Remembering Maria (Marie) A. Ybarra (1923-2017)

Maria (Marie) A. Ybarra, who lived in Boyle Heights for 86 years, passed away on July 7, a few weeks shy of her 94th birthday, at her home in her beloved community. She was born Maria A. Najera on July 30, 1923 in El Paso, Texas to Simon and Antonia Najera, immigrants from Chihuahua, Mexico, and her early childhood years were spent in Prescott, Arizona. Her father was a engineer/conductor with the Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. Her grandfather, Patricio “Pat” Najera, also worked for the railroad for many years. Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1931 and settled
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Remembering Daniel Muñoz (1949-2017)

Daniel Muñoz, a founding board member and recently elected president of the Boyle Heights Historical Society, passed away on July 12 at the age of 68. In honor of Danny, who was so instrumental in the establishment of the organization, the Society wants all of its members and others who are interested in Boyle Heights history to know that he will be greatly missed by the Boyle Heights Historical Society and hundreds of other friends. He was a dedicated preservationist and historian who loved Los Angeles and California history. His passion for Los Angeles history and California history was evident
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Remembering Mollie Wilson Murphy (1926-2014)

Mollie A. Wilson Murphy, a longtime resident of Boyle Heights and contributor to the Japanese-American National Museum’s “Boyle Heights: A Sense of Place” and supporter of the Boyle Heights Historical Society, passed away at the age of 88 on 23 August 2014. Born on 6 January 1926, Mollie lived on Boulder Street between Evergreen and Sloat, just north of Evergreen Cemetery. She was a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt High School and had a direct connection to many Japanese-American friends who were forced into concentration camps during World War II. Her correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia of those relationships formed much
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