| Engineers planning the L.A. Aqueduct to Owens Valley, 1903. (L-R) John R. Freeman, James D. Schuyler, |
J.B. Lippincott, Fred P. Stearns, William Mulholland.
Meanwhile John A. Murphy (1856-1931) with a partner named Crook of all things, was working in his career as a contractor while living nearby at 118 W. Pico. In 1906 he retired from contracting, and joined in the incorporation of the National Bank of Commerce as a Vice-President. In 1909 the family had moved to the new house at 419 West Washington Blvd. At home included John, his wife Alvina (1855-1949), and their son Gustave (b. 1889). Gustave is listed as a hardware store clerk, while John is noted as President, Costa Rica Rubber Co. in the 1909 street directory. The house stood on the northeast corner of Washington and Flower Streets.
|419 West Washington Street (viewed from Flower St.)|
(could be John & Alvina in the photo)
By 1942 the house is no longer extant, now replaced with a service station, owned by General Petroleum, a then subsidiary of then Mobil Oil. It remained under the General or Mobil brand, and in 1987 was recorded as being "Fred's Mobil Service".
Today a transport of another sort has intruded on the property. The service station is gone, and part of the property is park space used by the L.A. Trade Tech College, now located across the street where the high school had been.
|419 West Washington -- today's aerial view|
|Today's view from Flower Street|
John A. Murphy in 1909