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Jewish Traditions, Lives, and Values

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Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Thursday, August 23rd, the Men’s Club visited the National Weather Service in Oxnard.  We meet our tour guide, John Dumas, upon arrival.  John is an ex Navy Meteorologist and served 20 plus years for Uncle Sam.  He has been with the National Weather Service for just over 5 years. 

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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Saturday, October 27th, The Men’s Club visited what is now known as Oakridge Estates.  Some 80 years ago Barbara Stanwyck purchased a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley.  The property bordered on the north by Devonshire Blvd, on the east by Reseda Blvd, on the south by what is now Lassen, and on the west by what is now Wilbur.  On this property Ms. Stanwyck and Zeppo Marx, her agent and one of the Marx Brothers, built separate homes.  Additionally, a thoroughbred training track and ranch were added.  During this time period, Barbara and Zeppo called this the Marwych Ranch.  

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Posted Monday, March 19, 2018

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Men’s Club visited the Santa Susan Depot Museum and Model Railroad display in Simi Valley.  Our docent, Curt, was very outgoing and added so much to the tour.  We were limited in time to two hours, but, I’m sure Curt could have gone all-day with the history and stories about the depot.

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Menís Club at Oakridge Estate

Posted Friday, November 2, 2018
by Chas Phillips


On Saturday, October 27th, The Men’s Club visited what is now known as Oakridge Estates.  Some 80 years ago Barbara Stanwyck purchased a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley.  The property bordered on the north by Devonshire Blvd, on the east by Reseda Blvd, on the south by what is now Lassen, and on the west by what is now Wilbur.  On this property Ms. Stanwyck and Zeppo Marx, her agent and one of the Marx Brothers, built separate homes.  Additionally, a thoroughbred training track and ranch were added.  During this time period, Barbara and Zeppo called this the Marwych Ranch.  

Barbara lived there for only 3 years and sold her home to Jack and Victoria Oakie, who changed the name to Oakie Estate.  Over the next several decades the parcel has shrunk to its current size and location.  Zeppo’s house has been removed, but Ms. Stanwyck’s house remains atop the hill on Devonshire Blvd. adjacent to the Chevrolet dealership.  The pool and tennis court also remain.  Ownership has shifted over the years and is currently cared for by Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Los Angeles.  It is now know as the Oakridge Estate.

Our tour was conducted by Deborah Donnelly who is a member of Friends of Oakridge.  Unfortunately, the house has fallen into disrepair and is in desperate need of restoration.  The Friends of Oakridge are working tirelessly to raise funds for the needed restoration.  As part of the tour, the organization has secured and display photos of the house and surrounding area from different periods of time.  I’ve lived in the Valley my entire life and can remember when Reseda Blvd. was the end of the valley going west, so some of these pictures brought back memories of times forgotten.

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