Hawthorne Historical Society

Hawthorne Historical Society Please contact us regarding membership Hawthorne Historical Society, P. O. Box 1262, Hawthorne, CA 90251 We want to thank Chevron Oil for being a sponsor for 2020
Officers: President: Bob Jensen Vice President: Pam Fees Treasurer: Richard Huhn Secretary: Sue Bierman King Director: Alaric Simon Director: Alice Huhn Director: Jan Blomsterberg Director: Jim Phillips Director: Karen Harrison Sullivan Archiving Administrator: Alice Huhn Website Administrator: Rene Martin
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Jim Thorpe Park Building 14100 Prairie Avenue Hawthorne, CA 90250

Mission: To Keep the History of Hawthorne for generations to come.

Operating as usual

It is with a heavy heart that Mike Gillespie passed on today. A graduate of Hawthorne High School and well known athlete...
07/30/2020

It is with a heavy heart that Mike Gillespie passed on today. A graduate of Hawthorne High School and well known athlete.

07/19/2020

Emitt Rhodes just passed away today at the age of 70 years old such a wonderful musician.
Rest In Peace Emitt!

Today we received a message from Mike Miller regarding Leuzinger Olympian school newspaper. Currently The Hawthorne Hist...
06/02/2020
The Olympian 1967-68

Today we received a message from Mike Miller regarding Leuzinger Olympian school newspaper. Currently The Hawthorne Historical has no copies of The Olympian Newspaper but it would be nice if you have some that they be shared. We can put you in touch with Mike Miller and courage copies can be scanned so others can enjoy!

Message Body:
I have all issues of the Leuzinger Olympian school newspaper for the school year 1967-68 in hardcopy and soft copy. I am looking for Olympians for the school year 1968-69. Do you have any of them? If so, I would be happy to scan them for you. Here's a link to my 67-68 issues:
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The Newspaper of Leuzinger High School

HAWTHORNE'S SPACEX LAUNCHES ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE TODAY at 12:22 PT !!Proud moment for all Hawthorne residents, as we an...
05/30/2020

HAWTHORNE'S SPACEX LAUNCHES ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE TODAY at 12:22 PT !!

Proud moment for all Hawthorne residents, as we anxiously await the launch at 12:22 PT! This spacecraft was designed and built here in our City! This marks the first time a privately owned company launches human cargo into space. We are on the map Hawthorne! - Watch live at 3:22 ET (12:22 PT) pm ET today: https://youtu.be/21X5lGlDOfg

Please consider a donation to a wonderful historical place in El Segundo.https://www.facebook.com/1517465601/posts/10223...
05/28/2020
SAVE OLD TOWN MUSIC HALL

Please consider a donation to a wonderful historical place in El Segundo.

https://www.facebook.com/1517465601/posts/10223036000637927/?d=n

OUR STORY: Old Town Music Hall has been entertaining Los Angeles residents and visitors for 52 years! The theater was built in 1921 as a silent movie house, and then in 1968 two local musicians, Bill Field and Bill Coffman (the "Two Bills") installed a spectacular 1925 Mighty Wurlitzer ...

05/25/2020
05/23/2020
Los Angeles Conservancy

https://www.facebook.com/53273011683/posts/10158289170536684/?vh=e&d=n

Hawthorne Nursery is one of the oldest Asian American legacy businesses in Los Angeles County. It’s been family-owned and operated since 1924 and boasts a loyal, supportive clientele within the community. Not only does the nursery grows its own plants, but its knowledgeable staff is well-known for going the extra mile for each customer.

Hawthorne Nursery is open Mon - Sat, 8am - 5pm. Closed Sundays. Business phone: (310) 676-8242

Listen in as third-generation owner, Kei Nakai, shares a little bit about this legacy business’ rich history. #ISupportLegacyBusinesses

Dear Partners and Community Organizations;First and foremost, I hope this email finds you, your teams and families well!...
05/04/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

Dear Partners and Community Organizations;

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you, your teams and families well!

The Census is on-going and a bit over half of LA County hoseholds have responded to the Census. The next half is the hardest one! and with ennumerators unable to do the door-to-door operation for now, we need everybody to go online and fill their census from their homes!

May 1st to May 3rd is designated as national "Second Wave of Social and Media Engagement" to promote the 2020 Census and Self-Response on May 1st. Please join us in this great national campaign to get the final engagement out to your communities. It's simple and easy! Here's what you can do on May 1st:

Create a social media message:
Record a PSA video or post to your social media pages the following messages: "Los Angeles: I need 10 minutes of your time. The Census helps California get the national resources and representation we need. Today, those needs are crystal clear. Help our state. Be Counted. Complete the census online at 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. #2020census"
Or use one of the following messages:

For Twitter : Did you know the #2020census is required by the U.S. Constitution? Respond online now: www.2020census.gov #censusfacts

For Instagram: Did you know the #2020census consists of 10 short questions and is used to count every person living in the United States, the five inhabited territories and the District of Columbia? Respond online now: www.2020census.gov #censusfacts
For Facebook: Did you know the census is required by the U.S. Constitution? Respond online now, #2020census: www.2020census.gov
Don't have time or short staffed?
Schedule and Re-post one of yours or an existing Census social medial post or videos on May 1st.
The goal is to create a groundswell of social media messages across all social media platforms on May 1st. So please challenge and invite community influencers, partners, members, and constituents to joint this campaign. The more people who pledge and the more people who are challenged, the more people respond! Remember to include #2020Census in your posts.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

It looks like we will postpone the pancake breakfast. Based on Board emails, it appears many of us are in the class most...
03/13/2020

It looks like we will postpone the pancake breakfast. Based on Board emails, it appears many of us are in the class most susceptible to the COVID-19. Also a directive for the city of Los Angeles was issued to suspend all unnecessary events from now to March 31 of 50 people or more held on LA city property (the state's directive was 250) if people will be less than 6 feet from one another.
We will reschedule soon!!!!!

Only 10 days to go!!!!!!Please let us know if you are joining us.
03/11/2020

Only 10 days to go!!!!!!
Please let us know if you are joining us.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!We had a great turnout last year and we expect the same this year. It’s a great fundraiser for the Soci...
02/28/2020

SAVE THE DATE!!!!
We had a great turnout last year and we expect the same this year. It’s a great fundraiser for the Society so come on out and help support us.

2020 Census CountOnce every ten years a count of all people living in the United States is conducted, and April 1, 2020,...
02/24/2020
2020 Census Jobs

2020 Census Count
Once every ten years a count of all people living in the United States is conducted, and April 1, 2020, is the next date this count is to be recorded by the U. S. Census Bureau. Obtaining an accurate count is critical because the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives is determined by the population of the state. These representatives are responsible for allocating federal funding. Therefore if the residents aren’t accurately counted, the State could be in jeopardy of losing federal funding.
On February 20 Magda Armistead, Partnership Specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, was the featured speaker at the Hawthorne Historical Museum. She explained that years of preparation have been invested in preparation for this count. All information collected is kept strictly confidential for 72 years and can only be used to produce statistics.
Beginning March 12, 2020, respondents will have three ways to submit their information---by mail, online, or by phone. They will have approximately six weeks to submit their information. If it has not been submitted by the end of April then a Census Taker (Enumerator) will be in contact with occupants of that address.
The U. S. Census Bureau is currently hiring people to assist in the information collection process. Positions currently needing more employees are Enumerators, Office Operations Supervisors and Clerks. These are paid, part-time positions. To obtain more information about applying online for one of these positions, go to www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-562-2020.

Earn extra income while helping your community. The Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

The month of February is very special. The Hawthorne Historical Society’s Lecture Series is having a second event this c...
02/17/2020

The month of February is very special.
The Hawthorne Historical Society’s Lecture Series is having a second event this coming Thursday.
Please join us as we discuss the importance in obtaining a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census.
6pm at Jim Thorpe Park

For those of you who could not attend last nights Speakers Series “Mattel Toys”I thought I’d share the bios of Cheryl an...
02/14/2020

For those of you who could not attend last nights Speakers Series “Mattel Toys”
I thought I’d share the bios of Cheryl and Derek:

Cheryl Marcus-Caglese,
Cheryl is a Hawthorne Local, and grew up in Hollyglen, CA, where she attended local schools (Peter Burnett, Dana Jr. High, Hawthorne High, El Camino).
She has a rich background in corporate marketing and is a professional musician who has written, produced, recorded, toured and managed major Artists – all of which has equipped her with a unique hybrid of expertise in the Corporate, Christian, and Entertainment industries.
Cheryl was an instrumental asset in Mattel’s Marketing Division, where she was an expert Competitive Analyst and traveled the country to monitor the competition and trends.
Her Mattel career shifted drastically when she was asked to create music for an upcoming Barbie Doll, and ended up creating the Voice of Mattel’s legendary Barbie Doll, where she and her husband Jerry spent many years writing and producing the music for Mattel Toys that was sold and packaged with the Barbie dolls, as well as commercial jingles, choreographing and directing the Barbie promotional tours, and has had the privilege of writing scores for and recording with major Artists.
Cheryl and Jerry recognized how gifted their only son Cole Marcus was at a tender young age, and as he started being invited to do TV appearances, they shifted their focus to managing his unexpected career, and helped develop him into an internationally-acclaimed drummer, composer, and actor, who currently co-stars in the recent box-office hit movie, “I Can Only Imagine”.
In addition to managing Cole’s career, Cheryl also is Associate Producer of “The Chuckie Perez Show” on TBN.
Cheryl has received several awards including The President’s Award (Mattel), GospelFest Music Award, and others, and holds a Business and Marketing degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.)

Derek Gable is an internationally renowned inventor, product developer and entrepreneur for over 50 years with dozens of his creations making it to the market place. Gable has approximately 60 patents in categories as diverse as toys, infomercials, entertainment machines, games, medical devices and systems for showing real estate. Gable is also a successful entrepreneur, teacher and inspirational speaker.
Born in England he worked in many interesting jobs in the inventing and creative fields, including jet engines, projectors of all kinds, robots for the auto industry, machines for making chocolate for Cadbury (a real life Willy Wonka ). Gable was brought to the USA by Mattel in 1968 where he ran a large part of the think tank for about 16 years. He was responsible for creating and/or managing many big hits including Masters of the Universe and items for Barbie, Hot Wheels, large promotional dolls, games, preschool etc.
Gable invented the recording Lock Box system for showing Real Estate in 1979 and along with a partner formed a company to produce and market the system. The company was successful for 15 years produced over 1.5 million units, controlled 80% of the business worldwide and employed over 200 people.
Gable is very interested in sharing his experiences and has been an active teacher and mentor for many years. Gable runs a class called “I have this great idea but don’t know what to do with it” where he steps budding inventors and innovators through the process of inventing, protecting, developing, marketing and licensing their concepts.
Gable still invents and is also an inspirational speaker on all kinds of creative, business and life improvement areas in venues from business to clubs to cruise ships. Gable acts as a business consultant and refers to himself as human WD40 - he can get an organization unstuck, more productive and creative.
For the past 10 years Gable has been a guest speaker in all the local Junior High and High schools presenting to many thousands of students from 11 years and up. His favorite topic is a guide to Success and Happiness.
Recently Gable has had a major role in a 4 month program for young entrepreneurs sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce taking about 25 high school students from creating a business through all the steps to putting their concept in front of potential investors. Gable also added to the program by emphasizing and teaching essential people skills including confidence and leadership. Two of the participants in this local program made it into the National finals and achieved 4th and 3rd places in the country in two consecutive years.
Starting in 2020 Gable together with Paul Dorin will be holding local seminars for parents titled “Are you preparing your Children to be Successful and Happy in the NEW WORLD!” These sessions will give perspective about what to expect in the near future and help reduce some of the unnecessary current stress suffered by todays children and parents by providing understanding and tools needed to adapt to our rapidly changing world.

What great speakers we had last night. If you did not make it you missed one of the best presentations ever of Mattel To...
02/14/2020

What great speakers we had last night. If you did not make it you missed one of the best presentations ever of Mattel Toys.
Don’t forget about our next speaker this coming Thursday, February 20th

Don’t forget about tomorrow, February 13th and February 20th at the Hawthorne Historical Society.This month we will have...
02/12/2020

Don’t forget about tomorrow, February 13th and February 20th at the Hawthorne Historical Society.
This month we will have two speakers:
On the 13th the subject will be Mattel Toys
and on the 20th it will be about the 2020 census.
Please come over to Jim Thorpe Park at 14100 Prairie Avenue at 6:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY 13th......I know there are lots of locals that remember Mattel Toys so please join us at The Hawthorne Historic...
02/09/2020

FEBRUARY 13th......I know there are lots of locals that remember Mattel Toys so please join us at The Hawthorne Historical Society this coming Thursday at 6:00. “If it’s Mattel it’s swell”.

02/07/2020

I just saw this article in passing and thought I’d pass it on:
BALLOT SNAFU
Attention, Pomona And Hawthorne: Something's Missing On Your Mail-In Ballots

California’s March 3 primary is just under a month away, and vote-by-mail ballots were sent out this week. But there's been a hiccup for voters in a couple of Los Angeles County cities.

If you live in Hawthorne or Pomona, there’s something missing on that absentee ballot in your mailbox.

The L.A. County Registrar says a measure was left off vote-by-mail ballots sent to folks in these two cities. It’s Measure FD, aimed at boosting resources for the county’s 911 system and Fire Department.

Supporters say the parcel tax of 6 cents per square foot on buildings is needed to help L.A. County Fire deal with increasingly destructive wildfires and emergency medical calls. It would raise an estimated $134 million for hiring firefighters and upgrading equipment.

Like all new parcel taxes, Measure FD needs the approval of two-thirds of voters to pass.

The Registrar is sending a supplemental ballot to voters in Hawthorne and Pomona with the missing question.

“We regret the omission,” Registrar Dean Logan said in a press release. “We identified the error and are acting quickly to ensure affected voters receive materials with sufficient time to mark and return both the original and supplemental ballots.”

Those supplementals should arrive a couple days after the first vote-by-mail ballots hit mailboxes.

The Hawthorne Historical Society has many great artifacts. Today we have been reviewing the great collection of Leuzinge...
02/04/2020

The Hawthorne Historical Society has many great artifacts. Today we have been reviewing the great collection of Leuzinger High School Pylons...we have 1933 through 1951, 1954, 1956 through 1960, 1962 through 1966, 1968, 1971 through 1973, 1975 through 1977, 1979 through 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 2010 and 2012
You’re welcome to visit us on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 to 2:00

Please remember YOU CAN SUPPORT THE HAWTHORNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY  if you register on Smile. Amazon.com Part of your purc...
02/03/2020

Please remember YOU CAN SUPPORT THE HAWTHORNE HISTORICAL SOCIETY if you register on Smile. Amazon.com
Part of your purchase goes to The Hawthorne Historical Society at no charge to you!
It’s easy to do and you can help support the Society.

If you are interested in the history of Mattel Toys then please join us at The Hawthorne Historical Society on February ...
02/01/2020

If you are interested in the history of Mattel Toys then please join us at The Hawthorne Historical Society on February 13th Jim Thorpe Park, 14100 Prairie Avenue at 6pm.
I promise you will not be disappointed as Cheryl is very entertaining....she did many of the voices for the different toys. Derek Gable has some very interesting insights of Mattel Toys. You don’t want to miss this one!

01/27/2020

Congratulations Taylor The Creator

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01/26/2020

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1959 brought the end of a decade long tradition. The cost of a float was in excess of $4,000.00 at the time and the volu...
12/28/2019

1959 brought the end of a decade long tradition. The cost of a float was in excess of $4,000.00 at the time and the volunteer group headed by Jordan Dunaway could no longer raise the funds. Gardena also dropped out of the Tournament of Roses the same year.
Here is our last float titled “Adventures” that was entered and we received third place in the A-10 division.

1958 and Hawthorne entered with the theme “Dream Days”.Again we received second place in division A-10.
12/28/2019

1958 and Hawthorne entered with the theme “Dream Days”.
Again we received second place in division A-10.

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If you are still sheltering at home like most of us due to the coronavirus and are looking for something creative to do, then try watermelon art.
Help.... What was the phone prefix in Hawthorne in 1952?
In this week's edition of South Bay History, Daily Breeze writer Sam Gnerre wrote an article titled "How the South Bay chose to honor President John F. Kennedy's memory". He also includes a note on Robert F. Kennedy and the Hawthorne Hospital (aka - Robert F. Kennedy Hospital). Interesting facts to read - http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/2020/05/09/how-the-south-bay-chose-to-honor-president-john-f-kennedys-memory/. Thanks Sam...
Daily Breeze writer Sam Gnerre wrote a nice article on our Hall of Fame inductee singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Emitt Rhodes - http://blogs.dailybreeze.com/history/2020/04/11/emitt-rhodes-engineered-his-musical-career-from-a-shed-in-his-parents-hawthorne-backyard/?doing_wp_cron=1586626499.5408918857574462890625 Good job Sam!!!
Hello Hawthorne historical Society Members! Just wanted to share the video of the 3rd Annual Career Fair held at the Hawthorne Memorial Center on March 5th, 2020! https://www.facebook.com/268754090504793/posts/510823182964548/?vh=e&d=n
This picture was sent to my Great Grandmother Martha Ellen Walker Brickey who lived in Townsend TN. It is a picture of her sister Susan Walker Peck, wife of John Lewis Peck. On the back Susan wrote "Hawthorne, Calif. This is Mr Wilson's furniture store and my Real Estate Office".
Hello, I was wondering if you have anything there about J.P. O'Connor's Real Estate Office or one of his salesmen Comadora aka Tom Hensley Or Don Larson? Thank you in advance for any information you may have to share. Or Drs. Leo or Woodrow Miller. Mid-1950s.
Join us tomorrow for a festive day with the kids!
POW/MIA Bracelets. I wore one. How many of you did? Just wondering. Also, I wonder how many of Hawthorne sons were on these bracelets? I hope all of our men from Hawthorne made it home.
Proud to have donated this 5 years ago!