Feb. 11, 1907
The Eastside gets a new Baptist Church and 2nd Street and St. Louis.
Like Tom and Huck
A large pond 7 feet deep at Normandie and San Marino left by the runoff of recent rainstorms proved too tempting to the boys of the Forrester tract and so they launched a raft to play.
The raft tipped, The Times says, sending 8-year-old Clarence Rhodes of 1004 S. Jasmine tumbling into the water. Hearing the boysâ€™ cries for help, M. Allen rushed from his home at 922 Normandie, plunged into the water and rescued Clarence.
After nearly half an hourâ€™s work, the boy was resuscitated, The Times says.
â€œHis mother dead and deserted by his father, Charlie McDaniel, 6 years of age, has been wandering about the city, picking up a living as best he could, and sleeping in dry goods boxes and nooks and corners,â€Â The Times says. â€œThe boy was found early yesterday morning by a patrolman and he is now in the Detention Home.
â€œIn telling his pitiful story at the Central Station, the boy said that his mother died a few months ago and that his father had gone away with some woman. The police will make an effort to locate the father.â€Â
Mrs. A.C. Newton of 2707 Central Ave. is not expected to live after fracturing her skull when she leaped from a speeding streetcar because it passed her stop.
â€œAccording to witnesses, Mrs. Newton asked to be allowed to leave the car at 29th Street. When she saw the coach was running past the street, she jumped. The car crew carried her into a house nearby,â€Â The Times says.
â€œSeveral passengers on the car said that it was No. 419. They state that the conductor paid no attention to Mrs. Newtonâ€™s signals.â€Â
Note: I was amazed to learn just how many people were injured in 1907 by jumping from streetcars that failed to stop. Without checking further, I would say someone was hurt about once a week.
Bonus fact: The local tourism industry is furious because the state Senate passed the bill banning horses with docked tails. Businesses note that wealthy visitors from the East often bring their teams to Los Angeles at great expense and if their fancy horses are prohibited, wealthy tourists will avoid the Southland in favor of Florida.
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