The following story was received in a letter to the author from his father in 1980. The story is told in his father's own words.
THE DAY THE ALLEY RAN RED
Guillermo Carlos Bouett, known almost his entire life as 'Bill', was born in 1915 on Avenue 32 in Los Angeles and was baptized in the Plaza Church. Before he was five, Bill Bouett moved with his parents to a house at 427 Solano Avenue in Solano Canyon, where he lived for more than a decade before his family moved again, this this time to Alhambra. The incident described above occurred about 1925 during Prohibition.
The image at left was taken about 1923, a few years before the raid described in the story. In the image, eight-year-old Bill Bouett stands beside his family's home on Solano Avenue. In the background, higher up on the loma, one can see one of the houses on Casanova Street. The 'alley that ran red' is located between the two streets.
About the Author
Bouett is a retired research scientist and registered professional
engineer who now conducts historical and genealogical research
full-time. A ninth-generation Californian, his primary historical
research interests are Los Angeles in general and the Stone Quarry Hills
in particular. His
ancestors arrived in California with Portolá in 1769 and came to Los
Angeles from Mission San Gabriel with the founders on September 4, 1781.
Lawrence Bouett may be contacted directly here.