Park. Phillips was born there in 1914, and within six months they
moved to Belmont Street in Glendale.
Dean Phillips worked for the city of Glendale from 1914 to 1925 as
an accountant, serving as auditor and as treasurer under Pete
Diederich, chief engineer and general manager of the Public Service
Department for many years.
The Phillips family moved around frequently, living on Lomita
Avenue, Vine Street and Chestnut Street, then on Hillside Drive.
Phillips went to Pacific Avenue School (now Edison) and Roosevelt
Junior High. He graduated from Glendale High School in 1933 and
enrolled in Glendale College.
One of his first memories was on Lomita when his mother was ill
and in the Cottage Hospital on Windsor Road, several blocks away. At
the time, small houses and truck gardens were scattered through the
"I was 3 or 4 then and sitting on the roof of the chicken coop
with my sister and I could see the hospital. I said 'that's where
Mommy is.' "
Phillips remembered the huge eucalyptus trees on the old Crow
ranch on Lomita. The old trees had buckled the sidewalk and his
sister, who was learning to skate, fell and broke her arm.
"Dr. T.C. Young set it," he said. "Later, she had to carry a
bucket of sand while walking around to straighten it. That's the kind
of physical therapy we had in those days."
Occasionally, the elder Phillips would take the city car, a Model
T roadster, out on San Fernando Road to Van Nuys to collect money
from the city of Van Nuys.
"We supplied them with electricity," he said.
He would take the younger Phillips with him.
"We would go along the railroad tracks and wave at the trains," he
said. "The road in the early 1920s was a two-lane, dirt road. There
weren't too many cars on it, even though it was the main road to
Northern California. The road dipped through creeks because there
were no bridges in those days. There were orchards and vineyards then
and where the airport is now ranches were then."
The elder Phillips left the city in 1925 and started a collection
"This was during the Depression and he had a hard time," he said.
"People were out of jobs, the WPA had people cutting down a hill by
hand to widen Verdugo Road. There were professional men out there
digging out the hill with pick and shovel."
The WPA, was a Works Progress Administration program begun by the
U.S. government in 1935 to provide economic relief to those out of
Phillips and his wife, Jane, both remember the day the banks
closed in Glendale.
"We were all caught without money in our pocket," he said.
Next time, more of the Phillips' memories.
KATHERINE YAMADA'S column runs every other Saturday. To contact
her, call features editor Joyce Rudolph at 637-3241. For more
information on Glendale's history visit the Glendale Historical
Society's web page: www.glendalehistorical.org; call the reference
desk at the Central Library at 548-2027; or visit the Special
Collections Room at Central, open by appointment only.