Goodness Gracious – She’s a Ball of Fire!

Goodness Gracious – She’s a Ball of Fire!

I learned to love all of Hollywood moneyYou came along and you moved me honeyI changed my mind, looking fineGoodness gracious great balls of fire – Jerry Lee Lewis Betty Rowland, the Red-headed Ball of Fire (aka the Rhode Island red-head) was a force to be...
Bad Man on Crocker Street

Bad Man on Crocker Street

Officer Gifford, on night patrol on Crocker street, heard a call for help and saw three men chasing another man down the block away from him. As he set off after them, Gifford saw the man in the lead leap up the steps at the entrance to the emergency hospital, just as...

Death before dishonor

Although Japanese, and as such always an outsider to the Anglo culture of SRO land, G. Kurokaua was a respected longtime employee of the Ramona Saloon at 307 South Spring Street. But for all his years in the bar, he failed to tune his ear to the friendly jibes and...
The Abduction of Baby Toto

The Abduction of Baby Toto

“Toto”, the two-year-old daughter of Mary Smith, a single mother who had a room in the home of the Harver family at 634 Gallardo street, went missing one spring day in 1906. Mary’s neighbors, who rushed to the house to comfort her,  soon confirmed that each...
Crib District Gets a Makeover

Crib District Gets a Makeover

They weren’t pretty but they sure were cheap, and easy to find. All an Angeleno had to do to ease his itch before the turn of the century in LA (or maybe pick up another one) was head downtown to Alameda and Ferguson Alley to an area known as the Cribs.  There,...