Remembering when horses of all types ...

Remembering when horses of all types were at home in Torrance

There are 82 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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Shan Karlan - Ungar

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 11, 2009
I remember also the horses stables in Torrance, between Anza and Earl, and also on the corner of Del Amo and Madrona. And others over on Crenshaw blvd. I think. Their were much more Fruit and Vegis stands, and I distinckly remember looking for tadpoles in the marshy fields behind 235th street before they built all of those apartments buildings. I remember the very early stages of the mall, when the few stores were outside, Jc Pennys and Sears, and a few others. Do you remember the outdoor mall at the site of the Galllery Mall? The only main stores were May Company. I was parked in that parking lot when I heard on the radio that John Lennon had been murdered (12/80). Torrance is way too built up now they seem to have to build on every single piece of land and well as the parking lots. The boy scouts used the fields on Del Amo blvd. between Hawthorne and Madrona for their camp outs. And during the spring a carnival festiva was held. Do you remember the haunted house on corner of Del Amo and Madrona Blvd.? And it was a sad day when they closed down Marine Land in P.V. oh well,... thats progress. I lived in P.V. in Lunada Bay in the early mid '60's we lived in one of the first homes built up there on Via Anacapa. I have lived in the South Bay most of my life, not counted my over sea travels in the '70's and being married in the 90's in O.C. I'm happy to be back in my home town, tough it is getting very expensive to continue much longer.
Be well. Thanx for the memories.
Tony Corsaro

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Feb 11, 2009
Hi Ann!

My cousin in Manhattan Beach sent me the link this morning. How funny. I still think of you, Joe and those days with fond memories. Hope all is well with all of you all! God is good.

Oh and btw... I was 6 and it was my right foot. Great story!

Love you!

“On a journey home.”

Since: Feb 09

Crowley Lake, California

#3 Feb 11, 2009
We lived on Anza near the stables from about 1955 to 1961 between Torrance Blvd and Earl St. I remember the road always flooded during rain storms right in front of our house. Kindergarten and 1st grade were at Meadow Park then to Bartlett by the big green water tower in West Torrance and Victor Elementary School for 2nd grade. 3rd grade through high school we were on Eastvale Rd in Westfield. Attended Rancho Vista, Dapplegray and Rolling Hills. Met Ann in the old hood when they moved to Empty Saddle off Rolling Hills Road. Whoa!! Ann is awesome!!
LINDA DAVIS

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Feb 11, 2009
I TOO REMEMBER THOSE GOOD OLE DAYS! WE USED TO PLAY IN THE FIELD WHERE THE RESTAURANT ROW IS. REMEMBER THE CORNER OF HAWTHORNE AND TORRANCE HAD THE COUNTRY BURGER, WHERE THEY GAVE A FREE SMALL ROOT BEER IN A MUG TO THE KIDS, AND THEY SERVED YOU IN THE CAR. I USED TO DATE A GUY NAMED PHIL WHO HAD HIS FOOT CRUSHED IN THE OIL RIG TOO. WEST HIGH CLASS OF 75! WHAT A GREAT TIME. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE KIDS OF TODAY, PARENTS WORKING AND DIVORCED. NO PLAY TIME IN THE STREETS. CAN'T WALK TO SCHOOL! GREAT STORY ANN.
Dean Lofgren

Gardena, CA

#5 Feb 11, 2009
Like the posts I've read above, I also very much enjoyed Ann's article in this morning's paper. Those that have only lived here for a decade or two think the city was built aroung the Del Amo Mall and what used to be the Old Towne Mall. Of course, those of us that were here back in the Flavian days (I lived on Saltee street and was in 3rd grade in 1966) remember crossing Hawthorne Blvd. and jumping over the fence to get into Union Carbide (now Kmart, etc) to catch lizards and roam around. If we headed west instead, we would go to the end of Del Amo (where it used to end just past the West High tennis courts) and rummage around in that big oil field where the "new track" homes were built in about 1971-72 or so. Having an oil well right next door to our house back then, I remember hearing about our fellow Flavian student that had his foot severed (it looks like there were more than one though) and it sent my mom on a tirade trying to assure that my brother, Dale, and I didn't go over the fence and do the same thing. We didn't, but we did enjoy dropping rocks down into the thick oil by the pump and watching it slowly sink into the sludge. About the same time (1966-68), I remember the sad situation that occurred when one of our Flavian classmates (I believe it may have been Terry Ball) was with another classmate and they were playing with a gun and it went off accidentally killing the other young boy. I don't remember having "crisis counselors" back then, but it sure left a lasting impact on me still to this day (I have a 12-year-old son that hopefully knows better....). And, after leaving the area to go away to college for many years, I ended up back in Torrance (in the South High area) with many other former West High alums. It's funny how they look at you like you're crazy when you tell them that the West End Raquet Club used to be Quinn's Dairy with the Pie Factory right next door (where we would always go to get candy for pennies)- good memories and a good story!!
Joe G

Torrance, CA

#6 Feb 11, 2009
This article brought back many memories of a time long since gone in this area. I too grew up near WHS. We boarded our four horses at the stables across from Quinn's Dairy (we used to ride the horses through the drive-thru)at Del Amo and Earl for many years, until it closed, then at Jack's. then when Jack's closed, we moved over to the Mounted Posse. My older sister was even the Torrance Rodeo Queen one year back in the mid 70's (yes, Torrance even had an annual rodeo).
Pre-teens running a-muck was the order of the day. Swiping severed turkey feet from drums at the Mira Loma Turkey ranch on the way to school was common practice. They were put to good use tormenting our female classmates. I was one of those kids riding dirt bikes in the fields east of Anza and in the sump that is now restaurant row. Torrance was a fun place for a kid to grow up in, though it was not completely innocent either. I can distinctly remember happening upon the taped off crime scene of a grizzly double murder at the TG&Y at Torrance and Anza. It was related to similar one at the old Rolling Hills Theater. I can think of several friends hurt or killed in town during my high school years, mostly due to idiotic teen-age behavior.
Racing slot cars at Checkered Flag or Thunder Thumb raceway, movies at the Torrance Drive-In or the old theater downtown, summers at the beach, riding horses all over the place, Foster's Freeze (at least it is still here), A&W, cruising the strand on weekends- not bad. And to think we used to call it Borrance back then.
All in all it was a pretty good place to grow up. I still live in town but my kids don't have anywhere near the freedom to roam that I did.
Thanks for bringing back some fond memmories. I am sure this is an area (or era) that could be expanded upon.
Keith Ensminger

Merced, CA

#7 Feb 12, 2009
A friend sent your great story, Ann. I grew up in the area a little before your time and remember the small town charm with truck farms, dairies and oil rigs. I lived on Lenore St. I remember Broadway and Sears with nothing in between. We never rode the oil rigs, but we sure thought about it. 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. There was a huge marsh behind the school that stretched to PCH. Google shows a big ponding basin in the neighborhood to collect the water now. My Mom used to drive us on a dirt road to a dairy around 190th St for fresh milk. We used to relish Saturdays when we might get chocolate milk from the milk man. Yep, they delivered milk to our homes back then. Our playground was the field just west of Del Amo Mall between Torrance and Carson. A Japanese family farmed the fields where we played, and we had great fun building towers with their tomato stakes. They must have enjoyed our company. We built tree houses in the eucalyptus trees that surrounded a large pond on the SW corner of Hawthorne and Torrance Blvd, and I loved exploring the eucalyptus forest on the hills where Fashion Fair Mall stands. We moved in from the area in 1964, and while I don’t remember many of the places mentioned in the posts, I do remember our ‘playground’ in the fields west of Del Amo Mall. Yep, I loved it there.
unfortunately

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#8 Feb 12, 2009
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.
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#9 Feb 12, 2009
Hi Keith,
Thanks for sharing your memories. I enjoyed reading them. All the places you described, I knew well.
Best to you ... Ann
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#10 Feb 12, 2009
Joe G.- I probably knew you back in the days. I also used to ride my horse thru the Quinn's Dairy drive through for my afternoon milk and chocolate donuts.
Ann
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#11 Feb 12, 2009
Dean,
I am glad you liked the article. Terry Ball was a friend of mine. The boy he accidental shot & killed was his best friend, a wonderful kid named Kevin... Ann
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#12 Feb 12, 2009
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
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#13 Feb 12, 2009
Shan,
I definitely remember the Haunted House. Wow! It was the place to be on Halloween. Thanks for sharing ... Ann
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#14 Feb 12, 2009
Tony,
Thanks for the post. You are awesome. I look forward to catching up ... Ann
Sheril Hughes Farrell

Torrance, CA

#15 Feb 12, 2009
Hi 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.
Tony Corsaro wrote:
We lived on Anza near the stables from about 1955 to 1961 between Torrance Blvd and Earl St. I remember the road always flooded during rain storms right in front of our house. Kindergarten and 1st grade were at Meadow Park then to Bartlett by the big green water tower in West Torrance and Victor Elementary School for 2nd grade. 3rd grade through high school we were on Eastvale Rd in Westfield. Attended Rancho Vista, Dapplegray and Rolling Hills. Met Ann in the old hood when they moved to Empty Saddle off Rolling Hills Road. Whoa!! Ann is awesome!!
Sheril Hughes Farrell

Torrance, CA

#16 Feb 12, 2009
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.
Ann Dean

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#17 Feb 12, 2009
Linda,
My brother's name was Phil. I just realized I had not included it in the article.
Ann
Laurie Roeder

San Diego, CA

#18 Feb 12, 2009
Wow! A lot of memories came flooding back when I read Ms. Dean's article.
I remember when Anza was a two lane dirt road going to the corner of Torrance Blvd. where you could rent horses and have a "cowboy" experience at what I think was called the Buffalo Farm. There was even a pig farm and lots of bean fields too. I loved Quinn's Dairy! I was so mad when certain community members wanted it closed because of the smell. It was there first! To this day, when I smell fertilizer,(a good smell!) it reminds me of my childhood.
Thanks for helping me relive my youth!
Joe G

Simi Valley, CA

#19 Feb 13, 2009
Ann - More than likely we had met. I talked to my sister, Gina,(if that helps recall the family), and she is pretty sure that she won the rodeo queen title in 1971. She hung around the stables with her friends Barbara and Beverly B., they were twins (perhaps you remember them). I think they still have a bunch of horses out in Simi Valley. I look forward to reading more posts.
Thanks again.
Randy Gloyd

Lake Forest, CA

#20 Feb 13, 2009
He's great to reminisce about the good things that have happened in your life! It is interesting that those memories always seem bitter-sweet but siding on the happy memories of times gone by. She still rides horses and she still rides fast. And she eats tough challenges for breakfast.
I love learning about her early life and getting to know more about my special friend!

Ann is a really great friend of mine and she has a heart bigger than the world and a passion for life as much as I have ever seen in anyone. She has had some extremely difficult obstacles to overcome in her lifetime. But she is so incredible ... that she has met those obstacles with an extremely strong faith in God and she perseveres.

I can't help but think of ALL the heavenly rewards she has stored up in heaven when she gets there. God is good & He will fulfill all her dreams and will supply her with all that she needs as she continues to trust him.

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