Remembering when horses of all types ...

Remembering when horses of all types were at home in Torrance

There are 87 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Feb 10, 2009, titled Remembering when horses of all types were at home in Torrance. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

I grew up in west Torrance when oil well rigs dotted our neighborhoods and horses were a common sight.

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Tony Corsaro

Los Angeles, CA

#21 Feb 13, 2009
Sheril Hughes Farrell wrote:
Tony: This is Sheril, Ann's sister. Tom and I spend alot of time in your area. Would like to see you the next time we are up your way.
Hi Sheril! Wow... memories. It will be great to see you all! Ann has my contact info. Email or call.
French Cuisine

Los Angeles, CA

#22 Feb 13, 2009
I'm sure that the horses spurred on the French invasion of North Torrance.
Ann Hughes Dean

San Pedro, CA

#23 Feb 13, 2009
Joe G.
I definitely remember the twins, Beverly & Barbara. I also remember a girl named Gina. Maybe your sister. I also remember that WHS had a mascot. A girl on a palamino dressed in indian attire. Her last name was Ray. But I forget her first name.
Thanks for your posts.
Ann
Tony Corsaro

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Feb 13, 2009
Keith Ensminger wrote:
A friend sent your great story, Ann....I started kindergarten in 1957 at an elementary school on Lomita Blvd just west of Hawthorne... I remember the dairy across the street and a field trip to their store for ice cream.
Hi Keith, I remember those too! I'm pretty sure you and your brothers went to RHHS. I graduated with Mark in '72... and did kindergarten/1st grade at Meadow Park Elementary in 1959/1961. We had moved to the hill by 1963. Funny how the memories come flooding back with just a bit of nudging. Thanks!
Meredith Matsuo

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#25 Feb 14, 2009
Hi Ann
Keep up the writing.
Keith Ensminger

Merced, CA

#26 Feb 15, 2009
Hi Tony,

We may have known each other through Mark. We moved to PV when I entered 7th grade. I went to Margate because Ridgecrest hadn't been build. I followed most of my friends to PV High instead of RHHS. My other brothers and sister went to RHHS because Ridgecrest was built when they started junior high and most of their friends went there. I don't remember the name of the elementary school on Lomita Blvd, but I attended Jefferson Elementary , our neighborhood school, once it was finished when I started 1st grade.

Hi Ann, Did you attend Jefferson Elementary, too?
Ann Dean

San Pedro, CA

#27 Feb 15, 2009
Hi Keith,
I attended Flavian. And then West High my freshman year. That year, 1973, Torrance passed a law that all the stables and diaries had to be removed, except for the Torrance Mounted Police Stable. And so my family moved to PV, because I had two horses. I began attending Miraleste High, from which I graduated in 1976. Go Marauders!
Enjoy your day ... Ann
markelly88

Schaumburg, IL

#28 Feb 21, 2009
Thanks Ann for sharing a bit of history that I had only heard stories of from my older sisters and cousin's, one of which is Tony. I laughed at there being a turkey farm in Torrance. My husband's family have grown turkeys for over 55 years, just recently changing to organic chickens. It is hard for me to imagine farming down south, yet in my memory of a child having grown up in Long Beach until I was twelve, there are very faint memories of farms. Part of the reason I married a farmer and live on 40 acres is becasue of my visits to the country as a child. That country being Aunt Betty and Uncle Joes' house in Rolling Hills! LOL! Thanks for sharing your memories!! hugs~~
Linda Davis

United States

#29 Feb 24, 2009
Ann Dean wrote:
Linda,
Thanks for your comments. My brother graduated from West in 1974. He dated a girl named Linda, but with a different last name, starting with a K.
Ann
Hi Ann, It was your brother that I dated my freshman year. We rode your horse, and it stepped on my foot and broke my toe! lol. Your dad owned the hardware store, is that correct? how is your brother?
Ann Hughes Dean

San Pedro, CA

#30 Feb 25, 2009
Hi Linda,
I am glad I checked to see if there were any more comments. So, you dated my brother and rode my horse. Small world. And yes, my father did own the hardware store. Sadly to say, my brother died of a heart attach June of 2007. He was almost 50 years old. I hope you are well.
Ann
Steve Fleet

Atlanta, GA

#31 Mar 2, 2009
Ann, I remember those days and Phillips' accident well. I also remember your sister Laurie(the smarty) and how cool and nice your mother was.Halloween was not to be missed at your house. Thanks for taking me back to those days.They seem the only real comfort I know any more...
Ann Hughes Dean

San Pedro, CA

#32 Mar 3, 2009
Hi Steve,thanks for sharing your memories. My mom will be happy to hear your kind words. And Laurie is still a smarty.
Ann
LINDA DAVIS

Los Angeles, CA

#33 Mar 9, 2009
Ann Hughes Dean wrote:
Hi Linda,
I am glad I checked to see if there were any more comments. So, you dated my brother and rode my horse. Small world. And yes, my father did own the hardware store. Sadly to say, my brother died of a heart attach June of 2007. He was almost 50 years old. I hope you are well.
Ann
OMG! I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, MY SISTER ALSO PASSED AWAY AT 46 FROM A STROKE. SO I FEEL YOUR PAIN ONLY TO WELL. BOTH OF THEM TOO YOUNG! TAKE CARE!
Debby

AOL

#34 Apr 18, 2009
I too grew up in Torrance. What wonderful memories from times past. I have been trying to find out the location of Meadow Park Elementary school. Can anyone help me
ROBBIE MARTIN

Garland, TX

#36 May 12, 2009
unfortunately wrote:
An article like this could soon be written about Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. The rampant McMansion construction that occurred in the late 1990s, early 2000s demolished many horse properties, turning barns into "guest houses", tennis courts, and the like. The rich wannabes closed off trail access, and brought in anti-horse hostilities to an area that has been known to be equestrian for decades.
I WENT TO MEADOWPARK ELEM. IN THE FIFTIES WE LIVED ON 229TH STREET AT THE END OF A DEAD END. THERE WAS FIELD NEXT TO OUR HOUSE AND A GUY HAD COWS THERE ALL THE TIME. THERE ALSO WAS A STRAWBERRY PATCH ACROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND WE WOULD GET IN TROUBLE FOR HELPING OURSELVES TO THE BERRIES. WE WOULD WALK OVER P.V. TO MARINELAND AND SPEND THE WHOLE DAY THERE! WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP. THANK YOU ALL FOR TAKING ME BACK TO MY CHILD HOOD.GOD BLESS.
Richard Seelnacht

Wenatchee, WA

#37 May 22, 2009
I grew up in Torrance and rode my Pony and horses ALL OVER THE EMPTY FIELDOf Torrance in the earley 60s I used TO RACE lt D.C. Cooks Daughter Dee Dee on her pony Apachie. Torranc Was A Great place to grow up.
pat

Los Angeles, CA

#38 May 25, 2009
Meadow Park is no longer there. It was on 230th, between Hawthorne Blvd. and Ocean Ave.(I lived on Ocean) I went there from 5th through 8th, then to South High. K-4th I was at Flavian and lived on Carmelynn. My brother worked ai Quinn's Dairy which was right behind our house.
Dennis Barr

Pocatello, ID

#39 Nov 16, 2009
I Also remember Torrance As Ann Describes It, My Brother Was One Of The Boys With Phillip Hughs On That Awful Day In 1968,
I remember MR And MRS Hughs, Coming to our house to Thank my Brother For Not Climbing Over the Fence With Phillip to Ride On that Mechanical Oil Drilling Horse, Instead, He Stood Outside the chain link Fence, And Took The Heckeling from The Other Boys About Being Chicken and Scared To Ride The Metal Oil Rig, my brother Is the one Who got Help,,Also Remember The Horse Stables, Where ann Hughs Homed Her horses,I was invited to ride one saturday with ann, I was so amazed at her ability to Handle These Large Animals And I Tried not To Show My Fear,,For Ann Was At Least One foot Shorter Than I, and i had at least 65 or so Pounds on her,She Was,, And Still is a horse lover, There were other girls who had horses at those same stables, BUT,, Ann Was there Every day Taking Care Of Her Horses,when the other girls Would come When there was nothing else to do,,i have Lots of GREAT Memories With Ann And Torrance,, thanks For The Great Article ANN, it brings back Great Memories!!!
Dennis Barr
Samuel Quinn

Visalia, CA

#40 Nov 26, 2009
My great grandpa started Quinn's Dairy. It's nice to know people still remember it.
gary vanderburg

Torrance, CA

#41 Jan 21, 2010
hi ann, just reed your artical. i went to flavian k-8 and than to west. do you remember mr dexter at flavian. it was my friend from cub scouts troop 706 kevin windslow that terry ball accidentlly shot. my dad was good friends with your dad and i would go withim sometimes to his hardware store on 190th. remember zig zag coffee shop on 190th and of course the anza inn is still there. sorry to here about your brother phillip. i remember you being small and cute.

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