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Dan Bovee, Ralph Kewitt, Les Leavitt

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Dan Bovee, Ralph Kewitt, Topanga Post Office Postmaster Les Leavitt (selling stamps and defense bonds), unknown, unknown, unknown.

Mail carrier Les Leavitt

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Mail carrier Les Leavitt was a Democrat, and his brother Fred was a Republican. Between them they kept the Topanga Post Office postmaster position for 25 years.

Mail carrier Fred Leavitt

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Mail carrier Fred Leavitt was a Republican, and his brother Les was a Democrat. Between them they kept the Topanga Post Office postmaster position for 25 years.

A Cheney family outing

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A Cheney family outing. George Cheney (right) used this 1910 Garford to carry passengers and mail to the Post Office.

James Craig, who owned the General Store

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James Craig, who owned the General Store, became Topanga Post Office postmaster in 1913

Mail carriers Jack Woods and Joe Robison

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Post Office mail carriers Jack Woods and Joe Robison in the S-Turns. Mail carriers also transported passengers.

Charles Greenleaf, daughter Mabel, and grandchildren

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Charles Greenleaf, daughter Mabel, and grandchildren Charles and Janet.

Mailbox at Cheney Drive and Topanga Road

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Mailbox at Cheney Drive and Topanga Road, a rustic barrel set on a post by Joe Santa Maria, was used by upper canyon residents.

Kedric Wolfe at Children's Corner Fair

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Kedric Wolfe plays flute at the Children's Fair at Children's Corner Preschool. At top left, Bernt Capra holds daughter Michele.

Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic

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Guido Lamell leads the Topanga Philharmonic in the annual benefit concert for the Topanga Cooperative Preschool.

Topanga Cooperative Preschool students

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Topanga Cooperative Preschool students. Back: Unknown, Matthew Lepner. Front: Morgan Reed, Haydn Shelters, Ali Stack.

Community House playground

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Community House playground built by parents of Topanga Cooperative Preschool.

Ami Kirby, Kathy Hitchcock, and Hillevi Storer

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Topanga Cooperative Preschool leaders: President Ami Kirby, Kathy Hitchcock, and first long-term teacher Hillevi Storer.

Barton School teacher Howard Gutmann

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Barton School teacher Howard Gutmann was a German Jew and had escaped war and persecution.

Barton School teacher Nancy Gluck

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Barton School teacher Nancy Gluck came in 1940 and stay until the end. She was a dear friend of the Barton family.

Barton School teacher Hildor Barton

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Barton School teacher Hildor Barton was never happier than when planning and constructing buildings.

Sisters Candy Clark, Connie Clark, and unknown woman

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Sisters Candy Clark, Connie Clark, and unknown woman spinning and weaving. After the Barton School closed, the Clark family continued to live on the property.

Topanga Elementary School actors

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Topanga Elementary School actors in "Back to the West." Top: Gina Merchant, Michele Stephenson, Sean Colburn. Bottom: Erin Valente, Danielle Boucher, Kimberly Wiebe, Katie Freund, Rose Lannutti

Tom and Jeanne Mitchell

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Tom and Jeanne Mitchell on the set of the play "Return of the Yellow Submarine," designed by Stewart Moskowitz, at Topanga Elementary School.

Ann Stalcup with her student folk dancers

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Teacher Ann Stalcup with her student folk dancers. Topanga Elementary School came through for Ann when her house burned down in the 1993 fire.

Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie

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Susan Clark and her Pooh Bear Jamie at the Topanga Elementary School Halloween carnival.

Jean Dillingham teaches a Booster Club science program

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Resource Conversation District worker Jean Dillingham teaches a Booster Club science program. From left: Erin Whalley, unknown, Rachel Rein, Matthew Dorland, Heather Haigh, Hannah Young.

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

Arlene Plotkin and Michelene (Mike) Kelly

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Arlene Plotkin and Michelene (Mike) Kelly were familiar faces in the office at Topanga Elementary School.

Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day

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Topanga Elementary School, Track and Field Day, organized by Marathon world-record holder Jacqueline Hansen.

School Booster Club leaders and teacher Bonnie Wallace

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Topanga Elementary School Booster Club leaders chat with teacher Bonnie Wallace: Sharon Morrison, Lynne Haigh, Rody Salkeld, Bonnie Wallace, Judy Heign.

Messenger editor Colin Penno

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Messenger editor Colin Penno is honored by Topanga Elementary School students as a citizen from abroad (England).

Topanga Elementary School contest winners, 1950s

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Topanga Elementary School motto contest winners receive medals from Fire Department: Capt. Jack Connors, Heather Wallace, Connie Manlein, Bruce Haines, and Chief Harvey Anderson.

Topanga School teachers, 1940s

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Topanga School teachers: Principal Elva Sigrist, Beulah Hendrix, Grace Wiley, Ivy Pearson, Florence Bruinsslot, May Peterson, Leon Hendrix, Rhoda Julian, Thelma Parker, Bertha Hangen, Jacqueline Wilson.

Students studying the American Frontier

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Fifth- and sixth-grade students studying the American Frontier were helped by teacher Margaret Ericson, a UCLA graduate who believed children learn by doing. She helped them make suits of burlap, wooden guns, and fur caps.

School bus, 1930s

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Driver Jim Hansen and his dad's 18-person school bus.

Topanga School, 1926

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Teacher Esther White conducts a story hour at the new school.

Topanga School

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Spanish-style Topanga School was built in 1925. The classroom and stage later became the American Legion Hall.

Garapatos School children, 1920s

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Garapatos School children, including Fred Venneman, later fire captain (middle right), Carmelito Garcia (bottom right), and John Prentiss (bottom left).

Garapatos School children, 1920s

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Garapatos School children. Back row: Aimee PIttman, Agatha Venneman, Patricia Prentiss, Margaret Cheney, Charlotte Melcher, Katherine Kneen, Art Heckle. Center row: Caroline Hansen, Ruth Melcher, Betty Pawlowski. Front row: Tom Pittman, John…

Garapatos School children, 1914

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Miss Elva Plaistridge's class at Garapatos School. Back row: Norris Julian, Elva, Helen and William Santa Maria. Front row: Irwin Julian and buddy Adrian Santa Maria hold hands, Beatrice Burnett, Lila.

Garapatos School children at Arch Rock

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Lucy Cheney (standing left) and a teacher with Garapatos School children at Arch Rock at Topanga Beach.

Topanga Elementary School students

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Popular 1970s teacher Richard Russo often took slides of Topanga Elementary School students.

Topanga Elementary School Alumni, 1965

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1965 Topanga Elementary School Alumni. Back row: Reynold Hicklin, Tom Marshburn, Brian Stork, Wesley Just. Center: Lynn Sawday Nance, John Brown, Kathleen Cepin Mahan, Mark Parrish, Marc Zeidler. Front: Caitlin Rice Just, Sandra Anderson-Tarcia,…

Topanga Elementary School sixth grade class

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The 1959 Topanga Elementary School sixth grade class

Topanga Elementary School

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The 1958 New Year's Eve fire threatened Topanga Elementary School and destroyed Hugh and Virley Harlan's home (ruins lower right).

Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony

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Topanga Elementary School dedication ceremony, led by superintendent Dean Grass.

Topanga Elementary School 4th grade class

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Topanga Elementary School. Mrs. Florence Bruinsslot's 4th grade class. By windows: Raymond Hoover, Toni Loudon, Maryann Gary, Dave Marshburn, Jim Osmundson, Garth Smith. Second row: James Fordham, David Roberts, Phyllis Feeney, Joan Stacey, Carol…

Students at the Little Red Schoolhouse at Greenleaf Canyon

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Students at the Little Red Schoolhouse at the mouth of Greenleaf Canyon and Topanga Road, also called Garapatos School. Back row: Mabel Greenleaf, Tom Cheney, Bessie Greenleaf, Ceola Greenleaf. Front row: two unknown, Harry Greenleaf, Leland Boebel,…

The Wiley family

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The Wiley family: David, Marguerite, Bob, Rose, Jimmy, Laura, Robert, and John.

This photo was taken at the marriage of Jimmy Wiley, great-grandson of original pioneers Francisco and Manuela Trujillo, and Serena Andrews, daughter of long-time…

The Andrews family

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The Andrews family: Matthew, Chris, Damian, Serena, Rebecca, Alex, Eric.

This photo was taken at the marriage of Jimmy Wiley, great-grandson of original pioneers Francisco and Manuela Trujillo, and Serena Andrews, daughter of long-time Topanga…

Richard Erickson and Wendie Malick

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Richard Erickson and his wife, actress Wendie Malick, joined the Tijuana Maverick Building Brigade.

Chester and Joena King with their children.

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Chester and Joena King with their children. Daughter Zoe Otterback is at center.

The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant

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The Rocco family at Rocco's restaurant: Eva, Frank, Ryan Schweers (Frank's nephew), Marlene, Kristina Rocco Levy, Jed Levy, Eva Otoala (Marlene's sister) and the kids Lorenzo Levy, Emiliano Zapata and Chaise Levy.

Bill Buerge at The Mermaid

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Bill Buerge at The Mermaid, which he began restoring in the 1990s.

The Mermaid

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The Mermaid's interior reflects its Mission Revival style.

The Mermaid

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Owner Bill Buerge's dog Petey poses in front of the restored Mermaid.

Sylvia Park Clubhouse

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Homesteaders Lucy and Mose Cheney celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at the Sylvia Park Clubhouse.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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"...those fat Yuppie house pets make great coyote chow!"

Home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul

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Investigators search the Topanga Canyon Blvd. home where Christina Marie White killed Peter D. Paul.

Charles Farley under an Old Topanga bridge

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UCLA graduate Charles Farley wrote a legal brief that won him the right to live homeless under an Old Topanga bridge.

Topanga Labor Exchange float at Topanga Days

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Topanga Labor Exchange float at Topanga Days. PATCH members and kids join Latinos playing traditional music.

Bill Flaxman with day workers

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People Assisting Topanga Canyon with Helping Hands (PATCH) interpreter Bill Flaxman with day workers at the Topanga Labor Exchange.

Sooki Wheeland wins the Tough Topanga 10K

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Sooki Wheeland won the Tough Topanga 10K more times than anyone.

Jeff Stork, USA Olympics volleyball team

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Pepperdine volleyball coach Marv Dunphy coached the USA Olympics team with Jeff Stork to a gold medal.

Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid

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Citizens of the Year at the Mountain Mermaid. BACK: Bill Buerge, Rabyn Blake, Allen Emerson, Rosi Dagit, Randy Just, Lisa Villasenor, John Mac Neil. FRONT: Marty Brastow, Lee Kelly, Louise York, Susan Nissman, Harriet Swenson, Linda Hinrichs, Pat Mac…

Design of the Topanga Library

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The County allowed a citizens committee to help create a library design to suit Topanga.

Cynthia Scott and Adriane Allen

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Cynthia Scott and Adriane Allen stand by the design of the Topanga Library they championed.

Rachel, Josh, and Ken Widen

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Rachel Widen, Josh Widen (behind the wheel), and Ken Widen (in back) in a crushed car before it's pulled from the creek.

Ren MacDonald, Keira Leneman, and Marshall Safanov

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Fourth graders build a split-level home for bats: Ren MacDonald, Keira Leneman, and Marshall Safanov.

Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout

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The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains's (RCDSMM) Topanga Creek Stream Team looks for steelhead trout.

Volunteers clean up the creek

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Twice a year, since 1998, volunteers clean up the creek.

Jack and Pat Mac Neil

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Topanga Chamber of Commerce names Jack and Pat Mac Neil 1997 Citizens of the Year.

Sheila Kuehl, Pat Mac Neil, and Cruz Bustamante

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State Senator Sheila Kuehl, Pat Mac Neil (being named State of California Woman of the Year), and Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante.

Fred Feer and Brad Davis

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On the radio, Fred Feer, a founder of the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) and head of the Disaster Response Team, with Brad Davis.

Joan Andersson, Rabyn Blake, and Dick Olson.

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Rabyn Blake (center) with Creekside Committee members Joan Andersson and Dick Olson.

Summit Valley Park celebration

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Summit Valley Park celebration thrown by Jeanne Mitchell (waving foreground). Double rainbows in the sky.

Summit Valley Park celebration

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Summit Valley Park celebration. Jerome Daniels (SMMRCA), Susan Nissman (TASC chair), Joe Edminston (SMMC), Bob Bates (former TASK chair), Supervisor Ed Edelman and his wife, Robert Wilson (CEO Retlaw) and Susan Little (aide to Congressman Beilenson).…

Susan Nissman and Marty Brastow

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TASC chair Susan Nissman and Town Council leader Marty Brastow cheering the defeat of the Canyon Oaks development.

"Save Topanga" protest sign

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A protester trying to save Summit Valley from the Canyon Oaks development.

Artist Stewart Moskowitz

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Artist Stewart Moskowitz with signs he painted at the Disney studio protest against the Canyon Oaks development.

Kristen Hansen, Gina Merchant, and Kailani Hector

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Kristen Hansen, Gina Merchant, and Kailani Hector protest the Canyon Oaks development at Disney studios in Burbank.

Folk musician Wally High

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Folk musician Wally High protests the Canyon Oaks development

Herta Ware, Ellen Geer, Peter Alsop, and Suzanne Teng

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Protesting the Canyon Oaks development: Will Geer's widow Herta Ware, daughter Ellen Geer on banjo, Peter Alsop on guitar, and Suzanne Teng on flute.

County Supervisor Ed Edelman

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When Ed Edelman (with Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke) became Topanga's County Supervisor, Summit Valley gained an important ally against the Canyon Oaks development.