Oral Histories

Dee C. Essley arrived in Whittier with his family in 1902. His anecdotes detail a history of medical care in Whittier, including the establishment of Murphy Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.

Irene Savage King was the daughter of Judge William E. Savage, who bought the 160-acre Savage Canyon homestead in 1882. She discusses competitive horseback riding, the establishment of Evergreen School, attending dances, and the Chinese Massacre of 1871 in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

Oscar Marshburn
 delivers an address, titled "My Hometown for 70 Years," to the Whittier Rotary Club. He arrived in Whittier with his family in 1907 at the age of seven, and in his speech describes Whittier as it was then, from the perspective of a young boy. He also discusses the insurance business he started in 1922, and his connection to the Milhous and Nixon families.

Whittier Hills Collection: David Cowardin, Los Angeles County planner and past president of the Whittier Hills Preservation Task Force (WHPT), discusses the WHPT's efforts since its inception in the 1980's to plan and establish a wilderness park.

Whittier Hills Collection: Charles Hanson discusses hillside preservation activities beginning as early as 1978, including the formation of management policies, fire prevention and control, and the reintroduction of native plants and animals.

Whittier Hills Collection: Bob Henderson, Whittier City Councilman at the time of this interview, describes the formation of the Friends of the Whittier Hills and other preservation organizations, as well as the Joint Powers Agreement between the Los Angeles County Sanitation District and the City of Whittier.