Friday, September 22, 2017

Pleased to Meet You...

Construction of the Gaylord begins in 1922 (photo above). Look at the size of those steel beams & girders! The horse drawn cart, in front (photo top), reminds us of how far back the Gaylord began. It would not be until April 9, 1924, that the Gaylord officially opened it's doors.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Pictured above, from our May 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses' is former Chief of Detectives and Deputy Commissioner for the City of New York and Gaylord residents, George S. Dougherty and his wife. For a couple of years, the Dougherty's would winter with us here at the Gaylord. The Dougherty's were also frequent guests of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author & creator of "Sherlock Holmes,' on their journeys to England.
Mr. Dougherty wrote a number of books and articles on the criminal mind and introduced modern day fingerprinting to the U.S. Knowing how well connected the Gaylord residents were to the motion picture industry, we think he may have been trying to further fulfill his acting bug desires while residing here, after having appeared in a couple of silent pictures, as himself, in 1914, or to become a screenwriter.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Plays With Animals...

Pictured here from our June 1927 issue of  'Gaylord Glimpses' is silent film actress Helen Foster. While residing at the Gaylord during this time, Helen had the enviable (or unenviable, depending on how you look at it) task of playing opposite popular animal stars, such as Ranger the Dog and Rex the Wonder Horse, in a number of films. In 1928, she also starred with fellow Gaylord resident, Gertrude Olmstead, in 'Sweet Sixteen.' Helen's last feature film appearance was in 'Around the World in 80 Days,' from 1956, as an uncredited extra, which starred David Niven, the incomparable Cantinflas and Shirley MacLaine. Helen passed away on Christmas Day, 1982, in Los Angeles, but her spirit lives on here at the Gaylord!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Captains of Industry & Their Wives...

From the September 1927 issue of 'Gaylord Glimpses,' is pictured Mrs. G.J. Kuhrts  (Myra H. Bennett), who was married to George Jacob Kuhrts. While living at the Gaylord, Mr. Kuhrts became the President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Railway Corporation. He took this position upon the death of Henry E. Huntington (of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino), who had been Owner and President.

Along with the Kuhrts, a familiar name to many southern Californians, Mrs. George A. Ralphs (yes, that Ralphs), was married to the founder of the Ralphs grocery store chain and also kept an apartment here at the Gaylord, during this time, after Mr. Ralphs' passing. Mrs. Ralphs would travel the world, but always return to her home at the Gaylord.

These were just some of the well moneyed people who resided here at the Gaylord. The Gaylord history is full of many more such notables.