Glendale’s Jubilee in 1981 marked 75 years since its founding in 1906. During the jubilee event, the city’s pioneers (those who had lived here for 75 years or more) were honored. Making the introductions that day was Carroll W. Parcher, born in 1903, whose father was Wilmot Parcher, the city’s first mayor. As Carroll announced each honoree, mayor John F. Day, presented them with a commendation and Glendale News-Press writer Ellen Perry made brief comments.
The oldest attendee was Dora Verdugo, then 99 years old. She was the great-granddaughter of Jose Maria Verdugo, owner of the Spanish land grant on which Glendale was founded, according to the Daily News, May 16, 1981.
Also honored that day were several who were born here in the late 1800s. They were: Ethel Nelson Last, born in 1890; Ethel Tarr Gillis, 1895; Edward Camargo, 1898; and Daphne Lyons, 1899. Another old-timer Albert Cornwell, came to the city in 1892.