Los Angeles in the 1900s

June 1909

From the Los Angeles Daily Times of June 3, 1909
ADMIRABLE

TAKING BOYS FROM STREET

Vacation Time to Be Devoted to Study and Fun

Philanthropic men, ever on the outlook for some way of making the school boys’ vacation a benefit to him in every way, rather than a drawback, have evolved many plans to accomplish the end.

Doubtless one of the most successful is the vacation school. It is new in Los Angeles, but henceforth will be one of the fixed departments of work in our great Young Men’s Christian Association.

The fertile brain and tireless enthusiasm of H.D. Cross . . . has been effective in enlisting prominent instructors of the city schools . . . .

The splendid equipment of the association in every way, including gymnasium and swimming pool, make the offer the rarest opportunity of a boy’s life.

The instructors who have agreed to devote themselves to the work are Theodore Fulton of the department of mathematics, Olive street High School, who will be principal of the vacation school; J.P. Lillard, department of English, Olive street High School; Roy Porter, principal of the Tenth street school; and W.F. Hughes, principal of the Castelar street school. . . . a moderate fee will be charged. . . .

Dana W. Bartlett, superintendent of Bethlehem Institution, is agitating the same plan of a vacation school for boys who cannot afford to pay for the privilege, but who will surely be turned loose on the streets as soon as the public schools are closed for the summer.

He seeks to raise a fund for the maintenance of three or four such schools, in connection with his philanthropic work, each of which will cost about $300.

The boys will be taken for outings to the beach and in the mountains, which to many of them is a wonderland upon which their eyes have never feasted.

These hot days might prove an inspiration to somebody to give this benevolent fund a helping hand.

According to Scriptophily.com, there were four Pig ’n’ Whistle cafes in Los Angeles by 1927. The one advertised here was undoubtedly the first.

From the Los Angeles Daily Times of June 3, 1909. —>

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