Harry  Chandler

Harry Chandler (1864 - 1944)

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Harry Chandler
Born in Landaff, New Hampshiremap
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Died in Los Angeles County, California,map
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Harry was born in 1864. He passed away in 1944.

Harry Chandler was born in 1864 in Landaff New Hampshire to a farming family. While attending Dartmouth College, on a dare he dove into “an ice-covered vat of starch.” This caused a severe lung infection that lasted for several years.  About this time (in the early 1880s) he removed to California where he had several jobs working outside, such as a fruit picker in the San Fernando Valley.  From his jobs he managed to overcome his lung problems and save several thousand dollars, which permitted him to buy a newspaper circulation route. Eventually he worked his way up to circulation manager at the Los Angeles Times, owned by General Harrison Gray Otis. Following the death of his first wife, Harry married the General’s daughter.  On General Otis’ death, Harry became the publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Eventually he became chairman of the board of Times-Mirror Company.  He began buying up properties in the area both personally and through land syndicates. Harry Chandler was a 33rd degree Mason, AASR and Shriner. The Hollywood Sign, the most famous sign in the world, located on Mount Lee in Griffith Park overlooking Hollywood was built in 1923 to read “Hollywoodland” by a syndicate of notables including Harry Chandler of the Los Angeles Times, in order to promote the sale of homes in one of the most prestigious subdivisions by the same name.  In 1945, the name was shortened to Hollywood.

Harry Chandler, son of Moses K. & Emma J. (Little) Chandler was born 17 May 1864 in Landaff NH and died 23 Sep 1944 in California. He married 1st) 6 Feb 1889 to Magdalena “Maggie” Schlador, dau of Frederich H. & Franziska (Weidenfeld) Schlador.  She was born in 1863 in Comfort, Kendall County TX, and died 4 Aug 1892 in Los Angeles Co CA giving birth to her second child. She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. At that time they were living at 719 Rosas Street, and Harry was working in the circulation department of the Times. Harry married 2nd, 6 May 1894 to Emma Marian Otis, daughter of Harrison Gray & Eliza (Wetherby) Otis.  Emma was born 1 July 1866 in Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio and died 8 Sep 1952. In 1924 they were living at 2330 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles California. In 1917 Harry took over as head of “The Times” after the death of his father-in-law Harrison Gray Otis. They are buried at various cemeteries in Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Gabriel California. As of November 2006 there are 170 living descendants [-SEE-] . In April of 2007, the Chandler family made a final exit from the newspaper business with their sale of Tribune Co.


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