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My name is Milton Erenest McNew. I was born n torrance on Sepgtember 19, 1931. My grandfather, Albert Newberry lived at 824 Amapola Avenue and was employed by the Pacific Electric Railway. He died in 1928. My parents: Clyde Ernest Mcnew and Juanita Nellie Newberry-McNew lived in the house on Amapola when I was born. In 1939, my father built a house at 1634 Acacia Avenue, where we lived until 1977.

Before I was born, my father was one of the original designers of tyhe Torrance Park. I can find no reference to this fact, ansd it saddens me that he does not get any recognition for what he did.

Although my sisters, Margie Rose and Dorothy Marie were born in Fresno, they were two and three years old when my parents moved to Torrance. Margie was aclassmate with Luis Zamperini,...

Quinn's Dairy Farm founders Lester R. Quinn and wife Harriett in front of their house and cash-&-carry drive-in. Picture taken in the 1950's from across Del Amo Blvd. when it was a eucalyptus lined 2 lane road. The dairy was located on a hill (which is now gone) that was just west of the current fire station. The dairy operated for approximately 50 years and at one time had over 200 head of cattle, 5 refrigerated home delivery trucks, and employed over 25 full and part time workers.


As my contribution to the centennial celebration, I have made a short movie about the founding of the city of Torrance. Here is the trailer. It will be premiering on September 15th, and more details can be found at


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The City of Torrance has produced a variety of Centennial related programs designed to give our community a look back while moving forward.  You can view these videos and more by following the links below:



One of the businesses that existed was El Rancho Liquor.  It was next to the El Rancho Hotel, on Pacific Coast Highway and near Torrance Airport.

The proprietor, Mr. Jacobs used to live near my family, and Mr. Jacobs' children were about the same age as my brothers and sisters and me.  My father made it a point to purchase liquor at El Rancho. 

That included one time when my father ordered many items for a party my parents were giving.  A customer commented to my father, "Oh Boy! It looks like you're going to have one great party!!".  Mr. Jacobs' then added, "Yes, it will be!!  And I'm invited!!".


That was in the early- to mid-1970s, before all the car...

Torrance High School Girls' Varsity Basketball team at Staples Center during the National Anthem. The Tartars played West Torrance High during a non-league game on 1/14/2012.

I just wanted to submit my idea for time capsule I'm sure this has already been suggested.  I think the book on Life of Louis Zamperini "Unbroken'"should be put in capsule. Thank You