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Eugene M. Walker, (July 23, 1929, Los Angeles -  died Nov. 23 2000)   Mr. Walker was born July 23, 1929, in Los Angeles. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver out of Los Angeles before retiring in 1984. He moved in 1986 to Salem and in 1993 to Vancouver. He was a former member of First Congregational Church in Los Angeles. 

Dorothy Ruby Walley (August 15, 1917, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 26, 2004).  Dorothy  graduated from South High in 1935 as Dorothy Anderson. She has also lived in OH, NV & CA. Dorothy joined the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles, CA in 1947 and remained a member all these years. This is where she married Walter on May 26, 1949.

Jean Ann Warren
Arundel P. Watte, Financial Secretary for the Community Chest died at his home.  His service was held in Shatto chapel of First congregational Church jan. 23, 1937.  Mr. Watte was a charger member of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and also of Wilshire Masonic Lodge.  He came to Los Angeles in approximately 1867 from Plymouth, England.
Gladyce A Werber. Died 19 February 1993. Los Angeles, CA
Max H Whittier (died July 1925) Oil magnate and capitalist.  Born in Maine, Mr. Whittier came to California in about 1888.  he was an organizer and the largest stockholder in the Associate Oil Company
Miss Bertha Wilbur (circa 1871 to 1956)  was a pianist, studying piano under Leopold Godowski in Germany.  Miss Wilber's two late brothers were also men of note and both served on Presidential cabinets.  Justice Curtis D. Wilber, Presiding Justice of the California Supreme Court and Secretary of the Navy under president Coolidge being one of them and Dr. Ray Lyman Wilber, president of Stanford University for 33 years and Secretary of the Interior under President Hoover being the other.

A native of Boone, Iowa and a California resident for more than 60 years, Ms. Wilbur joined  First Congregational church in about 1902.  She was a charter member of the Dominant Club of Los Angeles.

David Julius Witmer, Architect.   Memorialized at First church May 8, 1973.  Mr. Witmer was the designer of many award-winning homes.  His father, jack Meyer Witmer, was a pioneer banker and real estate developer.  From 1941 to 1943, Mr. Witmer served as co-chief architect for the U. S. War Department and in that capacity, designed the Pentagon.

In the 1920's, Mr. Witmer became widely known for designing homes in what was then, the contemporary Mediterranean style.  In the 1940's, he designed a 1,102 unit housing development called Wyvernwood, located at   Olympic and Soto and Estrada Courts, located in East Los Angeles, and built the first 486 homes in what later became the city of Lakewood, California

According to his obituary, Mr. Witmer was a lieutenant in the U S Army Signal corps Air Service in WWI and was a colonel in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's headquarters in Europe in WWII.  His assignment was to feed civilians behind U S lines.  For his efforts, he won the U S Legion of Merit and high honors from the governments of France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Max H Whittier (died 1 July 1925 born in Maine)  Was an oil magnate and capitalist.   He was an organizer and the largest individual stockholder in the Associated Oil company, one of the founders of Beverly Hills, an associate in the Los Angeles Steamship Company, a heavy stockholder in the Biltmore Hotel and the First National Bank of Van Nuys.  He was the principal backer of the McKinley Home for Boys of Los Angeles, a member of the principal local clubs and a Mason of high degree.   

Max Whittier came to California from Maine in about 1888  and he soon participated in a series of oil strikes.   He owned a major portion of an unsuccessful oil property that he and his partners then turned into a very successful real estate development.  While looking for water, Max discovered oil. This led to the creation of the "Rodeo Land and Water Company" and eventually the community of Beverly Hills. These oil and real estate investments were the primary source of the family's wealth. (source:  LA Historic Newspaper and Whittier Trust Company website)  (Note:  the oil drillers were apparently not seeking oil, but kerosene, which was used to light their lamps.  According to research, kerosene was becoming increasingly scarce.)

The South Belridge oil field in Bakersfield, was discovered in April of 1911 with the completion of Well No 101 by Belridge Oil Company, a partnership of Max Whittier and Burton Green. Thirteen years later, the State Mineralogist in a report on California fields described South Belridge as a "minor oil field."  In December 1979, Shell Oil Company purchased Belridge Oil Company and the majority of South Belridge production for $3.65 billion. Originally considered to be a minor field, South Belridge annual production peaked at 63.6 million barrels of oil in 1987.  

Mary Alice Woerz. (Mrs. Paul F Sr.). Died 25 September 1992. Los Angeles, California

1910  -  2002

Mayme Moe Wong passed away in her Beverly Hills Home at the tender  age of 91.  The second of eight children, Mayme helped raise her brothers and sisters after the untimely deaths of their parents, and always took great pleasure in the company of her siblings and in their families.

Mayme was a beloved wife, mother grandmother and great-grandmother.  A widow of many years, she was the wife of a prominent M.D.. who practiced medicine in the downtown Los Angeles for over 40 years.   

Mayme played the banjo in an all-Chinese-girls; band that toured vaudeville when she was a teenager.  Early in their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Wong moved to Los Angeles where Dr. Wong established a practice and where they became members of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  They dedicated Wong Chapel in memory of their first child, Ernest, who died in infancy.  She participated in the Altar Guild and was a lifetime member of the Women's Association of First Congregational Church, a supporter of the Bach Festival and active in many Church activities as well. 

Mayme was a long-time member of her favorite clubs and an avid bridge player.  She always enjoyed being a wife and mother and was supportive of her husband and children in all of their endeavors.  She was both politically active and supported her charitable causes both personally and financially.  She enjoyed serving as a mentor to many young people from all over the world.  "Auntie Mayme" will be missed for her ready smile and words of encouragement, and belief in living life to its fullest.

Susan Lew Wong (Susie). Died 8 February 1991. Los Angeles, California.

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