Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 5 Nov: Beverly Hills

Friday, 5 November 1937

Went for a walk around Beverly Hills, Reg came home, very nice man. Small but good to them all.

Most likely in Beverley Hills, 5 Nov 1937
Most likely in Beverly Hills, 5 Nov 1937

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 4 Nov: San Franciso to Los Angeles, CA – 500 miles

Thursday, 4 November 1937

Left Frisco  for Los Angeles 7, bus from the city. Arthur came down with us to see us off – had a lovely run of about 500 miles to Hollywood. Got there at 7. Flora & her 2 boys [Jack and William] there to meet us. Drove to her house [110 N Maple Drive, Beverly Hills], Spanish type, 2 nice boys, her husband [Reginald Goldwater] away for the night on business, Had a lovely place, 2 nice bathrooms, lots of talk then to bed.

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[Flora’s son, Jack Goldwater, was killed 7 December 1941 on board the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor during the initial surprise attack by the Japanese which thrust the US into WW2. Bella McRitchie wrote to Thirza on 6 April 1942 that her dear grandson Jack was not meant to be on duty that day but had taken a friend’s shift. She wrote that he was blown to bits by the first bomb whilst trying to radio from the turret. Unfortunately Thirza never received the letter, having passed away herself from cancer the preceding August at age 62.]

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 31 Oct: Frisco, day trip to Grass Valley, Nevada

Sunday, 31 October 1937

Left home at ¼ to 7. Took car to the ferry. Huge boat – Santa Clara to Oakland then took train to Sacramento, the capital, 2 hours run in the train. Lorna Finch met us at the station, drove us 3 miles to their home, got there about 10, sat down to breakfast grapefruit, bacon, sausages & eggs quite a large meal, then Mr Finch drove us 157 miles to Grass Valley, Nevada. Got back to the house about 4. Had been on the road, had a big dinner at night. Got back to Frisco at 11 o’clock.

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