Wednesday – October 4th
Get up about 8 o’clock and did some cleaning up. Put on our cits for the first time since leaving W.S. Went up to Burbank to see Fred LaFevre. The other boys went back to L.A. and I stayed with Fred. After lunch he and I went up to Ventura to see Mrs. Dailey. Saw a southern company shooting pictures in Piru. Saw the Pacific for the first time. The sun was just going down. Very beautiful. Had supper at Mrs. Dailey’s and we all went to the country fair. Never saw so much fruit on exhibition in my life. Went in several of the shows. Retired about 11 o’clock after having some sandwiches.
Approximate mileage 77.3 miles.
Piru has been used for shooting countless film and television productions over the years. There were many movie companies during this time and some were from the south but which one he saw I could not tell you.
Fred LeFevre must be related to Mamie from Rutherford College, NC and the name of the person she gave Lloyd when he stayed with her at Rutherford College.
The Ventura county fair was held Oct. 3-8, 1922. The fairground at that time was at Seaside Park; it had recently moved from Pierpont Bluffs. The fair is now held in August.
Thursday – October 5th
Mrs. Dailey called us about 8 a.m. Had breakfast. Took an inventory of the Canary birds, flowers, walnut trees, etc. Saw my first English walnut on trees and also drying. Left about 10 o’clock. Came back a different route. All the valleys are beautiful. Roses and palm trees for miles along the road. Get back to Burbank about 1 o’clock. Have lunch, read some and write to “Lib E.” Have never seen such a piece of beef steak, sweet potatoes, and butter as Nina put on my plate for supper. Or course I didn’t eat it tho. Nina dressed my hand before we retired. Retired about 11:30 p.m.
Approximate mileage 59.3 miles.
The route they took back to LA was on the Pacific Highway. The Pacific Highway extended from Vancouver, British Columbia, south through San Francisco to San Diego in Southern California. The highway is now known as Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Friday – October 6th
Got up about 7 o’clock. Had breakfast. Fred remained in bed was feeling bad. About 8 o’clock caught gitury and came to L.A. Got off over in town caught street car and went out to camp. As I had expected the boys were not there so I got a paper went down to Lincoln Park and read some. Had lunch at the stand on the camp ground. About 6:30 p.m. The deserters rolled in. Had supper and retired early.
Approximate mileage 10.3 miles.
Lincoln Park was created in 1881 and was one of LA’s first parks. It was originally named East Los Angeles Park and then East Lake Park. It got the name Lincoln Park in 1917. The Selig Zoo and Alligator Park were nearby. This web site has some wonderful pictures of LA during the 1920s. By glancing thru it you will be able to see a little of what Lloyd might have seen.
Saturday – October 7th
Got up early. Decided to get some work so we go over town. Get paper and look over the want ads. Didn’t find any work tho. Mitch gets lost with the car. We look for him a few hours. Have lunch and then catch street car out to camp about 2 o’clock. Mitch was not there so we didn’t know what to think. About 5 p.m. he blows in. All caused by misunderstanding. Write some letters and retire or pile down on our rock bed.
Sunday October 8th
Slept late. Dressed up a bit and went out to Venice and Ocean Park. Lots of people were in the surf. Tuttle and McDonald go in but it is too cold for me. Went to see Hamilton came back thru Hollywood. Had supper at café. Went out to the Klamath. Met lots of young people. The twins were real cute-especially one. Danced till 11 o’clock, had refreshments and then pulled out for our rock bed.
Approximate mileage 42 miles.
Ocean Park had several piers and lots of amusement rides. Venice, built in 1905, was fashioned after Venice Italy and had numerous canals. Many of the canals were filled in around 1929, however some still exist today. Lick Pier opened on Easter weekend in 1922 and was in Ocean Park and Venice. I would have to assume Lloyd went here. The pier burned on Jan 6th, 1924.
Hollywood had a lot going on in 1922. Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre opened and on Oct 18 the first movie to be premiered in Hollywood “Robin Hood” was premiered there. Lloyd was in the area during this time. The Hollywood Bowl was built (a wooden structure) in 1920 but in 1922 the first official season occurred.
Other interesting Hollywood facts include – the famous HOLLYWOOD sign did not exist in 1922. It was not built until 1924 and when it was first built the full name was HOLLYWOODLAND. Finally, did you know that there were oil wells in Hollywood and oil production continues there today.
This web site has a great description and pictures of 1920s swim suits. Swim caps where popular during the era and were made of latex.
I believe that the Klamrath’s must have been a family he visited.
Monday – October 9th
Got up late went to P.O. but no mail. Answered several ads but were too late. Came back to camp, prepared lunch and went to San Pedro and applied for jobs in one ship yard-but no! Went up on the cliff and viewed the Pacific Fleet. Very pretty scene. All the battle ships at bay and some of the mountain., snowcapped in the background. Go back to L.A. to our camp have supper, write some letters and go to the rocks.
In December 1922 the Pacific Fleet was renamed the Battle Fleet and until 1940, the Battle Fleet was stationed primarily in San Diego. In 1940, the Battle Fleet was relocated to Pearl Harbor.