Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Important Dates in Monrovia's Historical Timeline

Jan. 1, 1980     Rose Parade Pioneer Trophy goes to Monrovia’s World Vision Float
Jan. 6, 1957     1950s Library dedicated (3rd library in Monrovia after the Granite Bank Building room and the   Carnegie Library)
Jan. 24, 1910   City’s Fire Department established
Jan. 27, 1908   Carnegie Library opened

Feb. 6, 1888    Granite Bank of Monrovia opened for business
Feb. 22, 1888  Monrovia Water Department established

Mar. 1, 1903    Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway come to Monrovia                                             
Mar 14, 1978   Pat Ostrye sworn in as 1st woman Mayor

Apr. 10, 1954  City Hall on Ivy dedicated        
Apr. 29, 1954  Monrovia Quota Club received charter

May 2, 1891    Masonic Lodge #308 established
May 14, 2001  Samson the Hot Tub Bear dies in Orange County Zoo
May 16, 2009  Grand Opening of the fourth library in Monrovia
May 17, 1886  Monrovia Founded and first lots go on sale
May 17, 1895  Monrovia Electric Power Co. begins service
May 25, 1938  Monrovia Lions Club organized
May 26, 1911  Live Oak Memorial park (cemetery) incorporated (had been in business before incorporation)
May 27, 1918  First woman police officer, Zella Vining, is hired
May 29, 1926  Citizens Bank of Monrovia opened for business

June 2, 1887    Bank of Monrovia opens
June 4, 1841    William N. Monroe is born (d. Dec. 26, 1935)
June 24, 1954  Optimist Club of Monrovia gains formal recognition from National
June 24, 1995  Monrovia awarded All-America City award
June 29, 2002  Skate Park dedicated

July 7, 1888     Official School District established
July 2, 1926     Exchange Club chartered
July 28, 1911   Trail built to Emerson Flats in Canyon Park  
July 22, 1893   Monrovia City High School District created

Aug. 11, 1961  Santa Anita Family Services opens doors
Aug. 26, 1925  Aztec Hotel opened with a premiere dinner
Aug. 31, 1924  Great forest fire of ’24 started (finally put out September 18)

Sept. 2007       Re-Dedication of renovated Public Works Building
Sept 1915        Monrovia Feature Film Company formed
Sept. 1, 1911   Free mail delivery system began in the City
Sept. 14, 1903 Monrovia Telephone & Telgraph Co. incorporated
Sept. 20, 1878 Upton Sinclair is born  (d. Nov. 25, 1968)

Sept. 20, 2003 Dedication of Mary Wilcox Center (formerly the Armory)
Sept. 30, 1951 Last Red Car of the Pacific Electric Railway arrived in Monrovia

Early Fall 1942 – 1966  Upton Sinclair moves to Monrovia

Oct. 22, 1922 Monrovia Kiwanis Club chartered
Oct. 24, 1922  Rotary Club of Monrovia chartered
Oct. 24, 1947 First performance of the Monrovia Community Concert Association

Nov. 1, 1915   Monrovia Mausoleum construction begun
Nov. 11, 1996 Information Services Dept.  (IT) established for the City
Nov. 20, 1886 First issue of the Monrovia Mountain Planet newspaper

Dec. 5, 1903    Pottenger Sanatorium opens doors
Dec. 8, 1887    Monrovia Incorporated
Dec. 13, 1997  Opening of new Nature Center in Canyon Park
Dec. 16, 1887  William N. Monroe is selected as first mayor (Note: selected, not elected)
Dec. 20, 1939  Chamber of Commerce incorporated
Dec. 21, 1887  Only saloon in Monrovia is padlocked

Can you help us? Anyone know anything more specific than the year of the following 3 entries? If know, please post a comment and give us the source of your knowledge. Thanks.

1903    Police Department established
1919    Monrovia Post #44, American Legion
1912    YMCA opens

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