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Saturday, May 12, 2007


This photograph taken in the 1930s tells us many things about life in the San Fernando Valley in that era. The gasoline station was tended by one of its two owners, Rex Shreves. The silent partner in the Lankershim Boulevard station was the brother of the then famous silent film comedian, Harold Lloyd. With plenty of land available, the service station was set back from Lankershim and enhanced by palms and other trees.
Rex Shreves, born in Orient, Iowa, at one time ran the Bank of Greenfiled (in Iowa). Later he tried his hand at property development in Oregon, and finally settled in North Hollywood, California. He loved the Valley's warm weather and relaxed lifestyle. In his later years, Rex was struck in a crosswalk by an automobile, and is buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale.

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