Susan Motander

Monrovia Fire and Rescue Honors Monrovia Weekly Photographer
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Monrovia Fire and Rescue Honors Monrovia Weekly Photographer

By Susan Motander At their annual Fire Service Day Pancake Breakfast, Monrovia Fire and Rescue honored Monrovia Weekly’s Editor and Photographer Terry Miller. They presented the award-winning journalist with his own brush fire jacket for safety at fire scenes. Appropriately, the jacket bears just the word “PHOTOGRAPHER” across its shoulders on top, beautifully stitched and his…

Constance Motander Died on Mother’s Day
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Constance Motander Died on Mother’s Day

By Susan Motander Connie (not that I ever called her that, to me she was Mother) was born August 28, 1926 in Arlington, Massachusetts (now a part of Boston). Her parents, Marion (always known as Naya) Whall and Teodoro Eduardo Hartung had married when he, as a young Argentine Naval Officer, had been studying at…

The Founding of Monrovia
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The Founding of Monrovia

By Susan Motander In 1883 five men purchased land from Lucky Baldwin’s Rancho Santa Anita.  William Newton Monroe, one of those five, purchased 240 acres for $30,000.  Monroe was the son of a successful Midwestern farmer but made his own money in railroad engineering (the sort that plans, not those that drive the engines).  Ultimately, he settled in…

Monrovia Council Approves Funds for Final Steps of Legacy Project
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Monrovia Council Approves Funds for Final Steps of Legacy Project

By Susan Motander Monrovia’s City Council approved the funds to complete the education link in the three-step chain of the Monrovia Legacy Project: Education.  The project is an attempt, as one local wag said, to “siphon Steve Baker’s brain.”  Both Myron Hotchkiss, who was Monrovia’s first City Historian, and Steve Baker, its second, collected photos, mementos, documents,…

Monrovia Historical Society will share Photos at Santa Fe Depot
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Monrovia Historical Society will share Photos at Santa Fe Depot

By Susan Motander While an appropriate long-term tenant for the historic Monrovia Santa Fe Depot is being sought, an interim use for the building has been found. The Monrovia Historical Society will showcase a photographic exhibit at the depot. According to Sandy Burud a sample of approximately 100 photographs of Old Monrovia from the Legacy’s collection….

Services Have Been Set for Fred Bowden
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Services Have Been Set for Fred Bowden

By Susan Motander Fred Bowden, who died several days ago in Mexico, will be remembered at a service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia on Friday, March 23rd at 10 am. The church is located at 512 W. Duarte Road. It is just east of Baldwin Avenue. Mayor Tom Adams paid tribute to Bowden…

MAP Honors  Allen Allensworth
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MAP Honors Allen Allensworth

By Susan Motander On March 10th the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) will hold a block party at the Second Baptist Church from 11 am to 2 pm. The church is located at 925 South Shamrock Avenue. The purpose of these MAP Block Parties is to bring people together in a common area where they can learn more about…

Empty House Party for Pasadena Showcase
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Empty House Party for Pasadena Showcase

By Susan Motander Members, supporters and media gathered last month to preview the home that will be turned into the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts this year. In just three short months hundreds of workers and designers will transform this Mediterranean style home and its gardens into the next Pasadena Showcase House for the…

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