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Topanga Elementary School, Class of 1961 Reunion

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Topanga Elementary School, Class of 1961, Hawaiian-themed 40th Reunion.

1ST ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. Jimmy Dehr, 3. Kenny Wallace, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. Michael McGovern, 6. Guest
2ND ROW
1. Fred Massey, 2. Randy Green, 3. Sandy Bigelow, 4. Franny…

Beverly Jones, Karen Wood, Carol Knittle

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation, 1961

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

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Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class Graduation, 1960-61

1ST ROW
1. Ronald or Richard Masterson, 2. Ronald or Richard Masterson, 3. Harold Lindsey, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. Charles Wilson, 6. Alan Kruse, 7. unknown, 8. Wesley Reinhart, 9.…

Topanga Elementary School, Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Herbert Hawkins's Sixth Grade Class, 1960-61

1ST ROW
1. Ray Boyette, 2. Norma Krause, 3. Richard or Ronald Masterson, 4. Harvey Cannaday, 5. Sandra Bransky, 6. Michael McGovern
2ND ROW
1. Jan Pearson, 2. Ann…

Topanga Elementary School, Fifth Grade Class, 1959-60

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Topanga Elementary School, Mr. Martin Lockso's Fifth Grade Class, 1959-60

1ST ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. unknown, 3. Michael Buckley, 4. unknown, 5. Janice Outwater, 6. Gray Garnett
2ND ROW
1. Jean Jaques Stehelin, 2. Virginia House, 3. unknown,…

Topanga Elementary School, Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Florence Bruinsslot's Fourth Grade Class, 1958-59

1ST ROW
1. unknown, 2. Beverly Jones, 3. Michael McGovern, 4. Sally Ware, 5. Gray Garnett, 6. unknown, 7. Harold Lindsey
2ND ROW
1. Wesley Reinhart, 2. Virginia…

Topanga Elementary School, Third Grade Class, 1957-58

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Springer's Third Grade Class, 1957-58

1ST ROW
1. Virginia House, 2. Janie Hoffman, 3. Matthew Bartholomew, 4. unknown, 5. Earl Wickenberg, 6. Jean Jaques Stehelin, 7. Jimmy Dehr
2ND ROW
1. Michael Harriet, 2.…

Topanga Elementary School, Second Grade, 1956-57

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Washington's Second Grade, 1956-57

1ST ROW
1. unknown, 2. unknown, 3. Michelle Stork, 4. Steve Marshall, 5. unknown, 6. Harold Lindsey, 7. Jerry Brown
2ND ROW
1. Richard Coghlan, 2. Earl Wickenberg, 3. Sally…

Topanga Elementary School, First Grade, 1955-56

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Anderson's First Grade, 1955-56

1ST ROW
1. Matthew Bartholomew, 2. Steve Marshall, 3. Kenneth Wallace, 4. unknown, 5. Jimmy Dehr, 6. Sally Ware, 7. Guy Hoover
2ND ROW
1. Max Penner, 2. unknown, 3. unknown, 4.…

Topanga Elementary School, Kindergarten Class, 1954-55

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Topanga Elementary School, Mrs. Anderson's Kindergarten Class, 1954-55

1ST ROW
1. Michael McGovern, 2. unknown, 3. Charles Wilson, 4. unknown, 5. unknown, 6. unknown, 7. Max Penner
2ND ROW
1. Guy Hoover, 2. unknown, 3. Sally Ware, 4. Earl…

Topango Radiant Springs truck

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Distributor Harry "Sox" Kuhlmeyer stands with his Topango Radiant Springs truck. The company delivered water from a spring at the bottom of the S-turns. Joy Pierce was the manager.

A car and a horse at the Topanga Post Office

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A car and a horse at the Topanga Post Office and General Store

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon. The structure at bottom center is the Topanga Post Office and General Store.

Pine Tree Circle and the Post Office Tract

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Pine Tree Circle and the Post Office Tract. The Topanga Post Office and General Store is on the left.

Katherine's Kitchen at Cheney Drive

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Katherine's Kitchen was a restaurant at Cheney Dr. and Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post

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Charles and Eleanor Potter stand in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post in Lower Topanga, where The Feed Bin is today.

Marino's Seafood Restaurant

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Marino's Seafood Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, where The Reel Inn is today, was run by Greek fishermen.

The Raft, a bar and restaurant

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Jimmy McDonald's The Raft was a bar and restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway, where The Reel Inn is today.

Pine Tree Circle and S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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Pine Tree Circle and S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. The Topanga Post Office and General Store is on the left.

The Topanga Center

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Families displaced by the 1948 fire wait at the Topanga Center. A sign for Lee's Hitching Post is visible in the background.

John Heron and his homestead in upper Hondo Canyon

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John Heron at age 99 in 1960, and his homestead in upper Hondo Canyon circa 1908.

Bill Carter carries the Topanga Riders flag

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Bill Carter, at the first Donkey Baseball game in Bonnell Park, carries the Topanga Riders flag in uniform (red shirt, blue jeans, and a gray hat).

Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park

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The Topanga Riders and the American Legion play Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park to determine "who slickered who" after tying in the first game.

Jim Buerckel plays Donkey Baseball

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Jim Buerckel got a big laugh by carrying his donkey around the bases in a game of Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park.

Ron Bouseman plays Donkey Baseball

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Ron Bouseman "found out that the terra was never more firma" when his donkey bucked him in a game of Donkey Baseball in Bonnell Park.

Renate and Ray Casser at home in The Rodeo Grounds

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Renate (1939-2022) and Ray Casser (b. 1934) were both from Westphalia, Germany. Ray, a gardener, moved to Topanga Canyon Lane in Lower Topanga in 1960. Renate, a nanny, married him a short time after. They moved to higher ground in The Rodeo Grounds…

Robert Campbell and Pablo Capra, The Rodeo Grounds

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Robert Campbell (1951-2004) shows Pablo Capra his graphic novel On a Purple Spiral Floating in The Rodeo Grounds in 2002, the year they cofounded Brass Tacks Press. Capra celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2022 by publishing Robert Campbell:…

First Topanga Gymkhana, 1956

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The first Topanga Gymkhana was a horse show at the Topanga Riders Club arena, near The Outside Inn.

Paul Dubosclard print, Topanga postcards, uncut sheet

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This uncut proof sheet includes the prints...

TOP ROW:
Sycamore Lodge, Home of Dorothy and Harry Boehme
Clouds over Topanga
Evening Fog
Sunset on the Pacific (Sunset over Topanga)
Topanga Post Office (General Store, Soda Fountain, and Old…

Paul Dubosclard print "Court House Arcade" (Santa Barbara)

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (female)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mexican Officer 1822"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Trapper 1830"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo 1542"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "St. Francisco de Asis"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Mission Indians"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Vaquero"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "California Indian"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Fiesta Rider (male)"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Paul Dubosclard print "Don José"

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The image shows a costumed scene from Old Spanish Days (Fiesta), which has been celebrated annually in Santa Barbara, California, since 1924.

Free Americans Gallery of Art sign

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Musician Ed Lewis (Juma Sultan) opened The Free Americans Gallery of Art on 252 Old Topanga Canyon Rd. in September 1965. It showed psychedelic art.

Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana award, 1956

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Dale Smith, 13, won this second-place award in the "Speed and Action" event at the Topanga Riders Summer Gymkhana. The red ribbon has gold lettering and a picture of a horse. Dale also won first place in the "Stake Race."

From "The Topanga…

Building Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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The chain gang (prison road workers) build the S-Turns of Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook

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Potter's Topanga Trading Post matchbook. The grocery store advertises, "You don't get soaked here."

Potter's Topanga Trading Post

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A Christmas card showing Charlie Potter and Eleanor Potter in front of Potter's Topanga Trading Post.

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle, with the post office, and Old Topanga Canyon in the background.

Pine Tree Circle and Old Topanga Canyon

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Pine Tree Circle, with the post office. Old Topanga Canyon is in the background.

Peter York and Lee Rogich on a motorcycle

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Peter York and girlfriend Lee Rogich, from Tucson, Arizona, on a motorcycle on Colina Dr.

Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

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Film director Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

Brothers John, Jim, and Peter York play in the snow

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Brothers John York, Jim York, and Peter York play in the snow on Colina Dr. with an unknown boy on the left.

Brothers Peter, John, James, and Andrew York

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Brothers Peter York, John York, James York, and Andrew York at home on Colina Dr.

Topanga Ladies, 1958

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"Topanga Ladies and Lassies Score Triumph as Fashion Models at Show Here"

Norah DeWitt, Judy Piner, Rebel Raymond, Betty Douphner, Miriam Oberg, Dorothy Boehme, May Lewis, Nell Laymen, Lee Segler, Miss Barbara Juday, Miss Carol Esparza

C. R. Tracy Insurance ad: "Are you fully covered?"

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A fireman is excited to find a nude woman after breaking down her door and interrupting her shower. "Are you fully covered?" asks this advertisement for General Insurance by C. R. Tracy, Topanga's District Agent. Topanga 2563.

Topanga Canyon Video ad: "The store with a talking gorilla!"

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Coming Soon! Topanga Canyon Video. Rentals, Sales, Fun. The only video store with a talking gorilla! 369 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard, in the Philips Realty Building next to Rainbow Village.

John Bonnell's barn and stone house

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A barn is in the foreground. A car is parked, at right, beside John Bonnell's stone house, hidden by a shadow, in Old Topanga Canyon. The Palmaymesa family lived in the house on the hill.

John Bonnell's stone house

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John Bonnell's stone house is on the left, as seen from Old Topanga Canyon Road. Caretakers Bert and Mary Palmaymesa lived in the house on the hill.

Old Topanga Canyon Road passes vineyard and stone house

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A white awning is attached to the back of John Bonnell's stone house, at right. Old Topanga Canyon Road passes by the apple orchard that replaced Frederico Mazet’s vineyard.

Old Topanga Canyon, 1922

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Panorama of Old Topanga Canyon looking towards Saddle Peak.

Bert and Mary Palmaymesa

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Bertrand “Bert” (1887-1977) and Mary Palmaymesa (1895-1967) grew up together in Calabasas. In the 1920s, they were the caretakers of John Bonnell's stone house in Old Topanga Canyon, where they raised a family.

Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park, circa 1926

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Map of John Bonnell's Topanga Park (now Bonnell Park) in Old Topanga Canyon, circa 1926.

Frederico Joseph Mazet's restored vineyard

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A deer passes by homesteader Frederico Joseph Mazet's 19th-century vineyard (recently restored) and winery in Old Topanga Canyon.

The opening of Topanga's road from the Valley to the beach

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On May 29, 1915, the Automobile Club of Southern California celebrated the opening of Topanga's road from the San Fernando Valley to the beach. "The dreamer of the dream," H. J. Whitley, was the host at a "mammoth barbecue to an assembly of 5,000…

Gym for the Mind ad: "Dumbbells for weak, books for dumb."

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David Esser's Gym for the Mind operated at the Topanga Turnout from 1988-1990, then moved to Woodland Hills. It advertised, "Dumbbells for the weakling and books for the dumbbell. A gym, a bookstore, a vegetable garden, and people to think with!"…