Are you going to eat that?

October 16, 1947

Mayo Elementary School nutrition supervisor Helen Peal of 1316 N. Edgemont Street and butcher J. Berman, whose shop is at 1006 Monroe Street, Hymes, are facing misdemeanor charges after school cook Ruth Mills blew the whistle on them.

Seems Berman delivered 25 pounds of foul-smelling hamburger to the school cafeteria, and when Mills told Peal that she thought it was spoiled, Peal advised she spice it up good and serve it to the children.

The city health department seized the meat before anyone ate it.

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Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric’s popular crime bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia. She is the author of The Kept Girl, the acclaimed historical mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, and of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons and forensic science seminars of LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third generation Angeleno isn’t combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writer’s homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel.

2 thoughts on “Are you going to eat that?”

  1. Policewomen and Guns

    1926: San Diego Policewoman Mrs. Jesse M. Long shoots Edwin Geralds when he ignores orders to move from Balboa Park and threatens her. After she fired one warning shot into the ground, he taunted her, saying: “You don’t have the nerve to shoot me.â€Â She got him below the knee.

    1934: Los Angeles Policewoman “Machinegun Mabel-Deeâ€Â Stevens poses with a Thompson submachine gun and 100-round drum. The Times notes that she has is one of the top shots in the department, scoring 343 out of 400.

    1948: Policewoman Sgt. Sidney Ball models the new uniform, with a leather shoulder bag containing handcuffs and a revolver (it looks like a Smith & Wesson but it’s a little hard to tell).

    And a bonus story from the 1956 Project: Officers captured the “Badge Bandit,â€Â who confronted couples in lovers lanes, raped the women and robbed the men. Using decoy officers (male and female, although there weren’t enough female officers to go around so some policemen drew partners who were in drag) the LAPD finally arrested Willie Roscoe Fields, who put up a terrific struggle despite being shot.

  2. Policewomen Get
    Legal Instruction

    Sixteen policewomen who will be graduated at 3 p.m. tomorrow from the Police Academy after their training course visited the City Attorney’s office yesterday to receive instructions in legal procedure.

    The class is the first to wear the new uniform recently adopted by the Police Commission and the first group of women to receive pistol training at the academy.

    + + +

    This is a puzzlement. Does this mean policewomen didn’t carry weapons before 1947? Stay tuned.

    Quote of the day: “I Like Ikeâ€Â
    New slogan of the Draft Eisenhower for President League.

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