Laguna Observed

Seeing the Murphy-Smith Bungalow Going out of town gets everything off base for me— I missed a talk in Laguna given by the oldest man to summit Everest, but I caught up with him at Costa Mesa’s Historical Society. He was only 67, this oldest man to summit Everest, a...
Posted On 02 Mar 2011

Airplane rides, movie extras and open hillsides

By Jennifer Erickson Born in 1901, Blanche Smith, nee Clapp, grew up in Fresno where her father bought and restored farmhouses. She first came to Laguna Beach as a child in 1912 to visit an uncle, Fred Clapp, who owned the general store on Forest Avenue. The family continued to...