Dora Verdugo was an important figure in Glendale’s history. She was a living link to Jose Maria Verdugo, the man who owned the land stretching from present day Glendale to the arroyo in Pasadena and to the Los Angeles River.
But she also is remembered by some simply as the woman who lived down the street. Roy Tomlin, who has lived on West Elk Avenue most of his life, is one of them.
“Dora moved here in 1936, when she was 54 years old,” he said. “She moved from her home on Verdugo Avenue into a house owned by George Hutchinson, who had worked for her in earlier years.”
The Tomlin family became very close to Verdugo.
“My mother considered Dora her West Coast mother,” Tomlin said.
When Roy and his sister were young, they went to Verdugo’s house after school, staying until their mother came home from work.
As Roy Tomlin got older, he sometimes drove Verdugo to services at Holy Family Catholic Church at Elk and Louise streets.