Verdugo Views: Lagging pennies in Kenneth Village

May 17, 2012|By Katherine Yamada
  • The O'Loughlin family, from left, Tom, Legory, Mildred and Lois at their Idlewood Road home in 1949.
The O'Loughlin family, from left, Tom, Legory,… (The O'Loughlin…)

Tom O’Loughlin has many fond memories of growing up in Northwest Glendale and hanging around Kenneth Village, at the corner of Kenneth Road and Grandview Avenue, in his youth.

The O’Loughlins, Legory and Mildred and their two children, lived at 1071 Thompson Avenue. Tom attended elementary school at Jefferson. His sister, Lois, was three years younger.

The O’Loughlins were still on Thompson when Paul and Elsie Duncan moved next door and opened Duncan’s Variety Store at the village. Tom’s mother, Mildred, soon got to know the new neighbors and went to work at their store two days a week. She worked there for thirty-eight years.

In 1945, the O’Loughlins moved to 1520 Idlewood Road. Tom went from Jefferson to Toll Junior High and Lois enrolled in Keppel Elementary. Then Tom entered Hoover High.

“Person’s was the ‘official’ hang out after high school,” he recalled. “It’s now Kenneth Road Pharmacy, which was owned for many years by Oscar Pallares. I loved Person's because they had a fountain just like in Happy Days.”


Another drug store, Perkins’, was directly opposite Person’s and was on the northwest corner of Kenneth & Grandview, he said

O’Loughlin and his friends lagged pennies (closest to the line in the concrete won) on the sidewalks of Kenneth Road and the Duncan Yo-Yo company had contests there. (The winners would then go to the championship round at Hastings Theater on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.)

Across the street from Person’s was Nessen's Shell Service station (Several small businesses are there now). Kitty-corner from Person’s (on the northeast corner) was Roellick’s Texaco Station.

“Duncan’s was a normal five-and-dime store, as we called them back in those days. As a youth, many of us could never figure out how our mothers knew so much of what was going on in our circle of friends,” O’Loughlin said. “Well, Duncan's was the hub where my mother Mildred and Elsie Duncan were recipients of all the gossip. Thus, what went around came around. The Hoover football game where my mother accused me of smoking? My denials fell on deaf ears. Of course! Someone at the game saw me, so for me, the game was up.’’

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