Celebrating the Life of Richard Bogy

On August 24, 2023, Richard Krum Bogy passed away after a brief illness at the age of 62. He was larger than life in every way. A man of limitless energy and passion, he was unfailingly generous, and possessed an immense heart and a huge infectious laugh. He was the greatest of friends, a tireless civic, community and business leader, and a relentless advocate for Los Angeles, especially Toluca Lake. He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.

A sixth generation Californian, Richard was a life-long resident of Toluca Lake. His family owns the Toluca Lake Company, which began developing Toluca Lake in 1923. Richard grew up in Toluca Lake and at the family ranch in California’s Central Valley, where he spent summers with his grandfather and uncles, becoming an expert rider, roper, and wrangler. Richard was a proud honors graduate, with a major in California history, of the University of Southern California. He was a lifelong supporter of USC and attended every USC home football game for more than forty years.
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Toluca Lake 100 Year Anniversary

By 1923 Toluca Lake was blooming with walnut, apple and peach orchards. Charles Forman had died and his ranch was sold as part of his estate. A group of investors purchased the Forman Toluca Ranch with the idea of creating a residential subdivision named Toluca Lake Park. Regardless of whether they believed Forman was the originator of the name Toluca, the name was well established by this time. Though the nearby Southern Pacific Railroad station was known as Lankershim Station, they had named the line the Toluca Flyer for its better known destination. Forman claimed the word Toluca was a Paiute Indian word he selected meaning fertile valley. The Toluca Lake Park venture was abandoned as quickly as it had been created, but then resurrected by a new group formed under the name, The Toluca Lake Company, dropping the word Park from the name.

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2018 Pancake Breakfast a Success

Photographs:  Fred Spigelman

Thank you to all who sponsored and
those who helped with this year’s Pancake Breakfast!
Proceeds benefit Fire Station #86 and the Widows,
Orphans and Disabled Firefighters Fund.

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