by Winston Chua
SAN MARINO – The Barth Community Room of the Crowell Library Tuesday night was jam-packed, as author and college professor Elizabeth Pomeroy unveiled her new book entitled San Marino: A Centennial History, signing copies of her book for the history buffs who came to hear her speak.
Pomeroy, a San Marino transplant originally from Northern California, who came to San Marino in the 1950s, has spent more than 50 years in the city she loves as a resident. Her pride for the city came out Tuesday night, as she recounted glimpses of San Marino’s rich history from agricultural center to residential, what people did to survive in World War II, the influx of Asians to the area in the 1970s and 1980s and the developments that have happened since that time.
Pomeroy’s book promises to give readers a sense of what San Marino was like in the fourth dimension, the dimension of time woven through narrative. She talked briefly of some of the notable San Marinians like General Patton, pioneer aviatrix “Pancho” Bareas and “Clark Rockefeller” also noting historic landmarks like the Michael White Adobe, the Old Mill and the Thurner House. Her book also includes plenty of excerpts from primary sources.
The author acknowledged many in the audience, including the leadership of Ave Bortz and the many Centennial committee members who spent between four and seven years to help see this project to completion. Pomeroy herself is a graduate of the first class of San Marino High Schoo students, from the class of 1956. She thanked Paul Crowley for his vision and inspiration, dedicating the book to his contributions. She also complimented artist and scholar Mike Hart and thanked her family present: her son John and daughter-in-law Kim Cho and her two granddaughters Kayla and Jacqueline.
Pomeroy also gave credit to a helpful San Marino Tribune for unforgettable moments in the city’s history and in her own life, mentioning the discovery of her own wedding photograph and acknowledging the usefulness of the archives of the Tribune she used at the Crowell Library during her research.
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