Brothers Mark and Robert Evans abt 1927 in Burbank California.




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Long Time Lawman



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Burbank Police officer Paul Evans, right, the oldest member of the department, celebrates his 30th anniversary with officer Robert Stentz, who has been on the force for six months. Evans wears badge number 1 and joined the department in July of 1936.


Police officer Paul Monroe was the son of William Manson Evans and May Belle Moreland.


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100th Birthday Celebration



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Edith Moreland Jones (born Laura Edith Moreland) was the daughter of John Brumbaugh Moreland and Aletha Antoinette Grice. Edith married Homer T. Jones on 19 Feb 1902 in Delaware County, Indiana. Homer and Edith had two daughters, Helen and Rachael. Edith was involved in her community and was a strong advocate for education.


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Louise Flanders Wed To Mark M. Evans



Louise Flanders Wed To Mark M. Evans
Burbank Evening Review
Monday, October 1, 1945

 In a white lace wedding gown trimmed with seed pearls Miss Louise T. Flanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy C. Flanders of 1069 E. Santa Anita ave., became the bride Saturday at 8 p.m. of Mark M. Evans, son of Mrs. Mary B. Evans of 261 E. Tujunga ave.

The service was read in the First Presbyterian church by the Rev. Frederic G. Appleton. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

The bride dress was fashioned with full length sleeves, the skirt falling into a train. Her tiera was of lace and net with seed pearls and the veil was finger tip length. Her pearl necklace and ear rings were the gift of the groom and her flowers were white roses centered with two orchids.

Bridal attendants were Mrs. John Hendry, cousin of the bride; Mrs. Douglas R. Williams, another cousin and Mrs. Douglas Pinkerton, sister of the groom. Mrs. Hendry’s gown was of aqua marquisette, Mrs. Williams wore pink marquisette and Mr. Pinkerton also wore pink. All carried gladiolas and the three gowns were made alike.

The bridegroom’s attendants were Messrs, Paul M. Evans, Douglas R. Williams and Robert Robinson.

Flower girls were four-year-old Joan Hendry and six-year-old Carole Hendry, who wore white organdy with satin ribbon trim and organdy ruffles at neckline and bottom of the skirt.

The very small ring-bearer was Richard J. Williams, age two and a half who wore a tuxedo as did the groom’s attendants.

All the bride’s attendants, including the flower girls, wore heart-shaped lockets, gifts of the bride.

Mrs. Max Eckerman was soloist and Mrs. Ana Mojonier was organist. her selections were “Ave Maria,” and “The Lord’s Prayer”.

Following the service a reception was held in the church parlors, after which the newly wed pair left for a short trip to Santa Barbara. On their return they will live at 445 B. E. San Jose St., Burbank.

The bride’s mother is a graduate of the Willmar High School of Willmar, Minnesota and her husband was graduated from the Manuel Arts High School in Los Angeles and was with the U.S. Army nine years. He is a member of the Burbank fire department.

The new Mrs. Evans has been employed as a beauty shop operator.



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A Brief, Bright History


A Brief, Bright History

Moreland Trucks: Made in Burbank

By James Quinn, Los Angeles Times 1975

Burbank – In the giddy days of economic expansion in the 1920’s when every investment was expected to produce a windfall. Burbank’s industrial centerpiece was the Moreland Motor Truck Co.

Reflecting local pride in the city’s industrial giant, the Burbank review declared in 1920. “It has become common to hear people remark that a think is as strong as durable or as powerful as a Moreland Truck.”

The company founded in Los Angeles in 1911 by Watt Moreland, expanded into a $2 million, 27-acre plant at San Fernando Blvd and Alameda Ave. in 1920.

For nearly a decade, Moreland prospered in Burbank.

The local newspaper noted that Burbank-built trucks and buses were used throughout the world – even in the Bolivian Andes, where they proved to be the only vehicles capable of operating at such heights.

And the firm succeeded, the paper said, “in the face of the fiercest of eastern competition and …demonstrated that trucks and other automotive machinery can be made in the West as well as the East.”

It all came grinding to a halt, shortly after the Great Crash of 1929.

Mrs. Edith Jones, Moreland’s sister, recalls that within a few years of the crash, the plant was boarded up. Moreland retired to San Clemente and the Moreland brand began a slow trek to obscurity.

“Everyone still wanted trucks, but they didn’t want to pay for them, so my brother just went out of business,” recalls Mrs. Jones, a resident of Pacific Manor on Glenoaks Blvd.

Today a gas station and homes stand where the trucks and buses were once manufactured.

So complete was the departure of the company that Burbank Historical Society members had to dig into their files when a Moreland truck and bus were offered to them recently.

“I had never heard of the company,” said Mrs. Mary Jane Strickland, society president, “and I was certainly surprised to learn that the firm had been so large and well known.”

Businessmen Gordon Howard and Joseph Palma donated the bus and truck to the society saying they hoped the group would be able to restore them.

Palma and Howard, collectors of antique vehicles, had bought the truck and bus four years ago from Universal Studios, which had used them as props.

Society members, after mulling what to do with the gifts, decided to undertake restoration of the vehicles and to make them the symbol of Burbank parades and other events.

Both vehicles appear to be structurally sound, although both engines need overhauling and painting and detail work is sorely needed.

Of the two, the bus seems more likely to attract attention. it is square-shaped in the old-fashioned manner, has high fenders and a rear platform with a guardrail.

“We don’t know what the insurance restrictions will be,” Mrs. Strickland said, “but we hope that we can make the vehicles available to any group that will display them as part of a community event.”