One day, back in 1949, three men got together for lunch at a local restaurant. Dissatisfied with the cuisine, they discussed getting a men’s club going in Glendale, somewhere where they could get good food.
That conversation eventually led to the formation of the Verdugo Club, a social organization for men that opened its doors in July 1950.
The club’s history, written by Cary Griffin and printed in 1960 in its newsletter, the Verdugan, said that sometime in 1949, John Barringer had lunch with two other men, Skeeter Erickson and Roland Bush. As they ate, they lamented the food and discussed the idea that Glendale should have a club similar to the Overland Club of Pasadena, which had been around since 1900.
The trio separated after lunch, Griffin wrote, and Barringer went over to Jack Lawson’s office to continue the discussion. Lawson, son of one of Glendale’s pioneers, John W. Lawson, was very active in the community and had already had similar discussions with two other men, Mark McMahon and Carroll Parcher.