First National Bank Building, corner of California and Main Streets in Ventura, California. Where Erle Stanley Gardner worked as a partner in the law firm of Orr, Gardner, Drapeau, and Sheridan. Photo by Kate Bennett, 1988.
The March 25, 1897 issue of The Youth's Companion, published by Perry Mason and Company of Boston. This is the actual copy owned by 7-year-old Erle Stanley Gardner. The right margin contains Gardner's name and local post office - proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Erle borrowed, whether consciously or not, the name of his most famous character. Image courtesy of Erle's nephew, Kenneth Gardner.
The High Country, founded in 1967, is a publication of the Temecula Valley Museum and is devoted to the history of Western Riverside County and its adjoining areas. It often features articles about Erle Stanley Gardner, one of Temecula's most prominent former residents. This is the Fall 2003 issue.