February 1, 2020
Edmund J. Clinton III
Edmond J. Clinton III, is a retired physician who was raised in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles in a restaurant family. He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and attended medical school at USC. He practiced as an internist in Pasadena. His first book, Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton: A Cafeteria and a Crusader, described Los Angeles in the 1930s. His new book, Major Harold Ferguson: Citizen-Soldier in Roaring 20s Los Angeles, also deals with the history of Los Angeles.
When U.S. soldier Major Ferguson returned to Los Angeles after the War, he saw his city experiencing exponential economic and infrastructure growth. The eventual result of this rapid growth coupled with the onset of the Great Depression ended a unique decade in Los Angeles.
A personal diary of Major Harold Ferguson recently became available to review. After transcribing his diary and researching his personal documents, facts and descriptions of food relief, global influenza pandemic, and booming real estate in Los Angeles were revealed.
January 4, 2020
SPEAKER: Jeff Lapides is a Southern California jewelry photographer and book designer residing in Sierra Madre. His previous book designs include Michele Zack's Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre, Elizabeth Pomeroy's San Marino: A Centennial History, and John Robinson's magnum opus, Gateways to Southern California. It was his involvement with Robinson's work that introduced him to a few of the photographs that are the cornerstones of today's talk and its accompanying coffee table book, The Mojave Road in 1863: The Pioneering Photographs of Rudolph d'Heureuse.