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The years when I was growing up at my parents house, I remember always having milk in the fridge. We rarely had to go to the market to get milk, because it magically appeared on our front porch when we woke from our sleep.
The Adohr Farms truck would cruise the neighborhoods during the wee hours of the morning, delivering milk to their customers. They would drive up to our house, open the wooden gate to our front porch and leave a wire basket that contained glass bottles filled with milk.
One thing that sticks in my mind after all these years, is that the milk that was delivered, would on occasion, be sour. There’s nothing like pouring yourself a tall cold glass of milk after walking home from school, putting it to your mouth, and taking a nice big gulp–YUCK! I ran for the kitchen sink and spit out the spoiled milk! EGADS!
Here’s an interesting tidbit of information. Do you know where the name Adohr, in Adohr Farms came from? Just so I get the story right, I’m going to quote from a May 29, 1997 article in the Los Angeles Times:
“The corner of Ventura Boulevard and Lindley Avenue in Tarzana was once the Adohr Milk Farm. However, the land was part of a cattle ranch empire owned by a Southern California family who later established the city of Malibu.
In 1892, Frederick Hastings Rindge bought the original Spanish land grants that made up Rancho Malibu Topanga Sequit. Rindge’s land purchases spanned more than 17,000 acres along the coast toward Ventura County and several miles inland over the Santa Monica Mountains into the San Fernando Valley.
At the time of Rindge’s death in 1905, the ranch lands were divided between his three children. In 1915, Rindge’s only daughter, Rhoda, married Merritt H. Adamson Sr., who was originally the ranch’s foreman.
A year later, the Adamsons established a dairy farm on the north slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. To honor Rhoda, Adamson named the farm “Adohr”–his wife’s name spelled backward. Adohr Farms became famous for having one of the largest herds of Guernsey cattle in the world.
During the Depression, the Adamsons were forced to sell most of their land to pay creditors. However, the milk farm kept the family solvent.
The Adohr dairy moved to Camarillo in 1947. Adamson’s son, Merritt Jr., eventually sold the dairy operation to the Southland Corp. in 1966.”
A couple LA Times articles about Adohr Farms:
My memories of drive-in theaters stems from movie night out with my parents and sisters. I remember we drove into the theater parking lot while it was still light, driving around to find that perfect spot in the middle of the screen and then my dad would roll down the window and setup the speaker by grabbing it from the pole that it’s stored on and hanging the metal speaker enclosure on the window and rolling the window back up. There was one time I remember the speaker didn’t work, so my dad had to move the car to another spot till we found a working speaker.
I thought the concept of the drive-in theater was pretty good. You could bring all the comforts of home with you, like blankets, pillows, food & drink, right in your car. If you wanted something more, you just took a short walk to the refreshment stand. This could actually be a pain to do if your taking a trek while the movie is playing. It’s dark and all the rows begin to look the same, so it’s easy to lose your way back to the car if you’re not careful.
One downfall of having all the comforts of home in your car, is you can actually get too comfortable and fall asleep during the movie, not that I’ve ever done this.
The only movie that I recall seeing at the drive-in was the 1963 film, The Nutty Professor, starring Jerry Lewis. I know we saw others, but this is the only one that sticks in my mind.
Unfortunately, the popularity of the drive-in theater declined and many shut their doors. Resourceful theaters like the Roadium Drive-in in the city of Torrance, California, were dual purpose venues that showed movies during the evening and had swap meets during the daylight hours.
Check out wikipedia.com for much more details: