Earl C. Gay
Earl C. Gay (1902–72) was a registered pharmacist who was a member of the Los Angeles City Council between 1933 and 1945.
Gay was born December 8, 1902, in Long Beach, California, the son of Ellsworth Gay and Elba W. Bain Gay. His siblings were Bernice Windisch, Louise Ferguson, Maude Wilmans or Williams and Robert W. Gay. He attended Florence Avenue Grammar School, Jefferson High School and Manual Arts High School, both in Los Angeles, after which he received a degree from the Henry Coleman School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California. He managed the Thompson and Thompson Drug Company and the Morgan Drug Company. His hobbies were golf and bowling. In 1937 he was living at 5832 South Van Ness Avenue, near Slauson Avenue.
He was married on October 8, 1926, to Irene Elizabeth Constable of Los Angeles. They had one daughter, Corinne Elizabeth (later Shero).
He was a member of the Southside, Angeles Mesa and Crenshaw chambers of commerce, the Southwest Boosters Club and the Civic Interest League, as well as the International Footprinters Association, Native Sons of the Golden West, Masons and the Shrine. He attended the Chesterfield Square Methodist Church.
In 1933, Los Angeles City Council District 6 covered the southwest part of the city, with the northern boundary at Vernon Avenue, the southern at Century Boulevard, the western at La Brea Avenue and the eastern at Vermont Avenue. Gay ran that year against incumbent Council Member James G. McAllister and was elected, 12,131-11,856. He was reelected easily in 1935 over Lottie E. Barkow, the End Poverty in California candidate, and was also reelected in every biennial vote from 1937 to 1943. He lost in 1945, however, to L.E. Timberlake by a close vote, 8,841 to 8,404.
Gay survived a recall attempt in 1938, sponsored by Robert Noble, a pension advocate.
The 6th District councilman was "an archenemy of reform Mayor Fletcher Bowron. However, he survived repeated political assaults from Bowron and chaired the Police and Fire Committee and the Finance Committee." He was on Bowron's "purge list" in the 1939 election. After Bowron referred to himself in a radio address as the "lone wolf" of City Hall, Gay and fellow Council Member Edward L. Thrasher set a wolf trap outside the door of the mayor's suite a joke.
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- Los Angeles Public Library reference file
- Obituary, Elba W. Gay, Los Angeles Times, September 19, 1951, page B-7
- "Rites Set for Former Councilman Earl Gay," Los Angeles Times, February 10, 1972, page G-13
- "District Lines Approved," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page A-1
- "City to Ballot Today on Recall and Pickets," Los Angeles Times, September 16, 1938, page 1
- "Councilman Gay Opposed by Woman in Re-election Fight," Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1939
- "Look Out There, Your Honor! The Purgees'll Get You!" Los Angeles Times, March 3, 1939, page 10
- "Final Oil Hearing Set," Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1943, page 1
- "Elysian Park Oil Drilling Gets City Council Approval," Los Angeles Times, October 30, 1943, page 1
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