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March 17: A group of approximately sixty veterans meet and resolve to report to Washington DC directly for an investigation into the mismanagement of the Soldiers home. The Herald reports, “There is no denial on the part of the management of the home of the assertions that the veterans are suffering for lack of sufficient food, and the only defense that is made is the reiteration of the statement that there is a lack of funds. There was no further hint, however, that because men in war time lived through periods of frightful starvation, when they became old and enfeebled should be able to survive another period of hunger and privation without complaint.” When confronted about the lack of food, the Home’s current leader said he could “easily live on two pounds of meat per month,” which is the proposed rationing. Some veterans report dinners of “prunes or apple sauce, tea and bread, costing about three cents.”
August 29: In preparation for the upcoming visit of the Board of Managers to the Soldiers’ Home, Colonel Cochrane orders an inspection of the site by battalion. 
August 29: Ralph Curasco, a seventeen-year-old resident of 520 South Twelfth Street in Sawtelle, is accidentally shot in the foot while hunting for rabbits in the northern grounds of the Soldiers’ Home. Curasco’s father asks him to go dig potatoes on a neighboring ranch but instead he and Lee Ermal go “rabbit-shooting.” Both teenagers are equipped with a double-barreled shotgun and Ermal accidentally fires his and strikes Curasco in the left foot. Curasco is taken to the home’s hospital where it is determined an amputation is necessary; the surgery begins after the parents ok the procedure at the hospital.
August 29: The only incomplete road at the Soldiers’ Home, and the only road to Sawtelle, Bonsall Boulevard is surveyed by engineers for improvement.
September 19: The temperature reaches 103 degrees at the Soldiers’ Home and pension checks are directly delivered to the veterans’ quarters. The home disburses $125,632 total in pensions of which $85,172 is delivered in cash and $40,480 in checks. Daniel Irving, a New York native who serves during the Civil War and Soldiers’ Home resident, suddenly dies when visiting Sawtelle. The autopsy shows the 79-year-old perishes of heart disease. Major A. W. Brewster, Assistant Inspector-General is expected for “the annual tour of inspection conducted by the USA,” along with the Assistant Inspector for the National Home for Disabled Veterans, Lieutenant Colonel C. W. Wadsworth who is expected for the “semi-annual tour of Soldiers’ Homes.” Governor of the home T. J. Cochrane hosts a picnic on Wednesday where the band plays “Love Me All the Time, The Gallant Soldier, Gems of Stephen Foster and Pretty Girl.”
December 18: 93-year-old Marquis Colf, a veteran of four wars, tells The Los Angeles Times reporter visiting him at the Soldiers Home of the lynching of several Mexican men and a Native American chief following the end of the Mexican American War in 1848. At the time Colf served a judge-advocate under the martial law following the war and convicted of “violating their oath of allegiance.” The tree where the men are hung is located near the contemporary Plaza.
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