as well as her own recollections. She mentions that the oil boom in Santa Fe Springs brought in prostitution and gambling. It is unusual for a Whittier-area oral history of this era to touch on those controversial subjects . Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette Digitized by California Audiovisual Preservation Project...
Topics: californialightandsound, californiarevealed
Source: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Whittier Museum
by Wood, Nadine; Pearce, Phyllis
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Description : Ruby was born in Whittier in 1897; Ralph arrived in 1914. He worked at Murphy Ranch then served in World War I. Source : 1 Tape of 1 : 8mm video Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the City of Whittier. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
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Whittier Museum
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Description : Marilyn and Leonard Hofstetter owned the A.R. Rideout House. (A.R. Rideout was a famous avocado man in Whittier.) Their daughter, Marilyn Hofstetter, was the first woman mayor of Whittier (1968-1970). Call Number : M76.18a Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topics: californialightandsound, Hofstetter, Marilyn, Rideout, Albert R., Avocado industry, Feminism, Oral...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette