Throwback Thursday | The South Pasadenan

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas

PHOTO: South Pasadena Public Library | SouthPasadenan.com | Volunteers in front of the South Pasadenan office on April 24, 1894

In 1893, George W. Glover founded South Pasadena’s first successful newspaper, South Pasadenan.

He ran the paper for 15 years during the fledgling municipality’s formative years. Glover was a passionate tree lover, and on April 24, 1894, local volunteers met at his newspaper office to plant one thousand shade trees in the city.

Today, the South Pasadenan is enjoying a rebirth as the city’s online source for news and entertainment

Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.

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