Good 38º cloudy and not frozen morning!
Picture of the Day ... perfect cop stop!! :o)
Interesting if you are in or were from the San Gabriel Valley. This is about a favorite ice cream parlor that was in Alhambra......
Leo's Ice Cream Parlor : Oh, the People Who Ate There
Question: What do Norman Rockwell and Mickey Cohen have in common? First of all, a little background on these two notables. Mickey Cohen was one of organized crimes' most well known characters of the 50's and 60's. He worked with Bugsy Siegel in establishing the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and directed many of the crime activities in Southern California during that era. He also lived in Los Angeles much of this time before being given a new address at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1961.
One profound commonality these two notables shared was... they knew their ice cream. And both adored Leo's Ice Cream Parlor here in Alhambra. "This is the best place to get ice cream ever", Cohen said according to Gary Wagner, the great grand nephew of Leo Anderson, the founder of Leo's Ice Cream Parlor. Wagner, who worked at Leo's added, "Mickey Cohen would pull up in a 1940's Lincoln and he one time tipped me 60 cents (which was nearly an hour's pay)." "He (Rockwell) said, 'Leo's made the best ice cream in Alhambra'," said Wagner on Norman Rockwell. Wagner noted that Rockwell liked the family atmosphere at Leo's and the artist even had urged Southern California tourists to visit Leo's in an article he wrote.
***I dated Gary Wagner when I was in high school. When I went to Leo's I got a free ice cream!! :o)
Hall of Fame baseball player, Ralph Kiner, and and Max West also enjoyed Leo's Ice Cream along with 1957 Indianapolis 500 winner, Sam Hanks, who grew up in Alhambra, Andy Crevolin, owner of Determine, the 1954 winner of the Kentucky Derby, and another native of Alhambra, drag racing legend, Mickey Thompson.
Leo's Ice Cream Parlor was an Alhambra institution from 1935 through 1965. It was a family run endeavor founded by Leo Anderson. At its height Leo's one time served 156 banana splits on a busy Sunday afternoon and prepared nearly as many root beer floats that same day.
Leo Anderson and his brother Elmer followed their employer west from Iowa in 1930. Both worked back in Iowa for a confectioners and ice cream operation that also came out west to Alhambra, Fosselman's. After a few years working there Leo Anderson would start his own ice cream establishment at 1492 W. Main Street in May of 1935. Elmer provided a loan for his brother to get started and he himself would work in his brother's business. As the operation gained notoriety, the name generally referred to by locals was shortened to Leo's. Many Alhambrans worked during their younger years at Leo's. Erny Henry, of Century 21 Realty here in Alhambra, worked at Leo's during his youth. "The first thing they made you do when you started working for Leo's was to clean the strawberries and peaches," said Henry. Tom Shea, from Alhambra's Chamber of Commerce, also worked at Leo's during his youth.
During this era Leo's would prepare 500 chocolate malts on a football Friday for Mark Keppel's various football teams and pep squads. As Wagner noted, "Leo's was a meeting place" for people from the entire western San Gabriel Valley. Leo Anderson passed away in 1964. Family members chose not to continue the family business and Leo's was closed in 1965.
From Mr. Food....
Our Pilgrim Corn Souffle is a nod to the first Thanksgiving! Since this time of year is about being thankful for all our blessings, we figured that should include a timeless recipe we're sure will be devoured faster than any other side on the table. Whether you're a pilgrim or a member of the 21st century, you're gonna love this updated classic.
- 2 (15-1/4-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 (15-ounce) cans creamed corn
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 4 eggs, beaten
Historically this date...
1861 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland.
1942 – World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.
1991 – Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
And births this date include...
1951 – Patricia Richardson, American actress
One year ago today, friend Mike Hannan was shot by the man police were pursuing, after an attempted carjacking from Roseburg.
The suspect ended up going down the road towards my friend Jennifer and Mike's house. Mike was out of their car getting mail from the mailbox when a suspect came up to him and shot him 5 times! He also hit Jennifer in the head with his gun and maced her. He shot a window out of Jennifer's car. This was an attempted carjacking.
The suspect drove off in the car he had been driving and was caught a short time later on Riverbanks road.
Mike is a former fire chief here in town. He is a DEAR friend and comes here to help me with yard work and projects.
He has recovered awesomely from the 5 gunshots! He is a miracle.
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo