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Honolulu Grocery flooded twice in 1934

Honolulu Grocery flooded twice in 1934

Jan. 2, 1934: The damaged Honolulu Grocery in Montrose after flooding on New Year’s Eve. This photo was published as part of a three-image panorama in the Jan. 3, 1934, Los Angeles Times.

The Roasio family-owned Honolulu Grocery in Montrose was flooded twice in 1934. During the 1933-34 New Year’s Eve storm, the grocery was heavily damaged, photo above. The family rebuilt, but as the Oct. 18, 1934, Los Angeles Times reported, it was hit again in the fall:

…Churning over obstructions, the flood water struck a grocery store and home at 2448 Honolulu avenue and as the proprietor’s family of six sought safety in flight, the waters scattered them over the bottom Hall-Beckley wash for a distance of 300 yards.

Residents along the wash, hearing the cries of the six, rescued them within a few minutes.

Those rescued–Mr. and Mrs. John Roasio and their four daughters, Jenny, 8 years of age; Josephine, 13, Mary, 14, and Edith, 5, were treated for contusions and abrasions. All except Jenny, who was taken to Community Hall, Glendale, were removed to a residence on Las Palmas Drive, Glendale, for shelter…

Oct. 1934: The damaged Honolulu Grocery after Oct. 17, 1934, flooding due to heavy rains. After the New Year’s Eve flooding, the grocery had been rebuilt, including a new “Beer and Wine” sign added underneath the Coca-Cola logo. Credit: Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive/UCLA.

In December, under the threat of another storm, four of the Roasio family members pose for a Los Angeles Times photographer. But this time there was no major damage to the grocery.

Dec. 13, 1934: During the threat of another rainstorm, the owners of the family-owned Honolulu Grocery in Montrose pose for Los Angeles Times photographer. From left: Josephine Roasio, Edith Roasio, Mrs. John Roasio and John Roasio, in front of their sandbagged grocery. This photo was published in the Dec. 14, 1934, Los Angeles Times. The print has emulsion damage on lower portion. Credit: Los Angeles Times

For more, check out yesterday’s From the Archive post The 1934 floods.

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1 Comment

  1. September 2, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Gee, it sure rained a lot back then compared to now where we have had virtually no rain in a few years.

    By: Alma

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