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SOUTH BAY PHOTO COLLECTION, circa 1880-1967
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Series I  Carson circa 1944

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

This series includes a photograph of a plane flying over Carson during World War II.
 

1 Clouds over Carson circa 1944

 

Series II Compton 1884-1967

Physical Description: 4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

These photos cover all aspects of Compton and are organized by subject.
 

Aerials 1920-1967

Physical Description: 16 items

Scope and Content Note

These photos were taken from the air documenting Compton’s growth and physical changes and are arranged chronologically.
 

2 Looking east on Compton Blvd, Ramsaur Stadium in lower right 1920

 

3 Looking northeast from Dominguez Hill, Dominguez Junction in upper left 1924

 

4 Looking north on Long Beach Blvd, Angeles Abbey Mausoleum in center (three copies with negatives) 1928

 

5 Looking north through Compton, Alameda Blvd on right (2 copies) 1928

 

6 Looking east through Compton (2 copies) 1930

 

7 Looking north on Long Beach Blvd through Compton 1931

 

8 Looking north through Compton 1932

 

9 Looking northeast through Compton, Compton Creek and Compton Junior College in foreground 1936

 

10 Looking east through Compton, Compton Junior College in lower right (3 items) 1937

 

11 Looking north at Compton, with Dominguez Seminary in center (3 copies with negatives) 1941

 

12 Wilson Park, upper left (2 copies) 1945

 

13 Central Compton, looking south, Alameda Blvd, upper right 1951

 

14 Looking north through east side of Compton, Compton Junior College in lower center (2 copies) 1954

 

15 Looking northeast through south east side of Compton, Compton Junior College in lower center (with negative) 1956

 

16 North part of Dominguez Industrial Tract, looking northeast 1959

 

17 Compton Civic Center 1967

 

Agriculture and Farming 1880-1920

Physical Description: 17 items

Scope and Content Note

These photos are of the sugar beet and vegetable industry in and around Compton. Many of these photos are undated, but from around the turn of the century, and have been arranged chronologically to the best of our knowledge.
 

18 Drawing of Omri J. Bullis diary, on Alameda Street north of El Segundo Blvd (with negative) circa 1880

 

19 Bullis Dairy 1902

 

20 Pumpkin patch and farmers, including G.H. Mason, C.I. Mason, and Charles Heath no date

 

21 Mayo Ranch exhibits for County Fair (2 copies and negative) circa 1903

 

22 Loading sugar beets into wagon, current location of Long Beach Blvd 1910

 

23 Sugar beet hauling 1910

 

24 Sugar beet harvest from Ward Farm, East Artesia Blvd (3 copies with negative) 1910

 

25 Holly Sugar Co. beet dump, Alameda Blvd 1910

 

26 Beet dump into Southern Pacific railroad cars, north of Olive St. 1910

 

27 Beet dump into Southern Pacific railroad cars, Alameda Blvd at Myrrh St (2 copies with negative) 1910

 

28 Dominguez Estate Co. grain(?) train no date

 

29 Sugar beet hauling 1914

 

30 Cauliflower hauling 1914

 

31 Hauling cauliflower north from Pacific Electric station, Compton 1915

 

32 J. Lee Shepard Ranch, on Long Beach Blvd south of Alondra 1916

 

33 Unloading cauliflower 1920

 

34 Cattle, oil and flowers, Dominguez Hills no date

 

Buildings and Parks 1875-1951

Physical Description: 21 items

Scope and Content Note

These are photos of residences, clubs, parks, and other miscellaneous buildings that were not primarily businesses. Some of the home photos were collected as part of "Compton Homes of Yesterday," a report on historic homes in Compton made by Bennett. This report is in the Compton series of the Local History Collection. This subseries is arranged chronologically.
 

35 Mrs. S. A. Wood and daughter Fannie in front of C.E. Wood home, E. Main St 1875

 

36 Anson Stevens home, Anson, Catherine, and Nettie Stevens in foreground circa 1885

 

37 William Gaines house (later Heritage House) (?) circa 1885

 

38 Artesian well on F.E. Barron property circa 1894

 

39 Artesian Well on Kent Property, Tamarind and Laurel no date

 

40 Charlie Heath and his house 1897

 

41 Home of Jessie Smith at Tamarind and Laurel circa 1900

 

42 Garden shed in back yard of Mears-Black home circa 1900

 

43 Harmon Higgins home and family circa 1900

 

44 Pacific Electric Railway Station 1902

 

45 William Gaines house (later Heritage House) 1904

 

46 Ward's Fruit Ranch 1910

 

47 John Abbott home, Compton Blvd east of Alameda St 1914

 

48 Palmer house circa 1914

 

49 Typical residences collage, H. J. Mayo house in top left circa 1920s

 

50 Chamber of Commerce building (drawing) circa 1920s

 

51 Club buildings, Woman's Club in lower right circa 1920s

 

52 Las Campanas Hospital (3 copies with negative) 1940

 

53 J.H. Bennett home, Editor, Compton Enterprise circa 1941

 

54 Cressey Park 1946

 

55 Taylor house, razed for Compton Junior College circa 1951

 

Businesses 1887-1960

Physical Description: 21 items

Scope and Content Note

These photos show the various businesses in Compton, many within the business district centered on Main Street/Compton Boulevard. They are arranged alphabetically by business name, with unidentified and general businesses located at the end. Note: Main Street was renamed Compton Boulevard in 1932.
 

56 Community Savings and Loan Association building 1963

 

57 Compton Center with Sears 1960

 

58 Compton Enterprise building (3 copies) circa 1901

 

59 Compton Enterprise building 1902

 

60 Compton Enterprise building, during demolition 1941

 

61 Compton-Gardena Milling Co. circa 1920s

 

62 Haylock General Variety Store (with negative) 1895

 

63 Haylock General Variety Store 1895

 

64 Los Angeles Cycle Car, proposed new industry for Compton 1914

 

65 Luxe Gasoline filling station circa 1930s

 

66 Mason Bros Plumbing and Hardware, north side of Compton Blvd (2 copies with negative) circa 1906

 

67 Mason's hardware store; Charles Mason on right, Frank Mayo on left circa 1918

 

68 McKee Hotel 1894

 

69 McNeil's blacksmith shop, Compton Blvd west of Tamarind St circa 1890s

 

70 McNeil and Shawrack Blacksmith Shop, in front L-R George Rogers, William Shawrack, Dick Heichew, Allen Kent, and Louis Page, Sr., Compton Blvd west of Tamarind St 1895

 

71 Neel and Towne Funeral Directors circa 1920s

 

72 Neel and Towne Funeral Directors and neighboring house circa 1920s

 

73 Newmark and Edwards Grain Dealers, first office on Court St, downtown circa 1890

 

74 Newmark and Edwards Grain Company, second office circa 1891

 

75 Peterson Lumber Co., North Alameda St circa 1930s

 

76 Stockwell Market, interior and, from Herald American, exterior (four photos with negatives, a-d) circa 1900, circa 1930, circa 1960

 

77 Business block 1887

 

78 Cheese Factory, Alameda and Myrrh Streets circa 1900

 

79 Main Street business, unidentified 1914

 

80 Industrial buildings (2 copies) circa 1920s

 

81 Business buildings in Compton circa 1920s

 

Churches 1879-1936

Physical Description: 33 items

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by church, these photos include the Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, and Methodist Churches. A majority of the photos are from the Methodist Church, and includes photos of the interior and exterior of the church buildings and parsonages, gatherings of church members, and photos of some of the pastors from the late 19th and early 20th century.
 

82 Sunday School Class, Baptist Church, Reverend Whitting, Pastor no date

 

83 Catholic Church on left, various appliances on lawn (2 copies) 1937

 

Congregational Church circa 1872-1896

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the Congregational Church
 

84 Church and parsonage, Tamarind and Almond Streets no date

 

85 Church with bell tower, and parsonage, Tamarind and Almond Streets no date

 

86 Ladies Aid Society 1896

 

87 Church, exterior (3 copies with negative) circa 1872

 

First Methodist Church 1879-1940

Physical Description: 22 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the Methodist Church building, interior and exterior.
 

88 Church and parsonage, exterior circa 1880

 

89 Parsonage, Reverend and Mrs. Bunker in foreground (2 copies) 1900

 

90 Exterior, northwest corner of Willowbrook Ave and Palm Street (2 copies with negative) 1906

 

91 Exterior (2 copies with negative) 1911

 

92 Exterior (3 copies and 3 negatives) 1940

 

93 Exterior (2 copies with negative) circa 1943

 

94 Interior circa 1940

 

95 Interior, chancel in center no date

 

96 Interior, chancel (2 copies) no date

 

97 Interior, communion table in center (2 copies) no date

 

98 Interior, communion table no date

 

99 Interior, chancel no date

 

100 Picnic circa 1890

 

101 Sunset Social (2 copies) 1916

 

102 Sunset Social 1936

 

103 Sunset Social 1937

 

104 Sunset Social 1938

 

105 Sunset Social (2 copies) 1939

 

106 Sunset Social circa 1940

 

107 Ladies group 1940

 

First Methodist Pastors circa 1875-1936

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Portraits of First Methodist pastors.
 

108 Bovard, Marion M. no date

 

109 Cool, Peter Y., 1879-1880 circa 1879

 

110 Robinson, Timothy E., 1883-1885 and 1900-1903 circa 1883

 

111 Robinson, Timothy E., 1883-1885 and 1900-1903 circa 1883

 

112 Leach, Charles, 1892-1895 circa 1893

 

113 Bunker, A.W., 1895-1900 circa 1895

 

114 Jennings, William A., 1923-1927 circa 1923

 

115 Norcross, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence, on "Old Timers' Day," 1931-1936 1935

 

116 Toothaker, Frank M., 1936-1941 1936

 

City of Compton 1885-1950s

Physical Description: 22 items

Scope and Content Note

This series is of photos related to the infrastructure and government of the City of Compton, including utilities, public works projects, and city streets. Photographs in the Civic Buildings and Public Works groups are arranged chronologically; the Streets group is arranged alphabetically by street and then chronologically. Note: Main Street was renamed Compton Boulevard in 1932.
 

Civic Buildings 1924-1935

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of Compton public buildings.
 

117 Water Department staff and office (2 copies with negative) 1924

 

118 First City Hall 1925

 

119 Public Library, 2 photos (2 copies of one photo, one print of photo from book) 1930

 

120 Post Office, with staff 1935

 

Public Works circa 1930-1950

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of public works projects under construction.
 

121 Cementing side of Compton Creek East Branch circa 1930s

 

122 East Compton drain, looking north along Santa Fe Ave from Palmer Ave circa 1950s

 

123 East Compton drain, looking south along Santa Fe Ave from Palmer Ave circa 1950s

 

Streets 1885-1962

Physical Description: 14 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of streets in Compton.
 

124 Compton Blvd from Alameda St, looking west 1885

 

125 Compton Blvd, looking west (2 copies) 1888

 

126 Main Street (Compton Blvd) stoop 1895

 

127 Street scene 1895

 

128 Compton Blvd, looking west circa 1900

 

129 East Compton Blvd, Neel and Towne building in background(?) 1910

 

130 Compton Blvd, with cars circa 1912

 

131 Compton Blvd at Tamarind Street, looking east (with 2 negatives) 1915

 

132 Compton Blvd, looking east (2 copies) 1916

 

133 Compton Blvd 1920

 

134 Compton Blvd from Alameda St, looking west 1962

 

135 Victoria Street ribbon cutting 1959

 

136 Willowbrook Ave, looking north, old Methodist Church in background 1905

 

137 Willowbrook Ave, looking north from Compton Blvd (2 copies with negative) 1905

 

138 Willowbrook Ave with Pacific Electric Railway train (with negative) 1914

 

Earthquake 1933

Physical Description: 54 items

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of photos taken immediately after the March 10, 1933 earthquake. The photos have been arranged alphabetically within four groups: Buildings, mostly along Compton Boulevard; Schools; Streets, mostly Compton Boulevard and the intersecting streets; and Miscellaneous.
 

Buildings 1933

Physical Description: 20 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of buildings immediately after the earthquake.
 

139 Aranbe Hotel/Symphony Theatre 1933

 

140 City Hall #1, front entrance 1933

 

141 City Hall #2 1933

 

142 City Hall, #3 1933

 

143 City Hall, #4, with American Legion volunteers in foreground (2 copies) 1933

 

144 City Hall, #5 1933

 

145 City Hall, #6 (four copies with negatives) 1933

 

146 Liberal Furniture Store 1933

 

147 Masonic Temple (2 copies) 1933

 

148 Security First National Bank, #1 1933

 

149 Security First National Bank, #2, during rubble removal (2 copies) 1933

 

150 Security First National Bank, #3 (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

151 Security First National Bank #4 (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

152 Security First National Bank #5 (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

153 Security First National Bank #6 (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

154 Stockwell Building #1 (with negative) 1933

 

155 Stockwell Building #2 1933

 

156 Stockwell Building, #3, interior, with John Stockwell 1933

 

157 Symphony Theatre/Aranbe Hotel #1 (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

158 Symphony Theatre/Aranbe Hotel #2 (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

159 Young Hotel, Willowbrook Ave 1933

 

Schools 1933

Physical Description: 16 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of school buildings, interior and exterior, immediately after the earthquake.
 

160 Compton High School original building, shifted east off its foundation during earthquake (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

161 Compton Union High School and Junior College, men's gym (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

162 Compton Union High School and Junior College, temporary classrooms on the athletic field 1933

 

163 Compton Union High School and Junior College, Commerce Building 1933

 

164 Compton Union High School and Junior College, south arcade (four copies) 1933

 

165 Compton Union High School and Junior College, shop building (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

166 Compton Union High School and Junior College, north arcade (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

167 Compton Union High School and Junior College, women's gym (2 copies) 1933

 

168 Compton Union High School and Junior College, Library (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

169 Compton Union High School and Junior College, Library (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

170 Compton Union High School and Junior College, Administration Building during demolition 1933

 

171 Roosevelt Junior High School, boys' gym (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

172 Roosevelt Junior High School, auditorium (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

173 Roosevelt Junior High School, boys' gym 1933

 

174 Roosevelt Junior High School (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

175 Rosecrans School (2 copies) 1933

 

Streets 1933

Physical Description: 18 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of streets, mostly Compton Boulevard and intersecting streets, immediately after the earthquake.
 

176 Compton Blvd, looking east from Tamarind Street (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

177 Compton Blvd and Tamarind Street 1933

 

178 Compton Blvd looking east from Pacific Electric rail tracks (five copies with negatives) 1933

 

179 Compton Blvd and Tamarind Street, looking north 1933

 

180 Compton Blvd east of Tamarind Street with Sentinel on duty (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

181 Compton Blvd east of Tamarind Street (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

182 Compton Blvd, south side, east of Tamarind Street (four copies) 1933

 

183 Compton Blvd, south side (two copies with negative) 1933

 

184 Compton Blvd, north side, east of Tamarind Street (2 copies with negative) 1933

 

185 Compton Blvd, looking west from Alameda (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

186 Compton Blvd, north side, with crushed car in foreground (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

187 Compton Blvd, looking west at crushed cars (four copies with negative) 1933

 

188 Compton Blvd, Security First National Bank on left 1933

 

189 Compton Blvd, kids watching demolition 1933

 

190 Compton Blvd, crushed parked cars 1933

 

191 Tamarind Street, Catholic Church on left 1933

 

192 Tamarind Street, damaged building (2 copies) 1933

 

193 North on Tamarind Street, Masonic Temple on left 1933

 

Miscellaneous 1933

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Various earthquake photos and a pass into the Restricted Area.
 

194 Temporary business location in former Rabbit Show Building on N. Alameda, north of Rosecrans (3 copies with negative) 1933

 

195 Refugees salvaging belongings after the earthquake (2 copies) 1933

 

196 Restricted Area pass for Robert Gillingham (2 copies and 2 negatives) 1933

 

Events 1912-1963

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

The photos in this series are from events in the Compton community: parades, the installation of the first water fountain on Compton Boulevard, and others. They are arranged chronologically.
 

197 Group photo at country fair no date

 

198 Water fountain dedication (3 copies with 3 negatives) 1912

 

199 Benjamin Watts at water fountain before dedication (with negative) 1912

 

200 Paving of first street celebration (2 copies with negative) 1916

 

201 Armistice Day Parade 1919

 

202 Fourth of July Parade, float decorate with cross pattee 1921

 

203 Parade down Compton Blvd, possibly Armistice Day (2 copies with negative) 1925

 

204 Pacific Wire Products groundbreaking, attendees labeled 1937

 

205 Diamond Jubilee Queen Judy Cobb 1963

 

Floods 1887-1962

Physical Description: 52 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos in this collection document the many floods during the 19th and 20th centuries and are arranged chronologically.
 

206 Northeast corner of Compton Blvd and Tamarind St (2 copies with negative) 1887

 

207 Compton Blvd looking east from Tamarind St (3 copies with negative) 1888

 

208 Compton Blvd looking west towards Tamarind St 1903

 

209 Flooded street 1914

 

210 Magnolia St, looking east from Willowbrook Ave to Alameda St 1914

 

211 Flooded field 1914

 

212 Culver St, looking north from Main St (with negative) 1914

 

213 West Compton Blvd and Compton Creek 1914

 

214 Compton Blvd 1914

 

215 Acacia St (2 copies) 1914

 

216 Field east of Compton (with negative) 1914

 

217 Flooded field 1914

 

218 Compton Blvd, looking west from Willowbrook Ave (2 copies with negative) 1914

 

219 Palm Street, looking west from Willowbrook Ave (2 copies with negative) 1914

 

220 Compton Blvd, looking north on Willowbrook (3 copies with negative) 1914

 

221 Washout of Compton Blvd Bridge (2 copies with negative) 1914

 

222 Compton Blvd looking east from Willowbrook Ave (3 copies with negative) 1914

 

223 Willowbrook Ave looking north from Compton Blvd (2 copies with negative) 1914

 

224 Compton Blvd and Willowbrook Ave looking southwest (2 copies with negative) 1914

 

225 Compton Blvd, looking east from Acacia St, Methodist Church on right (with 2 negatives) 1914

 

226 Flooded street, Willowbrook Ave (?) 1914

 

227 Tamarind Street, looking north from Compton Blvd (3 copies with negative) 1916

 

228 Flooded home 1926

 

229 Flooded street 1926

 

230 Flooded street near Compton Blvd. 1926

 

231 Flooded home 1926

 

232 Hose truck on flooded street in front of the Buick dealer 1926

 

233 Flooded field, Compton Creek(?) 1926

 

234 Car going through flooded street 1926

 

235 Business buildings 1926

 

236 Car in front of flooded businesses 1926

 

237 Passenger in car going through flooded street 1926

 

238 Passenger and driver on car in flooded street 1926

 

239 Truck going through flooded street 1926

 

240 "Fishing" from truck stuck on flooded street 1926

 

241 "Fishing" from truck stuck on flooded street 1926

 

242 "Fishing" from truck stuck on flooded street 1926

 

243 "Fishing" from truck stuck on flooded street 1926

 

244 Flooded home 1926

 

245 Flooded street and businesses 1926

 

246 Flooded street 1926

 

247 Flooded street 1926

 

248 Flooded field, Compton Creek(?) 1926

 

249 City Hall block (with negative) 1926

 

250 Rowing down N. Willowbrook Ave 1926

 

251 South Willowbrook Ave, flooded home and railroad tracks (3 copies) 1926

 

252 Willowbrook Ave and Myrrh St (2 copies) 1926

 

253 Los Angeles River, south of Compton, looking east (2 copies) 1926

 

254 City Hall (2 copies with negative) 1926

 

255 Rear view of City Hall (3 copies with negative) 1926

 

256 Owl Truck Company, behind Security Bank Building, Tamarind and Magnolia Streets (3 copies with negative) 1926

 

257 Fire truck in front of drugstore, Tamarind St. 1926

 

258 Willowbrook Ave and Olive St (with negative) 1937

 

259 South Willowbrook Ave (with negative) 1937

 

260 House at 123 S. Santa Fe Ave 1937

 

261 Downtown Compton (2 copies with negative) 1937

 

262 Compton City Hall (2 copies) 1938

 

263 Rosecrans Ave looking east, Whaley Junior High on right 1958

 

264 Compton Blvd intersection 1958

 

265 Avalon Blvd from Tank #1 on Dominguez Hill (9 negatives) 1958

 

266 East side of Compton 1959

 

267 Northeast side of Compton, Casa Venida area, #1 1962

 

268 Northeast side of Compton, Casa Venida area, #2 1962

 

269 Northeast side of Compton, Casa Venida area, #3 1962

 

Heritage House 1908/1959

Physical Description: 41 items

Scope and Content Note

This series is of photographs from the Heritage House Museum collection that could not be identified well enough to fit in any other series. A majority of the photos are not dated; they have been kept in the original order from the Heritage House collection. Most were likely a donation to that museum from the Mears family, though the lack of description on each photo prohibits us from adding them to the Pioneer Family subseries. The final photo is from the creation of a monument at the Heritage House Museum.
 

270 Marcelle on Prince no date

 

271 Woman (Portrait) no date

 

272 Baby in carriage no date

 

273 Baby in chair no date

 

274 Man with beard no date

 

275 Female child no date

 

276 Female child no date

 

277 Female child no date

 

278 Child no date

 

279 Child no date

 

280 Man with bicycle (tintype) no date

 

281 Man (small tintype) no date

 

282 Woman (postcard) no date

 

283 Man (postcard) no date

 

284 Woman in costume (postcard) no date

 

285 Woman seated no date

 

286 Man in sombrero hat no date

 

287 Four female nurses no date

 

288 Man outside, early 20th century no date

 

289 Child (postcard) no date

 

290 Man with two children no date

 

291 Woman outside no date

 

292 Woman in black no date

 

293 Two men and two women (postcard sent to Miss Hattie Mears) no date

 

294 Two men in car no date

 

295 Beulah dressed up in Will's clothes (postcard) no date

 

296 Old woman outside 1916

 

297 Woman with umbrella no date

 

298 Log cabin no date

 

299 House and brick road no date

 

300 Lake in Michigan 1911

 

301 Outdoor fire place at Glenn Ranch, California, on postcard to Harriet Mears 1928

 

302 Log cabin in snow no date

 

303 Glenn Ranch in winter no date

 

304 Mears-Black house 1908

 

305 Mears-Black house no date

 

306 Mears-Black house no date

 

307 Mears-Black gravesite (two photos, a-b) 1927

 

308 Mears-Black gravesite no date

 

309 Mears-Black gravesite no date

 

310 Barley field no date

 

311 Historic landmark installation at Heritage House Museum (four photos, a-d) 1959

 

Pioneer Families 1888-1940

Physical Description: 63 items

Scope and Content Note

The photos in this series are those of early settlers and major figures in Compton’s history. They are arranged alphabetically by last name. Also included are photographs of civic and military groups.
 

312 Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Barron and their daughters Emma, Ida, and Pearl no date

 

313 Ada Bisbee no date

 

314 Mrs. Bisbee, mother of Ada no date

 

315 Samuel Bise, undertaker and livery stable no date

 

316 Minnie Buckham, Compton High alumna and school teacher no date

 

317 Irma and Flora Bunker, daughters of Reverend A. W. Bunker of the First Methodist no date

 

318 Paul Bunker, son of Reverend A.W. Bunker of the First Methodist no date

 

319 J. Newton Burgess, shepherd no date

 

320 Mrs. Emily Flood Compton no date

 

321 Mrs. Emily Flood Compton no date

 

322 G.D. Compton no date

 

323 G.D. Compton no date

 

324 Emily and G.D. Compton no date

 

325 Emily and G.D. Compton, with children(?) no date

 

326 Lavina and John Decker no date

 

327 Clarence A. Dickison, Mayor of Compton, 1925-1933 (2 copies) no date

 

328 Clarence Dickison speaking at tree planting for new housing tract circa 1927

 

329 Clarence Dickison and Eva Rice at tree planting circa 1927

 

330 Clarence Dickison and Eva Rice at tree planting circa 1927

 

331 Mr. and Mrs. J.A.J. Flood, Emily Compton's parents no date

 

332 (John) William Gaines, rancher, early owner of Heritage House (2 copies with negative) no date

 

333 Elizabeth Lord Gaines, wife of William Gaines (3 copies with negative) no date

 

334 John W. Gastrich, Superintendent of Compton Elementary Schools, 1925-1933 no date

 

335 Compton Commercial obituary for D.M. Hathorn (2 copies) 1915

 

336 Rena Hathorn 1914

 

337 C.A. Heath and family 1922

 

338 Harmon Higgins, original owner of Victory Park Tract no date

 

339 Mrs. Harmon Higgins no date

 

340 Harmon Higgins and family (3 copies with negative) no date

 

341 Mrs. E.H. Howard 1888

 

342 Reverend S. W. Jones and Mrs. Lennox no date

 

343 Ned Leach, Reverend Charles and Darla Leach's son no date

 

344 Reverend Irving Lovejoy family photo 1940

 

345 Reverend Lovejoy preaching on the 60th anniversary of joining the SW Conference 1940

 

346 Reverend Lovejoy with Reverend Toothaker (with negative) 1940

 

347 Roy Malcolm as a child, later taught at USC no date

 

348 Charles Mason (?), son-in-law of Dr. F.S. Whaley, first doctor no date

 

349 Mary Mason, daughter of Dr. F. S. Whaley, first doctor (2 copies with negative) no date

 

350 Florence Meek (2 copies) no date

 

351 Florence Meek no date

 

352 Mary Meek, mother of Florence no date

 

353 Theodore Meek, father of Florence no date

 

354 Mr. and Mrs. George H. Palmer on their wedding day (4 copies with negative) 1888

 

355 Mr. and Mrs. George H. Palmer on their 50th wedding anniversary (4 copies with negative) 1938

 

356 Bertha and Ethel Palmer no date

 

357 Ethel Palmer no date

 

358 Albert Marion Peck, original Compton pioneer (2 copies with negative) 1888

 

359 Harold A. Petterson no date

 

360 Will and Lizzy Pipher, children of Lucy Flood Pipher no date

 

361 Dr. O. J. Pratt 1900

 

362 Alma Robinson, daughter of Reverend T.E. Robinson, First Methodist no date

 

363 Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Rogers, original Compton pioneers (3 copies with negative) no date

 

364 F.P.F. Temple no date

 

365 Benjamin Walton 1907

 

366 Ward family ranch; from left: S.W. McAdam (?) a federal man, Nelson Ward, Mildred Ward, Frederick Muskew (?) and Mr. Ward of Whittier, land inspectors (?) circa 1900

 

367 Nelson Ward, with inscription to Robert Gillingham 1935

 

368 Nelson Ward, in front of city hall, pioneer settler and first municipal judge (3 copies with negative) 1935

 

369 Franklin S. Whaley, first doctor (3 copies with negative) 1880

 

370 John L. Wininger no date

 

371 Unidentified couple no date

 

372 Methodist Delta Alphas circa 1906

 

373 Members of the Shiloh Post, Grand Army of the Republic no date

 

Civic Leaders 1956-1969

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

The photos in this series are of community leaders from the last half of the 20th century.
 

374 Rex Dunn (with negative) 1956

 

375 Margaret Forsythe and Lee Finley no date

 

376 Robert C. Gillingham at Rotary Club 1958

 

377 Robert C. Gillingham receiving Chamber of Commerce award 1969

 

Schools 1884-1967

Physical Description: 62 items

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged by school level (primary/elementary, middle/junior high, high school, junior/community college). A distinction has been made between Compton City School and Compton Grammar School, as the latter existed only after the completion of Compton Union High School in 1905. A distinction has also been made between Compton Union High School and Compton Union High School and Junior College. Photographs in the Compton Union High School group are specifically of the high school; photographs in the Compton Union High School and Junior College group may be of either, as both used shared buildings on the same campus for many decades. Subjects of the photos include students, as well as buildings, class rooms, etc. Oversize photos are located in the oversize box.
 

Compton City School circa 1884-circa 1895

Physical Description: 10 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of Compton City School, the first school in Compton.
 

378 School photo no date

 

379 School photo circa 1884

 

380 Class photo circa 1884

 

381 Class photo circa 1886

 

382 Class photo, labelled circa 1890

 

383 School building with students (4 copies with negative, also in oversize) circa 1890

 

384 School photo 1891

 

385 School photo, Pearl and Ida Barron marked 1891

 

386 Graduating class 1894

 

387 Grades 8 and 9 class photo circa 1895

 

Compton Elementary School 1920, 1956

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the Compton Elementary School.
 

388 Building exterior (2 copies) 1920

 

389 Schools collage (2 copies) circa 1920s

 

390 Main entrance 1956

 

Compton Grammar School circa 1899–circa 1911

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of Compton Grammar School, including the building and classes.
 

391 Third grade class 1899

 

392 Class photo circa 1900

 

393 Class photo circa 1900

 

394 Graduating class circa 1905

 

395 Third grade class, some labeled 1906

 

396 Primary class photo circa 1908

 

397 Grades 7 and 8, in classroom (2 copies) 1908

 

398 Class photo circa 1912

 

399 Eighth grade class circa 1911

 

636 Class photo with roster (oversize) 1886

 

Compton Junior High 1936

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Photo of Compton Junior High.
 

400 Building exterior (2 copies) 1936

 

Compton Union High School 1905-1915, 1954

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of Compton Union High School buildings, classes, and sports teams.
 

401 Football game (with negative) circa 1900s

 

402 Girls basketball team circa 1905

 

403 Girls basketball team 1905

 

404 Boys baseball team circa 1905

 

405 Boys baseball team 1905

 

406 Boys baseball team 1906

 

407 School photo 1907

 

408 Original building (2 copies) 1909

 

409 Administration Building, Compton High School 1954

 

637 Track team, including R.C. Gillingham (oversize) 1914

 

638 Band (oversize) 1913

 

639 Class photo, graduating class of 1916, Otto Gillingham marked (oversize) circa 1915

 

640 Rugby team, R.C. and Otto Gillingham marked (oversize) 1913

 

641 Baseball team, labeled (oversize) 1913

 

Compton Union High School and Junior College 1927-1940

Physical Description: 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the Compton Union High School and Junior College shared campus.
 

410 Campus scenes collage 1927

 

411 "The Guard of the Trophies" statue in front of Administration building 1930

 

412 Arcade and patio, part of outdoor stage, (2 copies) 1930

 

413 Patio, north side 1930

 

414 Patio in the music building 1930

 

415 Men's Gym 1930

 

416 Girls' Gymnasium 1930

 

417 Home Economics building #1 1930

 

418 Home Economics building #2 1930

 

419 Commerce Building 1930

 

420 Aerial view (2 copies) 1932

 

421 Administration Building 1932

 

422 Arcade 1932

 

423 Campus scene 1935

 

424 Site of National Youth Administration building 1940

 

Compton Community College circa 1950s-1967

Physical Description: 14 items

Scope and Content Note

Photos of Compton Community College campus, including interior and exterior photos and students.
 

425 Site sign 1952

 

426 Aerial view #1, looking northwest 1953

 

427 Aerial view #2, looking northeast (4 copies) 1953

 

428 Aerial view circa 1950s

 

429 Sign circa 1950s

 

430 Student lounge (2 copies) circa 1950s

 

431 Library interior circa 1950s

 

432 Campus scene #1 circa 1950s

 

433 Campus scene #2 circa 1950s

 

434 Campus scene (2 copies) no date

 

435 Panorama of campus with snow-capped mountains no date

 

436 Laboratory classroom 1959

 

437 Administration building 1960

 

438 Aerial view 1967

 

Rosecrans School 1963

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Photo of the Rosecrans School.
 

439 Building exterior 1963

 

Scrapbooks circa 1900-1950

Physical Description: 142 items

Scope and Content Note

Four scrapbooks from the Heritage House collection, including two that were created by Heritage House staff.
 

4th of July album 1921

Physical Description: 17 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of floats in the 1921 Compton 4th of July parade, taken by W.S. Jones.
 

440 Float 1921

 

441 Pathfinder Club float 1921

 

442 Methodist Episcopal float 1921

 

443 Red Cross float 1921

 

444 Club float 1921

 

445 Float 1921

 

446 Legion Auxiliary float 1921

 

447 C of C (City of Compton?) float 1921

 

448 Indian Guides (?) float 1921

 

449 Float 1921

 

450 Downey Board of Trade float 1921

 

451 Goat cart 1921

 

452 Zerolene float 1921

 

453 W.E. Deans Rex-all Drugstore float 1921

 

454 Groceteria float 1921

 

455 Besgrade Flour Company float 1921

 

456 Union Oil Co. float 1921

 

Compton Homes of Yesteryear 1950

Physical Description: 15 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of houses built during Compton's early years and still standing in 1950.
 

457 Lessing 1950

 

458 James 1950

 

459 Taylor 1950

 

460 Congregational Parsonage 1950

 

461 Congregational Parsonage 1950

 

462 Palmer 1950

 

463 Hann/Hamm 1950

 

464 Angelo 1950

 

465 Harshman 1950

 

466 Howie 1950

 

467 no ID 1950

 

468 Haskin 1950

 

469 John Gries 1950

 

470 Culver-front 1950

 

471 Culver-back 1950

 

Goodrich Album circa 1900

Physical Description: 14 items

Scope and Content Note

Album of cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, and tintypes given to the Heritage House in 1967 by the granddaughter of John Van Buren Goodrich, the first Circuit Court judge in Compton.
 

472 Page with 8 small photos circa 1900

 

473 Young woman circa 1900

 

474 Baby in carriage circa 1900

 

475 Young child in white gown circa 1900

 

476 Mother and children circa 1900

 

477 Portrait of five men circa 1900

 

478 Young woman circa 1900

 

479 Young man circa 1900

 

480 Young man with mustache circa 1900

 

481 Older man with mustache (Mrs. Goslee) circa 1900

 

482 Older man with mustache (G.W. Browning circa 1900

 

483 Woman circa 1900

 

484 Child with long hair circa 1900

 

485 Child with long hair (same as 484) circa 1900

 

486 Mr. and Mrs. E. Miller circa 1900

 

487 Woman circa 1900

 

488 Man with mustache and polka-dot tie circa 1900

 

489 Full-length of woman in long coat and hat circa 1900

 

490 Man with long beard (Rinehart) circa 1900

 

491 Full-length of woman in velvet dress circa 1900

 

492 Full-length of woman with backdrop circa 1900

 

493 Dr. A.H. Miller circa 1900

 

494 Woman (Musser) circa 1900

 

495 Older man with beard and Shriner's pin on lapel (Musser) circa 1900

 

496 Full-lenth of man with beard (J.V. Hover) circa 1900

 

497 Old woman circa 1900

 

498 Young woman, arms crossed (Garrison) circa 1900

 

499 Young woman circa 1900

 

500 Young man with mustache (J.V. Hover) circa 1900

 

501 Young man with mustache (Scotford) circa 1900

 

502 Young woman (brown) circa 1900

 

503 Romie (?) Miller, age two - child in carriage circa 1900

 

504 Man with mustache and long sideburns (Angell) circa 1900

 

505 E. Miller, young man with goatee circa 1900

 

506 Young woman (Angell) circa 1900

 

507 Profile of young woman (Angell) circa 1900

 

508 Young woman with pompadour (Angell) circa 1900

 

509 Mr. O.E. Ward circa 1900

 

510 Young child on chair (tintype) circa 1900

 

511 Young child (tintype) circa 1900

 

512 Young girl (tintype) circa 1900

 

513 Two young men in coats and hats (tintype) circa 1900

 

Mears-Black Album circa 1910

Physical Description: 68

Scope and Content Note

Album created by the Heritage House staff from photos donated by the Mears-Black family, early Compton pioneers.
 

514 Mimetta Black circa 1910

 

515 Roy Black circa 1910

 

516 Roy Black on the south side of the house circa 1910

 

517 Mimetta Black (?) circa 1910

 

518 Roy Black circa 1910

 

519 Mimetta cooking at a stove circa 1910

 

520 Mimetta (?) at left with friends circa 1910

 

521 Women working in yard circa 1910

 

522 Two women on the porch circa 1910

 

523 Woman tending rose bush circa 1910

 

524 Group in the yard circa 1910

 

525 Roy on porch circa 1910

 

526 Couple next to porch circa 1910

 

527 Man with two small children in coats and hats circa 1910

 

528 Couple with small child circa 1910

 

529 Early automobile with six passengers circa 1910

 

530 Baby in sled outside in snow circa 1910

 

531 Young child in dress and bonnet circa 1910

 

532 Young woman in hat circa 1910

 

533 Mr. and Mrs. Ebert of Chicago circa 1910

 

534 Two women on farm circa 1910

 

535 Young couple (wedding portrait?) circa 1910

 

536 Girl with litter of puppies circa 1910

 

537 Family in miniature train circa 1910

 

538 Man with large horse circa 1910

 

539 "Family outing" - car and beach scene circa 1910

 

540 Group on beach excursion circa 1910

 

541 Women eating in side yard next to horses circa 1910

 

542 Woman at the beach next to a pier circa 1910

 

543 Women in hats riding donkeys circa 1910

 

544 Children riding mules circa 1910

 

545 Couple in automobile on the shore circa 1910

 

546 San Gabriel Mission cemetery circa 1910

 

547 Yosemite Falls circa 1910

 

548 San Juan Capistrano Mission circa 1910

 

549 Alameda County booth, Land Show, Omaha, Nebraska circa 1910

 

550 Freeport, Ohio circa 1910

 

551 Prescott, Arizona circa 1910

 

552 Bridgeport, Ohio circa 1910

 

553 High school students in front of building, Freeport, Ohio circa 1910

 

554 Father of Roy or Mimetta circa 1910

 

555 Father of Roy or Mimetta circa 1910

 

556 CDV of woman (Heyn, Omaha, Nebraska) circa 1910

 

557 Mary Elizabeth and Dale Stewart, relative and nephew of Mimetta circa 1910

 

558 Lula Harshman, large mounting circa 1910

 

559 Group on 4th of July, including Lula Harshman and the Blacks circa 1910

 

560 Black house in Compton with women on the porch (3) circa 1910

 

561 Black house, rail tracks in foreground circa 1910

 

562 Black house, side view circa 1910

 

563 Black house with grown trees and sidewalk circa 1910

 

564 Early Compton area, Black house left of center circa 1910

 

565 Roy and Mimetta in living room circa 1910

 

566 Roy and Mimetta on porch circa 1910

 

567 Evans Bros. General Store storefront with staff circa 1910

 

568 Roy behind the counter at a general store circa 1910

 

569 Boos Bros. Cafeteria dining room circa 1910

 

570 Man behind jewelry counter at store circa 1910

 

571 4th of July parade circa 1910

 

572 Patriot drum and fife group circa 1910

 

573 Group at poor farm near Compton circa 1910

 

574 Dr. Down's house circa 1910

 

575 Compton Bank building circa 1910

 

576 Original Compton High School building circa 1910

 

577 Mears-Black gravesite 1918

 

578 Mears-Black gravesite 1918

 

579 Mears-Black gravesite circa 1910

 

580 Mears-Black gravesite circa 1910

 

581 Black house, Compton circa 1910

 

Miscellaneous 1908, 1931, 1944

Physical Description: 4 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photos of various activities in Compton history.
 

582 Watching the arrival of the Great White Fleet (copy) 1908

 

583 Prohibition bust (3 copies with multiple negatives, 2 copies in oversize) 1931

 

584 Portrait of S.C. Lewis, Officer Don Castillo, and Police Chief T. J. Potter 1933

 

585 War bond sales (2 copies with negative) 1944

 

Dominguez no dates

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

Though it is not a city, these photos were labeled with Dominguez as the location; they are likely from Dominguez Hill and the surrounding area. This series includes photographs of the Dominguez train station and an early military battle. Oversize photos of Japanese farmers and the installation of a plaque noting the location of a Native American village are located in the oversize box.
 

586 Dominguez Tower train station (copy) no date

 

587 Battle of the Plains of Mesa during Battle of California drawing (copy, with negative, also 2 copies in oversize) no date

 

642 Japanese farmers in the field (oversize) circa 1914

 

643 Japanese farmers in the field (oversize) circa 1930s

 

644 Suanga Indian Village plaque dedication (oversize) circa 1970s

 

Lakewood 1945

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This series includes an aerial view of Lakewood during World War II.
 

588 Aerial view 1945

 

Lynwood 1913, 1921 1926, 1928

Physical Description: 4 items

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of photos of Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood, arranged chronologically.
 

589 Long Beach Blvd, looking northwest from Pacific Electric tracks 1913

 

590 Long Beach Blvd, looking south from Pacific Electric tracks (2 copies with negative) 1921

 

591 Long Beach Blvd, looking south to Carline (with negative) 1926

 

592 Long Beach Blvd, looking north from Pacific Electric tracks 1928

 

Palos Verdes circa 1920s

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a portrait of Jose Sepulveda, owner of the Rancho los Palos Verdes, and the view of the Pacific Ocean from Las Ventas Inn.
 

593 North from La Ventas Inn circa 1920s

 

594 Jose Dolores Sepulveda, owner of Rancho Palos Verdes no date

 

Redondo Beach circa 1880, 1925

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

These photographs are mainly of the beach area and pier at the Redondo Hotel. Also included are photographs of the local salt industry and aerial views of the area, arranged chronologically. Oversize photo of a Fraternal Brotherhood meeting is located in oversize box.
 

595 Pier, beach and town circa 1880

 

596 Pacific Electric Rail car no date

 

597 Redondo Hotel and bathhouse, ATSF train in foreground (2 copies, overhead, and negative) circa 1890s

 

598 View of shipping from Redondo Hotel 1890

 

599 Redondo Hotel from the ocean circa 1894

 

600 Redondo Hotel, looking north circa 1894

 

601 Storm havoc on the pier circa 1900

 

602 Salt works (copy) no date

 

603 Aerial view #1 1924

 

604 Aerial view #2 1924

 

605 Pavilion and pier circa 1925

 

645 Uniform Rank, Fraternal Brotherhood, near Santa Fe train station (oversize) 1911

 

Regional 1932-1959

Physical Description: 27 items

Scope and Content Note

These photographs are aerials of various parts of Los Angeles County and one photograph of the oil industry located in the oversize box. The photos numbered under ID 618 were taken by Pacific Air Industries.
 

606 Los Angeles 1932

 

607 Looking southeast across Palisades and Santa Monica circa 1932

 

608 Los Angeles manufacturing district circa 1932

 

609 San Fernando Blvd, Burbank circa 1935

 

610 Northwest across Santa Monica Mountains to San Fernando Valley, Stone Canyon Reservoir in front 1941

 

611 Looking northeast from Watts toward Los Angeles, Coliseum in center 1941

 

612 Downtown Los Angeles, note City Hall building in center circa 1941

 

613 San Fernando Road and Broadway, Glendale circa 1941

 

614 Grand Central Airport, Glendale 1945

 

615 Southwest Park subdivision, Milton Kauffman Construction (2 copies) 1954

 

616 Looking southwest over South Bay area 1956

 

617 Looking northeast to Los Angeles, LA River at bottom no date

 

618 Aerials from Pacific Air Industries, numbered 1-148 1959

 

646 Oil pipes and pumps (oversize) no date

 

San Pedro 1883-1932

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of photographs of the San Pedro harbor, including shots of the shipping and naval industries.
 

619 First Customs House, San Pedro 1883

 

620 Shipping, railways, and docks 1890

 

621 Buoy off of Point Fermin 1900

 

622 U.S. Navy fleet 1932

 

623 USS Langley, Naval airship carrier 1932

 

Terminal Island 1933

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a photograph of the Edison electric plant on the island.
 

624 Long Beach Edison Electric plant 1933

 

Torrance 1902, 1910, 1924

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

This series includes photos of the railway station, aerials of Torrance industrial buildings, and a set of photographs giving a panoramic view of the original townsite.
 

625 Pacific Electric Railway Station (3 copies with negative) 1902

 

626 Torrance, panorama of city site (four photos, a-d) 1910

 

627 Torrance, air view of original town site area, looking south; Pacific Electric Railway shops, right foreground; end of Columbia Steel plant, left center; 1924 1924

 

628 Chanslor-Canfield-Midway Oil company (four photos) 1924

 

629 Columbia Steel Plant 1924

 

630 Pacific Electric Railway shops 1924

 

631 Torrance Brick Co. aerial (2 copies) 1924

 

632 Union Tool Co. (2 copies) 1924

 

633 Western Glass Manufacturing Co., aerial (2 copies) 1924

 

656 Aerial of homes and farm land in "Walteria." Mining site visible in top right. 1930

 

Wilmington circa 1880s, no date

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

This series includes an aerial drawing of Wilmington and a drawing of the Banning house.
 

634 "Birds Eye view of Wilmington" (drawing) circa 1880s

 

635 Phineas Banning residence (drawing) no date