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Monrovia Resident Harold Shellum Celebrates 100 Years
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Monrovia Resident Harold Shellum Celebrates 100 Years

By Terry Miller Former Army Air Corps Meteorologist, Harold Joseph Shellum was born Feb. 16, 1919 and yet he still swims twice a week at Monrovia’s YMCA. Perhaps this, and good genes, help Harold achieve this major milestone in life. On Wednesday, Shellum was treated to a birthday party put on by his extended family…

Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard
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Monrovian Superstar, Architect Robert Kennard

By Susie Ling In 1986, Robert Kennard was inducted into the prestigious AIA College of Fellows for excellence in the field of architecture. Established in 1957, his Kennard Design Group (KDG) is one of the largest and oldest African American architectural firms in Los Angeles. Robert Alexander Kennard (1920-1995) was a Monrovian who graduated from…

Bob Bartlett Honored Through Monrovia Memorial
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Bob Bartlett Honored Through Monrovia Memorial

By Susan Motander The memorial to Mayor Bob Bartlett at Station Square Gold Line Metro Station has been included in a juried exhibit of mosaic art. According to information supplied by the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), the show actually celebrates work done internationally and this year features work from not just the United States,…

Christian Daly: Helping Others Be Heard
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Christian Daly: Helping Others Be Heard

By Emily Glory Peters The years surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 were momentous in the U.S. The civil rights movement sparked significant legislative shifts, impacting everything from employment discrimination to fair housing to immigration rights. The importance of these reforms is still evident today in Christian Daly, longtime San Gabriel Valley…

‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia
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‘Big Jim’ Espinosa of Monrovia

A tale of Mexican-American struggle, determination and kindness By Susie Ling, Monrovia Legacy Project “Big Jim” Espinosa was 6-foot-3 and between 200 and 300 pounds of mostly muscle, but it was his heart that was really big. Big Jim was a Monrovia community leader of his time. James William Espinosa (1904-1981) was born on Lucky…

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