Newmire Avenue

Attorney/developer Earl Stewart Newmire (1888-1952) laid out this street in 1923-1924 on a tract he owned with then-partner Frederick Ohm. It was a busy time for Newmire, who was also serving as justice of the peace for a huge district stretching from South Gate to Montebello. Born and raised in Iowa, Earl Newmire came to San Pedro with his family in 1905 and was one of three(!) graduates of San Pedro High School the following year. He then went to USC Law School, where he excelled at track and basketball. He graduated in 1909 and passed the bar just after his 21st birthday. There followed a long series of law firms, real estate enterprises, and court appointments in various communities: Newmire, his wife Lottie (née Giroux, 1893-1972), and their three kids moved around the county constantly, from Tujunga to Glendora to Santa Monica – yet they often returned to Huntington Park. P.S. from the Art Department: The Newmires’ daughter Dolly and her husband David Bright were major donors and planners at LACMA.