Tue07222014

Los Altos Turns 60: Glimpses of the Past


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The year 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Los Altos. To honor the milestone, “Glimpses of the Past” will periodically publish photos and items from 1952 Los Altos newspapers.

• The headline “Conner Views Election Outcome with Confidence, Thanks Board” projected an optimism that A. Watson Conner may not have entirely felt as head of the Committee for Los Altos Incorporation. Conner thanked the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for conducting the boundary hearings for the proposed city with “fairness and justice.” The board set the election for Nov. 18.

• Publisher Don C. Matchman advocated incorporation when he wrote in his column, “The pressure to tax unincorporated areas is on . . . and it will come.”

• The story titled “Volunteers Launch Campaign for $20,500 to Aid Youth Activities; Need Increases with Population” detailed a community fundraiser to support local Boy and Girl Scout troops, finance after-school and summer recreation and provide needed Scout Hall maintenance.

• “The Effect of TV on Children Subject of Loyola PTA Meeting Wednesday” publicized a panel discussion to consider the “problems and possibilities” of using the new medium in classroom work.

• Loyola Hardware advertised a “New Shipment of Rubbish Burners – First Come, First Served.” Small ones cost $4.35, large ones $6.20. The ad shows that in 1952, burning trash outdoors was still legal.

• Monte Vista Drive-In showed “High Noon” with Gary Cooper and “Viva Zapata” with Marlon Brando. The Los Altos Theatre featured “Carrie” with Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones and “Just Across the Street” with Ann Sheridan. The Mountain View Theatre played “Son of Paleface” with Bob Hope and Jane Russell.

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a 60th Anniversary Gala Dec. 1 at St. William Church, 611 S. El Monte Ave.

The event will feature dinner and entertainment. Larry Chu Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies. KMVT has created a 10-minute historical video under the direction of Mayor Val Carpenter. Los Altos historian Don McDonald has written a script for the History Players to perform.

Dec. 1 is the date in 1952 that the incorporation papers for the city of Los Altos were filed in Sacramento, making it the 11th city in Santa Clara County.

Tickets are $75.

For more information, visit losaltosrecreation.org.

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