When it was first formed, Oakmont League was firmly connected with the Oakmont Country Club. But it wasn’t called the Oakmont League. It was called the Oakmont Junior Matrons.
Here’s the story behind the change. Early in 1938, the owner of the club approached a member, Sally McKnight, asking her to be social chairman for the club.
“Sally was a dynamic, well-educated, beautiful and cultured person with an aristocratic air, and I’m sure that’s what they had in mind when they approached her, as the beginnings of OL were also infused with these qualities,’’ wrote Marian Burgoyne in an undated article on file in the Glendale Library’s Special Collections Dept. “The effects of the depression were still upon us and they felt Sally was the perfect person to develop more interest in the club and bring in new members.’’
McKnight visited the homes of people recommended to her and invited them to become social members of the club at $10 per year. Each week she arranged an activity. “Some were corny, some were elegant, but all were fun,” Burgoyne noted.