Said to be named for Mary Lodema Ogden (née Rice, 1853-1943), the New York-born widow of an itinerant Canadian farmer. She and her only child William Brayton Ogden (1876-1954), a lawyer, came to California from Colorado and bought a house on Norton at Crescent Heights in 1910. Two years later, Mary established a church school in their living room, which laid the roots for the St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church on Hollywood Boulevard. Ogden Drive, christened in 1919, consisted of separate streets originally called Mountain View Avenue (later Friend Avenue) and Miller Street. The latter likely refers to the namesakes of Miller Drive.