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Early Hollywood Days

Monday, May 12th, 2008

HOLLYWOOD ORAL HISTORIES

Remembrances of Hollywood Pioneer and Leader who Tells Origin of the Name “Hollywood”

 

 

 

Philo Judson Beveridge (1851-1921) was the son of Illinois governor, John L. Beveridge and the second husband of Hollywood co-founder, Daieda Hartell Wilcox (1861-1914).

 
By Philo J. Beveridge
Holly Leaves
Saturday, January 15, 1921
 

“In 1893, when I came to Hollywood, the name Hollywood legally covered only a sub-division of 160 acres bounded by Franklin Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Gower Street and Whitley Avenue culminating in a population of about thirty people. The larger territory lying north of Santa Monica Boulevard, west of Vermont and east of Laurel Canyon, was, however, frequently designated as Hollywood. The sub-division of 160 acres was recorded as “Hollywood,” a name selected by my late wife, Ida Wilcox Beveridge, because it was the name of a country estate of a friend in Ohio. 

 

  

“The larger territory had a population of nearly one-hundred people. It was known as the “Frostless Belt of the Cahuenga Valley.” The late E. C. Hurd and Edward Baker were the pioneers in the growing of lemons and oranges, and Mr. Rapp, Jacob Miller and others had suceessfully grown winter vegetables and semi-tropical fruits. Wells were the only source of water supply. Such roads as had been dedicated were upgraded and improved. A four-foot cement sidewalk on the west side of Cahuenga Avenue from Franklin to Hollywood Boulevard and westward to Whitley Avenue, installed in 1888 by the late H. H. Wilcox, was for many years the sole evidence of a desire for better things. The pepper trees within the virginal sub-division were all planted by my wife. Within the larger territory there was one church, and a single school house of one room was located on Sunset east of Gower Street.

 

 Photograph of early Hollywood in 1910. Location of streets are noted.

 

“The Cahuenga Valley Railroad, built in the late eighties by Mr. MacLaughlin, a son-in-law of Senator Cole, ran from Whitley and Hollywood Boulevard to a connection with a cable line at the western end of Temple Street. One engine and a combination passenger and freight car comprised its equipment. It was supposed to make five round trips a day, but frequently discontinued all service for days and weeks at a time. It had two regular passengers, E. C. Allen and Harve Friend, both deceased, and these two with H. D. Sackett who had a general store at southwest corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard, represented the active business interests of Hollywood.

 

“The story of the long months of persistent efforts by a number of loyal citizens to secure better streets, a water system, sewer outlet, gas, electricity and a direct electric railway system, would be of interest to the older inhabitants but can not be covered in detail with the limits at my disposal.

 

“The Hollywood Board of Trade, organized about twenty years ago, has accomplished much for Hollywood, and deserves our united support.

 

“To me it is a source of constant satisfaction that while in early days we disagreed amongst ourselves on many matters of public policy no enmities were formed, and the opponents of the past are the friends of today. To the oldtimers and to the strangers within our gates let me recall old Rip’s toast: “Here’s to you and your family. May they all live long and prosper.”

 

 

Philo J. Beveridge’s grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

 

The preceeding was reprinted from the Holly Leaves, an early Hollywood newspaper.

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