Santa Teresa de Cabora: The Hummingbird’s Daughter in Boyle Heights, 1902-1903, Postcript

Editor’s Note:  The end to this remarkable tale brought to us by Rudy Martinez, Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member, about Teresa Urrea, known as Santa Teresa de Cabora, is in the form of this brief postcript.  In it, Rudy notes what happened to Santa Teresa in the few years after her leaving Boyle…

Santa Teresa de Cabora: The Hummingbird’s Daughter in Boyle Heights, 1902-1903, Part Two

Editor’s Note:  This second part of Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez’s excellent post on Santa Teresa de Cabora goes into detail about her brief residence in Boyle Heights during 1902 and 1903.  It reflects a little-known aspect of a remarkable life that has otherwise been well-chronicled.  The post begins with Teresa…

Santa Teresa de Cabora: The Hummingbird’s Daughter in Boyle Heights, 1902-1903, Part One

Editor’s note:  Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez has again provided another remarkable aspect of Boyle Heights history with this two-part post, including a postscript, on the amazing life of Teresa Urrea (1873-1906), known as Santa Teresa de Cabora.  Famed for her involvement in events with Indians in the Mexican state of…

The Russians of the Flats of Boyle Heights Go to the Movies, Part Five

Introduction: This is the short, but sweet, fifth and final part of the post on the interesting history of Russian Molokans from the Flats of Boyle Heights and their intersection with the Hollywood film industry.  Author Rudy Martinez, a member of the Advisory Board for the Boyle Heights Historical Society, did a great job pulling…

The Russians of the Flats of Boyle Heights Go to the Movies, Part Four

Introduction: We continue with part four of the series by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez on Russian Molokans from the Flats and their use as extras in the Hollywood film industry. – Paul R Spitzzeri On March 21, 1928, the day of a melee outside its gates, Paramount Studios arranged to…

The Russians of the Flats of Boyle Heights Go to the Movies, Part Three

Introduction: This third part of the series by Rudy Martinez on Russians in Boyle Heights and their role in early Hollywood looks at some of the films in which so-called Molokans and fictional representations of the community appeared. – Paul R. Spitzzeri. In the summer of 1915, Majestic Studios released the first film to acknowledge…

The Russians of the Flats of Boyle Heights Go to the Movies, Part Two

Introduction: This the second in a series of posts about the Russian (known commonly as Molokans) immigrant community that settled in the Flats area of Boyle Heights and often served as extras in the Hollywood film industry.  Author Rudy Martinez, Advisory Board member of the Boyle Heights Historical Societies, gives an excellent overview of the…

The Russians of the Flats of Boyle Heights Go to the Movies, Part One

Introduction: Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez continues his series of posts on early Boyle Heights history, including its ethnic and racial diversity, with this remarkable multi-part post on the “Russian colony” of the Flats area of the community.  Check back weekly for further installments and enjoy! – Paul R. Spitzzeri Angry…

The First Lady of Modern Music: Boyle Heights’ Hadda Brooks, Part 4

Introduction:  This concludes the four-part post on pianist/singer Hadda Brooks by Rudy Martinez, a member of the advisory board for the Boyle Heights Historical Society.  Rudy did a great deal of research and put together an interesting and informative history of a significant local musical figure.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this history of a…

The First Lady of Modern Music: Boyle Heights’ Hadda Brooks, Part 3

Introduction:  Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez is the author of this fascinating multi-part post on pianist/singer Hadda Brooks, who lived in Boyle Heights much of her life.  We pick up the story with Hadda becoming a recognized local performer on the new Modern Music record label. – Paul R. Spitzzeri Hadda…