Another Ziegler

Here’s a note I got a while back from reader Jackie Leffingwell, who was responding to a column on the late Pomona character and one-term mayor Urban Ziegler:

“Maybe one of your readers knows if he had (perhaps) a sister, Miss Ester Ziegler. She taught 6th grade at Upland Elementary School in the ’40s, and took a bus home every day to Pomona. She is a story in herself, and influenced many young lives, including my own.

“Miss Ziegler was a special lady and a special teacher. She walked with a pronounced limp, one hip being much higher than the other. Stories were that she was an actress on Broadway, where she fell off a stage and broke her hip. As a 6th grade teacher. she wrote, choreographed, produced and directed the school operetta each year, as well as writing the lyrics to all the songs in the production.

“I’m sure that there are still many of her students in the area who remember her fondly. I was in her 6th grade class in 1946, and I don’t know how much longer she continued teaching.”

From Urban Ziegler to Upland Ziegler! Thanks, Jackie. Anyone else remember Miss Ziegler?

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  • Diana Sholley

    Dear David,
    I hope you don’t mind, I’m using your blog as kind of a “teaching tool.”
    I’ve never been on one let alone made a comment and I thought yours might be a safe place to start.
    So…here goes.
    What’s URL?

  • Lt. Worf

    a URL is the address of a website, like

  • Cathy

    As a child I would walk from our home in the rural area of La Verne past the San Dimas Canyon Shopping Center (on our way to catechism classes at Holy Name of Mary); we spent many Sundays at the Canyon Theatre, shopping at the variety stores: a drug store lasted many years on the corner, a “T.G.&Y.” store, and a pet store existed once as well. I don’t think I was older than 8 or 9 at the time; we lived at the top of Gladstone near San Dimas Cyn Road when horses and creeks existed. Gosh, it didn’t seem that long ago, but it was about 40 years ago. I would never never let my 12-year-old walk that now…