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May 22, 2010

Ron Banes lives on the eastern edge of Glendale where it meets Eagle Rock.

“During the flood of 1939, a lot of dirt came down from behind Forest Lawn,” he said. “It flowed down onto Verdugo Road. The city hauled the mud into the box canyon; some of the mud then ran into our back yard and my Dad had to shovel it out.”

During the war, many, including his father, fenced in plots down in that box canyon and planted Victory Gardens. His father raised squash, beans, peas, carrots, radishes, turnips, rhubarb, strawberries and tomatoes.

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“My job was to control the worms on the tomato plants,” he said.

They also had two large walnut trees and planted several fruit trees, so they had plenty of produce to share during the war.


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