By the mid-1950s, Murray and Ila Garland moved into the house. They would be the last family to spend any time in the dwelling. Mr. Garland's untimely death, likely placed a hardship upon his widow, but she continued to live on in the house working as a department manager and buyer for both Levi Strauss & Co. and the Wm. Block Co. Her daughter, Judy Garland, served a phone operator. By 1969, the Reverend Spencer and Margaret Austin purchased the house. For reasons yet unknown, the Austins tore down the old place in 1969 and built a home in the style of a southern plantation. The Reverend Austin did keep the oak posts from the interior staircase and fashioned them into suitcase holders. A very young nearby neighbor, Stephen Enz, recalled playing in the newly dug up foundation for the future home at 287 Downey Avenue.
The star of this photo was the 1964 GTO belonging to Doug McLean, who dwelled across the street in 1966 when the this shot was snapped by a young Chuck McCleery. Behind the GTO, loomed the now-forgotten structure at 287 South Downey Avenue. A current photo, shows the newer home on the site on September 5, 2013.
|Cool car and forgotten home: A GTO sits in the driveway of Doug McLean at 266 South Downey Avenue. Across the street, you can see 287 South Downey Avenue in 1966. (first house on left)|
|287, 303, and 317 South Downey in 1966|
|287 South Downey Avenue in 2013.|