Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mayors in Monrovia

According to Peter C. Ostrye's book, Monrovia Centennial Review (page 115), Mayors were not elected, but appointed up until 1978. To no one's surprise, William N. Monroe received the honor of becoming the town's first Mayor in 1887.

1887-1888:  William N. Monroe
1888-1889:  Gen. William A. Pile
1889-1890:  C. O. Monroe
1890-1891:  J. F. Banning
1892:            E. F. Spence (died that year)
1892-1896:  C. O. Monroe
1896-1898:  U. Zimmerman
1898-1900:  Charles G. Rogers
1900-1904:  John H. Bartle
1904-1906:  W. A. Walker
1906-1908:  James B. Holloway
1908-1912:  W. B. Scarborough
1912-1914:  C. P. Dorland
1914-1916:  W. Mollenkopf
1916-1924:  Walter F. Dunn
1924-1926:  A. J. Everest
1926-1928:  J. P. Daniel
1928-1930:  A. J. Little
1930-1938:  George H. Williams
1938-1940:  R. A. Merchant
1940-1946:  George H. Williams
1946-1950:  Reuel R. Brown
1950-1952:  Lawrence R. McNamee
1952-1954:  Robert T. Radford
1954-1958:  Joseph H. Walker
1958-1964:  Rodger O. Ferguson
1964-1968:  Roy S. Kropke
1968-1970:  Harold J. J. Stueve
1970-1972:  Loren W. Green
1972-1974:  Richard L. Mountjoy
1974-1976:  Eric Faith
1976-1978:  Robert T. Bartlett
1978-1980:  Patricia Ostrye (first elected Mayor and first woman)
1980-1986:  Paul Stuart

Our wonderful City Clerk, Alice Atkins, supplied us with the rest of the list and we'll keep adding with each new election.

1988-2001:  Bob Bartlett
2001-2003:  Lara Larramendi Blakely
2003-2009:  Rob Hammond
2009-2015:  Mary Ann Lutz 
2015-        :  Tom Adams

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bear Cubs in the Library

Bears seem to be a big theme in Monrovia, especially in Monrovia Library. Not only do we have a giant blue bear greeting you at the entrance toYouth Services, we have a marvelous mural hanging over the Heritage Room in the Adult and Teen Services wing.

The mural's history is a testament to dedication, perseverance and tremendous community spirit.

It all began in the mid-1930s with the formation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Helen Katherine Forbes, a California artist, was hired to paint a mural in the Post Office in 1940, where it hung until 1964. She actually painted 2 murals on canvas: one of 4 bear cubs and one of their Mother. Her challenge was the large air vent in the middle of the project. 
In 1964, when the Post Office closed down to move, the canvases were rolled up and stored in a basement where they languished until 2004, when Monrovian Walt Shelley found one of them. He promptly appealed to the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group (MOHPG) for funds to have the canvas professionally evaluated since it was quite deteriorated. A five year process of restoration, negotiating with the United States Post Office and coming up with $33,000.00 followed. The library was the lucky recipient of the beautifully restored art work. The mystery of the Mother Bear's whereabouts remains unsolved to this day.