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Encino milestone
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Spade Cooley, born Donnel Clyde Cooley, was a Western Swing musician and band leader best known for his hit, 'Shame on You.' In addition to his music career, Cooley appeared in several Western films and hosted a television variety show, 'The Hoffman Hayride' also known as 'The Spade Cooley Show' which was broadcast on KTLA from the Santa Monica Pier Ballroom. In 1961, Cooley was convicted for the murder of his second wife, Ella Mae, and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 1969.
Photograph caption dated March 26, 1954 reads "M. W. 'Jack' Truss, Encino Chamber of Commerce president, and Spade Cooley, honorary mayor, turn first shovel of dirt where Encino Community Center will be built. Watching, from, left, Councilmen Robert Wilkinson and Earle D. Baker, William McCann, Board of Public Works, and Howard Simon, West Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce President."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Cooley, Spade,--1910-1969
Wilkinson, Robert
Baker, Earle D
Encino Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Presidents
West Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Presidents
Men--California--Los Angeles
Musicians--United States
Band directors--United States
City council members--California--Los Angeles
Municipal officials and employees--California--Los Angeles
Municipal officials and employees, Honorary--California--Encino (Los Angeles)
Ground breaking ceremonies--California--Encino (Los Angeles)
Shovels--California--Los Angeles
Encino (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
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