News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.

‘Time Jockey ’ Flowing Water

by Joe Castillo

Around the Valley …. Mission Super Hardware on Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel is celebrating its 68rd year in business and just may be the oldest business on the Valley Boulevard thoroughfare. Founded by Joe Falabrino in 1946, the store continues to thrive as a family owned business. If you can’t find a part at the larger Home Depot and Lowe’s Super Stores, there’s a good chance it’ll be at Mission Super Hardware. … Five years ago a property was listed for sale in Temple City. It is said that the property once belonged to ‘Lucky’ Baldwin, who won it in a poker game. Even though the house was built in 1938 and Baldwin died in 1909, he may have actually owned the land at one time. However, it was doubtful he ever foresaw the future value of his property as the house was listed in 2009 for $628,000 but today is worth quite a bit more. … In 1958, the population of Alhambra was 56,153. In 2010, it was listed at 83,059…. The Almansor Golf Course was only 9 holes and 2,355 yards long. But the best deals were the green fees, which were only $1.00 on weekdays, and $1.25 for weekends and holidays. It is unknown if that price included a cart or a bucket of balls … The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse was the dream of playwright John Steven McGroarty, who wrote the epic  Mission Play in 1911. The façade of the Playhouse was modeled after Mission San Antonio de Padua in Monterey County, with arched doorways and bell towers. The inside of the playhouse includes lanterns which were replicas of those found on Spanish galleons and tapestries presented from the King of Spain in 1927…. Water World… In 1928, a group of business men and politicians met in Pasadena to discuss how to get water from the Colorado River into Southern California. The group formed what is today the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) but it took over two years to locate a route over the desert.  William Mulholland, representing the City of Los Angeles, was instrumental in developing the Colorado Aqueduct in bringing water into Southern California. In 1929, a $220 million dollar bond was passed to build the aqueduct and provide jobs for nearly 35,000 people.  The project started on Jan. 25, 1933 and was completed in June 1941. The aqueduct is 242 miles long with 97 miles of tunnels. Even though California is in the middle of its worst drought in years, the aqueduct continues to provide the Southland with its primary source of water….

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