Historical Stories 1964 - Identifying a Site for the New Parish Church (Part 2)

On August 24, 1964, Fr. Colman prepared a letter to Rev. Timothy Manning regarding a visit from a Mr. J. Brady to inform him of the progress on the parish property. He states, “I informed him at the time that we have a parishioner-farmer who is offering us thirteen acres at $27,500.00 an acre. The adjacent property is in escrow for $27,500.00 an acre. He has been asking $30,000.00 an acre. By the way, he asked $12,000.00 an acre for the same property two years ago from one of the Chancery Real Estate men. No oil leases on this property to be cleared.” He goes on to explain that the property is on the southeast corner of Cannery (Magnolia) and Indianapolis. There will be an additional cost of $1,200.00 an acre for flood control. After a brief explanation regarding the need for flood control he writes. “No matter what property you choose your Excellency, would you have your Chancery engineer check on the FLOOD CONTROL aspects of the property area we are discussing?”

In the midst of negotiations for property, Fr. Colman received a pleasant surprise from Rev. Timothy Manning, the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Diocese of Los Angeles at the time. In a letter dated December 3, 1964, he writes, “I am happy to advise that I have brought with me from Rome the relic of St. Jude you requested”. No record of Rev. Colman’s request or response exists regarding the desire or need for the relic, but for many years, it has been on display in the Franciscan Room!

The diocese proceeded to have a utilities and irrigation study performed on the Atlanta and Cannery (Magnolia) property. The results of which, Fr. Colman noted in a letter to the Bishop on December 13, 1964. “It was quite a disappointment. Mr. Brady gave me to understand the price would come in between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00 an acre. The $25,000.00 plus $2,000.00 to Mr. Kramer put the price right there with the Holtz property.”

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