"Riding the Local Historic Railroads"
San Marino Historical Society Talk
Crowell Public Library, San Marino
October 24, 2016 at 7:00pm
Wendell 'Mort' Mortimer has had a lifelong interest in railroads, streetcars and everything that runs on rails. As a 4th-grader, his father led a train club attended by many in his class who remain lifelong friends. Mort was also President of the Southern Pacific Junior Engineers, taking many local trips. He is a member of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and currently serves a President of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation. Mort has travelled by train across the United States, Canada, Europe and rode the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to the Pacific Ocean. This year, he will go by train across South Africa and next year across Spain.
Mort grew up in South Pasadena and now has resided in the same house in San Marino for the past 50 years. He is a graduate of Occidental College, and USC School of Law. He is a lawyer who specializes in civil jury trials, and served 12 years as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. Mort currently works as a private judge with ADR Services handling Arbitrations, Mediations and Court Appointments. He is an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving on the Executive Committee and the National Board of Directors. He presides over demonstration jury trials throughout the world. He is on the Board of Governers of Occidental College and a member of San Marino Community Church, the Twilight Club and is a past president of the San Marino City Club. Mort is president-elect of the international Academy of Trial Judges.
In preparation for the presentation, Mort went thru the ten thousand plus significant historical photographs in the archives of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation to be able to present local pictures of trains, interurbans and streetcars in San Marino, Pasadena and South Pasadena. Many of these interesting photos are 100 or more years old. This is a unique opportunity to see these historic pictures of places that you will recognize, most of which have never been published or seen by the public.