Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Short Street, Long Story - Part 1

Armed with innate curiosity and over half a Library Sciences degree, Brian recently unearthed the odd history of 1210 Short St. This is the Arcadia, California house that Brian grew up in, and behind which he now lives, in a renovated rec room.

What’s most unusual here is that the house was not built at its currently location! It was originally built in the late 1940s in nearby Monrovia by mysterious original owners and purchased by the Mills family in the early 1950s. Brian knew the youngest of the three Mills children (pictured above, from left to right, Carleton, their sleeping Mom, Linda and Cathy) when he was in grade school and she was in her 20s. But Mrs. Mills' parents, the Sauners, lived on Short Street on a very large plot of land that included a vacant lot where Brian’s house now stands. This is Mrs Mills and a neighbor...


So… Mr. Mills decided to have the house MOVED from Monrovia to Arcadia! The house was moved in two very large pieces, in 1955, and then re-assembled in the vacant lot right next to Grandpa & Grandma Sauner. Imagine the expense and hoopla at the time! These black & white pictures of the Mills family in 1960-1961 were provided by Linda Mills Harrison, who Brian contacted. They are polaroids taken when color film was still a novelty and a bit of a luxury. I know this room well from holiday visits when I lived with Brian....


Mr. Mills and Linda by the pool. I know that pool well, it's still there today. You'll see that and more tomorrow, when I'll post recent color photos showing what's changed and what hasn't, plus Linda Mills Harrison and Harry, on one screen..


Cartoon du Jour:

Engrish du Jour: "Not Craw..... Craw!'

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