Moorpark Offers Unique Exhibition



To Draw Patrons from All Parts of Southland



For Days Given Over to Community Frolic


VENTURE, July 17, - The first California apricot exposition at Moorpark, for the exploitation of one of the fruit industries of California, will be held for days beginning Wednesday, under the auspices of the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce.

This exposition, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the Southland, is to be made an annual affair at Moorpark, which is known as the home of the apricot, according to Moorpark growers, the apricots this year, though the crop in short are the largest and finest ever grown in the history of California.


All the exhibits, which will be from all parts of the Southland, will be housed in a tent 175x150 feet.  These exhibits will include about twenty-five apricot exhibits, each of which will be 6x9 feet in size.  There also will be domestic apricot exhibits, and about thirty commercial and industrial exhibits.

In connection with the exhibition there also will be an automobile show.  The Hunsaker Amusement Company of Los Angels will have a carnival in connection with the show, all the carnival concessions placed on the outside of the tent.  Included in the concessions will be Gunnar Kasson and his dog, Balto, hero in the dash to Nome epic, which showed recently at the Fourth of July celebration here.


Bands for Moorpark, Oxnard and Santa Paula have been engaged for the show.  Ventura, Fillmore, Santa Paula and Oxnard days at the show are being arranged.

Ribbons will be awarded for prize-winning exhibits.  Several exhibits in the Pioneer Mural in here are to be placed on exhibition at the Moorpark Exposition.  They include a tree limb in which are embedded several apricot seeds, several jars of preserve fruit and a huge oil-painted panorama view of the Simi Valley, which will form a background for a number of the show's exhibits.

A model of a ship constructed by Alex Eaton, also will form the center of one of the apricot exhibit.


LA Times July 1926



Contract for the Sale of Balto Dog Team


Los Angeles, California.  Feb. 28, 1927 - Received the sum of One Hundred ($100) Dollar deposit on a Fifteen Hundred ($1500) Dollar purchase of a Balto Dog Team consisting of seven (7) Dogs, 1 Sled and paraphernalia belonging thereto, from The Times News Bureau, of Los Angeles, California, for the **Balto Committees of Cleveland, Ohio.


This option to extend ten day: from this date February 28, 1927.  In case the additional fourteen hundred dollars is not paid, this said option fee of one hundred dollars will be forfeited.  Sam Houston




Two Alaskan Huskies, Participants in Epic Dash to Plague-Stricken Nome, Attack Boy


SANTA MONICA, Aug, 16.  Two team-mates of Balto, hero of the epic dash to plague-stricken Nome in the winter of 1924-25, are in disgrace tonight.  They are accused of having attacked and bitten Howard McDonald, 8 years of age. of 132 Raymond avenue. Ocean Park.


Six dogs which made the last pap the desperate winter race bearing serum to Nome where diphtheria raged in the early months of 1925 are being exhibited on Dome Pier, Ocean Park. They include the famous Balto.

Gunnar Kasson, their master, brought them south under a film contract when the entire nation was sounding Balto's praise.  Los Angeles gave them a great reception.  Balto was starred in a motion picture.

Then the tide of fortune turned.  Kasson engaged in a wage claim over personal appearances.  The claim was settled and it was reported  Kasson had headed again for the Far North, having disposed of his famous team.

Now, according to the police report the dogs are owned by Sam Houston, who lives at the Sherman Hotel, Los Angeles, and are being exhibited by Tom Rogers.

Late this afternoon, according to the boy's story to police, young McDonald, one of whose legs is confined in a steel brace, was walking under the Ocean Park Pier when two Alaskan huskies, chained there, attacked him.  They knocked him down, he said, and bit him until he rolled beyond the length of their chain.

City Surgeon Weaver said he treated the boy for bites on the abdomen and on the upper left arm and for a deep gash on the right side under the arm.  The bites are severe but are not considered dangerous, he said.  The boy later was taken to his home. His father, Horace McDonald, is employed by the De Mille studios at Culver City.

Detective Sergeants Anderson and Carrillo examined the dogs and reported they showed no signs of sickness.  the instructed Roger to have someone on guard over the animals at all times.

Rogers said the dogs have never given trouble and allowed children to pet them at the exhibitions, he said he left the dogs under the pier in pairs for rest and exercise.

Balto, it was announced, was in no way concerned with the affair.

LA Times Aug 17, 1926



**After Balto was part of the relay team that brought diphtheria vaccine to Nome, Sam purchased the dog team and hired the musher and his family.   A gentleman from Cleveland saw them in Hollywood and rallied the people of Cleveland to come up with the money to purchase the dogs.  They then ended up in the zoo.


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