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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


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Chandler Avenue was once planned to be part of a main Valley artery called Sherman Way. It was named after the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Harry Chandler.
Harry dropped out of Dartmouth College and came to Southern California supposedly for his health. He worked in the San Fernando Valley's fruit orchards until he put together a small business delivering morning newspapers. Harry cleverly cornered the distribution of the city's morning newspapers and used that leverage to gain the general manager's position of the Los Angeles Times. Chandler used his money and power to gain large partials in the San Fernando Valley and became one of America's richest men.
Harry Chandler lived from 1864 to 1944. He is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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