Photo originally appeared in the News Chronicle, Thousand Oaks, Friday, September, 4, 1981 (photo by Gary Smoot)

Longtime Lake Sherwood resident Jack Speirs decided to draft his 1932 Ford truck into service in the lake residents’ battle against AB914.

Jack Speirs' Lake Sherwood Rally

Jack Speirs next to his 1932 Ford

“The bill will allow Dayton Realty Co. to do what four Ventura Couny boards of supervisors have not let them do — completely develop the Lake Sherwood area into urban tracts.”

Speirs sas he’s been stopped by many residents asking him about the sign.

“I tell them to send a letter to Governor Edmund Brown Jr. asking him to veto the bill”

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Lake Sherwood – 1955 – An Angler’s Retreat

Seventy years ago (1955), days were much simpler for Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley Residents. For one thing, the Mickey Mouse Club hadn’t made it’s debut. And the Los Angeles Dodgers only existed in Brooklyn. Some, today, might even consider they were the only Dodgers.
Good Angling for Sherwood (1955)

Lake Sherwood, then, had its

appeal because of the its nearness to the Metropolitan area, the picturesque setting, and the always prevailing chance that a big one will hook onto your line.

The lake was considered a “pretty fair size.”

The pamphlets say that Lake Sherwood has 13 miles of shoreline, but my guess is that half that figure would be nearer right. The lake is down considerably—about four feet at the spillway—but there’s’ still plenty of water for good fishing

At the time, the Lake was owned and maintained by a man named Jim Canterbury—who also set the ground and lake rules, permitting to use up to five and a half horse motors, “but must bring their own” and could pay a $2 launching fee. However, you were only permitted to remove 5 bass, five catfish, 10 bluegill, 10 crappie and 5 rock bass, which were “not too difficult to attain when the fish are hitting.”