Today, January 21 is the birthday of San Fernando Valley notable Katherine Fletcher Shreves. Born in Eufala, Indian Territory in 1906, Katherine was one of earliest students to attend the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She and her husband Dorr came to North Hollywood shortly after the conclusion of World War II. Later, while living in Studio City, Ms. Shreves became the principle cellist for Republic Studios.
In the 1950s, musicians in the Republic Studio Orchestra were given one rehearsal before their work was recorded for a film. Katherine's position as the principal cellist saw her featured as a soloist for dozens of Republic's most successful film, including John Wayne's Quiet Man. Katherine is buried in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
Early Morning in Los Angeles - Photograph by Phyllis Hansen 2009
Early January mornings in Los Angeles are a good reason to live in our city.