A Portrait Of A Memory

Doug Robertson was a mainstay in Hawthorne for some 50+ years. He and his family came to Hawthorne from Canada in 1923 seeking a new life in the sunny Southern California. They made the trip in a used 1918 Paige automobile and what a trip it was, but I'll let his journal tell that story.

Doug's early schooling was Ballona Av. School (Washington) and Inglewood High School, graduating in the mid-30s. He was a school board member for many years in Hawthorne and a loyal Rotarian. He wrote many versions of Portraits of a Memory before his passing in the early 2000s, but I believe this to be the original, written in 1986.

This particular "Portraits" was given to me by George Key, Principal of Hawthorne High School from 1972-80. I read it from cover to cover not being able to put it down for any length of time.
Thinking this book has to be shared and the only way to get it on the Hawthorne Historical website was to scan the entire book, that's exactly how it happened.

I sincerely hope you'll enjoy this trip back to early Hawthorne as much as I did, and as much as I know Doug enjoyed writing the journal. Although Doug Robertson later lived in Montecito and Fresno -- Hawthorne California is where these, his favorite memories were forged.
I am very thankful to have known you, Doug. Hopefully "A Portrait Of A Memory" will stand for many years, as to how it was "growing up" in our little settlement -- Hawthorne California.

Sincerely, John Baker


A Portrait Of A Memory