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Los Gatos History: 'Chief,' The Town Dog

Children in town circa 1940s donated pennies to buy favorite Los Gatos mascot's collar and vaccinations. Chief spent his nights on the porch at former Hotel Lyndon.

Chief was a dog of uncertain lineage who endeared himself to Los Gatans in the 1930s and 1940s. Courtesy Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project
Chief was a dog of uncertain lineage who endeared himself to Los Gatans in the 1930s and 1940s. Courtesy Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project
Chief was a dog of uncertain lineage who endeared himself to Los Gatans in the 1930s and 1940s.

For at least 10 years, he was a regular "student" at Los Gatos Union Elementary School, favoring the fourth-grade curriculum.

Everyone in the town of "the cats," about 3,500 people, knew this dog.

Source: Hooked on Los Gatos, the Library and Museum History Project

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