Historical El Segundo — El Segundo History Committee News Oct. 2018
Well, summer has come and is almost gone. If you have an opportunity, please make a visit to the El Segundo Public Library’s History Room. You can visit on the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mark and Marcia Marion have volunteered to be in the room to answer any questions and help to find information that you are interested in. Also, the History Room is open on most Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call the library at (310) 524-2728 to confirm that the room is open before your visit. You may make an appointment to visit at your convenience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Sari Brann, History Committee Chairperson, at (310) 364-0117. If you are in the library and volunteers are working in the room, you are always welcome to stop in. We hope that we can accommodate your visit.
Since our last newsletter, Kerry King, our “King of Research,” has found a photograph of the refinery’s baseball team in an issue of Among Ourselves, Chevron El Segundo, dated 1923. Kerry has also shared that the Auto Club has historic maps, one of them of the Los Angeles area circa 1930. It is interesting to compare the area and streets to today’s world. We have also located a copy of the August 25, 1976 issue of the El Segundo Herald. Howard Treloar presented a panorama of Hawthorne Boulevard, a major thoroughfare for the trolley line. The History Committee has an informative presentation about the USGenWeb Archives by Joy Fisher. USGenweb.org is a free genealogy website that can be used along with the library’s HeritageQuest database (which is also free with an El Segundo library card). Joy has volunteered to create a database for the History Room’s El Segundo Obituary File. This will be available online soon at http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/elsegundo.
Thanks to help from Amanda, Executive Assistant ESPD, along with Sgt. Martinez, Lt. Garcia, and Lt. Kim, we have been able to add to our Police Department history file. In addition to other historical ESPD information, we have received a complete set of photographs of all the Chiefs of Police for our book. We are working with Capt. Toulette from the ESFD to acquire photographs of all of the El Segundo Fire Chiefs and other fire memorabilia. History Committee member Debra Brighton is working on putting all of our photo albums in order. Also, Patricia Harada, from the City Clerk’s Office, has updated our City Council Members list to include Chris Pimentel and Scot Nicol. Mishia Jennings, the Council’s Executive Assistant, is making sure that we get a photograph of Mayor Drew Boyles to add to our Mayoral photos. Maria Cerritos, of City Hall, has also been very gracious to think about the history of our city when she comes across treasures. Last, but not least, Mickie Tagle, Senior Executive Assistant, took me on a tour of all the storage rooms and bins that were being cleaned, and from them I was allowed to add photos and memorabilia to our collection. Thank you all for the time and effort you have given.
The History Committee is always in search of memories of our 101 years of history. If you have any photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, diaries, or memoirs–from yourself, parents, or ancestors in El Segundo–that you think we may be interested in, please email us at email@example.com to make arrangements for us to review them.
In the last newsletter we posed a question about 203 W. Franklin. As El Segundo myth has it, the building was an old jail. Well, Capt. Toulette of the El Segundo Fire Department, gave us our answer: the building was the Utility Office for the City. The Fire and Police Departments, Jail, and City Hall were located at the current site of the parking lot at the northwest corner of Franklin and Richmond.
The History Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the El Segundo Public Library’s Rose Garden Room. Our next meetings are October 4, November 1, and December 6. If you haven’t joined us yet, we look forward to meeting you.
History is always in the making. We need your help acquiring and maintaining it for future generations. Please consider helping the El Segundo Historical Committee. As Committee Chair, one of my goals is to expand the History Room’s open public hours beyond the ten-to-fourteen hours each month. If you are interested in volunteering to man the room for a few hours, please call (310) 364-0117 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership in the History Committee is part of your Friends of the Library membership!
–Sari Brann, History Committee Chairperson