July 20 General Meeting and Program

Exploring Culver City Families and Their Businesses:
The Tinger-Eskridges and Culver City Flowers

Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 7 pm

Earl and Virgie Eskridge 1946 (bottom of page)As we approach our city’s 100th year, it is only fitting to share with you the story of another of our longtime family-owned businesses, Culver City Flowers. Earl and Virgie (Tinger) Eskridge’s family has a long history of flower shops in Culver City, beginning in 1934. Earl and Virgie have together and individually been members and given countess hours to the Soroptimists, the Exchange Club, the Elks, and the Historical Society. Earl continues to work with his son, Mike, member of the Lions Club, at Culver Flowers to brighten our community with beautiful flowers and a friendly smile. They raised three sons in Culver City and continue to be a supportive presence.

Join us on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, to explore the history of this family through a PowerPoint presentation, learn about their dedication and how they are woven into the fabric of this city.

All are welcome to enjoy this free program. Entry is through the Archives and Resource Center from the parking area in the back of the building.

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Culver City Historical Society To Install New Officers

The Culver City Historical Society’s Winter General Membership Meeting will be an Installation of Officers for 2016-2018, including an hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Holy Cow, on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Lethbridge Garden Room of Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. This will be the installation of Michelle Bernardin’s second term as President as well as a thank-you to the outgoing Board and Committee chairs. The board slate is as follows:

Michelle Bernardin, President
Stu Freeman, Immediate Past President
Janet Chabola, VP Development
Ellen and Arthur Litman, co-VP Museum/Archives
Hope Parrish, VP Programs
Adrienne Bernardin, Secretary
Tami Eskridge, Treasurer

The Installing Officer will be the Chair of Culver City Planning Commission, Kevin Lachoff.

Seating is limited and reservations must be made by Friday, January 15. The price is $25/member; $30/non-member. To RSVP, print this Installation 2016 invitation and send a check (payable to CCHS) to the Culver City Historical Society, P.0. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428. No tickets will be sold at the event.
For additional information, email info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org.
All proceeds benefit the Culver City Historical Society.

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The Culver City Historical Society To Feature The History of the Culver City Police Department

The Culver City Historical Society To Feature The History of the Culver City Police DepartmentThe Culver City Historical Society’s Fall General Meeting and Program will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Veterans Memorial Building at 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will feature Culver City’s Chief of Police Scott Bixby and Captain Ron Iizuka who will speak about today’s Police Department and offer a PowerPoint presentation about its history. Special guests retired police Lieutenants Norman Traub, Frank Augusta and Tom Kendra (who also served as Chief of the Sierra Madre and Palm Springs Police Departments), will share their experiences as members of the Culver City Police Department in the 1950s and speak about the progress in the department over the years.

The public is invited to enjoy this free program. For information call (310) 253-6941 or send an e-mail message to info@CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org. The entrance to the Multi-Purpose Room is through the back of the building near the parking lot, and through the Archive & Resource Center space.


Lieutenants Traub, Augusta, and Kendra all sent in brief biographies, which we share here:


Tom Kendra was raised in Culver City and was a member of the first graduating class of Culver City High School in 1953. He earned an A.A. degree from El Camino College, a B.S. degree from Pepperdine University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from USC.

He joined the Culver City Police Department in 1957. He worked a variety of assignments and was promoted to Sergeant and Lieutenant. He left the department in 1971 to accept a position as Chief of Police with the City of Sierra Madre. He returned to Culver City as Assistant Chief in 1974, and resigned in 1977 to accept a position as Chief of Police with the City of Palm Springs. He remained there until his retirement in 1989. Following retirement, he managed a private security firm in Palm Springs and served as Executive Director of the United Way of the Desert before fully retiring in 2000.

He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Putnam in 1953. They presently live in Oceanside, California.


I graduated from Culver High School, class of 1955.
I was first employed by the City of Culver City in 1956, delivering mail in City Hall and later working in the tool shed at the City Yard.
In April 1960 I was hired by the Culver City Police Department. During my tenure there, I worked many different assignments including the Detective Bureau, Juvenile Section, Traffic Section, Personnel and Training, South Bay Burglary Team and my last assignment was the initiation of the D.A.R.E. Program in the Culver City elementary schools.
I retired in 1988 having earned the rank of Lieutenant.
Following my retirement, I worked 14 years for GTE/Verizon Communications, managing the workplace Drug Program and later managing the National Fraud Investigations unit.


After graduating from Venice High School he completed an enlistment in the Air Force before joining the Culver City Police Department in 1954. He worked a variety of assignments and rose quickly through the ranks to Lieutenant. He resigned from Culver City after sixteen years to accept a position as Chief of Police of the City of Placentia in Orange County. After ten years in Placentia he resigned to be appointed Chief of Police of the City of Orange. He retired after serving for five years with Orange and subsequently served as Interim Chief of Police and Acting City Manager of several cities throughout Southern California.

He received an A.A. Degree from Santa Monica City College, a B.S. Degree from Pepperdine University and an MPA Degree from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and numerous executive development courses.

Since retirement from law enforcement, he has been the President of Norman A. Traub Associates, an organization specializing in workplace investigations. He presently lives in Yorba Linda with his wife, Robin.

YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4pVNRXqt1w

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Join the Culver City Historical Society’s At Its Founder’s Day Picnic

Join the Culver City Historical Society’s At Its Founder’s Day PicnicThe Culver City Historical Society invites its members and the community to its first annual Founder’s Day Picnic celebrating the 98th anniversary of the incorporation of Culver City, Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 12noon to 3 pm at the picnic area in Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City.

Bring your hearty appetites because a delicious lunch catered by Santa Maria BBQ will offer tender tri-tips, plump juicy chickens, tasty chili beans, potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, soft drinks and a surprise dessert.

Formerly known as our annual “Picnic in the Park,” picnic-goers will be serenaded by Steve Lage. A 50/50 raffle will be held and there will fun for the entire family.

The price for everything is $30 per person for Historical Society Members; $35 for non-members; $10 for children 4-10 years old. Please RSVP by September 17. Checks should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, P.O. Box 3428, Culver City, CA 90231-3428. Please include the names of all guests. Tickets will be held at the picnic site.

The Archives and Resource Center (ARC) will be open after lunch, and visitors will be able to view displays and exhibits of local history.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets online, go to www.CulverCityHistoricalSociety.org/2015picnic

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