Amanuensis Monday: There’s REAL Progress in San Diego

     A few years ago, the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database was offering free access for a week.  I took advantage of it and inputted family and close friends of the family names to see what articles I would find.  I had found about 80 articles that I felt were relevant to my family and historical research.
     The article below had my father “Wally Porter” and my Uncle, “Henry Hodge” along with some of the community leaders of San Diego that I knew, of which I bolded their names.

Wash’s Wash
Col Leon H. Washington Jr.
Los Angeles Sentinel (1946-2005); Feb 11, 1971
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Sentinel: 1934-2005
pg. A6

Wash’s Wash
       There’s REAL Progress in San Diego
                                Col. Leon H. Washington. Jr.

Several days ago I rode down to San Diego to see some old friends and to get a firsthand view of the growing city and its community activities.  Accompanying me on the trip was my assistant, Bill Robertson.
I was amazed at the building program now under way.  In practically every commercial area of the city you will find ultramodern facilities going up.
The recently built 1-1/2 mile toll bridge is a sight to behold,as the beautiful man-made island that has several famous-name restaurants on it.  The new airport is practically in the heart of the city.  There is no doubt that San Diego is fast becoming one of California’s most progressive cities.
Many years ago when I used to go to San Diego there were few Negroes in the city.  Now, I am told, there are more than 60,000 Negroes residing in the town.
My longtime friend, Atty. Al Montgomery, told me Negroes are really advancing and obtaining better paying jobs than ever before, in spite of the tight job situation.  Like in most places in recent years they had to do a bit of protesting and voicing their demands.
Montgomery, according to a reliable source, is reported in line for a judgeship.  The longtime Republican is one of the most prominent attorneys in the state.  I hope the governor appoints him very soon.
 Leon Williams, a very likeable young man, is the only Negro city councilman there.  Report on him is that he is doing a commendable job as a lawmaker.
We saw Wally Porter, a former Angeleno, who now lives there and is with the San Diego Adult School System.  Also learned that Henry Hodge is making his home there and is holding a big county position.
Understand there are quite a number of young lawyers, teachers and administrators there now who formerly lived in Los Angeles, Porter and Hodge are said to be among the top young men of leadership in the city.
While at Montgomery’s law office, my old friend H.W. Ragsdale came in.  He is the owner of the Anderson-Ragsdale Funeral Home.  He was looking fine and is still active in the progressive community programs.  He told me that confirmation for approval of San Diego’s first black bank had recently been made.
The proposed directors and organizers of the Community Bank of Sand Diego are: Richard A. Bland, who is also president of the Logan Heights Realty Board; George Walker Smith, member of the San Diego School Board; Charles T. Robinson, captain of the San Diego Fire Dept.; Hartwell W. Ragsdale, Atty. Alpha Montgomery, Mrs. Valleta Linnette, San Diego faculty member and Hayward Bland, real estate investor.
The trip was most delightful and I was pleased to see some of my old friends and spend the day looking at progress being made in the border city that will benefit the majority of its residents and visitors.
The community progress campaign continues!

Wordless Wednesday: Baby makes Three

     This is a proof sheet of photos of my parents, (Walter & Betty Porter) and my big brother, Marshall.  Marshall was born in 1966.  He was Probably two years old in these photo’s.  This was before I arrived on the scene, and he had all the attention until I showed up.

Amanuensis Monday: Thank You Note to a Fiance

I came across a note that I found in a book that I inherited, and had been placed in my bookcase for quite awhile.  The note was dated November 19, 1956.  My parents got married August 18, 1957, so they were either dating or  they were engaged to be married.

2260 1/2 St.
Los Angeles, Calif.
November 19, 1956

My dearest,

I adore you.
Thank you,
thank you,
thank you,
thank you,
thank you,
thank you,

I’ll never forget this birthday if I live to be a thousand, and I shall be yours forever.

Your baby,
 Betty

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Wordless Wednesday: Old Photo’s Part #2

Possible year 1953

What’s Happening?–Pictured above from left to right are Charles Murphy, Sue Harris, Sybil Thomas, Wally Porter, and they are busy as can be making plans for the “Bermuda Beachcomber” party to be held July 9, between the hours of 9 and 2pm at the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity House, 3069 S. Oxford.  The hours for the affair are from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am.

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Wordless Wednesday: Old Photo’s Part #1

I have inherited a large collection of photo’s and will use the Wordless Wednesday prompt to continue posting photo’s of family and their friends.  I feel really blessed to have school photos of my Uncle Henry and my father Walter.  The two of them were very active in school and there seems to have been lot’s of youth programs in their community.

Vashon H.S. Dance, St. Louis, Missouri, 1946
My Dad, Walter Porter, on far left
Other names on back of picture:
L. Wright, Edward Tripp, Delores, Trank Mays
(Not sure who is who) Porter Family collection
Henry Hodge (Far Back Left at desk)
Federally funded program through the Settlement House
St. Louis, Missouri
Henry Hodge Photo Collection
1940
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