A young man by the name of M.G. Khodigian arrived in Glendale in 1917, on the last leg of an odyssey that began in his native Armenia in 1900.
He graduated from an Armenian high school that year, at age 17, then left his home and family, traveling through Syria, Egypt and France to reach New York City in the fall. He spoke four languages at the time, none of them English, he told the Glendale Evening News in the Oct. 19, 1925, edition.
Khodigian entered night school in Rhode Island, then traveled from state to state, reaching Los Angeles, where a family member was in the wholesale fruit business, in 1906.
In 1917, during World War I, business was slow, so on Thanksgiving morning they went for a drive. They were looking for a house on a large lot on a well-traveled street where they could raise a few chickens, grow vegetables and start a small business.