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    West Covina's own Larkellen, Ellen Yew, sings the "Star Spangled Banner" at opening of the first California Aqueduct on 5 November, 1913.

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    Photograph of Harrison Gray Otis, Ellen Beach Yaw, and William Mulholland at the Los Angeles Aqueduct opening day and dedication ceremonies, November 5 1913.

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