Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 2, 2023

MVNews this week:  Page 3

LIZZIE'S (continued from page 1)

William Caley, who owned it since 1907. By October 
of 1925, Lizzie’s was raided, and the still 
was shut down by G-men as it was during prohibition. 
Due to poor health, Lizzie sold the property 
to Robert and Thelma Orme in 1935. The 
refreshment stand continued operating until 
1948. In 1971, Lizzie’s Inn was purchased by the 
city of Sierra Madre. 

Today, a 100-year-old oak tree is trying to occupy 
the same place as Lizzie’s Inn. It is leaning 
into the side and roof of the building, pushing 
about two inches into the structure and causing 
some leaks when it rains. An arborist was called 
upon to assess the health of the oak, and a structural 
engineer prepared a report on what needs 
to be done to preserve the museum. The goal 
is that the tree and building can be saved and 
coexist. The historical designation will help the 
city make the necessary repairs to save the Inn. 

Resolution 23-56, designating Lizzie’s Trail Inn 
as a historic landmark, passed unanimously and 
City Council will discuss options to keep this 
historic landmark in place for many generations 
to enjoy for years to come. 

Photo Courtesy L. Ziff/SMHPS


Mountain View News Saturday, September 2, 2023 


by Deanne Davis


The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce they are sponsoring 
a Silent Auction of unusual books and magazines held from 
Friday, September 1-20, 2023 inside the Sierra Madre Library. The books may be viewed in the 
display case in the main room and will be available for closer inspection on Wednesday, September 
6 from 7:00-7:45p.m., Saturday, September 16 from 2:00-2:45 p.m., and Wednesday, September 20 
from 6:30-7:15 p.m. 

Featured in the Silent Auction will be Julius Shulman’s iconic photographs; R. C. Gorman’s stunning 
paintings; John Steinbeck’s THE MOON IS DOWN; the cookbook CELEBRATING WITH 
of Walt Disney’s Animation; James Christensen’s imaginative artwork; Hokusai’s beautiful prints 
of Japan; Annie Leibovitz’s life in photographs; Bill Watterson’s THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND 
HOBBES; sold together two books featuring the animation artwork for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR 
DRAGON (1&2); Leo Politi’s JUANITA; and Robert McClosky’s MAKE WAY FOR DRAGONS.

Bidding sheets and auction rules will be available in a Friends of the Library notebook, accessible 
on the checkout counter. Each book or set will be numbered and has a corresponding numbered bid 
sheet in the notebook. Bidders are asked to write their bids on the bid sheets with a contact phone 
number. Thirty minutes before the end of the auction on the last day, Wednesday, September 20, 
2023, the bid sheets will be removed from the notebook and placed on a table in the library for last 
minute bids. The bidding will close promptly at 7:15 p.m. Winning bidders will be notified the next 
day and will then be able to pick up their purchases at the library within the next 10 days.

This sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library. All proceeds will be used 
to support programs, services and acquisitions for the library.

The silent auction will be at the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra 
Madre. For more information, please visit us at our website, 
our Facebook page; or call 626-355-7186.

“Just think how many centuries pumpkins 
waited patiently in the patch 

to be discovered by Starbucks. Never let 
go of your dreams. 

Beth Moore

“Only the knife knows what goes on in 
the heart of a pumpkin.”

Simone Schwarz-Bart

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returns 
for the 20th year on August 24th

Yes, friends and neighbors, it is officially 
pumpkin season and no one could be 
happier than I am. Pumpkins abound 
throughout my house. Pumpkin coffee 
cake has been made and devoured, 
Pumpkin Bread is contemplated and 
we really want pumpkin pancakes and 
pumpkin ice cream. The picture today 
is of a really splendidly diabolical 
pumpkin. The perfect match for Part 2 of…

A Halloween Horror Story

As you may recall, the owner of the Pumpkin Patch planted some broken, cracked 
and just generally not really prize-winning pumpkin seeds in the far corner of the 
Pumpkin Patch. As the season progressed, he discovered that those seeds had produced 
thicker, stronger and somehow menacing pumpkin vines. The owner was 
just a little uneasy around those vines and the pumpkins they were producing. “Ridiculous!” 
he thought. “They’re pumpkins. That’s all, just plain old pumpkins.” But 
were they?

July came and went. The pumpkins in the middle of the field grew fat, bursting 
with orange life. August arrived. The pumpkins grew to such gigantic size that the 
owner visualized pictures of himself in the newspaper standing next to a pumpkin 
– his pumpkin – that weighed more than the heaviest pumpkin in North America: 
“Tiger King” grown by Travis Gienger and weighing in at a staggering 2,350 

September sauntered in and several of the pumpkins would need industrial strength 
forklifts to move them. The owner was delighted. Meanwhile, over in the damaged 
seed corner, the pumpkins were strangely dark, oddly shaped, and not nearly as 
large as the sumptuous orange ones. A prize-winning pumpkin should look exactly 
like Cinderella’s fairy-tale carriage; perfectly round, bright shiny orange. The damaged 
seed pumpkins were more Amber, Spice, Clay, Rust and Bronze than orange 
and tended to be anything but round.

October at last! The owner put ads in the newspaper and banners at the entrance 
to the Pumpkin Patch. “The Pumpkin Patch will open on Saturday, October 3rd! 
Come one, Come All!” Friday night, October 2nd, the owner walked through 
his beautiful Patch one last time to be sure all was in readiness for the hordes of 
pumpkin seekers he was sure would arrive in the morning. And he went to bed and 
dreamt satisfying dreams of large bank deposits and happy families streaming out 
of his Patch holding his pumpkins in their arms.

Saturday dawned. The owner arose early, enjoyed a cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee 
with a pumpkin bagel and went out to survey his pumpkin kingdom.

He was aghast! All his beautiful, enormous, prize-winning orange pumpkins were 
smashed, squashed, squished, their seeds and innards spilled out on the ground. 
Strangely, the damaged seed pumpkins had migrated to the center of the field, 
squatting triumphantly amidst the carnage, many of them stained with traces of 
pumpkin insides and seeds. These pumpkins were sated, stuffed with the flesh of 
all the highly favored, pampered and petted orange pumpkins. They had grown 
huge, their dark green leaves and vines coiled ‘round their carnivorous, cannibalistic 
nutmeg and cinnamon colored – dare I say it? Bodies?

All potential pumpkin buyers reeled back in horror when they approached the gates 
of the Pumpkin Patch, fled to their cars and sped away. The owner of the Pumpkin 
Patch developed a horrific migraine, took to his bed and wept quietly. Walking 
outside the next morning, the owner was shocked to see all the carnivorous, cannibalistic 
pumpkins were gone. The field was deserted. With tears in his eyes, he 
plowed under the wreckage of his dreams. He never bought another package of 
pumpkin seeds.

“Pumpkins may seem benign, with their smiling jack-o-lantern faces, 

but what horror may lie inside their hollow shells.”

I’d like to take a few lines here to say goodbye to Katrelya Angus who passed away 
a few days ago. I had known her most of her life as our family lived in the house 
behind her house on Canon Drive. Her mother, Fay Angus, was one of my dearest 
friends, a well-known author and a remarkable woman. Fay has been in heaven for 
several years now and I am sure she has joyfully welcomed Katrelya home. Katrelya 
was a person who walked to the beat of a different drum all of her life. She was extremely 
bright but life got in her way. I’m sure many of you remember all the years 
she belly-danced down Sierra Madre Blvd. as part of our July 4th parade. She leaves 
behind her brother, Ian Angus and his family who live in Colorado. 

My book page: Deanne Davis

There are treasures there! Trust me! 

Including “Just Desserts” A Fall Fantasy of Pumpkins Gone Wrong!




August 20th – August 26th , 2023

The following represents a summary report of some of the major incidents handled by the Sierra 
Madre Police Department during this period. This list is not intended to be considered exclusive 
or all-inclusive.

Tuesday, August 22 Theft

At approximately 7 PM, officers responded to the 200 block of E. Sierra Madre Blvd. for reports 
a theft. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that an unknown suspect took various 
items from the victims unlocked vehicle. The Detectives Bureau is following up on this incident.

Wednesday, August 23 Traffic Collision

At approximately 2 PM, officers responded to the intersection of Orange Grove Ave & Michillinda 
Ave regarding a traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers discovered that two vehicles had collided 
in the intersection. There were no injuries, and a report was taken.

Saturday, August 26 Theft

At approximately 8 PM, officers responded to Bailey Canyon Park for reports a theft. Upon further 
investigation, officers discovered that an unknown suspect took various items

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